March 13, 2012
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Swimming and Diving has been recognized as the top Mid-Major program in the country by CollegeSwimming.com, the publication announced on Tuesday. The Bobcats were named the top Mid-Major program in the country alongside the Princeton University men's program.
Despite being edged by Toledo for the 2012 Mid-American Conference Championship, Ohio claimed top honors in the Mid-Major rankings. The Bobcats scored a 263.15 according to CollegeSwimming.com's Ranking Dual-Meet lineup. The Bobcats narrowly edged James Madison (262.08 points) and MAC rival Buffalo (261.62).
Now in its 10th year, 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 a) are not members of a BCS conference or the Mountain West Conference, or b) provide fewer than one-half of the allowable scholarships under the NCAA rules. (Read CollegeSwimming.com's release here.)
Ohio had a tremendous 2011-12 season, posting a 9-2 (4-1 MAC) dual-meet mark throughout the regular season before narrowly placing second at the conference championships in Akron, Ohio. The Bobcats were successful in tournaments throughout the regular season as well, claiming their sixth consecutive victory at the Zippy Invitational on Dec. 4.
The Bobcats recently sent four divers to the NCAA Zone Championships last weekend in Bloomington, Ind. Though no divers made their way through to qualify for the NCAA Championships in Auburn, Ala., the 2011-12 season marked a nearly uncharted level of diving success, as the four student-athletes who qualified for the Zone competition matches the combined number of divers which have qualified during the last five seasons.