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    Northwestern Ranked No. 8 in Opening CSCAA Coaches Poll

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Senior Mike Alexandrov is part of the best 1-2 punch in the nation, combining with Matt Grevers for 41 All-America honors in the past three seasons.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Senior Mike Alexandrov is part of the best 1-2 punch in the nation, combining with Matt Grevers for 41 All-America honors in the past three seasons.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Oct. 19, 2006

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern has earned a No. 8 ranking in the first College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) dual meet poll, the highest ranking in a preseason poll in program history.

    Northwestern earned 174 points in the poll, two more than No. 9 Georgia and seven less than No. 7 USC. Auburn received 7-of-8 first-place votes to earn the top spot in the poll with 239 points.

    The Wildcats are coming off three-consecutive top-11 finishes at the NCAA Championships, and return a combined 53 All-America honors including two-time NCAA 100 backstroke champion Matt Grevers (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest).

    Northwestern concluded last season's poll at No. 15 before finishing 10th at the NCAA Championships.

    For the complete men's and women's preseason CSCAA rankings, link to Swimming World Magazine. Northwestern begins its season at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, at No. 12 Indiana.