The Meet: The Arizona swimming and diving teams will open up the 2000-2001 season with a two day meet Friday, Nov. 3 and saturday, Nov. 4, when they take on the Florida State Seminoles and teh SMU Mustangs, who will compete against the men's team, at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center in Tucson, Ariz. The Wildcat men are ranked No. 4 in the nation while, the Florida State men begin the season ranked No. 25 and the SMU men are ranked No. 15 in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America preseason poll. The top-ranked Arizona women will face the unranked Florida State women. The women begin the year with six newcomers and 21 returners, 12 of which are All-Americans. The men start their season with 13 newcomers and 13 returners, seven of which are All-Americans.
The Facts: In the preseason College Swimming Coaches Association of America Top-25 Poll, the Arizona women's swimming and diving team begin the year ranked first in the nation receiving all six votes, while the men will start in the No. 4 position, receiving one first place vote. The men trail No. 1Texas, Auburn and Stanford in the poll.
The women finished the 1999-2000 season in second place at the NCAA Championships behind the Georgia Bulldogs. The women's team won the Pac-10 title in the 1999-2000 season, Arizona was the first team ever to take home the title besides the Stanford Cardinal. The final dual-meet record for the women was 9-2, 4-1 in the Pac-10. The women return 21 letterwinners while only losing seven.
The men's team both return and lose 13 letterwinners from the 1999-2000 team. The men's dual meet record last year was 5-3, 2-2 in the Pac-10.The men finished the season third at NCAA Championships, the highest finish ever for an Arizona men's swimming and diving team.
Cats in the Polls: The men enter the meet ranked No. 4 in the nation in the preseason edition of the Speedo College Swimming Coaches Association Top-25 Poll. The men were ranked in the top-5 for the entire 1999-2000 season. The women enter this season ranked No. 1 in the counrty and held the No. 2 spot for the entire 1999-2000 season.
Other Pac-10 men's teams in the rankings include the Stanford at No. 3, California at No. 5, Southern California at No. 6 and Arizona State in the No. 13 spot.
For the women, California is No. 2, Stanford is No. 3, Southern California is No. 5, UCLA is No. 11 and the Arizona State women are No. 19.
The Wildcats Next Outing: Arizona will travel to Los Angeles on Friday, Nov. 10 to face Southern California. The men's team will then participate in the Southern California Invite on Saturday, Nov. 11, while the women swim UCLA.
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