The ranking is the highest for a Rutgers women’s swimming team in more than 20 years. The Scarlet Knights join fellow BIG EAST schools Notre Dame (14) and Miami (19) in the polls.
The women went 7-2 last season, with a perfect 6-0 mark in the BIG EAST last season to finish second in the conference. The Scarlet Knights placed 29th at the NCAA Championships.
Rutgers will open the season Saturday, Nov. 2, in Morgantown, WV, to face West Virginia at 12 p.m.