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Men’s Swimming & Diving Garners Ranking In Mid-Major Poll
Bearcats tabbed No. 21 in CollegeSwimming.com's first poll of the season
November 23, 2012Tweet
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SOMERS, Wis. – The Binghamton men’s swimming and diving program earned a position on CollegeSwimming.com’s inaugural Mid-Major Division I poll for the third straight year, coming in at No. 21, as released by the organization earlier this week. The Bearcats were also recognized in the inaugural polls in 2010 (No. 25) and 2011 (No. 24).
“We’re proud to be ranked in the poll during the first half of the season,” head coach Sean Clark said. “It’s a reflection of the hard, smart work we’ve been doing. Our guys have been training and competing at a higher level than ever before and I think they deserve a bit of recognition for that. There are several quality programs on the list and we’re proud to be one of them.”
Binghamton started the dual meet season 0-3, but has taken the pool against some stout competition. The Bearcats opened the 2012-13 campaign hosting 2012 America East champion Boston University and Massachusetts, the six-time defending Atlantic 10 champions. Two weeks ago Binghamton was edged out (153-146) by Colonial Athletic Association member Drexel in Philadelphia.
The Bearcats are coming off a return appearance at the Bucknell Invitational after a four-year hiatus. Binghamton’s men claimed fifth place in the seven-team field, while the women finished sixth. The three-day meet mirrored a championship-style competition with preliminaries and finals. Freshman Brian McKenna was BU’s top finisher capturing first place in the 50 free.
Three of Binghamton’s dual meet opponents are also ranked in the poll, with Jan. 19 foe St. Bonaventure obtaining the loftiest of the spots at No. 10. Massachusetts was tabbed No. 14 and Bucknell , who the Bearcats face next (Dec. 1), seized the No. 22 position.
Now in its 11th year, the Mid-Major Rankings serve to provide an objective point system to compare teams’ relative strength in a traditional dual meet lineup. The ranking is available to those institutions that are not members of a BCS conference, the Mountain West Conference, or provide less than one-half of the allowable scholarships under the NCAA rules. The poll is based upon a school’s submission of their best line-up with times being converted to points against a set standard.
Princeton was the poll’s top team at No. 1, with Missouri State, Eastern Michigan, Harvard and Denver comprising the rest of the top five.
The top-25 ranking is the fourth time overall BU’s program was featured in the Mid-Major poll. Binghamton earned its first appearance on the list at the end of the 2009-10 season after being ranked No. 24 in the final poll of the year (April 2010).
The Bearcats head back to Kinney Natatorium following Thanksgiving break to take on Bucknell in a dual on Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. in Lewisburg, Pa.