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Big Green Close 2012-13 Season Ranked in Mid Major Poll

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The Big Green men closed the season with a No. 9 ranking in the mid major poll.      By Mark Washburn

HANOVER, N.H. - The Dartmouth men and women's swimming and diving programs concluded a successful season by earning rankings in the final Mid Major Poll. The Dartmouth men cracked the top 10 checking in at No. 9 while the women concluded the season ranked 20th.

The Ivy League was well represented on both sides as Harvard concluded the season as the top ranked mid-major program on both sides, while Princeton took second place in both the men and women's polls. This is first time Harvard has taken top billing in both polls.

Heading into the Ivy League championships, the Dartmouth women were just outside the top 25, ranked No. 27 and bolstered by impressive performances at the annual league meet moved into the top 20 for the first time this season.

The Dartmouth men have been ranked in the poll throughout the season and entering the final week of the regular season were ranked No. 12. The Big Green's outstanding Ivy League Championship, highlighted by three event titles from Swimmer of the Meet, Nejc Zupan (Kamnik, Slovenia), pushed the men’s team into the top 10 - it's highest ranking in program history.

This is the second consecutive year, the Big Green have closed the season ranked in the mid major poll. Last season, the men's squad concluded the season ranked No. 12 while the women were No. 14.  For the second consecutive season, both Big Green squads earned top five finishes at the Ivy League Championships. Diver Katy Feng (Westfield, Mass) earned All-Ivy First team honors for the women while Zupan took home first team honors on the men's side. James Verhagen (Randberg, South Africa) and the 400-medley relay earned second-team accolades for the men.  

Zupan will represent Dartmouth at the 2013 NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Ind., March 28-30, where he will compete in the 200 IM and the 200 breast.

In all, 121 teams from seventy-five schools participated in the season's polling.  Now in its 11th year, the Mid-Major Rankings serve to provide an objective point system to compare teams' relative strength in a traditional dual meet lineup. The ranking is available to those institutions that a) are not members of a BCS conference or Mountain West Conference, or b) provide fewer than one-half of the allowable scholarships under the NCAA rules.

See the complete rankings HERE