CWPA Releases 2011 Men's Varsity Week 3 Polls; USC, Pomona-Pitzer & Princeton Top the Rankings

BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- The University of Southern California, Pomona-Pitzer Colleges and Princeton University top the national rankings as the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) released the 2011 Men's Varsity Week 3/September 21 National Top 20, Division III Top 10 and CWPA Top 10 Polls.

Voted on by a panel of coaches from the CWPA, Western Water Polo Association (WWPA), Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF), Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the polls are compiled and released on Wednesday during each week of the season through the week following the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship.

2011 Men's Varsity National Top 20

The University of Southern California continues its reign at No. 1 in the Week 3/September 21 Men's Varsity National Top 20 poll.

USC, which claimed the 2010 NCAA Championship with a 12-10 overtime victory against the University of California-Berkeley, garnered 100 points to remain on top of standings after previously ranking at No. 1 in the preseason balloting and the past two weeks.

The Top Five in the poll experienced dramatic changes as the University of California-Los Angeles (95 points) climbs one place to No. 2, California slips one spot to No. 3 (90 points), Stanford University (85 points) holds firm at No. 4 and Pepperdine University (79 points) improves a place to No. 5.

Positions No. 6-to-10 also underwent a makeover as University of the Pacific (76 points) falls out of the Top Five to rate at No. 6, University of California-Santa Barbara (70 points) takes over at No. 7 and University of California-Irvine (66 points) drops to No. 8.  Two teams crack the Top 10 this week as the University of California-Davis (56 points) and University of California-San Diego (53 points) move up from No. 11 and 12 to take over at No. 9 and 10, respectively, to round out the top half of the September 21 poll.

Previous Top 10 squads Loyola Marymount University (43 points) and Long Beach State University (42 points) begin the bottom portion of the Top 20 rankings by rating at No. 11 and 12, while Princeton University (41 points) improves to No. 13 and rates as the first non-California school in this week's poll.

Concordia University (37 points), Santa Clara University (35 points), the United States Naval Academy (33 points) and California Baptist University (16 points) stand at No. 14-17, respectively, while Bucknell University (9 points) is joined by previously unranked Brown University (9 points) at No. 18.

St. Francis College (N.Y.) (6 points) and the United States Air Force Academy (6 points) complete the Top 20 as the duo are tied for the final position at No. 20.

Pomona-Pitzer Colleges each received five points to round out the other teams to receive votes in the rankings and barely miss cracking the Top 20.

2011 Varsity Top 20 (Week 3 - September 21)

Rank Team Sept. 14 Poll Points
1  University of Southern California
1 100
2  University of California-Los Angeles
3 95
3  University of California
2 90
4  Stanford University
4 85
5  Pepperdine University
6 (T) 79
6
 University of the Pacific
5 76
7  University of California-Santa Barbara
8 70
8  University of California-Irvine
6 (T) 66
9  University of California-Davis
11 56
10  University of California-San Diego
12 53
11  Loyola Marymount University
10 43
12  Long Beach State University 9 42
13  Princeton University
14 41
14  Concordia University
13 37
15  Santa Clara University
16 (T)
35
16
 United States Naval Academy
15 33
17
 California Baptist University
18 16
18 (T)
 Brown University
RV 9
18 (T)
 Bucknell University
16 (T) 9
20 (T)
 St. Francis College
19 6
20 (T)  United States Air Force Academy
20 6
RV  Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
RV 5

 

2011 Men's Varsity Division III Top 10

A new team takes over the No. 1 ranking in the Week 3/September 21 Men's Varsity Division III National Top 10 poll as Pomona-Pitzer Colleges climbs from No. 4 to the top spot.

The Sagehens edge Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges, which was ranked at No. 1 in the preseason, September 5 and September 12 polls, as Pomona-Pitzer garnered 97 points to CMS' 96 points.

Due to Pomona-Pitzer's climb, the rest of the rankings underwent adjustments as the University of Redlands (89 points) and Johns Hopkins University (85 points) slip back to No. 3 and 4, respectively.

California Lutheran University (80 points), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (74 points) and Whittier College (70 points) remain at No. 5-to-7, while Chapman University (64 points) jumps two spots to No. 8.

Occidental College (58 points) and University of La Verne (49 points) slide to No. 9 and 10 to complete the September 21 Top 10.

Washington & Jefferson College (13 points) also received votes in this week's poll.

2011 Varsity Division III Top 10 (Week 3 - September 21)

Rank Team Sept. 14 Poll Points
1
 Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
4
97
2  Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges
1
96
3  University of Redlands
2
89
4  Johns Hopkins University
3 85
5  California Lutheran University
5 80
6  MIT
6
74
7  Whittier College
7
70
8  Chapman University
10
64
9  Occidental College
8 58
10  University of La Verne
9
49
RV
 Washington & Jefferson College
RV 13

 

2011 Men's Varsity CWPA Top 10

Thanks to the combination of a 3-0 record at the North-vs.-South Tournament at the United States Naval Academy, and Navy's losses to the University of California-San Diego and Pomona-Pitzer Colleges last week in California, Princeton University takes over the top position in the Week 3/September 21 Men's Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Top 10 Poll.

Princeton, which defeated Iona College (15-4 W), Connecticut College (16-3 W) and Fordham University (13-6 W) to improve to 8-0 on the season, picked up 100 points to rate as the unanimous top selection in the league.  It is the culmination of a steady climb for the Tigers who rated at No. 3 in the Week 1 poll and No. 2 last week.

The United States Naval Academy (92 points), which competed on both coasts last weekend, slips back to No. 2 in a dramatically redefined picture of the league's best teams.

Brown University (87 points) jumps to No. 3, while Bucknell University (85 points) and defending CWPA Eastern Champion St. Francis College (85 points) move into a tie at No. 4.

Johns Hopkins University (76 points) and Harvard University (55 points) begin the final five positions in the Top 10 at No. 6 and 7.  The Massachusettts Institute of Technology (53 points) remains at No. 8, while Iona College (47 points) moves into the Top 10 at No. 9.

George Washington University (36 points) edges out Mercyhurst College (35 points) for the final position in the Top 10.

Fordham University (24 points) also received votes, but missed out on cracking the Top 10.

2011 Varsity CWPA Top 10 (Week 3 - September 21)

Rank Team Sept. 14 Poll Points
1  Princeton University
2 (T)
100
2
 United States Naval Academy
1 92
3  Brown University
6
97
4 (T)
 Bucknell University
2 (T) 85
4 (T)
 St. Francis College (N.Y.)
4 85
6
 Johns Hopkins University
5
76
7  Harvard University
7
55
8  MIT 8
53
9  Iona College
RV 47
10  George Washington University
9
36
RV
 Mercyhurst College 10 35
RV  Fordham University RV 24

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