WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross women'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. Last year's Patriot League champion, Colgate was selected as the preseason favorite with 98 points and 14 first place votes, while Navy was selected second with 86 points and two first place votes. Bucknell (74 points), Army (59 points) and Lehigh (42 points) round out the top five spots, while American was voted sixth (39 points), Lafayette seventh (36 points) and Holy Cross eighth (14 points).
The Crusaders return 18 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.