Georgetown at No. 1 for first time
Hoyas return six runners from last year’s fourth-place finisher
Georgetown’s women make their first-ever appearance as the top team in the country according to the nation’s coaches. The Hoyas’ previous all-time best ranking was No. 2 on September 24, 2002 – a season in which they eventually finished fourth nationally. In 2010, Georgetown again finished fourth, and this year return six of their seven NCAA lineup, including national runner-up Emily Infeld, Emily Jones, Renee Tomlin, and Madeline Chambers.
|Rank||School (First-Place Votes)||Points||Final 2010 rank|
|2||New mexico (1)||334||5|
At No. 2, New Mexico gained their all-time best ranking after claiming their all-time best NCAA finish of fifth a year ago. Providence rings in at No. 3. Both New Mexico and Providence also earned a first-place vote. Colorado, a new addition to the Pac-12, was selected fourth while two-time defending team champion Villanova was chosen as the No. 5 team in the land to begin the 2011 season.
Reigning national runner-up Florida State starts at No. 6, and No. 7 Stanford, No. 8 Arizona, No. 9 Duke, and No. 10 Iowa State round out the nation’s top ten.
Texas’ ranking at No. 14 is the squad’s all-time high.
The ACC with six members in the women’s top 30 leads all conferences. Florida State, Duke, No. 12 North Carolina, No. 17 Virginia, No. 18 Boston College, and No. 21 NC State will make the league as competitive as ever. The Big East, Big Ten, and Pac-12 each have five teams in the national poll.