Jan. 29, 1998

Men's Swimming and Diving Ranked 23rd

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The University of Virginia men's swimming and diving team is ranked 23rd in the nation in this week's College Swimming Coaches Association of America Top 25 Poll. The Cavaliers are one of three teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference to be ranked in the poll, along with No. 11 Florida State and No. 18 North Carolina.

The Cavaliers have an overall record of 5-1 and a 2-1 mark in the ACC this season, with the lone loss coming at North Carolina last weekend. Virginia is led by sophomore Austin Ramirez (Brookfield, Wis.), who has the ACC's best times this season in both the 1,000 yard freestyle (9:18.00) and the 1,650 yard freestyle (15:30.88). Other Cavaliers who currently rank first in the ACC in their respective events are senior Jason Webb (Philadelphia, Pa.) in the 200 yard backstroke (1:46.27), and junior D.J. Gallagher (Manhasset, N.Y.) in the 200 yard breaststroke (2:02.98).

Virginia will be back in action this Saturday, Jan. 31, when it plays host to Villanova at 1:00 p.m. at the UVa Aquatic and Fitness Center.

The CSCAA Top 25 Poll follows:

    Rank   School              Points   Last Week
    1.     Stanford              320   1
    2.     Auburn                312   2
    3.     Texas                 296   3
    4.     Georgia               284   4
    5.     Southern California   272   5
    6.     Tennessee             263   6
    7.     Michigan              231   7
    8.     Florida               224   8
    9.     Southern Methodist    203   10
   10.     Arizona               198   9
   11.     Florida State         190   11
   12.     California            174   14
   13.     Minnesota             171   13
           Arizona State         171   12
   15.     Miami (Fla.)          133   15
   16.     Nebraska              123   16
   17.     Harvard               122   17
   18.     North Carolina        114   18
   19.     Louisiana State        96   19
   20.     Texas A&M              69   20
   21.     Purdue                 62   22
   22.     Kansas                 55   21
   23.     Virginia               42   23
   24.     Iowa State             29   24
   25.     Indiana                14   -