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Stanford Maintains Hold On Top Spot In Women's Varsity Poll

Feb. 1, 2017

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 3/February 1 Polls released today by the CWPA.

It marks the fourth time in as many polls (Preseason, Week 1, Week 2, Week 3) that the Cardinal have topped the National Top 25 as Stanford continues to hold narrow leads over both the University of Southern California and the University of California-Los Angeles.  The Week 3 voting marks the first time this season that three teams have received first place votes as the Cardinal, Trojans and Bruins are once again all in the mix for the No. 1 spot.

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.


Stanford University continues to reign supreme following the opening weeks of competition as the Cardinal top the Week 3/February 1 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, continues to cling to the top spot 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.

Overall, the Top 10 remains relatively unchanged this week as Arizona State University (82 points), the University of California-Irvine (80 points) and the University of Michigan (75 points) continue at No. 5-to-7. 

The lone change in the upper echelon of the rankings comes at No. 8 as the University of Hawaii (69 points) shatters a tie with the University of California-Santa Barbara (65 points) at No. 8 to claim sole possession of the position.

The University of California-San Diego (61 points) completes the Top 10 for the second time in as many weeks, while Princeton University (57 points) edges out the University of the Pacific (56 points) to retain 11th place for another week.

Pacific, which was 13th last week, shoulders in front of Indiana University (54 points) to assume the No. 12 spot and drop the Hoosiers back to No. 13.

Long Beach State University (50 points) and San Diego State University (42 points) remain at No. 14 and 15, respectively, while Hartwick College (35 points) gains company at No. 16 from surging San Jose State University (35 points) which equals the Hawks for the position this week.

The University of California-Davis (32 points) and Harvard University (31 points) exchange the No. 18 and 19 slots, while Loyola Marymount University (29 points), Wagner College (27 points) and California State University, Northridge (13 points) stay at No. 20-to-22.

Marist College (10 points) ascends into a tie California State University, Bakersfield (10 points) at No. 23 with California Baptist University (6 points) completing the Top 25.


Rank  Team 2017 Week 2 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  Arizona State University 5 82
6  University of California-Irvine 6 80
7  University of Michigan 7 75
8  University of Hawaii 8 (T) 69
9  University of California-Santa Barbara 8 (T) 66
10  University of California-San Diego 10 61
11  Princeton University 11 (T) 57
12  University of the Pacific 13 56
13  Indiana University 11 (T) 54
14  Long Beach State University 14 50
15  San Diego State University 15 42
16 (T)  Hartwick College 16 35
16 (T)  San Jose State University 17 35
18  University of California-Davis 19 32
19  Harvard University 18 31
20  Loyola Marymount University 20 29
21  Wagner College 21 27
22  California State University, Northridge 22 13
23 (T)  Marist College 24 (T) 10
23 (T)  California State University, Bakersfield 23 10
25  California Baptist University 24 (T) 6
RV  Bucknell University RV 3
RV  Brown University RV 2



Whittier College remains the top-ranked team as the Poets lead the Week 3/February 1 Division III Top 10 Poll.

The lead for Whittier (97 points) expands this week as the Poets now hold a two-point margin against Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (95 points) as the Poets and Sagehens once again both claimed first-place votes this week.  The University of La Verne (93 points) move within four points of Whittier by also receiving a first place vote, while Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges (83 points) and Chapman University (81 points) complete an All-California Top Five for another seven-day period.

California Lutheran University (74 points) and the University of Redlands (72 points) continue the Golden State's dominance in the early voting by ranking at No. 6 and 7, respectively.

The final three spots in the Top 10 are once again a three-horse race as the trio of Washington & Jefferson College (60 points), Connecticut College (60 points) and Occidental College (60 points) remain shoulder-to-shoulder at No. 8 to round out this week's balloting.


Rank  Team 2017 Week 2 Poll Points
1  Whittier College 1 97
2  Pomona-Pitzer Colleges 2 95
3  University of La Verne 3 93
4  Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges 4 83
5  Chapman University 5 81
6  California Lutheran University 6 74
7  University of Redlands 7 72
8 (T)  Connecticut College 8 (T) 60
8 (T)  Washington & Jefferson College 8 (T) 60
8 (T)  Occidental College 8 (T) 60



2016 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Champion and preseason favorite the University of Michigan is once again the No. 1 selection in the Week 3/February 1 CWPA Top 10 Poll.

With no CWPA teams in competition over the course of the past seven days, the league poll remains mostly unchanged as Princeton University (93 points) remains at No. 2 and stays within three points of the Wolverines (97 points) for top-billing. 

 2016 CWPA Championship runner-up Indiana University (90 points) and Hartwick College (89 points) trade the No. 3 and 4 positions for the second time in as many weeks as the Hawks squeek past the Hoosiers.

Harvard University (82 points), Bucknell University (73 points), Brown University (71 points), George Washington University (66 points), Connecticut College (59 points) and Washington & Jefferson College (56 points) round out the Top 10 by retaining their previous rankings.


Rank  Team 2017 Week 2 Poll Points
1  University of Michigan 1 96
2  Princeton University 2 93
3  Hartwick College 4 90
4  Indiana University 3 89
5  Harvard University 5 82
6  Bucknell University 6 73
7  Brown University 7 71
8  George Washington University 8 66
9  Connecticut College 9 59
10  Washington & Jefferson College 10 56



2014, 2015 and 2016 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Championship runner-up Washington & Jefferson College stays at No. 1 in the Week 3/February 1 CWPA Division III Top Five Poll.

The ranking is in conflict with the CWPA Top 10 Poll for a third week as 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 CWPA Division III Champion Connecticut College (95 points) stands in front of the W&J Presidents (96 points) when weighing all of the league's membership (Division I & III).  The difference is partially 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.

However, the Division III league pollsters do move the Presidents and Camels closer this week as Connecticut takes over at No. 2 to dislodge and drop Carthage College (93 points) back to No. 3.

Three-time CWPA Division III Champion (2010, 2011, 2012) Grove City College (83 points) retains the No. 4 slot, while Penn State Behrend (33 points) and Monmouth College (33 points) enter into a tie at No. 5.

Macalester College (17 points), which was unranked in the CWPA Division III Top Five Poll this year, makes its first appearance as the Scots become the seventh team to garner at least one vote in 2017.

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


Rank  Team 2017 Week 2 Poll Points
1  Washington & Jefferson College 1 96
2  Connecticut College 3 95
3  Carthage College 2 93
4  Grove City College 4 83
5 (T)  Penn State Behrend 5 33
5 (T)  Monmouth College RV 33
RV  Macalester College NR 17



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