Stanford & Occidental Continue at No. 1 in Week 4 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 fourth 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 unanimous selection at No. 1 in the nation as the Cardinal garnered 100 points to hang on in the February 16 Women's Varsity Top 20 Poll.

Ranked No. 1 in the preseason (98 points), and the first two polls of the regular season (99 points), the Cardinal clinched a unanimous spot on top of the poll last week and remain the consensus pick as the top program in the nation.

Defending National Champion the University of Southern California remains at No. 2, while the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), University of California, University of Hawaii and Loyola Marymount University remain locks at No. 3-6, respectively.

The first change in the Top 20 comes at No. 7 as San Diego State University climbs two places following a victory over previous No. 7 the University of Michigan. Arizona State University remains at No. 8, while the Wolverines of Michigan slip to No. 9.  San Jose State University, which was tied with San Diego State at No. 9 a week ago, drops back to No. 10 to round out the Top 10 teams in the nation through games of February 13.

The University of California-Irvine California State University-Northridge, Long Beach State University, University of California-Santa Barbara and Hartwick College rate at No. 11-15, while Indiana University, University of California-Davis, University of California-San Diego, University of the Pacific and Princeton University complete the Top 20.

2011 Varsity Top 20 (Week 4 - February 16)

Rank

 Team

Feb. 9 Poll

Points

1  Stanford University
1 100
2  University of Southern California
2 95
3  University of California, Los Angeles
3 90
4  University of California
4 83
5  University of Hawaii
5 81
6  Loyola Marymount University
6 76
7  San Diego State University
9 (T) 69
8  Arizona State University
8 64
9
 University of Michigan
7 63
10
 San Jose State University
9 (T) 56
11  University of California, Irvine
11 51
12 (T)
 California State University, Northridge
13
38
12 (T)
 Long Beach State University
RV 38
14  University of California, Santa Barbara
12 36
15  Hartwick College
14 31
16  Indiana University
15 29
17  University of California, Davis
16 22
18  University of California, San Diego
17 15
19  University of the Pacific
19 11
20  Princeton University
18 3
RV  California State University, East Bay
RV 2
RV  Harvard University
RV 1
RV  California Baptist University
RV 1
RV  California State University, Bakersfield
RV 1

 

Women's Varsity Division III Top 10

The Division III Top 10 poll experienced minor changes in the bottom five of the rankings this week as Occidental College continues to stand at No. 1 (99 points).

The University of Redlands and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges rank at No. 2-3 for another week, with Pomona-Pitzer Colleges and California Lutheran University breaking a tie at No. 4 from a week ago to rate at No. 4-5 in this week's balloting.

Whittier College and Chapman University remain at No. 6-7, with Grove City College moving up to No. 8 in front of Carthage College (Ill.) and University of La Verne.

2011 Division III Poll (Week 4 - February 16)

Rank  Team Feb. 9 Poll Points
1  Occidental College
1 99
2  University of Redlands
2 96
3
 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges
3
88
4
 Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
4 (T) 85
5  California Lutheran University
4 (T) 83
6  Whittier College
6 73
7  Chapman University
7 68
8  Grove City College
9 63
9  Carthage College
8 62
10  University of La Verne
10 55
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, Indiana University and Princeton University remain at No. 2-4, respectively, with Harvard University taking at No. 5 to round out the top half of the poll.

Bucknell University  climbs to No. 6, with the University of Maryland, Mercyhurst College, George Washington University and Brown University completing the fourth regular season league poll of the year.

2011 CWPA Division I Poll (Week 4 - February 16)

Rank  Team Feb. 9 Poll Points
1
 University of Michigan
1 100
2
 Hartwick College
2
95
3
 Indiana University
3
90
4  Princeton University 4 83
5  Harvard University
6 80
6  Bucknell University
8 74
7
 University of Maryland
5 72
8
 Mercyhurst College
9
64
9  George Washington University
10 59
10  Brown University
7 58

 

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 99 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 4 - February 16)

Rank  Team Feb. 9 Poll Points
1  Grove City College
1 99
2  Carthage College 2 96
3  Wheaton College 3 89
4  Washington & Jefferson College 4 86
5  Macalester College 5 84
RV  Connecticut College RV 16

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