PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – In the second of four Mid-Major rankings released annually by the website collegeswimming.com, the Brown women's swimming and diving team (3-1, 1-1 Ivy League) was ranked 18th out of the 74 schools that submitted entries.
The Mid-Major Rankings were established eleven years ago by then-Evansville Head Coach Clark Campbell to provide an objective point system to compare teams' relative strength in a traditional dual meet lineup. Schools that fall under the Mid-Major umbrella are not members of a BCS conference or Mountain West Conference and provide less than one-half of the allowable scholarships under the NCAA rules.
Ivy League schools dominated the most recent rankings, with the Harvard Crimson claiming the top spot on the women's side and the Princeton Tigers taking third place honors. The Yale Bulldogs and Columbia Lions took seventh and 11th place respectively, and the Bears, grabbing the 18th spot, were followed by the Dartmouth Big Green, as they earned the 25th, and final, spot on the list.
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Brown experienced considerable success in the first half of the 2012-2013 season, triumphing in a closely contested battle with Boston University (152-148) and claiming a commanding victory over UMass-Amherst (172-126). In the first annual Brown Invitational, the Bears placed third, defeating Dartmouth (166-134) while falling to Princeton (198-101).
The Bears will resume competition on Saturday, January 5 against the Providence College Friars. The first race will begin at 1:00pm in Providence's Taylor Natatorium, with diving set to begin at the same time in the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center on the campus of Brown University.