BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- Stanford University continues to cling to the No. 1 position in 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 2/January 25 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 maintains a two-point margin against the Trojans (98-to-96) and sees its margin versus the Bruins shrink to three-points (98-to-95).
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 Varsity 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 2/JANUARY 25)
Stanford University continues to reign supreme following the opening two weekends of competition as the Cardinal top the Week 2/January 25 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 (95 points) and the University of California (88 points) remain within striking distance at No. 2-to-4, respectively, for another week.
Similar to last week, the first change from the Preseason rankings comes at No. 5 as Arizona State University (83 points) reacquires sole possession of the No. 5 berth after tying with the University of Hawaii last week.
The University of California-Irvine (78 points) and the University of Michigan (76 points) both move up one position to take over at No. 6 and 7, respectively, while Hawaii (68 points) drops into a tie with the University of California-Santa Barbara (68 points) at No. 8.
Also similiar to last week, a new team cracks the Top 10 as the University of California-San Diego (60 points) shatters a tie with Princeton University at No. 11 to rate at No. 10.
Following the loss of UC-San Diego, Princeton gains another equal at No. 11 as fellow Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) institution Indiana University (59 points) moves up four places to rival the Tigers.
University of the Pacific (55 points) slips back to No. 13, with Long Beach State University (48 points) and San Diego State University (45 points) taking over at No. 14 and 15. Hartwick College (38 points) and San Jose State University (36 points) exchange the No. 16 and 17 slots in the National Top 25.
Harvard University (32 points) and the University of California-Davis (29 points), which were tied at No. 18 last week, reshuffle to stand at No. 18 and 19.
Loyola Marymount University (26 points), Wagner College (21 points), California State University, Northridge (23 points), California State University, Bakersfield (10 points), California Baptist University (8 points) and Marist College (8 points) account for No. 20-to-25, respectively.
Bucknell University (4 points), and California State University, East Bay (1 point), Sonoma State University (1 point) and Brown University (1 point) also received votes.
2017 VARSITY TOP 25 POLL (WEEK 2/JANUARY 25)
|Rank||Team||2017 Week 1 Poll||Points|
|2||University of Southern California||2||96|
|3||University of California-Los Angeles||3||95|
|4||University of California||4||88|
|5||Arizona State University||5 (T)||83|
|6||University of California-Irvine||7||78|
|7||University of Michigan||8||76|
|8 (T)||University of Hawaii||5 (T)||68|
|8 (T)||University of California-Santa Barbara||9||68|
|10||University of California-San Diego||11 (T)||60|
|11 (T)||Princeton University||11 (T)||59|
|11 (T)||Indiana University||15||59|
|13||University of the Pacific||10||55|
|14||Long Beach State University||13||48|
|15||San Diego State University||14||45|
|17||San Jose State University||16||36|
|18||Harvard University||18 (T)||32|
|19||University of California-Davis||18 (T)||29|
|20||Loyola Marymount University||20||26|
|22||California State University, Northridge||23||12|
|23||California State University, Bakersfield||25||10|
|24 (T)||California Baptist University||22||8|
|24 (T)||Marist College||RV||8|
|RV||California State University, East Bay||RV||1|
|RV||Sonoma State University||NR||1|
2017 WOMEN'S VARSITY DIVISION III TOP 10 (WEEK 2/JANUARY 25)
Whittier College remains the top-ranked team as the Poets lead the Week 2/January 25 Division III Top 10 Poll.
The lead for Whittier (97 points) decreases this week as the Poets now hold a razor-thin one-point margin against Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (96 points) as the Poets and Sagehens once again both claimed first-place votes this week. The University of La Verne (91 points), Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges (81 points) and Chapman University (80 points) complete an All-California Top Five for another seven-day period.
California Lutheran University (77 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.
The lone change in the Top 10 comes at No. 8 as the trio of Washington & Jefferson College (60 points), Connecticut College (60 points) and Occidental College (60 points) go from rating at No. 8-to-10, respectively, to standing shoulder-to-shoulder in a three-way tie to round out this week's balloting.
2017 DIVISION III TOP 10 POLL (WEEK 2/JANUARY 25)
|Rank||Team||2017 Week 1 Poll||Points|
|3||University of La Verne||3||91|
|6||California Lutheran University||6||77|
|7||University of Redlands||7||73|
|8 (T)||Connecticut College||9||60|
|8 (T)||Washington & Jefferson College||8||60|
|8 (T)||Occidental College||10||60|
2017 WOMEN'S CWPA TOP 10 (WEEK 2/JANUARY 25)
2016 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Champion and preseason favorite the University of Michigan is once again the No. 1 selection in the Week 2/January 25 CWPA Top 10 Poll.
The majority of the league poll remains unchanged as Princeton University (94 points) remains at No. 2 but sees its deficit against the Wolverines (97 points) widen from a single point after Week 1 to three points after 14 days of action.
2016 CWPA Championship runner-up Indiana University (90 points) accounts for the lone change this week as the Hoosiers bypass Hartwick College (88 points) to assume the No. 3 spot and move the Hawks back to No. 4.
Harvard University (81 points), Bucknell University (73 points), Brown University (71 points), George Washington University (66 points), Connecticut College (59 points) and Washington & Jefferson College (44 points) round out the Top 10 by retaining their previous rankings.
Saint Francis University (12 points), which is making its debut in 2017 as a varsity program, stands just outside the Top 10 in receiving votes.
2017 CWPA POLL TOP 10 POLL (WEEK 2/JANUARY 25)
|Rank||Team||2017 Week 1 Poll||Points|
|1||University of Michigan||1||97|
|8||George Washington University||8||66|
|10||Washington & Jefferson College||10||44|
|RV||Saint Francis University||NR||12|
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 2/January 25 CWPA Division III Top Five Poll.
The ranking is in conflict with the CWPA Top 10 Poll for a second week as 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 CWPA Division III Champion Connecticut College (93 points) stands in front of the W&J Presidents (97 points) when weighing all of the league's membership (Division I & III). The difference is partialy explained due to the pollsters as the CWPA Top 10 includes primarily Division I member institutions, while the CWPA Division III Top 10 is predominantly ranked by Division III head coaches who see the league's smaller institutions compete on a more regular and consistent basis.
Carthage College (94 points) remains at No. 2 behind W&J in the CWPA Division III rankings 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 (84 points).
Penn State Behrend (49 points) rates at No. 5 and Monmouth College (33 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 2/JANUARY 25)
|Rank||Team||2017 Week 1 Poll||Points|
|1||Washington & Jefferson College||1||97|
|4||Grove City College||4||84|
|5||Penn State Behrend||5||49|
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