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Stanford Leads Varsity Poll After Opening Weekend Of Action


Jan. 18, 2017

BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- Through one weekend of action, preseason favorite the Cardinal of Stanford University continue to top the Women's National Top 25 to highlight the 2017 Women's Varsity Top 25, Division III Top 10, Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Top 10 and CWPA Division III Top Five Week 1/January 18 Polls released today by the CWPA.

The Cardinal, which finished second behind the University of Southern California (USC) last year at the 2016 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Women's Water Polo Championship hosted by the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), continues to hold a narrow lead over USC and UCLA as Stanford pushes its margin out to two-points against the Trojans (98-to-96) and sees its margin versus the Bruins shrink to four-points (98-to-94).

Whittier College (Division III Top 10), the University of Michigan (CWPA Top 10) and Washington & Jefferson College (CWPA Division III Top 5) also maintain their positions on top of the other national women's water polo varsity polls this week.

Voted on by a panel of coaches from the CWPA, Western Water Polo Association (WWPA), Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF), Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC), Big West Conference, Golden Coast Conference, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the Women's Varisty polls are compiled and released on each Wednesday during the season through the week following the NCAA Championship.

2017 WOMEN'S VARSITY NATIONAL TOP 25 (WEEK 1/JANUARY 18)

Stanford University continues to reign supreme following the opening weekend of competition as the Cardinal top the Week 1/January 18 Women's Varsity National Top 25 Poll.

Stanford (98 points), which claimed the 2014 and 2015 National Championships prior to falling to the University of Southern California at the University of California-Los Angeles last year in the quest for another crown, remains on top by a narrow margin as fellow Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) institutions USC (96 points), UCLA (94 points) and the University of California (88 points) remain within striking distance at No. 2-to-4, respectively, for another week.

The first change from the Preseason rankings comes at No. 5 as the University of Hawaii (80 points) ascends into a tie with previously Top Five-ranked Arizona State University (80 points) to tie for the fifth position.

The University of California-Irvine (76 points) and the University of Michigan (72 points) exchange the No. 6 and 7 slots, respectively, with the University of California-Santa Barbara (64 points) stands firm at No. 9 for another week. A new team cracks the Top 10 as University of the Pacific (61 points) powers its way from a tie at No. 12 with Princeton University in the preseason balloting to take over at No. 10.

Pacific's rise drops the University of California-San Diego (58 points) out of the Top 10 and into a tie with Princeton (58 points) at No. 11. 

Long Beach State University (53 points), San Diego State University (49 points), Indiana University (39 points), San Jose State University (37 points) and Hartwick College (36 points) rate at No. 13-to-17. 

The University of California-Davis (30 points) and Harvard University (30 points) are tied at No. 18, with Loyola Marymount University (27 points) completing the Top 20.

Wagner College (26 points), California Baptist University (14 points), California State University, Northridge (13 points), Bucknell University (9 points) and California State University, Bakersfield (6 points) finish out the Top 25.

2017 VARSITY TOP 25 POLL (WEEK 1/JANUARY 18)

Rank  Team 2017 Preseason Poll Points
1  Stanford University 1 98
2  University of Southern California 2 96
3  University of California-Los Angeles 3 94
4  University of California 4 88
5 (T)  University of Hawaii 6 80
5 (T)  Arizona State University 5 80
7  University of California-Irvine 8 76
8  University of Michigan 7 72
9  University of California-Santa Barbara 9 64
10  University of the Pacific 12 (T) 61
11 (T)  University of California-San Diego 10 58
11 (T)  Princeton University 12 (T) 58
13  Long Beach State University 11 53
14  San Diego State University 15 49
15  Indiana University 16 39
16  San Jose State University 14 37
17  Hartwick College 18 36
18 (T)  University of California-Davis 17 30
18 (T)  Harvard University 19 30
20  Loyola Marymount University 21 27
21  Wagner College 20 26
22  California Baptist University 24 14
23  California State University-Northridge 23 13
24  Bucknell University 22 9
25  California State University-Bakersfield 25 6
RV  Marist College RV 3
RV  California State University-East Bay RV 3

 

2017 WOMEN'S VARSITY DIVISION III TOP 10 (WEEK 1/JANUARY 18)

Whittier College remains the top-ranked team as the Poets lead the Week 1/January 18 Division III Top 10 Poll.

