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Auburn Still Reigns Supreme in Latest College Poll; Texas Men, Georgia Women Are #2  -- November 28, 2003

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., November 28. AUBURN University, double-defending women’s and defending men’s NCAA champions, continue to maintain an iron lock on the dual meet standings. The latest rankings, released on Wednesday, kept the Tigers unanimously in the top spot, where they have resided since the first poll this season was released.

There were only a few changes in the rankings since the previous poll on November 12, the most significant of which was USC’s precipitous drop from fifth to tenth in the men’s rankings and from fifth to seventh in the women’s.

In the men’s poll, Northwestern and Arizona State showed the biggest improvement, with the Wildcats leap-frogging from 20th to 16th, and the Sun Devils jumping from 16 to the number 13 spot. Iowa, previously unranked, moved into the 23rd position.

Michigan, which moved up from eighth to sixth, and Arizona, which improved from 10th to eighth, also showed impressive strength.

Moving in the opposite direction was Washington, which fell to 19th after vaulting to the #14 spot a fortnight ago.

The most significant change in the women’s rankings took place just below the top level, as Georgia took over the runner-up spot, dropping Florida to #3. The SEC now owns the top three places while Pac-10 teams are ranked fourth (Stanford), sixth (Arizona), seventh (USC), eighth (Cal) and tenth (UCLA).

Two teams improved two places: Texas A&M, which went from a tie for 17th to 15th and Missouri, which improved from 22nd to 20th. Indiana, tied for 13th two weeks ago, is now 12th.

Heading south were Washington (21st to a tie for 24th), ASU (13th to 16th) and Notre Dame (19th to 21st).

The next poll will take place in two weeks on Dec. 9, 2003 and will continue throughout the season. The final poll of the season will take place on March 8, 2003 when a national dual meet champion will be crowned by the CSCAA.


Division I Swimming and Diving:
Dual Meet Rankings for Nov. 26, 2003

MEN’S DIV. I RANKING

( )- indicates #1 votes

Nov. 26, 2003

1 Auburn (8) 200
2 Texas 191
3 Stanford 185
4 California 176
5 Florida 168
6 Michigan 152
7 Georgia 151
8 Arizona 140
9 Minnesota 135
10 Southern Cal 133
11 Virginia 117
12 Tennessee 110
13 Arizona State 108
14 Wisconsin 100
15 Texas A&M 86
16 Northwestern 81
17 Pittsburgh 77
18 Hawaii 60
19 Washington 52
20 Brigham Young 49
21 North Carolina 40
22 Kentucky 26
22 Iowa 26
24 Florida State 18
25 Indiana 12

Others receiving votes
Clemson 8
Virginia Tech 1


WOMEN’S DIV. I RANKING


( )- indicates #1 votes

Nov. 26, 2003

1 Auburn (8) 200
2 Georgia 191
3 Florida 184
4 Stanford 177
5 Texas 167
6 Arizona 158
7 Southern Cal 151
8 California 138
9 SMU 137
10 UCLA 131
11 Wisconsin 120
12 Indiana 111
13 Penn State 103
14 North Carolina 92
15 Texas A&M 91
16 Arizona State 81
17 Michigan 71
18 Virginia 59
19 Florida State 53
20 Maryland 47
21 Notre Dame 39
22 Missouri 24
23 Hawaii 23
24 Minnesota 12
24 Washington 12

Others receiving votes
Kansas 8
Pittsburgh 8
Clemson 2
Purdue 2
Tennessee 2
Princeton 1

(Courtesy College Swimming Coaches Association of America)