Top-Ranked Stanford Honored For Outstanding 2005-06 Season

March 9, 2006

Seattle, Wa - The top-ranked Stanford men's swimming & diving team earned a distinctive honor on Thursday when the Cardinal was voted the champion of the 2005-06 dual meet season in the latest S.R. Smith - College Swim Coaches Association (CSCAA) Top 25 Poll.

Stanford split first place votes with Auburn, but earned slightly more points to be crowned dual meet champion for the year. Following second place Auburn were California, USC and Florida. This year's dual meet season was marked by tremendous parity and a lot of movement of teams throughout the year, which should make for a thrilling and wide open NCAA Championship (March 23-25) at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Ga.

The CSCAA Dual Meet Poll is an indication of a team's ability to win dual meets during the season and is not a predictor of any team's end-of-the-season placement at the NCAA Championships - although for most of the ranked teams there is a high correlation between their dual meet strength and the school's ability to score at the championship meets in March.

During the 2005-06 season, Stanford was 6-1 in dual meet competition which included a 136-107 victory over then top-ranked and previously unbeaten California. Recently, Stanford won its 25 consecutive Pacific-10 Championship. Fox Sports Net Bay Area (FSNBA) will broadcast a 60-minute condensed version of the Pac-10 Championship on a tape delayed basis at noon on Saturday, March 11.

In other news regarding Stanford men's swimming and diving, Cardinal freshman Dwight Dumais finished third in three-meter diving on Thursday at the NCAA Zone E Diving Championship in Oklahoma City. Dumais finished with 699.40 points. Joona Puhakka of Arizona State, the two-time NCAA champion and a two-time Olympian (2000, 2004) from Finland, won the event with 897.95 points. Sterling Richards of Utah finished second with 746.95 points. Stanford sophomore Nathan Kim finished 12th in a field of 18.

One-meter diving is scheduled for Friday, and platform diving is slated for Saturday.

College Swim Coaches Association (CSCAA) Top 25 Poll - Final
1. Stanford, 196 points
2. Auburn, 194
3. California, 185
4. USC, 174
5. Florida, 171
6. Arizona, 160
7. Texas, 150
8. Michigan, 146
9. Minnesota 135
10. Georgia 127
11. Indiana, 122
12. Tennessee, 111
13. Virginia, 99
14. Purdue, 94
15. Northwestern, 88
16. SMU, 83
17. Kentucky, 71
18. Florida State, 62
19. Ohio State, 61
20. Alabama, 42
21. Notre Dame, 38
22. Harvard, 35
23. North Carolina, 25
24. Penn State, 18
25. Arizona State, 9