Swimming Teams Earn Top 25 Rankings For First Time In School History
Nov. 14, 2002
SEATTLE -- For the first time in school history, the Washington swim teams are both ranked in the College Swim Coaches Association of America top 25 poll. The women's team (7-0) appears in the poll for the first time in the program's history at No. 22. The men's team (6-2), who has been ranked as high as 24th each of the last two seasons, makes its 2002 debut at No. 25.
The UW women's team earns the No. 22 spot after defeating Pittsburgh and taking the Big West Shootout title with victories over Hawaii, Santa Barbara and Pacific. The Huskies are one of seven Pac-10 schools ranked in the poll despite being the only squad to not field a diving team. The other ranked conference programs include No. 4 Stanford, tied at No. 7, Southern Cal and California, No. 9 Arizona, No. 12 UCLA and No. 16 Arizona.
The UW men earned the No. 25 spot after defeating No. 23 Pittsburgh and placing second in the Big West Shootout behind No. 22 Hawaii. All six men's Pac-10 programs are ranked in the poll including No. 2 Stanford, No. 4 California, No. 6 Southern Cal, No. 9 Arizona State and No. 13 Arizona.
'To have both teams ranked at this point in the season is a great honor and we're really excited about it,' said head coach Mickey Wender. 'Its great for our hard-working athletes to be recognized because they really believe in what we are doing and have invested themselves body, mind and spirit in this program. This honor is well deserved.
The Husky women will be back in the pool Nov. 22 when they take on intrastate rival Washington State at 7 p.m. Both the men's and women's teams will return to action on Dec. 6-8 when they host the Husky Invitational in Federal Way.