The University of Illinois women's team is ranked 21st in the latest Speedo America's College Swimming Coaches Association Top 25 poll.
The ranking, released Thursday, is the UI program's highest ever. Its previous high was No. 22.
Stanford is ranked No. 1. Other rated Big Ten Conference schools besides the UI are No. 6 Michigan, No. 9 Minnesota, No. 15 Northwestern and No. 18 Wisconsin.
Illinois returns to action Jan. 2-3 at the Rainbow Classic in Hawaii.