Matt Kredich and Samara Gelb
March 2, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Recents efforts of the Tennessee Lady Vol swimming & diving team have not gone unnoticed, as the squad was ranked sixth Friday in the final College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) poll for the 2011-12 season.
Formatted in a way that attempts to predict the outcome of the upcoming 2012 NCAA Championships, the poll features five Southeastern Conference schools. Through the course of the regular season, the Big Orange (6-1,3-1) owns victories over No. 7 Florida, No. 15 Indiana and Louisville, which finished just outside the top 25.
Prior to the CSCAA releasing the final poll, the Lady Vols were ranked ninth after the Jan. 25 ranking. Since then, UT downed Florida for the first time in program history Jan. 28, notched its best finish in more than 20 years at the SEC Championships by placing runner-up and qualified nine swimmers for the national meet.
Tennessee's best finish at NCAAs came in 1989, as the squad grabbed fourth. Under current head coach Matt Kredich, the Lady Vols have finished in the top 15 an unprecedented six straight years.
Georgia was the unanimous pick to win the national championship, while California, Arizona, Southern Cal and Stanford round out the top five.