SOMERS, Wisc., March 15, 2012 – The James Madison women’s swimming and diving team finished the 2012 season ranked second in the CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Division I Championship Poll. JMU finished with 262.08 points, just behind top ranked Ohio which totaled 263.15 points.
"It is exciting to see JMU ranked so high in the college swimming poll," head coach Samantha Smith said. "As a team it has been our goal to move forward every year and this is a display of our forward progress."
The Dukes moved up from fourth in the 2010-11 version of the poll and were the top ranked Colonial Athletic Association team after winning the conference championship at last month’s meet.
Now in its 10th year, the Mid-Major Rankings serve to provide an objective point system to compare teams’ relative strength in a traditional dual meet lineup. The rankings are available to those institutions that are a) not members of a BCS conference or the Mountain West Conference, or b) provide less than one-half of the allowable scholarships under NCAA rules.
JMU won the school’s sixth CAA championship last month and the first since 2001 after running away from the field by more than 100 points. They added a 13-2 dual meet record, including a 4-0 mark in the CAA and individual wins over West Virginia, Rutgers and Georgetown. The team broke 16 different school records during the season and also set conference championship marks in a couple of relay events.
"While it's certainly nice to look back on the 2011-12 season and feel excitement in our accomplishments, including this ranking, we are already thinking about the type of team we want to be moving ahead," Smith said. "Like all teams we are getting ready to go through a transformation of graduating seniors and introducing new athletes to this family of swimmers and divers. It is very exciting time at JMU. I am more energized than ever by this great group of women and their goals for the spring and summer."
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