May 19, 2011

Stanford University & University of Redlands Conclude Year at No. 1 in May 18/Final Women's Varsity National Polls

 

BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- National champion Stanford University and the University of Redlands finish the year at No. 1 in the Week 17/Final/May 18 Women's Varsity Polls released today by the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA).

The other three polls (Division III, Collegiate Water Polo Association Division I/II and Collegiate Water Polo Association Division III) are also unchanged from the May 4 balloting

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 concludes the season by going wire-to-wire at No. 1 in the nation as the 2011 NCAA National Champion Cardinal garnered 100 points to finish the year at No. 1 in the May 18/Final 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 for 11 weeks before being losing in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) tournament semifinals two weeks ago.

Stanford finished third at the MPSF Championship, suffering its first loss of the season against the University of California-Los Angeles (9-8 L) and retaining the No. 1 ranking, but avenged the defeat by downing the University of California-Berkeley  (9-5 W) in the NCAA title game.

Overall, the first eight positions in the poll remain unchanged from the May 11 balloting as Cal, UCLA, the University of Southern California, San Jose State University, University of Hawaii, University of California-Irvine and Arizona State University held onto their positions.

The first change comes at No. 9-10 as Indiana University, following a sixth place finish at the NCAA Championship, moves up one place to No. 9.  The University of Michigan, which fell to Indiana in the CWPA Eastern title game, inches up to No. 10, while San Diego State University slips to No. 11.

Loyola Marymount University, Long Beach State University and University of California-San Diego hold on at No. 12-14, respectively, while Hartwick College moves up one place to No. 15.

University of California-Davis, University of Maryland, California State University-Northridge, Iona College and University of the Pacific round out the Top 20.

2011 Varsity Top 20 (Week 17 - May 18)

Rank

 Team

May 11 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
85
5
 San Jose State University
5 79
6  University of Hawaii
6 71
7
 University of California, Irvine
7
67
8
 Arizona State University
8
63
9
 Indiana University
10 59
10
 University of Michigan
11 58
11  San Diego State University
9 56
12
 Loyola Marymount University
12
44
13
 Long Beach State University
13 36
14  University of California, San Diego
14 33
15  Hartwick College
16 29
16  University of California, Davis
15 26
17
 University of Maryland
17
22
18
 California State University, Northridge
18
18
19
 Iona College
20
10
20
 University of the Pacific
19
6
RV  University of California, Santa Barbara
RV 4
RV  Princeton University
RV 3
RV  California Baptist University
RV 1

 

Women's Varsity Division III Top 10

The University of Redlands, which captured the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title with a 7-6 upset of top seed and former No. 1-ranked Occidental College, finishes the year as the No. 1 small college team in the nation in the May 18 Women's Varsity Division III Poll.

Occidental, which held the No. 1 ranking from the preseason through the May 4 poll, remains at No. 2 behind Redlands, while Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges stays at No. 3.

Pomona-Pitzer Colleges and Whittier College remain at No. 4 and 5, while the University of La Verne stays at No. 6.

California Lutheran University, Grove City College, Chapman University and Washington & Jefferson College round out the Top 10.

2011 Division III Poll (Week 17 - May 18)

Rank  Team May 11 Poll Points
1  University of Redlands
1 99
2  Occidental College
2 96
3
 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges
3
90
4
 Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
4
85
5
 Whittiter College
5
76
6
 University of La Verne
6
70
7
 California Lutheran University
7
68
8
 Grove City College
8
63
9
 Chapman University
9
55
10
 Washington & Jefferson College
10 29
RV  Wheaton College RV 23
RV  Carthage College RV 12
RV  California Institute of Technology RV 11

 

Women's Varsity CWPA Division I/II Top 10

For the first time since the 2007 season, a team other than the University of Michigan stands on top of the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Division I/II rankings after the conclusion of the season as league champion Indiana University is a unanimous top choice in the league's Division I/II poll.

The Hoosiers used a 5-3 defeat of the Wolverines at the 2011 CWPA Eastern Championship at home in Bloomington, Ind. and a sixth place finish at the NCAA Championship to bring the curtain down on the year at No. 1 in the Collegiate Water Polo Association.

Behind Indiana,  the remainder of the Top 10 also reflects the outcome of the 2011 CWPA Eastern Championship as Michigan, the University of Maryland, Hartwick College, Princeton University, Harvard University, Bucknell University, George Washington University, Brown University and Mercyhurst College.

2011 CWPA Division I Poll (Week 17 - May 18)

Rank  Team May 11 Poll Points
1
 Indiana University
1 100
2
 University of Michigan
2
95
3
 University of Maryland
3
90
4  Hartwick College
4 85
5  Princeton University
5 80
6  Harvard University
6 75
7
 Bucknell University
7 70
8
 George Washington University
8
65
9
 Brown University
9
60
10
 Mercyhurst College
10
55

 

Women's Varsity CWPA Division III Top 5

The top team in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Division III Top 5 remains Grove City College as the Wolverines captured the league title and held firm at No. 1 in the poll during the final week of balloting.

Grove City, which captured the program's second CWPA Division III crown in as many years, held the No. 1 ranking in the conference for all but three weeks as the Wolverines were replaced by Carthage College on April 13, 20, 27 before regaining the No. 1 ranking two weeks ago.

Overall, the final poll relects the order of the finish at the Division III Eastern Championship as Washington & Jefferson College and Wheaton College stay at No. 2 and 3, respectively, with Macalester College and Carthage College tying at No. 4.

2011 CWPA Division III (Week 17-May 18)

 
Rank  Team May 4 Poll Points
1  Grove City College
1 100
2  Washington & Jefferson College
2 92
3  Wheaton College
3 90
4 (T)
 Carthage College
4 84
4 (T)  Macalester College
5 84

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