Georgia Women Take Over the #1 Spot in NCAA Rankings; Southern Cal and Florida Men Make Move On #1 Auburn

PITTSBURGH, November 17. THE Georgia Lady Bulldogs are the undisputed #1 dual meet swimming and diving team in the country, according to the most recent CSCAA Division I Coaches’ Poll released today.

The Georgia women met #2 Auburn last weekend and handed Auburn its first dual meet defeat this season. The Auburn men still held on to their #1 ranking on the men’s side of the poll.

Auburn Coach David Marsh commented, "My hat’s off to Georgia. They are a very strong team. On the women's side we will have to get substantially better to compete for the championship against them at the NCAAs.” The Auburn women and men are the reigning NCAA Champions.

Jack Bauerle, Georgia Head Coach was very cautious about the team’s win and their ranking. “It is nice to be ranked No. 1, but we still have a long way to go. We can still get much better. We just have to keep working hard,” he said.

On the men’s side of the poll, Southern Cal and Florida inched their way up the rankings making it very tight at the top. There is only an 11-point spread between #3 Florida, #2 Southern Cal and #1 Auburn. All three teams are undefeated in dual meets so far this season and have posted impressive swims at various competitions.

Undoubtedly, the coming weeks of dual meets and invitationals will ignite further debate on who the top teams are in the country as we move into the winter months and the end of the semester.

The next dual meet poll is scheduled for publication on Nov. 30, Thursday, just after the Thanksgiving Holiday.

College Swim Coaches Association (CSCAA)
Division I Swimming and Diving Team
Dual Meet Rankings for the 2004-5 Season

November 17, 2004


Rank MEN’S DIV. IRANKING( )- indicates #1 votes Nov.17,2004
1 Auburn 199 (7)
2 Southern Cal 189
3 Florida 188 (1)
4 Stanford 172
4 California 172
6 Minnesota 156
7 Arizona 155
8 Texas 144
9 Michigan 134
10 Virginia 130
11 Tennessee 119
12 Kentucky 112
13 North Carolina 97
14 Indiana 93
15 Northwestern 82
16 Georgia 80
17 Purdue 78
18 Hawai’i 68
19 Texas A&M 49
20 Wisconsin 40
21 Notre Dame 37
22 BYU 31
23 Pittsburgh 24
24 Alabama 20
25 Florida State 14

Others receiving votes
Wyoming 11
Washington 5


Rank WOMEN’S DIV. IRANKING( )- indicates #1 votes Nov.17, 2004
1 Georgia 200 (8)
2 Auburn 192
3 Florida 184
4 Texas 172
5 Arizona 171
6 Stanford 161
7 SMU 151
8 California 145
9 Texas A&M 135
10 Wisconsin 125
11 UCLA 124
12 Southern Cal 110
13 Maryland 105
14 Virginia 95
15 Michigan 87
16 North Carolina 80
17 Penn State 75
18 Arizona State 61
19 Hawai’i 53
20 Purdue 45
21 Notre Dame 43
22 Florida State 33
23 Tennessee 17
24 Washington 16
25 Indiana 13

Others receiving votes
Northwestern 4
Alabama 2
South Carolina 1

The CSCAA Dual Meet Poll is an indication of a team’s ability to win dual meets during the season and is not a predictor of any team’s end-of-the-season placement at the NCAA Championships- although for most of the ranked teams there is a high correlation between their dual meet strength and the school’s ability to score at the Championship meets in March.

There will be nine (9) dual meet polls this year produced every two to three weeks throughout the college swimming season, which is one of the NCAA’s longest continuous seasons of any of the NCAA sponsored sports. The swimming season begins in September and ends in late March for most of the NCAA schools that sponsor the sport.

This season’s NCAA Championships will take place March 17-18-19, 2005 at Purdue University in Indiana for the women. The men’s championship will take place the following week March 24-25-26, 2005 at the University of Minnesota. The College Swimming Coaches’ Association (CSCAA) has sponsored the dual meet poll for over 20 years. The CSCAA dual meet Champions will be crowned at the conclusion of the dual meet season in early March, 2005

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