SOMERS, Wis. - The NAU swimming & diving team has tied for a sixth-place national ranking in the final CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Poll for the 2012-13 season.
The Lumberjacks tied San Jose State for the national ranking after being edged by the Spartans by just seven points at the WAC Swimming & Diving Championships. There were 75 schools that submitted entries for the final poll as NAU tied for the highest ranking among western Mid-Major programs.
"We're excited to be ranked in the top ten and it's nice to see that it coincides with our academics as well," said NAU head coach Andy Johns, whose team also ranked sixth nationally in team GPA among all Division-I women's swimming & diving programs. "We feel good about the recognition. Mid-major is not as prevalent a term in swimming & diving as it is in a sport like basketball but it's nice to be recognized amongst our peers and it's a great honor."
NAU's national ranking comes after the Lumberjacks won five individual titles and broke 10 schools records at the WAC Championships. The Lumberjack swimmers recorded eight NCAA 'B' times while NAU qualified three divers for the NCAA Zone meet where senior Kristy Ardavanis was named an alternate for the NCAA Championships.
The Mid-Major Rankings serve to provide an objective point system to compare teams' relative strength in a traditional dual meet lineup. The ranking is available to those institutions that are not members of a BCS conference or the Mountain West Conference or provide less than one-half of the allowable scholarships under the NCAA rules.