No. 1 Stanford Remains Unanimous Top Pick in October 7 Varsity Poll
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Stanford University continues to rate as the undisputed No. 1 men's water polo team in the country as the Cardinal earned a perfect 100 points in the Men's Varsity Top 20, while Pomona-Pitzer Colleges and Princeton University took over the No. 1 positions in the Division III Top 10 and Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Top 10 polls released on October 7.
The rankings mark Stanford's third week at No. 1 in the Top 20, while Pomona-Pitzer snaps an eight week run at No. 1 by Johns Hopkins University in the D-III Top 10. In addition, Princeton returns to the No. 1 position in the Collegiate Water Polo Association for the first time since the September 9 poll, snapping Navy's three week tenure at No. 1 in the league poll.
Voted on by a panel of coaches and administrators from around the country during each week of the season and based on the cumulative results of each team, the Varsity Top 20, Division III Top 10 and Collegiate Water Polo Association Top 10 polls are released each Wednesday during the season until the Wednesday following the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship.
20 Varsity Poll
Stanford University held onto the No. 1 ranking in the country for a third week as the Cardinal earned 100 points to once again rate as the unanimous top team in the country.
The Top Six positions in the poll remain unchanged for a third consecutive week as University of California-Los Angeles, University of Southern California, University of California, Loyola Marymount University and University of California-Santa Barbara held onto their rankings at No. 2-6, respectively.
Pepperdine University climbed past Long Beach State University to take possession of the No. 7 spot, while University of California-Irvine held at No. 9 and Concordia University (Calif.) jumped back into the Top 10 by taking over the 10th position after ranking 14th a week ago.
University of California-San Diego moved up two places to No. 11, University of California-Davis stayed at No. 12 and University of the Pacific improved three spots to No. 13, while the United States Air Force Academy and Princeton University each garnered 31 points to tied for 14th place in the weekly poll.
Santa Clara University slipped to No. 16, United States Naval Academy and Bucknell University are tied at No. 17, Saint Francis College (N.Y.) dropped back to No. 19 and California Baptist University managed to hold onto the No. 20 spot to round out the Top 20 teams in the nation.
Overall, all 20 teams in last week's poll remained in the October 7 Top 20, while Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, University of Redlands and Brown University received votes this week.
Sept. 30 Poll
|2||University of California, Los Angeles||2||93|
|3||University of Southern California||3||92|
|4||University of California, Berkeley||4||85|
|5||Loyola Marymount University||5||81|
|6||University of California, Santa Barbara||6||75|
|8||Long Beach State University||7||66|
|9||University of California, Irvine||9||62|
|10||Concordia University (Calif.)||14||52|
|11||University of California, San Diego||13||51|
|12||University of California, Davis||12||45|
|13||University of the Pacific||16||34|
|14 (T)||United States Air Force Academy||15||31|
|14 (T)||Princeton University||19||31|
|16||Santa Clara University||11||29|
|17 (T)||Bucknell University||18||16|
|17 (T)||United States Naval Academy||10||16|
|19||Saint Francis College (N.Y.)||17||13|
|20||California Baptist University||20||7|
|RV||University of Redlands||RV||2|
Men's Division III Top 10 Varsity Poll
Pomona-Pitzer Colleges became the first Division III team besides Johns Hopkins University to rank No. 1 in the country since November 12, 2008 as the Sagehens received 100 points to rate No. 1 in the October 7 Division III Poll.
Overall, six of the top seven positions in the poll changed as University of Redlands stays at No. 2, while Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges, Whittier College, Johns Hopkins University, Chapman University and California Lutheran Univeristy climbed or fell to No. 3-7, respectively.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Occidental College remain at No. 8 and 9 for another week, while Washington & Jefferson College moved into the Top 10 at No. 10 this week.
Among the 10 teams ranked last week, nine were selected again this week with only former No. 10 University of La Verne dropping out of the poll.
|Rank||Team||Sept. 30 Poll||Points|
|2||University of Redlands||2||95|
|5||Johns Hopkins University||1||80|
|7||California Lutheran University||6||68|
|10||Washington & Jefferson College||RV||44|
|RV||University of La Verne||10||11|
Men's Collegiate Water Polo Association Top 10 Poll
Princeton University used victories over Bucknell Univeristy and the United States Naval Academy to return to the No. 1 position in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Top 10 poll for the first time since September 9 and snap a three-week run by Navy at No. 1 in the league balloting.
Bucknell, which also defeated Navy last week, remains at No. 2 for another week, while Navy slips to No. 3.
Brown University, Johns Hopkins University, Fordham University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Iona College, George Washington University and Harvard University round out the Top 10, while Mercyhurst College received votes this week.
Sept. 30 Poll
|3||United States Naval Academy||1||90|
|4||Brown University||4 (T)||84|
|5||Johns Hopkins University||4 (T)||81|
|9||George Washington University||9||58|