Stanford & Occidental Continue at No. 1 in Week 2 Women's Varsity National Polls

Stanford & Occidental Continue at No. 1 in Week 2 Women's Varsity National Polls

BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- The top teams in the nation remain the same as Stanford University and Occidental College held onto their No. 1 preseason national rankings for a second week in a row to top the Women's Varsity Top 20 and Division III Top 10 polls released today by the Collegiate Water Polo Association. In the CWPA polls, defending conference champion the University of Michigan and Grove City College continue to rate No. 1 in the league's Division I and Division III polls, respectively.

Voted on by a panel of coaches and administrators from around the country during the preseason and each week of the season 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 on Wednesday during the season until the week following the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship.


Women's Varsity Top 20

Stanford University remains a near unanimous selection at No. 1 in the nation as the Cardinal garnered 99 points for another week to hang on in the February 2 Women's Varsity Top 20 Poll.

Ranked No. 1 in the preseason with 98 points and last week with 99 points to edge out defending National Champion the University of Southern California (USC) both times, Stanford is followed in order by USC, the University of California, University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of Hawaii and Loyola Marymount University as the sextet held their rankings from the preseason poll.

The University of Michigan, Arizona State University and San Jose State University remain locked at No. 7-9, respectively, as nine of the Top 10 positions in the poll remain unchanged from the January 26 balloting.

The first change in the poll comes at No. 10 as San Diego State University jumps in front of the University of California-Irvine to crack the Top 10. 

The remainder of thet Top 16 remains unchanged as the University of California-Santa Barbara, California State University-Northridge, Hartwick College, Indiana University and the University of California-Davis held on at No. 12-16, with the University of California-San Diego, Princeton University, University of the Pacific and California State University-Bakersfield completing the poll for the second week of the 2011 season.


2011 Varsity Top 20 (Week 2 - February 2)



Jan. 26 Poll


1  Stanford University
1 99
2  University of Southern California
2 95
3  University of California
3 88
4  University of California, Los Angeles
4 85
5  University of Hawaii
5 82
6  Loyola Marymount University
6 74
7  University of Michigan
7 73
8  Arizona State University
8 63
9  San Jose State University
9 61
10  San Diego State University
11 56
11  University of California, Irvine
10 53
12  University of California, Santa Barbara
 California State University, Northridge
13 39
14  Hartwick College
14 33
15  Indiana University
15 29
16  University of California, Davis
16 27
17  University of California, San Diego
18 20
18  Princeton University
17 17
19  University of the Pacific
19 6
20  California State University, Bakersfield
20 4
RV  California State University, East Bay
RV 3
RV  Marist College
NR 2
RV  California Baptist University
RV 1
RV  Long Beach State University
NR 1
RV  Calif. State University, Monterey Bay NR 1


Women's Varsity Division III Top 10

Following one tournament last week, Occidental College continues to stand at No. 1 in the 2011 Women's Division III Top 10 as the Tigers garnered 98 points to edge out the University of Redlands (No. 2, 95 points) and California Lutheran University (No. 3, 87 points).

The Top Five in the poll underwent dramatic changes as Redlands jumps up to No. 2 in the wake of defeating former No. 2 Pomona-Pitzer Colleges 14-6 over the weekend.  California Lutheran moves up one place to No. 3, while Pomona-Pitzer slides to No. 4 with 86 points.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges, Whittier College, Chapman University and Carthage College (Ill.) stand firm at No. 5-8, respectively, while University of La Verne and Grove City College complete the Top 10.


2011 Division III Poll (Week 2 - February 2)

Rank  Team Jan. 26 Poll Points
1  Occidental College
1 98
2  University of Redlands
3 95
 California Lutheran University
 Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
2 86
5  Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges
5 85
6  Whittier College
6 73
7  Chapman University
7 69
8  Carthage College
8 59
9  University of La Verne
10 50
10  Grove City College
9 48
RV  Wheaton College
RV 23
RV  Washington & Jefferson College
RV 6


Women's Varsity CWPA Division I Top 10

The University of Michigan continues to stand on top of the league poll as the three-time defending CWPA Eastern Champions are a unanimous selection once again for the top position in the CWPA Division I Poll.

Behind the Wolverines, Hartwick College takes over at No. 2 after being tied with Princeton University last week.  The Tigers drop to No. 3 this week, one point in front of Indiana University.

Harvard University completes the Top Five, while the University of Maryland, Bucknell University, Brown UniversityMercyhurst College and George Washington University complete the second regular season league poll of the year.

2011 CWPA Division I Poll (Week 2 - February 2)

Rank  Team Jan. 26 Poll Points
 University of Michigan
1 100
 Hartwick College
2 (T) 95
 Princeton University
2 (T) 88
4  Indiana University 4 87
5  Harvard University
6 77
6  University of Maryland
5 76
 Bucknell University
8 69
 Brown University
9  Mercyhurst College
9 59
10  George Washington University 10 56


Women's Varsity CWPA Division III Top 5

Defending conference champion Grove City College remains at No. 1 in the CWPA Division III standings as the team earned 97 points to edge out Carthage College for another week in this week's balloting.

Grove City, which defeated Carthage 8-7 to win the first-ever Division III Eastern Championship last season following the split of the women's CWPA varsity teams into Division and Division III brackets, hangs on at No. 1 in part due to the fact that the CWPA league structure will not begin until the weekend of March 4-5 at Grove City.

Wheaton College, Washington & Jefferson College and Macalester College also retained their preseason rankings.


2011 CWPA Division III Poll (Week 2 - February 2)

Rank  Team Jan. 26 Poll Points
1  Grove City College
1 97
2  Carthage College 2 96
3  Wheaton College 3 91
4  Washington & Jefferson College 4 84
5  Macalester College 5 66
RV  Connecticut College RV 16

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