ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y.-Both St. Bonaventure swimming and diving teams received recognition Thursday, as CollegeSwimming.com released the first Mid-Major Division I Rankings of the 2011-12 season.
On the men's side, the Bonnies are ranked 18th with 210.24 points, up five spots from their 23rd-place ranking in last season's year-end rankings. Bonaventure split a tri-meet in Cleveland last Saturday, defeating Valparaiso, 203-24, before losing to No. 17 Cleveland State, 144-99, in the Vikings' home pool.
Harvard leads the poll with 233.23 points, up five spots from the Crimson's sixth-place finish last season. Massachusetts is the highest-ranked Atlantic 10 member, placing 16th with 211.92 points, while fellow conference squads George Washington and Fordham are receiving votes.
Meanwhile, the Bonaventure women are receiving votes in the inaugural rankings for the season, continuing a trend started in last season's final rankings. The Brown and White also split a tri-meet in Cleveland last weekend, losing to Cleveland State, 141-96 and defeating Valparaiso, 189-41.
Towson tops the rankings with 240.33 points, rising from the No. 2 ranking the Tigers received following the 2010-11 campaign. Fordham tops the list of A-10 schools, placing 16th with 220.35 points. Meanwhile, fellow A-10 schools Massachusetts and George Washington also received votes.
According to CollegeSwimming.com, the Mid-Major Division I Rankings "serve to provide an objective point system to compare teams' relative strength in a traditional dual meet lineup." The polls are restricted to non-BCS or Mountain West schools that provide less than half the allowable scholarships under NCAA restrictions.
Both the men's and women's teams are heading to East Lansing, Mich. this Friday to face Michigan State at 5 p.m.