BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- Limited competition in many of the conferences brings few changes to the landscape of women's varsity water polo this week as the University of California-Los Angeles tops the nation for another week as the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) releases the Week 15/April 26 Women's Varsity Top 25, Division III Top 10, Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Top 10 and CWPA Division III Top Five Polls for the 2017 season.
Following three weeks in which Stanford University, the University of Southern California and finally UCLA each held the No. 1 spot, a degree on consistency returns with the Bruins retaining position of the top position for a second week in a row.
Unlike the National Top 25 and the CWPA league Top 10, in which the University of Michigan retains a firm and unanimous grip at No. 1, the two Division III polls experience radical shits with Pomona-Pitzer Colleges and Macalester College climbing to No. 1 in the Division III Top 10 and CWPA Division III Top Five after the Sagehens and Scots claimed the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) and CWPA Division III crowns, respectively.
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 15/APRIL 26)
The University of California-Los Angeles become a unanimous top choice in the country this week as the Bruins lead the Week 15/April 26 Women's Varsity National Top 25 Poll.
UCLA (100 points), which displaced former No. 1 Stanford University (96 points) to drop the Cardinal into a tie at No. 2 with fellow previously top-ranked the University of Southern California (92 points) last week, picks-up the two points it missed out on last week to now stand as the undisputed top team in the nation per the pollsters through games of April 23.
Stanford acquires sole possession of the runner-up spot this week over USC, with Arizona State University (87 points) breaking out of a tie with the University of California (84 points) to rate at No. 4 and 5, respectively.
The University of California-Irvine (79 points), the University of Michigan (77 points) and the University of Hawaii (73 points) continue at No. 6-to-8 with Princeton University (65 points) slipping out of a tie with the University of the Pacific (64 points) to take over at No. 9 as the two Tigers' programs round out the Top 10.
The University of California-Davis (48 points) moves up two places to No. 11, Long Beach State University (54 points) remains at No. 12, San Diego State University (48 points) falls back to No. 13 and San Jose State University (46 points) rises to No. 14.
Hartwick College (44 points) remains at No. 15, Indiana University (42 points) inches up to No. 16 and the University of California-Santa Barbara (39 points) drops to No. 17 with the duo of the University of California-San Diego (33 points) and Wagner College (31 points) remaining at No. 18 and 19.
Harvard University (21 points) and California State University-Northridge (21 points) are now tied at No. 20 with CSU Bakersfield (18 points), Loyola Marymount University (12 points), Marist College (7 points) and Brown University (3 points) completing the Top 25.
2017 VARSITY TOP 25 POLL (WEEK 15/APRIL 26)
|Rank||Team||2017 Week 14 Poll||Points|
|1||University of California-Los Angeles||1||100|
|2||Stanford University||2 (T)||96|
|3||University of Southern California||2 (T)||92|
|4||Arizona State University||4 (T)||87|
|5||University of California||4 (T)||84|
|6||University of California-Irvine||6||79|
|7||University of Michigan||7||77|
|8||University of Hawaii||8||73|
|9||Princeton University||9 (T)||65|
|10||University of the Pacific||9 (T)||64|
|11||University of California-Davis||13||55|
|12||Long Beach State University||12||54|
|13||San Diego State University||11||48|
|14||San Jose State University||16||46|
|17||University of California-Santa Barbara||14||39|
|18||University of California-San Diego||18||33|
|20 (T)||California State University, Northridge||23||21|
|20 (T)||Harvard University||20||21|
|23||Loyola Marymount University||21||12|
|RV||California Baptist University||RV||2|
|RV||Santa Clara University||NR||1|
|RV||Virginia Military Institute||25||1|
|RV||California State University-East Bay||RV||1|
2017 WOMEN'S VARSITY DIVISION III TOP 10 (WEEK 15/APRIL 26/FINAL)
Pomona-Pitzer Colleges concludes the 2017 National Collegiate Athletic Assocaition (NCAA) season as the best small college team in the country as the Sagehens downed previously top-ranked Whittier College to capture the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) title and wrap-up the year at No. 1 in the Week 15/April 26/Final Division III Top 10 Poll.
The Saghens (100 points), who trailed Whitter by a 99-to-96 count in the Week 14/April 19 balloting, reacquire the top spot and knock Whittier (95 points) from the No. 1 position for the first time since the Week 2/January 27 Poll during the 2016 season.
