COLLEGE STATION, Texas- The Texas A&M women’s swimming & diving team may have lost its showdown with the top-ranked Auburn Tigers last Saturday but the manner in which it happened has grabbed the attention of the voters in the College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Top 25 dual meet poll.
The new poll, released Thursday, has the Aggies (6-1) moving up two spots to the No. 4 slot. Only Auburn, Georgia, and Stanford are considered better dual meet teams in the entire country after the vote of this week’s pollsters. The new A&M ranking betters that of the 2007 squad that spent practically the entire season at the No. 5 spot.
Auburn earned 300 points including all 10 first-place votes in this week’s poll. After that, however, things tighten up considerably. Georgia is ranked second with 278 points and Stanford third with 276. The Aggies, at No. 4, are a mere three points from being tied with Georgia as the second-ranked team in the land with a total of 275 points in the poll.
The Aggies’ No. 4 ranking will be tested immediately as they head to Baton Rouge later today for a meet with the newly-minted No. 19 LSU Tigers on Saturday at noon.
Though A&M has beaten LSU each of the last six years in a row, the Tigers have been on the upswing as of late. LSU enters this weekend with its best ranking in more than a decade and is coming off its first top 20 finish at the NCAA Championships in six years.
LSU enters the meet with a 6-2 record with its only losses coming at the hands of No. 2 Georgia and No. 7 Florida. The Tigers defeated No. 22 Florida State, 187-113, in Tallahassee last Friday.
The Aggies took the lead in the all-time series with LSU last year, 13-12, with a 175-115 win in College Station on Jan. 20, 2007.
Saturday’s meet also serves as a homecoming for A&M head coach Steve Bultman. Bultman, a 1970 LSU graduate, had a major hand in restarting the LSU swimming & diving program in the late 1960’s after it was disbanded at the beginning of World War II. Bultman, by percentage, is the winningest swimming coach in A&M history and is just six wins shy of taking over the top spot for career women’s swimming wins in Aggieland.