USC & Pomona-Pitzer Remain at No. 1, Navy Takes Over League's Top Spot as CWPA Releases 2012 Men's Varsity Week 4/September 26 Polls
BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- The University of Southern California and Pomona-Pitzer Colleges hold on to the top spots in the Week 4/September 26 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Men's Varsity National Top 20 and Division III Polls, while the U.S. Naval Academy takes over the top position in the league's Top 10.
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.
2012 Men's Varsity National
Top 20 (Week 4)
The University of Southern California Trojans continue to "Fight On" as the program remains the unanimous No. 1 team in the country with 100 points to outdistance the field in the September 26/Week 4 Men's Varsity National Top 20 Poll.
The unanimous choice since claiming last season's National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship, USC holds a five point lead in the poll over its closest opponent, the University of California-Los Angeles (95 points).
Due to limited action in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) and Western Water Polo Association (WWPA), the Top 20 underwent only minor changes in the final five spots of the poll.
Stanford University (90 points), University of California (85 points), University of California-Irvine (80 points), University of California-Santa Barbara (75 points), Pepperdine University (70 points), University of the Pacific (65 points), Long Beach State University (60 points) and Loyola Marymount University (55 points) remain at No. 3-to-10 behind USC and UCLA.
The University of California-San Diego (50 points), University of California-Davis (45 points), Brown University (36 points) and the United States Air Force Academy (35 points) hold on at No. 11-to-14, respectively, for another week as the Top 14 in the poll remain unchanged from the September 19 balloting.
Following a victory over previously No. 15-ranked Princeton University, the United States Naval Academy (30 points) inches up two places to No. 15 and drop the Tigers (24 points) back to No. 16.
Santa Clara University (19 points) slips to No. 17, with California Baptist University (16 points), St. Francis College (12 points) and Concordia University (9 points) rounding out the Top 20.
Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (1 point), University of La Verne (1 point) and Johns Hopkins University (1 point) were the only other teams to receive votes this week.
|Rank||Team||September 19 Poll||Points|
|1|| University of Southern
|2|| University of California-Los Angeles
|3|| Stanford Univiersity
|4|| University of California
|5|| University of California-Irvine
|6|| University of California-Santa Barbara
|7|| Pepperdine University
|8|| University of the Pacific
|9|| Long Beach State University
|10|| Loyola Marymount University
|11|| University of California-San Diego
|12|| University of California-Davis
|14|| United States Air Force Academy
|15|| United States Naval Academy
|16|| Princeton University
|17|| Santa Clara University
|18|| California Baptist University
|19|| St. Francis College (N.Y.)
|20|| Concordia University (Calif.)
|RV|| University of La Verne
|RV|| Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
|RV||Johns Hopkins University||RV||1|
2012 Men's Varsity Division
III Top 10 (Week 4)
Pomona-Pitzer Colleges continues to rank at No. 1 among small institutions as the Sagehens garnered 95 points to continue as the top squad in the September 26/Week 4 Division III Top 10 Poll.
The Sagehens, who registered 99, 100, 95 and 99 points in the preseason, Week 1, Week 2 and Week 3 polls, saw the list of programs ranking at No. 2-to-10 move closer than ever before this season.
Johns Hopkins University (93 points) remains at No. 2, but closed the gap to overcoming the Sagehens to just two points after Pomona-Pitzer held an 11-point lead last week. California Lutheran University (92 points) also closed within striking distance of both Pomona-Pitzer and Hopkins to move up to third, while Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges (82 points) remains at No. 4 for another week.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (82 points) drops back to No. 5 after tying with JHU for the runner-up spot last week, with the University of Redlands (75 points) and Chapman University (73 points) exchaning positions at No. 6 and 7.
In the final three positions of the Top 10, the University of La Verne (71 points) stays at No. 8, Whittier College (38 points) rises to No. 9 and previously unranked Washington & Jefferson College (35 points) cracks the Top 10.
Occidental College (34 points) and Connecticut College (11 points) also received votes.
|Rank||Team||September 12 Poll||Points|
|1|| Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
|| Johns Hopkins University
|| California Lutheran University
|4|| Claremont Mudd Scripps Colleges
|5||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||2 (T)
|6|| University of Redlands
|8|| University of La Verne
|9|| Whittier College
|10|| Washington & Jefferson College
|RV|| Occidental College
2012 Men's Varsity CWPA Top
10 (Week 4)
For the second time in as many weeks, a new team reigns supreme in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) as the United States Naval Academy Midshipmen picked up all but one first place vote and 99 points for the No. 1 spot in a September 26/Week 4 CWPA Top 10 Poll.
Navy, which remains undefeated in competition against other CWPA institutions, jumps three places to take over the top spot after ranking at No. 4 last week. Prior No. 1 Brown University (93 points) is undefeated in Northern Division play, but drops to No. 2.
Princeton University (92 points) drops to No. 3, while Johns Hopkins University (86 points) jumps up to No. 4 to place three Southern Division-East Region programs (Navy, Princeton, JHU) in the Top Four in the league.
St. Francis College (79 points) drops to No. 5 as no team in the upper half of the league poll retained its berth from the September 19 poll.
George Washington University (76 points) improves to No. 6 with Harvard University (66 points) and Bucknell University (66 points) tying for the seventh position.
The final two spots in the Top 10 are also a tie as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (59 points) and Mercyhurst University (59 points) share the position.
|Rank||Team||September 19 Poll||Points|
|1|| U.S. Naval Academy
|2|| Brown University
|| Princeton University
|| Johns Hopkins University
||St. Francis College (N.Y.)||3
|| George Washington University
|| Harvard University
|7 (T)|| Bucknell University
||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||7||59
|9 (T)|| Mercyhurst University