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Stanford Stays In Number One Spot; Michigan Up To Sixth In Latest Varsity Top 25 Poll


Feb. 8, 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 4/February 8 Polls released today by the CWPA.

It marks the fifth time in as many polls (Preseason, Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4) 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

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 4/FEBRUARY 8)

Stanford University keeps trucking on top of the national women's collegiate water polo scene following the opening weeks of competition as the Cardinal top the Week 4/February 8 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 (93 points) and the University of California (88 points) remain within striking distance at No. 2-to-4, respectively, for another week.

The first five positions in the Top 25 remain unchanged as Arizona State University (81 points) sticks at No. 5 for another week.  However, the Sun Devils have a new team in their rear-view mirror as the University of Michigan (80 points) rises one place to No. 6 to raise the prospect of an "East Coast" team breaking into the Top Five in the near future.

The University of Hawaii (75 points) follows the Wolverines up the rankings by jumping from No. 8 to 7 in forcing former No. 6 the University of California-Irvine (71 points) back to No. 8.  The University of California-Santa Barbara (64 points) and the University of California-San Diego (64 points) complete the Top 10 as the duo tie at No. 9.

Princeton University (59 points) retains its former position at No. 11 with Indiana University (56 points) and University of the Pacific (55 points) trading the No. 12 and 13 berths.

Long Beach State University (49 points), San Jose State University (42 points) and Hartwick College (40 points) adjust to stand at No. 14-to-16, respectively, with San Diego State University (39 points) rating at No. 17.

The University of California-Davis (32 points), Wagner College (26 points) and Loyola Marymount University (25 points) round out the Top 20, with the quintet of Harvard University (20 points), California State University, Northridge (15 points), Marist College (13 points), California State University, Bakersfield (8 points) and California Baptist University (6 points) completing the Top 25.

2017 VARSITY TOP 25 POLL (WEEK 4/FEBRUARY 8)

Rank  Team 2017 Week 3 Poll Points
1  Stanford University 1 98
2  University of Southern California 2 96
3  University of California-Los Angeles 3 93
4  University of California 4 88
5  Arizona State University 5 81
6  University of Michigan 7 80
7  University of Hawaii 8 75
8  University of of California-Irvine 6 71
9 (T)  University of California-Santa Barbara 9 64
9 (T)  University of California-San Diego 10 64
11  Princeton University 11 59
12  Indiana University 13 56
13  University of the Pacific 12 55
14  Long Beach State University 14 49
15  San Jose State University 16 (T) 42
16  Hartwick College 16 (T) 40
17  San Diego State University 15 39
18  University of California-Davis 18 32
19  Wagner College 21 26
20  Loyola Marymount University 20 25
21  Harvard University 19 20
22  California State University, Northridge 22 15
23  Marist College 23 (T) 13
24  California State University, Bakersfield 23 (T) 8
25  California Baptist University 25 6
RV  Brown University RV 2
RV  Virginia Military Institute NR 1
RV  Bucknell University RV 1

 

2017 WOMEN'S VARSITY DIVISION III TOP 10 (WEEK 4/FEBRUARY 8)

Whittier College remains the top-ranked team as the Poets lead the Week 4/February 8 Division III Top 10 Poll.

The lead for Whittier (98 points) expands yet again week as the Poets now hold a three-point margin against Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (95 points) as the Poets and Sagehens both claimed first-place votes this week.

Change comes to the Top 10 as Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges (86 points) supplants the University of La Verne (84 points) at No. 3. Chapman University (78 points) completes an All-California Top Five for another seven-day period.

California Lutheran University (75 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.

Unlike last week, the final three spots in the Top 10 are no longer a tie at No. 8 as Occidental College (67 points), Connecticut College (61 points) and Washington & Jefferson College (48 points) now rate at No. 8-to-10, respectively.

2017 DIVISION III TOP 10 POLL (WEEK 4/FEBRUARY 8)

Rank  Team 2017 Week 3 Poll Points
1  Whittier College 1 98
2  Pomona-Pitzer Colleges 2 95
3  Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges 4 86
4  University of La Verne 3 84
5  Chapman University 5 78
6  California Lutheran University 6 75
7  University of Redlands 7 72
8  Occidental College 8 (T) 67
9  Connecticut College 8 (T) 61
10  Washington & Jefferson College 8 (T) 48
RV  California Institute of Technology NR 11

 

2017 WOMEN'S CWPA TOP 10 (WEEK 4/FEBRUARY 8)

2016 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Champion and preseason favorite the University of Michigan is once again the No. 1 selection in the Week 4/February 8 CWPA Top 10 Poll.

With the majority of the league's membership having competed for the first time in the past seven days, little change occurs in the CWPA Top 10.

Princeton University (95 points) remains at No. 2 and stays within three points of the Wolverines (98 points) for top-billing. Hartwick College (89 points) and  2016 CWPA Championship runner-up Indiana University (88 points) continue at No. 3 and 4, respectively, with Harvard University (78 points) holding firm at No. 5.

The only change in the Top 10 comes at No. 6 as Brown University (76 points) moves ahead of Bucknell University (71 points) to move the Bison back to No. 7. 

George Washington University (65 points), Connecticut College (60 points) and Washington & Jefferson College (55 points) round out the Top 10 by retaining their previous rankings at No. 8-to-10.

2017 CWPA POLL TOP 10 POLL (WEEK 4/FEBRURARY 8)

Rank  Team 2017 Week 3 Poll Points
1  University of Michigan 1 98
2  Princeton University 2 95
3  Hartwick College 3 89
4  Indiana University 4 88
5  Harvard University 5 78
6  Brown University 7 76
7  Bucknell University 6 71
8  George Washington University 8 65
9  Connecticut College 9 60
10  Washington & Jefferson College 10 55

 

2017 WOMEN'S CWPA DIVISION III TOP 5 (WEEK 4/FEBRUARY 8)

2014, 2015 and 2016 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Championship runner-up Washington & Jefferson College stays at No. 1 in the Week 4/February 8 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 (96 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 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.

Carthage College (91 points) remains at No. 3 with three-time CWPA Division III Champion (2010, 2011, 2012) Grove City College (67 points) sticking at No. 4.

The Top Five now has seven teams among its ranks as Macalester College (33 points) joins Penn State Behrend (33 points) and Monmouth College (33 points) in a three-way tie at No. 5.

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.

2017 CWPA DIVISION III TOP 5 POLL (WEEK 4/FEBRUARY 8)

Rank  Team 2017 Week 3 Poll Points
1  Washington & Jefferson College 1 97
2  Connecticut College 2 96
3  Carthage College 3 91
4  Grove City College 4 67
5 (T)  Monmouth College 5 (T) 33
5 (T)  Macalester College RV 33
5 (T)  Penn State Behrend 5 (T) 33
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