DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire has placed eighth in the latest national Power Ranking for Mid-Major Division I institutions poll by collegeswimming.com. New Hampshire received 223.92 points as determined by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).
New Hampshire is the highest ranked school in New England and is the second America East institution to receive recognition. The University of Maryland-Baltimore County received 227.88 points, placing third.
"We are excited to be ranked in the top 10 this early in the season," said New Hampshire Head Coach Joshua Willman. "We graduated a number of talented swimmers last year, but we are swimming well right now and it is good to see it paying off."
The team has been a strong force in the pool this season. They boast a 3-1 overall record with two wins in the America East. They recently captured a 151.5-148.5 win against undefeated Colgate University in a dramatic finish.
The Power Rankings are a relative indication of a team's strength in dual meets. The mid-major rankings support institutions that do not benefit from large football and basketball television agreements and are based on each team's best dual meet lineup as judged and submitted by participating teams.
CSCAA Mid-Major Power Ranking Poll
1 Denver, University of 232.73
2 Toledo, University of 228.13
3 Maryland, Baltimore County, University of 227.88
4 California-Irvine, University of 227.65
5 North Carolina, Wilmington, University of 226.95
6 Western Kentucky University 225.11
7 Missouri State (formerly Sw Missouri St.) 223.97
8 New Hampshire, University of 223.92
9 Saint Louis University 223.72
10 William and Mary, College of 223.64
11 U.S. Naval Academy (Navy) 223.28
12 Colgate University 222.89
13 Bowling Green State University 221.82
14 Saint Bonaventure University 220.15
15 Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of 219.53
16 Bucknell University 218.46
17 Illinois State University 217.72
18 Richmond, University of 217.37
19 Massachusetts (Amherst), University of 213.92
20 Davidson College 213.79
21 North Texas, University of 207.04
22 George Washington University 203.84
23 Duquesne University 198.17
24 Rider University 197.82