In this week's ranking of Division I women, the University Georgia leads the way, much as it has all semester. At the Georgia Fall Invitational Allison Schmitt, Jordan Matern, Melanie Margalis, Shannon Vreeland, Chantal van Landeghem and Megan Romano each posted multiple swims that place them in the top 1.1% of all collegiate times. Moreover, the Bulldogs bettered their season-best times by an average of 4%. In all, twenty-four of twenty-seven swims ranked among the top 1%.
That was one swim more than the University of Southern California. The Trojans lit it up at the USA Swimming Winter Nationals. WIth twenty-three swims ranking among the top 1%, USC rolled up a 3% improvement rate en route to an average score of 1.15..
California produced the third-best performance of the season. At the Georgia Invite, twenty-one of the the defending NCAA Champions' top twenty-seven swims ranked among the top 1% for an average score of 1.22%.
In all, 188 women's teams were ranked. The SEC led the way with five of the top ten performances this fall. The Pac 12 was second with three of the top seven teams. The only non-SEC or Pac 12 teams to crack the top ten were Texas (9th) and Virginia (10th).