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Dartmouth Swimming and Diving Ranked in Final Mid-Major Poll

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By John and Matt Risley

HANOVER, N.H.- The Dartmouth men and women's swimming and diving teams both closed out the 2011-12 season ranked in the final mid major poll of the season released last week.

The Dartmouth men checked in at No. 12, a season-best for the squad, while the women's team concluded the season ranked No. 14. The Ivy League was well-represented on the men's side with Princeton taking the top billing and Harvard at No. 2. Columbia took the No. 4 spot. Navy at No. 3 and Buffalo at No. 5 rounded out the men's top five.

On the women's side Ohio took the top spot, while James Madison and Buffalo rounded out the top three. Harvard checked in at No. 4 followed by San Jose State to round out the top five squads. Dartmouth was No. 14 and fellow Ivy League squad Columbia was just ahead of the Big Green at No. 13.

The Big Green squads opened the season ranked in the initial mid major poll released on Nov. 17. The Dartmouth men opened the season ranked No. 12 while the women were ranked No. 22.

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 Mountain West Conference, or b) provide less than one-half of the allowable scholarships under the NCAA rules.

Dartmouth is coming off its most successful season in recent history. Both programs earned top five finishes at the Ivy League championships and sophomore Nejc Zupan (Kamnik, Slovenia) earned his third Ivy League title in the 400 IM.  Zupan earned his third All-Ivy first team honor with his win in the 400 IM and Meredith Sweeney (Hinsdale, Ill.) earned her first career All-Ivy second team honor with a runner-up finish in the 200 backstroke at the Ivy League championships.

See the complete rankings here.