WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross men's swimming and diving team was selected to finish eighth in the 2009 Patriot League preseason poll as voted on by head coaches and sports information directors from around the league. 2009 Patriot League champion, Navy was selected first in the poll with 98 points and 14 first place votes, while Army and Bucknell tied for second place with 79 points. Colgate (57 points) and Lehigh (53 points) rounded out the top five spots. Lafayette finished sixth in the voting with 41 points, American seventh with 27 points and Holy Cross eighth with 14 points.
The Crusaders return 14 from last season's squad and open the 2009-2010 season on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 2:00 p.m. when they host Lehigh in a dual meet at the Hart Center.