January 26, 2012
WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
In the recently released College Swimming Coaches Association of America Top 25 women’s poll, University of Florida and Florida State are ranked among the best in the nation.
The Gators are ranked second in the nation, while Florida State, with several South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers, is ranked 25th.
Sophomore Tiffany Oliver leads the SOFLO contingent that also includes Ashley Hicks and Melissa Cooper.
California was the unanimous choice for No. 1 in the January poll. The PAC-12 Conference has four teams in the Top 10 and five teams in the Top 25.
Arizona State, with SOFLO’s Caroline Kuczynski, enjoying her best college season, is ranked No. 21 after a tough road trip at Cal-Berkeley and Stanford.
Former No. 1-ranked Georgia fell to No. 5 while the Gators moved up seven spots.
Indiana, with SOFLO’s Brittney Phelan, dominates the Big Ten and is ranked No. 12. The Big Ten has the most teams ranked with six in the Top 25.
In the men’s poll, University of Florida is the only state college moving up several spots ranked at No. 7. Arizona is No. 1 after their big wins over Pac-12 rivals.
Indiana, with SOFLO’s Olympic hopeful Nick Schwab is ranked No. 11 followed by No. 12 Louisville with former Coral Springs Swim Club swimmer Kevin Bandy.
Women’s poll: 1. Cal-Berkeley, 2. Florida, 3. Auburn, 4. Texas, 5. Georgia, 6. Texas A&M, 7. Southern California, 8. Stanford, 9. Arizona, 10. Tennessee, 11. Virginia, 12. Indiana, 13. SMU, 14. Ohio State, 15. Minnesota, 16. North Carolina, 17. Michigan, 18. Missouri, 19. Wisconsin, 20. Penn State, 21. Arizona State, 22. Maryland, 23. Louisiana State, 24. Louisville, 25. Florida State.
Men’s poll: 1. Arizona, 2. Texas, 3. Stanford, 4. Michigan, 5. Southern California, 6. Cal-Berkeley, 7. Florida, 8. Auburn, 9. Ohio State, 10. Georgia, 11. Indiana, 12. Louisville, 13. North Carolina, 14. Iowa, 15. Virginia, 16. Minnesota, 17. Purdue, 18. Texas A&M, 19. LSU, 20. Tennessee, 21. Virginia Tech, 22. Southern Methodist, 23. North Carolina State, 24. Princeton, 25. Missouri.
Euro Meet Begins Friday
Luxembourg’s Euro Meet, one of the best international meets particularly in the Olympic year, has attracted a talented field that begins competing in the three-day meet on Friday. The meet, that features prelims and finals, has attracted some of the best talent from Central and Eastern Europe including Germany, Czech Republic, Greece and Ukraine in addition to a few top swimmers from France, Israel, Great Britain and Aussie Ian Thorpe, still trying to work his way back onto the scene after a long layoff.
Seven Canadian swimmers will compete at the FINA World Cup Sunday in Brazil, an Olympic open water qualifier for the Canadian federation. Pan American Games gold medalist Richard Weinberger leads the Canadian contingent. Swimming Canada will select a team of four (two men, two women) to compete in the Olympic marathon qualifier in Portugal next June…Most of the top Australian swimmers will be competing in the South Australia Open State Championships Friday through Sunday, less than two months before Australia’s Olympic trials. James Magnussen, Eamon Sullivan, Matthew Abood and Emily Seebohm head the Aussie lineup…
Michael Phelps and his coach Bob Bowman left Miami after training for a week and headed back to North Baltimore Aquatic Club on Thursday….Olympian Natalie Coughlin, also part of the Miami training camp, headed to New York City for the day on Thursday to promote her latest sponsor, Pantene. A video of her Pantene commercial can be found on her website at nataliecoughlin.com…Arena has signed 40-year-old Janet Evans, who came out of retirement and qualified for two events for the U.S. Olympic trials…Maryville University in St. Louis has added women’s swimming and diving to its athletic program for 2013. Maryville will compete at the NCAA Division II level.
Sharon Robb can be reached at email@example.com