ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Coming off a tough loss to Cleveland State last Saturday in its home-opening meet, the men's swimming and diving team was still recognized today with a ranking in the CollegeSwimming.com/College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Mid-Major Division I poll on Thursday.
The Bonnies are ranked No. 18 in the poll, just one spot behind perennial Atlantic 10 Conference rival Massachusetts. This is the first time the team has been ranked since Nov. 19 of last year, when it appeared at No. 15, tied with Miami (Ohio). Cleveland State, which defeated the Bonnies by a 136-105 margin, is ranked at No. 5 in this week's poll.
"It gives them (swimmers and divers) something to hold some stock in," head coach Sean McNamee said of the ranking. "It's nice to use at this time of the year as a little motivation and for them to realize that they have accomplished something (by) training so hard at this point in the year."
La Salle is the only other A-10 school ranked in addition to St. Bonaventure and UMass, this week coming in at No. 15. Xavier, Fordham and George Washington are all receiving votes as well.
The Bonnies will have another few weeks off before taking to the pool next at the Akron Invite on Dec. 3-5.