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Oct. 23, 2013

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina men’s swimming and diving team is ranked No. 25 in the first College Swimming Coaches Association of America Division I Team Rankings, the CSCAA announced Wednesday.

The Gamecocks earned their ranking after several stellar performances from some of its youngest swimmers at No. 8 Tennessee. Kevin Leithold posted the nation’s 12th ranked time in the 100 freestyle as he won the event at 44.61. The redshirt freshman also claimed the win in the 100 breaststroke with the 23rd ranked time of 56.27. Freshman Sam Lynch posted the 18th best time in the 100 butterfly as he won the event in 48.98.

The goal of the CSCAA rankings committee is to produce an in-season poll of the 25 best-performing teams in rank order at the time of each poll. The poll is not designed to predict the results of the NCAA Championship, but rather which teams would win head-to-head against other teams in the country.

The poll committee does not differentiate between the types of meets, or the status of a specific team in terms of rested versus unrested, when considering votes. Further, rankings are only based on performances that have taken place up to that point in the season, with an emphasis on action from the previous poll.

South Carolina returns to action on Saturday at East Carolina. The meet is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. ET at Minges Natatorium.

NCAA Division 1 Men’s Swimming and Diving Ranking as of October 23, 2013
1. Michigan (3-0)
2. Florida (2-0)
3. California (2-0)
4. Texas (1-0)
5. Stanford (1-0)
6. Georgia (4-0)
7. Minnesota (2-1)
8. Tennessee (2-0)
9. Indiana (0-2)
10. Florida State (1-0)
11. Ohio State (1-0)
12. Auburn (1-1)
13. Louisville (1-0)
14. Virginia Tech (3-0)
15. Alabama (1-1)
16. Missouri (0-1)
17. North Carolina (2-2)
18. Wisconsin (0-2)
19. Penn State (1-0)
20. Utah (1-0)
21. Iowa (1-1)
22. Notre Dame (0-2)
23. Arizona (0-1)
24. NC State (1-0)
25. South Carolina (1-1)