Oct. 19, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona women's swimming and diving team will begin the 2008-09 season right where it left off during the 2007-08 campaign--atop the rankings.
In the first set of CollegeSwimming.com rankings, the Wildcats are billed as the top-ranked team. Arizona returns an unprecedented 12 All-Americans, 24 letterwinners as well as an extremely talented group of newcomers. The team received 240 total points as well as all eight first place votes.
"It doesnt surprise me that our women are ranked No. 1," said Arizona head coach Frank Busch. "It's a great honor and we are looking forward to beginning the season."
The Wildcats won their first ever swimming national championship in a landside last season by totaling 484 points during the championships held in Columbus, Ohio.
A few opponents Arizona will face this season who are ranked in the top-10 include No. 3 Stanford, No. 5 California and No.7 Texas.
"The Pac-10 conference is the best conference when it comes to swimming competition," added Frank Busch. "We'll face some very talented teams this year in hopes that it strengthens and improves our team."
Arizona will open defense of its 2008 crown on Friday, Oct. 31 when they host Wisconsin at 2 p.m. at the newly remodeled Hillenbrand Aquatic Center.