BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- California Polytechnic State University's grip on the No. 1 ranking in the Women's National Collegiate Club Top 20 Poll slipped to two points as the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) released the Week 13/April 21 edition of the rankings.
Ranked No. 1 since the preseason poll following back-to-back-to-back National Collegiate Club Championship titles in 2008, 2009 and 2010, the 2011 Pacific Coast Division champion Mustangs garnered 98 points, two points off an unanimous selection and a pair of points in front of Big Ten Division champion the University of Michigan.
The difference marks the closest any team has come to knocking Cal Poly out of the top spot in the rankings and raises questions going into the National Collegiate Club Championship in two weeks at the University of Notre Dame.
Overall, all 16 participants for the National Collegiate Club Championship appear in the poll, as 14 made the Top 20 and two others fell just outside the cut-off to rate in the "Receiving Votes" category.
Behind Cal Poly and Michigan, Sierra Pacific Division champion the University of California-Davis remains at No. 3, while Pacific Coast Division runner-up the University of California-Los Angeles and Northwest Division champion the University of Oregon rate at No. 4 and 5, respectively.
Midwest Division and National Collegiate Club Championship host Notre Dame takes over at No. 8, with Southeast and Southwest Division champions the University of Florida and Arizona State University completing the Top 10.
Pennsylvania State University, the champion of the Mid-Atlantic Division, starts the next 10 in the rankings by moving up three places to claim the No. 11 slot. At No. 12-15, North Atlantic Division champion Middlebury College jumps four spots to No. 12, Texas Division champion the University of Texas goes from receiving votes to No. 13, Southwest Division runner-up the University of Arizona improves to No. 14 and the University of California-Santa Cruz drops back to No. 15.
University breaks into the Top 20 at No. 16, while
Grand Valley State University and the
University of Central Florida slide to No. 17 and
18. New York Division champion Cornell
University and Texas A&M University
round out the Top 20.
New England Division champion Dartmouth College, the University of California-San Diego, Midwest Division runner-up Miami University (Ohio), the University of California-Santa Barbara, Boston College and Indiana University received votes as 26 teams claimed one or more votes in the poll.
2011 Women's Polls - Week 13 (April 21)
April 14 Poll
|1||California Polytechnic State University||1||98|
|2||University of Michigan||2||96|
|3|| University of California, Davis
|4||University of California, Los Angeles||4||79|
|5|| University of Oregon
|| University of Notre Dame
|| University of Florida
|8|| Arizona State University
|9|| University of California, Berkeley
|10||University of Utah||11 (T)
|| Pennsylvania State University
|| Middlebury College
|13|| University of Texas
|14|| University of Arizona
|15|| University of California, Santa Cruz
|16|| Lindenwood University
|17|| Grand Valley State University
|18|| University of Central Florida
|| Cornell University
|| Texas A&M University
|RV|| Dartmouth College
|RV|| University of California, San Diego
|RV|| Miami University (Ohio)
|RV|| University of California, Santa Barbara
|RV|| Boston College