Dec. 3, 2004
Laramie, Wyo. -- The University of Wyomingmen's swimming and diving team was voted the 25th ranked team in thenation in the top-25 dual meet rankings by the College Swim CoachesAssociation of America (CSCAA), on Thursday.
The Cowboys received eight votes, placing them in a tie for 25th inthe nation with Alabama. The Cowboys have received votes in everypoll this season as they were ranked 26th two weeks ago, 29th on Nov.4 and received one vote in the first poll of the season on Oct. 22.
"This was a goal for the program seven years ago when I came hereand it is awesome for us to reach it," said UW head coach TomJohnson. "I had hoped that we would get here sooner but we arehappy be in the top-25. This is a combination of a lot of hard workand a little luck but mostly it is because of the willingness of ourkids to give it everything they have each and every day."
Auburn remained the top-ranked team in the nation for the fourthconsecutive poll of the season, tallying 198 votes this week.Southern Cal (192), Florida (186), Stanford (176) and California (158)round out the top-five in the nation. BYU is the only Mountain WestConference team ranked above the Cowboys as their 25 votes makes themthe 22nd ranked team in the nation.
The CSCAA Dual Meet Poll is an indication of a team's ability towin dual meets during the season and is not a predictor of anyteam's end of the season finish at the NCAA Championships, althoughfor most of the ranked teams there is a high correlation between theirdual meet strength and the school's ability to score at thechampionship meets in March.
The Cowboy swimmers will return to action Saturday as they take onMetro State at 12 p.m. in Denver, Colo. The divers will be competingat the Texas Diving Invite all weekend.