April 27, 2011

Another Week, Little Change as Stanford & Occidental Continue at No. 1 in Week 14 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 the 14th 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 continues at No. 1 in the league's Division I poll, while Carthage College remains on top in the Division III rankings.

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 remain unchallenged in the April 27 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 11 weeks ago and remain the consensus pick as the top program in the nation.

Overall, the poll is mostly consistent with the April 20 rankings as 18 of the 20 teams selected in last week's poll retain their position for another week.

The lone change in the poll comes at No. 12 as Arizona State University moved in front of Hartwick College to take over at No. 11 and drop the Hawks back one position.

However, the rankings should dramatically shift in seven days in the wake of the conference championship tournaments.

2011 Varsity Top 20 (Week 14 - April 27)

Rank

 Team

April 20 Poll

Points

1  Stanford University
1 100
2  University of California
2 95
3  University of California, Los Angeles
3 90
4
 University of Southern California
4
84
5
 University of Hawaii
5 79
6  University of Michigan
6 74
7
 San Jose State University
7
70
8
 Loyola Marymount University
8
64
9
 San Diego State University
9 61
10
 University of California, Irvine
10 54
11  Arizona State University
12 49
12
 Hartwick College
11
47
13
 Indiana University
13 39
14  University of California, Santa Barbara
14 32
15  California State University, Northridge
15 28
16  Long Beach State University
16 21
17
 University of the Pacific
17
18
18
 University of California, Davis
18
15
19
 University of Maryland
19
13
20
 Princeton University
20
11
RV  Iona College
RV 6
RV  California Baptist University
RV 3
RV  University of California, San Diego
RV 2

 

Women's Varsity Division III Top 10

Occidental College retains its position as the No. 1 small college team in the nation in the April 27 Women's Varsity Division III Poll.

Occidental, which has held the No. 1 ranking since the preseason poll, continues to  remain in front of the  pack as the Tigers' margin expanded to six points over runner-up Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges.  The Tigers' lead is due to the team becoming a unanimous selection at No. 1.

Overall, the poll saw no dramatic changes as all 10 teams held firm at their previous positions.

2011 Division III Poll (Week 14 - April 27)

Rank  Team April 20 Poll Points
1  Occidental College
1 100
2  Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges
2 94
3
 University of Redlands
3
89
4
 Pomona-Pitzer College
4
84
5 (T)
 Whittiter College
5
79
5 (T)  California Lutheran University
6
79
7
 Chapman University
7
69
8
 Carthage College
8
64
9
 University of La Verne
9
62
10
 Grove City College
10 56

 

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 April 27 Women's Varsity CWPA Division I Poll.

Behind the Wolverines,  the remainder of the Top 10 mirrors the 2011 CWPA Eastern Championship seedings as Hartwick College, Indiana University,  the University of Maryland, Princeton University, Harvard University, Brown University, George Washington University, Mercyhurst College and Bucknell University account for No. 2-10, respectively.

2011 CWPA Division I Poll (Week 14 - April 27)

Rank  Team April 20 Poll Points
1
 University of Michigan
1 100
2
 Hartwick College
2
95
3
 Indiana University
3
90
4  University of Maryland
4 85
5  Princeton University
5 80
6  Harvard University
6 75
7
 Brown University
7 70
8
 George Washington University
8
65
9
 Mercyhurst College
9
60
10
 Bucknell University
10
55

 

Women's Varsity CWPA Division III Top 5

Carthage College continues at No. 1 in the April 27 CWPA Division III Top Five Poll.

The Lady Reds will seek to defend their ranking this weekend at Macalester College as the Scots will host the 2011 CWPA Division III Eastern Championship on Friday-Saturday, April 28-29.

Behind Carthage, Grove City College, Wheaton College, Washington & Jefferson College and Chatham University retained their spots at No. 2-5, respectively, as the ranked teams along with Pennsylvania State University-Behrend, Connecticut College and Macalester will battle for Eastern water polo supremacy in St. Paul, Minn.

 

2011 CWPA Division III Poll (Week 14 - April 27)

Rank  Team April 20 Poll Points
1  Carthage College
1 100
2  Grove City College 2 95
3  Wheaton College
3 90
4  Washington & Jefferson College
4 85
5  Chatham University
5 80

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