COLUMBUS, Ohio On the eve of its biggest meet of the season, Ohio State women’s swimming and diving received some good news in support of its season-long, positive efforts in the pool: the team has cracked the national Top 25 rankings by earning a No. 23 ranking in the College Swim Coaches Association/ final dual meet poll of the year.

The Buckeyes, in West Lafayette, Ind., for the start Wednesday evening of the 2010 Big Ten Championships, made the largest jump of any team in the poll by moving up five places to the No. 23 spot and, in the process, give the Big Ten Conference seven teams in the final poll. (To view the poll, click here.)

There is no doubt that Ohio State’s first dual meet win in 25 years over Michigan Jan. 23 – the Wolverines were ranked 16th at the time – contributed to the Buckeyes earning their Top 25 ranking. But this was also a culmination of a season-long effort by second-year coach Bill Dorenkott’s team. Consider:

  • Ohio State went 6-1 in dual meets;
  • It placed second of six teams in its own Ohio State Invitational;
  • Won the Elite Energy Pro-Am over the holidays in Oklahoma City;
  • Swam fast individually with eight NCAA “B” cuts;
  • Put forth a handful of strong relay squads; and
  • First started receiving votes in the national polls midway through the season and then kept receiving votes.

Until today, when the votes added up to Ohio State in the national rankings for the first time in a long time.