Athletics News

Stanford Continues Hold At Number One; UC-Irvine Climbs To Sixth Spot In Latest Varsity Top 25


Feb. 15, 2017

BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- Stanford University continues to rate as the No. 1 team 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 5/February 15 Polls released today by the CWPA.

It marks the sixth time in as many polls (Preseason, Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5) 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 5/FEBRUARY 15)

Stanford University retains its position at No. 1 as the Cardinal top the Week 5/February 15 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.

The first five positions in the Top 25 remain unchanged as Arizona State University (84 points) completes an All-MPSF Top Five. 

Change comes to the Top 10 over the span of the final five places as the University of California-Irvine (79 points) leaps the University of Michigan (73 points) and the University of Hawaii (74 points) to acquire possession of the No. 6 slot.  Hawaii and Michigan, which came in at No. 7 and 6 last week, exchange spots in the February 15 voting to now stand at No. 6 and 7.

The University of California-Santa Barbara (66 points) claims sole possession of the No. 9 position this week with Princeton University (57 points) breaking into the Top 10 at the final spot.

The University of the Pacific (56 points), the University of California-Davis (53 points) and San Diego State University (52 points) join Princeton in moving up the ranks as the trio rate at No. 11-to-13, respectively. Inversely, Indiana University (49 points), Long Beach State University (47 points), San Jose State University (44 points), the University of California-San Diego (40 points) and Hartwick College (35 points) fall back to No. 14-to-18.

Harvard University (26 points), Loyola Marymount University (25 points), Wagner College (22 points), California State University, Northridge (18 points), Marist College (10 points), California State University, Bakersfield (8 points) and California Baptist University (3 points) complete the Top 25.

2017 VARSITY TOP 25 POLL (WEEK 5/FEBRUARY 15)

Rank  Team 2017 Week 4 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 84
6  University of California-Irvine 8 79
7  University of Hawaii 7 74
8  University of Michigan 6 73
9  University of California-Santa Barbara 9 (T) 66
10  Princeton University 11 57
11  University of the Pacific 13 56
12  University of California-Davis 18 53
13  San Diego State University 17 52
14  Indiana University 12 49
15  Long Beach State University 14 47
16  San Jose State University 15 44
17  University of California-San Diego 9 (T) 40
18  Hartwick College 16 35
19  Harvard University 21 26
20  Loyola Marymount University 20 25
21  Wagner College 19 22
22  California State University, Northridge 22 18
23  Marist College 23 10
24  California State University, Bakersfield 24 8
25  California Baptist University 25 3
RV  Brown University RV 2
RV  California State University, East Bay NR 1
RV  Bucknell University RV 1
RV  St. Francis College Brooklyn NR 1

 

2017 WOMEN'S VARSITY DIVISION III TOP 10 (WEEK 5/FEBRUARY 15)

Whittier College remains the top-ranked team as the Poets lead the Week 5/February 15 Division III Top 10 Poll.

The lead for Whittier (98 points) shrinks by one point from the Week 4 voting as Poets now hold a two-point margin against Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (96 points) as the Poets and Sagehens both claimed first-place votes this week.

Change comes to the Top 10 as the University of La Verne (90 points) and Chapman University (82 points) both improves two places to take over at No. 3 and 4.  Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges (77 points) and California Lutheran University (77 points) complete an All-California Top Five as the duo are tied for the final spot.

The University of Redlands (70 points) and Occidental College (65 points) remain at No. 7 and 8 with Connecticut College (60 points) and Washington & Jefferson College (49 points) hanging on at No. 9 and 10.

2017 DIVISION III TOP 10 POLL (WEEK 5/FEBRUARY 15)

Rank  Team 2017 Week 4 Poll Points
1  Whittier College 1 98
2  Pomona-Pitzer Colleges 2 96
3  University of La Verne 4 90
4  Chapman University 5 82
5 (T)  Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges 3 77
5 (T)  California Lutheran University 6 77
7  University of Redlands 7 70
8  Occidental College 8 65
9  Connecticut College 9 60
10  Washington & Jefferson College 10 49
RV  California Institute of Technology NR 11

 

2017 WOMEN'S CWPA TOP 10 (WEEK 5/FEBRUARY 15)

2016 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Champion and preseason favorite the University of Michigan is once again the No. 1 selection in the Week 5/February 15 CWPA Top 10 Poll.

Princeton University (96 points), which trailed Michigan 98-to-95 last week, moves closer to the Wolverines to shave the Maize & Blue's lead down to two points. 

The first change comes at No. 3 as Indiana University (90 points) supplants Hartwick College (86 points) to drive the Hawks back to No. 4. 

Harvard University (79 points), Brown University (76 points), Bucknell University (68 points), George Washington University (67 points) and Connecticut College (48 points) continue at No. 5-to-9, respectively, for another week with first-year program Saint Francis University (35 points) breaking into the Top 10 in the final spot.

Washington & Jefferson College (33 points), which was No. 10 last week, also receives votes.

2017 CWPA POLL TOP 10 POLL (WEEK 5/FEBRURARY 15)

Rank  Team 2017 Week 4 Poll Points
1  University of Michigan 1 98
2  Princeton University 2 96
3  Indiana University 4 90
4  Hartwick College 3 86
5  Harvard University 5 79
6  Brown University 6 76
7  Bucknell University 7 68
8  George Washington University 8 67
9  Connecticut College 9 48
10  Saint Francis University (Pa.) NR 35
RV  Washington & Jefferson College 10 33

 

2017 WOMEN'S CWPA DIVISION III TOP 5 (WEEK 5/FEBRUARY 15)

2014, 2015 and 2016 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Championship runner-up Washington & Jefferson College stays at No. 1 in the Week 5/February 15 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 (92 points) remains at No. 3 with three-time CWPA Division III Champion (2010, 2011, 2012) Grove City College (66 points) sticking at No. 4.

The Top Five has seven teams for the second time in as many weeks as Macalester College (33 points), Penn State Behrend (33 points) and Monmouth College (33 points) stand 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 5/FEBRUARY 15)

Rank  Team 2017 Week 4 Poll Points
1  Washington & Jefferson College 1 97
2  Connecticut College 2 96
3  Carthage College 3 92
4  Grove City College 4 66
5 (T)  Macalester College 5 (T) 33
5 (T)  Monmouth College 5 (T) 33
5 (T)  Penn State Behrend 5 (T) 33
MORE HEADLINES

TOP VIDEOS
PROMOTION

CALENDAR

Follow us!

Instagram

USA Water Polo - 2124 Main Street, Suite 240 Huntington Beach, CA 92648 - 714.500.5445. - www.usawaterpolo.org
Back to top