NCAA Division 1 FINAL Top 25 Rankings

After a year's absence from short course yards competition at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships for Division I swimmers, 16 American, U.S. Open and NCAA short course yards records were set between the women's meet in Long Island and the men's contest in College Station, Texas.

In the closest team race ever in women's Division I swimming, the Lady Bulldogs of Georgia defeated the Stanford Cardinal by just 1-1/2 points (389-387.5). A strong Texas team claimed the third spot with 350.5 points.

California freshman Natalie Coughlin, Swimmer of the Meet, set American, U.S. Open and NCAA standards in the 100 (51.23) and 200 (1:51.02) backstrokes, and an NCAA record in the100 fly (51.18). Along with teammates Haley Cope, Staciana Stitts and Danielle Becks, Coughlin set an American record in the 400 medley relay (3:34.83). Also in that event, Stanford's quartet of Shelly Ripple, Tara Kirk, Misty Hyman and Siobhan Cropper set an NCAA and U.S. Open record of 3:32.43. Auburn sophomore Maggie Bowen set an American, U.S .Open andNCAA record in the 200 IM with her time of 1:55.49. Texas' relay team of Colleen Lann‚, Tanica Jamison, Kelley Robins and Erin Phenix set an American, U.S. Open and NCAA record in the 200 free relay (1:28.29); Shona Kitson replaced Robins on the 400 free relay to set a U.S. Open and NCAA record 3:14.52.

On the other hand, the men's competition wasn't close at all. The Texas Longhorns stampeded the team race with 597.5 points to second place Stanford's 457.5 and third-place Tennessee's 330.5. The team was led by American, US. Open and NCAA record-setters senior Nate Dusing (200 IM, 1:42.85) and freshman Brendan Hansen (200 breast, 1:53.11). Texas relays also set American U.S. Open and NCAA records in four out of the five relays: Dusing, Hansen, Tom Hannan and Ian Crocker in the 400 medley (3:05.37); Matt Ulrickson, Hansen, Dusing and Leffie Crawford in the 200 medley (1:24.47); Scott Goldblatt, Dusing, Chris Kemp and Jamie Rauch in the 800 free (6:18.00); and Dusing, Crocker, Hannan and Rauch in the 400 free (2:49.80).

Texas swimmers weren't the only ones to set American, U.S. Open and NCAA records at the meet.. California sophomore Anthony Ervin tied Matt Biondi's 1987 mark in the 100 free (41.80). Michigan senior Chris Thompson went one better in the 1650 free, setting a record in the event with his 14:26.62; his 1000 free split of 8:44.11 was also a new record.

A very special thank you goes to all the sports information directors and others who provided times during the season for the Speedo/CSCAA Top 25 list! Your help is greatly appreciated.

Click the links below to see the final Division I Top 25 Rankings for 2001.

Men's Individual

Women's Individual

Women's Relay's

Men's Relays

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