Both Teams Earn Spots in Rankings
SAINT LEO, Fla. – For the first time in four years the Saint Leo women's swim team has jumped into the top-25 in the latest TYR/CSCAA poll released on Wednesday. The Lions are ranked 23rd in the nation in the poll, released by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.
Last ranked on February 17, 2007, the Lions have been absent from the polls for almost four full seasons before dominating wins over Nova Southeastern and Rollins had voters taking note.
Of the 45 schools that received votes, the Lions saw 43 total votes putting them in a deadlock with Lock Haven University (Pa.). Ahead of the Lions in the recent rankings are fellow Sunshine State Conference schools Tampa (9th) and Florida Southern (13th).
Drury, the six-time defending NCAA Division II champions, led the pack, followed by No. 2 Ashland, third-place UC-San Diego, No. 4 Clairon and fifth-place Grand Valley State.
Not much changed on the men's side in the most recent poll, but the Lions' loss to Nova Southeastern did cost them a spot as SLU slipped to 23rd in the poll. The Lions were jumped by Shippensburg (21st) and Delta State (T23rd) but a dominating performance by Saint Leo against Rollins kept them in the rankings.
Drury also continued to lead the men's side of the rankings as most conferences began to focus on their championship tournaments in late-February.
Saint Leo will head to Orlando, Fla. and compete in the Sunshine State Conference Swim Championships from February 17-20.
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