Pomona-Pitzer achieved the feat by dropping the Poets by a 9-3 score in the SCIAC title game over the weekend to claim the first postseason berth to the National Collegiate Athletic Assocaition (NCAA) tournament. Due to the format of the tournament, Pomona-Pitzer is likely to compete in a play-in game to earn a trip to the final NCAA Championship site at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Indiana, in two weeks.
Whittier wraps up the year at No. 2 in the Division III voting, while the University of La Verne (88 points) stands at No. 3 after downing California Lutheran University (87 points) by a 9-7 score in the SCIAC Third Place game. Chapman University (79 points) finalizes an All-California Top Five.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges (73 points), the University of Redlands (70 points) and Occidental College (63 points) hold tight at No. 6-to-8.
Macalester College (51 points) takes over at No. 9 from Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Division III regular season champion Washington & Jefferson College (46 points) as the Scots downed the Presidents via a 10-9 decision in overtime to capture the 2017 CWPA Division III title at home in Saint Paul, Minn.
Carthage College (23 points) also received votes.
2017 DIVISION III TOP 10 POLL (WEEK 15/APRIL 26/FINAL)
|Rank||Team||2017 Week 14 Poll||Points|
|3||University of La Verne||3 (T)||88|
|4||California Lutheran University||3 (T)||87|
|7||University of Redlands||7||70|
|10||Washington & Jefferson College||9||46|
2017 WOMEN'S CWPA TOP 10 (WEEK 15/APRIL 26)
2016 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Champion, preseason favorite and 2017 CWPA regular season champion the University of Michigan continues its domination by retaining status as the No. 1 team in the Week 16/April 26 CWPA Top 10 Poll.
Due to no varsity competition occuring among the league's Division I institutions over the weekend, the Wolverines (100 points) were unchallenged for the No. 1 position in remaining a unanimous top choice.
Princeton University (95 points), Hartwick College (90 points), Indiana University (85 points), Harvard University (80 points), Brown University (75 points), Bucknell University (70 points), George Washington University (65 points) and Saint Francis University (58 points) retain their positions in the Top 10 at No. 2-to-9 as their standing reflects the institutions' seeds for the CWPA Championship on Friday-Sunday, April 28-30, at Indiana's Counsilman-Bilingsley Aquatic Center in Bloomington, Indiana.
The only change in the Top 10 comes in the final spot as 2017 CWPA Division III Champion Macalester College cracks the Top 10 for the first time in the program's history after downing previously 10th-ranked Washington & Jefferson College by a 10-9 score in overtime at home on Sunday, April 23.
W&J (11 points) also received votes.
2017 CWPA POLL TOP 10 POLL (WEEK 15/APRIL 26)
|Rank||Team||2017 Week 14 Poll||Points|
|1||University of Michigan||1||100|
|8||George Washington University||8||65|
|9||Saint Francis University (Pa.)||9||58|
|RV||Washington & Jefferson College||10||11|
2017 WOMEN'S CWPA DIVISION III TOP 5 (WEEK 15/APRIL 26/FINAL)
Macalester College defeated 2017 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Division III regular season champion Washington & Jefferson College to capture the league's Division III title and finish out the year at No. 1 in the Week 15/April 26/Final CWPA Division III Top Five Poll.
The Scots (98 points) do not complete the year as a unanimous top selection as the team edges out W&J (97 points) by one point, similar to how Macalester downed the Presidents by a 10-9 score in overtime at home in Riley Pool on Sunday, April 23, to win the program's first-ever league title in the sport of water polo.
It completes a come-from-behind season for Maclaester as Washington & Jefferson held a 98-to-97 lead over the Scots going into the championship weekend in Saint Paul, Minn., and a two-point spread a week prior after possessing a dominating 26-point lead four weeks prior.
Carthage College (90 points) remains at No. 3 after downing four-time CWPA Division III Champion (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016) Connecticut College (85 points) in the championship's Third Place game. The Camels wrap-up the year at No. 4 and Monmouth College (64 points) completes the year at No. 5.
2017 CWPA DIVISION III TOP 5 POLL (WEEK 15/APRIL 26/FINAL)
|Rank||Team||2017 Week 14 Poll||Points|
|2||Washington & Jefferson College||1||97|
|RV||Penn State Behrend|
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