St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 19, 2017 – The Washington University in St. Louis men's and women's swimming and diving teams were both ranked in the top-10 of the initial 2017-18 College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) NCAA Division III national poll.
The WashU men were ranked No. 6 overall while the women are ranked No. 7 in the national poll and both teams are ranked No. 3 in the West-Midwest-South regional rankings. The initial poll has Kenyon College as the team to beat among the men while Emory University earned the top spot on the women's side.
The University Athletic Association (UAA) was well represented in both the men's and women's polls. Six teams were selected to the CSCAA Top-25 poll on the men's side with Emory leading the way at No. 2, as well as five teams on the women's side led by Emory's No. 1-ranking.
The Bears men currently boast 29 of Division III's top-10 times in 15 events, highlighted by freshman Seth Ritter, junior Brandon Lum and junior Kevin Van Cleave's top times. Ritter's 500 (4:36.81) and 1,000 freestyles (9:25.43); Lum's 100 (50.06) and 200 butterflies (1:52.74); and Van Cleave's 200 backstroke (1:52.99) are the top times in Division III respectively.
Meanwhile the WashU women have recorded 19 of Division III's top-10 times in 13 events. Senior Niamh O'Grady swam to the nation's leading 100 butterfly (57.20) at the Show-Me-Showdown on Sept. 29 in Columbia, Mo.
WashU swimming and diving returns to action Saturday, Oct. 28 in the Millstone Pool during "Pink Out Night" in a dual with DePauw University starting at 1 p.m. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.