Men's Swimming Ranked No. 17 In Final Mid-Major Poll
April 22, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass men's swimming and diving team has been ranked No. 17 in the final Collegeswimming.com Mid-Major poll that was released Monday. The Minutemen climb one spot from the pre-conference rankings. The highest ranking for UMass this season came in the opening poll when it was ranked No. 14. Harvard took the No.1 spot, with Princeton and Eastern Michigan rounding out the top-three.
In all 121 teams from seventy-five schools participated in the season's polling. Now in its 11th year, the Mid-Major Rankings serve to provide an objective point system to compare teams' relative strength in a traditional dual meet lineup. The ranking is available to those institutions that a) are not members of a BCS conference or Mountain West Conference, or b) provide fewer than one-half of the allowable scholarships under the NCAA rules.
The Minutemen swam against five teams ranked in the top-25, along with facing six additional teams ranked outside the top-25.
Dartmouth led the way for UMass' opponents being ranked in the top-ten at No. 9. The Big Green were followed by 2013 Atlantic 10 Champion St. Bonaventure who finished the year at No. 13. In addition to the aforementioned ranked within the top-25, Army (No. 16), Boston University (No. 22) and Brown (No. 23) rounded out the rest.
The Bonnies and Minutemen were the lone representatives of the A-10 in the top-25, however, La Salle, Fordham and Xavier were all ranked just outside the top teams.