Whittier (98 points) continues to possess a two-point lead versus Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (96 points) as the Poets and Sagehens both claimed first-place votes this week.  The University of La Verne (86 points), Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges (83 points) and Chapman University (80 points) complete an All-California Top Five.

California Lutheran University (78 points) and the University of Redlands (73 points) continue the Golden State's dominance in the early voting by ranking at No. 6 and 7, respectively.

Washington & Jefferson College (62 points) breaks up California's run for the second week in-a-row by holding the No. 8 position. 

The lone change in the Top 10 comes at No. 9 as Connecticut College (60 points) supplants Occidental College (36 points).

Carthage College (24 points) also received votes.

2017 DIVISION III TOP 10 POLL (WEEK 1/JANUARY 18)

Rank  Team 2017 Preseason Poll Points
1  Whittier College 1 98
2  Pomona-Pitzer Colleges 2 96
3  University of La Verne 3 86
4  Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges 4 83
5  Chapman University 5 80
6  California Lutheran University 6 78
7  University of Redlands 7 73
8  Washington & Jefferson College 8 62
9  Connecticut College 10 60
10  Occidental College 9 36
RV  Carthage College RV 23

 

2017 WOMEN'S CWPA TOP 10 (WEEK 1/JANUARY 18)

2016 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Champion and preseason favorite the University of Michigan is once again the No. 1 selection in the Week 1/January 18 CWPA Top 10 Poll.

The majority of the league poll remains unchanged as Princeton University (96 points) remains at No. 2 and narrows its deficit against the Wolverines (97 points) to a single point.  Hartwick College (92 points) and 2016 CWPA Championship runner-up Indiana University (83 points) remain locks at No. 3 and 4 after assuming the spots in last week's preseason voting.

Harvard University (82 points), Bucknell University (73 points), Brown University (72 points) and George Washington University (65 points) hang on at No. 5-to-8, respectively.

The sole change in the Top 10 comes at No. 9 as Connecticut College (59 points) jumps in front of Washington & Jefferson College (56 points).

2017 CWPA POLL TOP 10 POLL (WEEK 1/JANUARY 18)

Rank  Team 2017 Preseason Poll Points
1  University of Michigan 1 97
2  Princeton University 2 96
3  Hartwick College 3 92
4  Indiana University 4 83
5  Harvard University 5 82
6  Bucknell University 6 73
7  Brown University 7 72
8  George Washington University 8 65
9  Connecticut College 10 59
10  Washington & Jefferson College 9 56

 

2017 WOMEN'S CWPA DIVISION III TOP 5 (WEEK 1/JANUARY 18)

2014, 2015 and 2016 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Championship runner-up Washington & Jefferson College stays at No. 1 in the Week 1/January 18 CWPA Division III Top Five Poll.

The ranking is in conflict with both the National Top 25 and CWPA Top 10 Poll which rate 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 CWPA Division III Champion Connecticut College (92 points) in front of the Presidents (98 points).

Carthage College (94 points) remains at No. 2 with Connecticut holding onto the No. 3 slot to stay in front of three-time CWPA Division III Champion (2010, 2011, 2012) Grove City College (68 points).

Penn State Behrend (66 points) rates at No. 5 and Monmouth College (32 points) receives votes to round out the six-ranked teams.

Celebrating its eighth season of competition, the CWPA Division III group is comprised of Carthage, Connecticut, Grove City, Macalester College, Monmouth, Penn State Behrend and Washington & Jefferson.

2017 CWPA DIVISION III TOP 5 POLL (WEEK 1/JANUARY 18)

Rank  Team 2017 Preseason Poll Points
1  Washington & Jefferson College 1 98
2  Carthage College 2 94
3  Connecticut College 3 92
4  Grove City College 4 68
5  Penn State Behrend 5 66
RV  Monmouth College NR 32
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