BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- Following 18 weeks of varsity competition, the Women's National Top 25 Poll comes to an end for the 2017 season with National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) National Champion Stanford University claiming top billing in the Week 18/May 17/Final Women's Varsity Top 25 Poll.
Stanford, which downed previously No. 1-ranked the University of California-Los Angeles by an 8-7 score in the NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship tilte game at the IU Natatorium on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, leads a Top 25 which experienced minor changes from the voting released on Wednesday, May 10, prior to the NCAA Championship.
Voted on by a panel of coaches from the Collegiate Water Polo Association (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 Top 25 Poll is compiled and released on each Wednesday during the season through the week following the NCAA Championship.
2017 WOMEN'S VARSITY NATIONAL TOP 25 (WEEK 18/MAY 17/FINAL)
The team selected as the best team in the nation during the Preseason voting back in January proved the pollsters correct by the end of the 2017 campaign as Stanford University bested previously No. 1-ranked the University of California-Los Angeles by an 8-7 score on Sunday, May 14, in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship title game at the IU Natatorium on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis to conclude the year at No. 1 in the Week 18/May 17/Final Women's Varsity National Top 25 Poll.
It marks the seventh time in 19 weekly polls during the 2017 season that the Cardinal (99 points) top the national scene as Stanford previously ranked at No. 1 in the Preseason, Week 1-to-5 and Week 13 National Top 25 Polls. UCLA (97 points) sees a four-week run at No. 1 snapped by the NCAA Championship game loss as the Bruins were rated as the nation's best in the Week 14-to-17 voting results. The University of Southern California (92 points) stood on top of the world in the Week 6-to-12 polls as the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) triumvirate combined to lead the National Top 25 Poll during the entirety of the season.
Although Stanford won the National Championship, the Cardinal do not finish the year as a unanimous No. 1 selection as the squad racks up 99 points to fall one vote shy of being the unquestioned best in the nation. UCLA claimed a single No. 1 vote with No. 2 spots across the rest of the board to slip to No. 2, while USC continues at No. 3 after holding the spot in the Week 17/May 10 voting as well.
Overall, the Top 10 of the Top 25 experiences minor changes with the University of California (88 points) and the University of California-Irvine (82 points) holding on at No. 4 and 5, respectively. Arizona State University (79 points) breaks out of a tie at No. 6 with the University of Michigan (77 points) from last week to take over sole possession of the position and drop the Wolverines back to No. 7.
University of the Pacific (71 points) stays at No. 8, while Princeton University (65 points) and Long Beach State University (65 points) are now tied at No. 9 to complete the Top 10.
The University of Hawaii (62 points) and the University of California-Davis (54 points) continue at No. 11 and 12 with San Diego State University (49 points) inching in front of Hartwick College (48 points) to assume the No. 13 slot. Hartwick drops back to No. 14 with Harvard University (37 points) and Wagner College (37 points) moving into a tie at No. 15.
The University of California-San Diego (35 points), Indiana University (31 points), California State University-Northridge (30 points), San Jose State University (28 points), the University of California-Santa Barbara (27 points), CSU Bakersfield (19 points), Loyola Marymount University (15 points), Marist College (8 points) and Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (2 points) complete the Top 25 as the teams remain at No. 17-to-25.
2017 VARSITY TOP 25 POLL (WEEK 18/MAY 17/FINAL)
|Rank||Team||2017 Week 17 Poll||Points|
|2||University of California-Los Angeles||1||97|
|3||University of Southern California||3||92|
|4||University of California||4||88|
|5||University of California-Irvine||5||82|
|6||Arizona State University||6 (T)||79|
|7||University of Michigan||6 (T)||77|
|8||University of the Pacific||8||71|
|9 (T)||Long Beach State University||10||65|
|9 (T)||Princeton University||9||65|
|11||University of Hawaii||11||62|
|12||University of California-Davis||12||54|
|13||San Diego State University||14||49|
|15 (T)||Wagner College||16||37|
|15 (T)||Harvard University||15||37|
|17||University of California-San Diego||17||35|
|19||California State University, Northridge||19||30|
|20||San Jose State University||20||28|
|21||University of California-Santa Barbara||21||27|
|23||Loyola Marymount University||23||15|
|RV||California Baptist University||RV||1|
|RV||Santa Clara University||RV||1|
|RV||Fresno Pacific University||NR||1|
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