Swimming & Diving Up To Third In Mid-Major Poll

Somers, Wis. - The San Jose State University women’s swimming and diving program moved up from fifth to an all-time high of third-place in the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA)/CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Division I rankings.

The CollegeSwimming.com rankings use an objective point system to compare teams’ relative strength in a traditional 13-event dual meet lineup. They are based on best dual-meet lineups, as judged and submitted by participating teams. Rankings are announced four times throughout the season - November (Pre-Invite), December (Post-Invite), February (Pre-Conference) and March (Post-Conference).

CollegeSwimming.com has produced this ranking system for mid-major, Division I swimming programs since 2002. Institutions eligible for the Mid-Major designation do not come from one of the eight major NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conferences, or award fewer than half of the allowable scholarships under NCAA rules. Mid-Major teams are also eligible for the CSCAA Division I Coaches’ Poll.

The Spartans appeared for the first time ever in the poll in its first installment last year, at No. 22, on November 15, 2007. They were fifth in the initial 2008 poll in November.

San Jose State is off to a 9-1 start in dual meets, including a perfect 5-0 mark against Western Athletic Conference opposition. The Spartans have won nine straight since a season-opening loss at No. 3 Stanford. Fourth-year head coach Sage Hopkins’ squad went an unbeaten 5-0 at the inaugural WAC Shootout in Las Cruces, N.M., in October, and produced a program-best second-place showing at the annual Nike Cup in Long Beach, Calif., last month. The Spartan swimmers have set nine school records already.

Miami University (Ohio) remains in the top spot on the women’s side of the poll with 254.00 points. Harvard is second with 250.20 points, with San Jose State next at 243.20. Two-time defending WAC champion Nevada (237.06), and William & Mary (232.78), round out the top five. No other WAC teams appear in the 25-team rankings.

San Jose State returns to training after the Christmas holiday, and travels south to Bakersfield, Calif., on Friday, January 2. The Spartans face the CSUB Runners in a dual meet the following afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at the Hillman Aquatics Center, prior to taking part in the annual UC Irvine/Ayres Hotel & Suites Relay Invitational in Irvine, Calif., on Sunday, January 4.