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Men’s Swimming and Diving ranked 26th in First CSCAA Poll

Men’s Swimming and Diving ranked 26th in First CSCAA Poll

Oct. 24, 2007

Coach Christopher Ip’s Men’s Swimming and Diving team was ranked #26 in the inaugural College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) dual meet poll released Wednesday. The Tigers received 39 points, only three short of #25 Penn State. The Tigers have started the season 4-0 (3-0 ACC) with wins over #24 Florida State, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, and Alabama. Alabama was also in the “others receiving votes” category, collecting 30 points, good for 29th in the nation.

The Tigers have had several high-level performances so far this season. The Tigers have scored well as a team this season, led by senior Mark Vahle, who has the ACC’s fastest time in the 50 free so far this year, and Matt Balderston, who ranks in the ACC top five of in the 50 free and 100 free this season. Senior captain Attila Ruszka also has four wins this season, two in the 200 IM, and one each in the 200 breast and 100 breast. Senior Adam Farnham has also won the 100 fly in both meets this season, currently ranking third in the ACC in the event.

It should also be noted that two of the three women’s losses this season have been to ranked opponents: #21 Florida State and #25 Virginia Tech.

The Tigers will face another challenge this Saturday, as they travel to Charlottesville to take on a #12 Virginia in a dual meet. The Tigers will return home on Nov. 3 for a meet with South Carolina at McHugh Natatorium.