Stanford, Georgia Women in Dead Heat at Top of Final Women's Poll

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 2

February 16th, 2010 College

The College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) has released their final women’s dual-meet rankings of the 2009-2010 season, and the Georgia Bulldogs hung on to the top spot, but just barely. The Stanford Cardinal received 12 out of the 34 first-place votes placing them in a first-place tie with the Bulldogs, who only received 8. Third-ranked Texas also received 8 first place votes, Arizona was in fourth receiving 2, and California rounded out the top 5.

The Florida Gators were no. 6, and received a single first-place vote, followed by Texas A&M, Auburn, USC, and Minnesota.

Georgia has not done anything to lose their first place ranking since the last poll was released in the middle of January, but they have also not had any big-time meets to cement their place, which resulted in them going from 12 to 8 first-place votes. The Bulldogs biggest win since then was a 78-point victory over no. 13 Tennessee. The Cardinal, on the other hand, have run through the gauntlet that is known as the Pac-10 dual-meet schedule and has emerged undefeated. This includes wins over no. 4 Arizona, no. 5 Cal, and no. 9 USC.

Texas remained in the top 3 despite a 49-point loss in their two-day dual against Arizona, their only dual meet loss of the season. Arizona was unable to jump the Longhorns, even after beating them, due to back-to-back losses to Arizona and Cal the weekend before.

The lone new team to crack the top 25 was Ohio State, who scored an upset victory over their heated rival no. 16 Michigan. The Buckeyes debuted at no. 23, and Florida State dropped out after a loss to no. 18 Virginia Tech.

Altogether, there were 50 teams who received votes in the latest CSCAA poll. The poll stayed fairly stable overall, as the only team aside from Ohio State to move more than 2 spots were the Cardinal.

Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America, Inc. (CSCAA), is the oldest coaches association in the United States of America.

Women’s Teams Prev

Pts
1 Georgia(8) 1 734
1 Stanford (12) 4 734
3 Texas (8) 3 720
4 Arizona (2) 2 698
5 California 5 648
6 Florida (1) 7 603
7 Texas A&M 6 549
8 Auburn 8 518
9 USC 9 504
10 Minnesota 10 456
11 Virginia 11 428
12 Indiana 14 383
13 Tennessee 12 356
14 Louisville 13 319
15 North Carolina 15 302
16 Michigan 16 283
17 Wisconsin 17 220
18 Virginia Tech 20 187
19 SMU 18 157
20 Arkansas 19 155
21 Missouri 21 125
22 Purdue 22 121
23 Ohio State NR 101
24 Northwestern 23 99
25 LSU 24 70
Also Receiving Votes:

Kentucky
34, Brigham Young 29, Penn State 29, UCLA 28, Princeton 28, Florida
State 27, Alabama 25, San Diego State 15, Maryland 12, Georgia Tech 8,
Duke 8, Toledo 7, Rutgers 6, Arizona State 6, Kansas 5, Houston 4,
Notre Dame 4, UC-Santa Barbara 3, Clemson 3, Wyoming 2, Nebraska 2,
Washington State 2, Towson 2, South Carolina 1

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder of SwimSwam.com. He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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