Washington Swimming Teams Make Jump In National Polls

Nov. 12, 2003

SEATTLE -- Washington's men's and women's swimming teams made big jumps today in the second College Swim Coaches Association Top 25 Poll. Both teams are fresh off Big West Shootout Championships where the men went 6-0 and the women went 5-1.

The men's team defeated 13th-ranked Hawaii twice en route to the Big West title, making a big impression on the pollsters who bumped UW up 11 spots to No. 14 this week. The No. 14 national ranking is the highest for the Husky men since head coach Mickey Wender took over the team in 1998.

The women's team improved one position to No. 21 after winning the Big West Shootout and edging second-place finisher and 25th-ranked Hawaii.

The swimming teams will put their national rankings to the test this weekend as they compete against Penn State on November 14 and Pittsburgh on November 15. Penn State's women are ranked 12th, while Pittsburgh's men are ranked 18th.

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