Rankings Fixation Day: The Non-Revenue Sports Report

Submitted by Michigasling on January 13th, 2013 at 12:05 PM

For those who need a bit of distraction before whatever it is that's happening in an hour or two, a good time to note that both men's swimming and women's gymnastics are currently ranked No. 1 nationally.

Men's swimming & diving won 10 of 13 events to beat Purdue 153-90.  Not a big surprise, considering their depth (each individual event victory came from a different athlete) and that M is 56-0 against Purdue in dual meets.

Women's gymnastics was pre-season #10 and zipped (flipped?) up to #1 with their high-scoring victory last week in the three-team Cancun Classic, their first #1 national ranking since 2000.  Yesterday, they beat Nebraska, pre-season #7 and 2011 Big Ten Champion, 196.900-196.300.  The women currently share #1 with Florida (identical scores last week), but their score this week is higher than Florida's, so...

Men's gymnastics is preseason #1, not surprising considering their Olympic experience.  But having several members on the U.S. National Team may affect their ranking after their first meet (Jan. 19), which is apparently the same time as a required U.S. team camp.  Every team should have such problems.  A good test of their depth and experience for their rookies.

We return you now to revenue sports palpitations.

Comments

Raoul

January 13th, 2013 at 1:16 PM ^

This is not nearly as significant as the #1 rankings noted by the OP, but with a victory over Wisconsin today, the women's basketball team might sneak their way into the top 25. The team hasn't been ranked in more than a decade.

The game, by the way, is on the BTN—unfortunately it overlaps with the men's game as it begins at 2pm.

MGoShoe

January 13th, 2013 at 1:21 PM ^

...dual meet Fri night vs EMU. The events were run on a 20M course and (I think) 9 American records (all set in the '60s) were broken.

Swimming & Diving has made a big effort this year to conduct unique events and increase fan interest.

lhglrkwg

January 13th, 2013 at 3:49 PM ^

we have a legitimate shot at the DIrector's Cup this year. Hockey's doing us no favors but both basketball teams, both gymnastics teams, and mens swimming and diving seem sweet and softball can always be counted on for a great season