2007 Collegiate Water Polo Association Women’s Preseason Polls Released

BRIDGEPORT, Pennsylvania, January 25. THE 2007 preseason women's collegiate polls have been released with Michigan State University, Hartwick College, the University of Redlands and the University of Southern California earning first place nods.

The University of Southern California is the preseason #1 in the National Top 20 varsity poll as the Trojans edged out the University of California, Los Angeles with 99 points to the Bruins 96 points. UCLA, the two-time defending national champions after defeating USC 9-6 last year, is followed by Stanford University, the University of California-Berkeley adn the University of Hawaii in the top five teams in the poll. San Diego State University, Arizona State University, the University of California-Irvine, the University of California-Davis and the University of California-Santa Barbara round out the top 10. Hartwick College, the defending CWPA Eastern Champion, is ranked 12th in the poll, while the University of Michigan (#13), Princeton University (#18), Indiana University (T-#20) and Brown University (T-#20) round out the CWPA selections in the poll.

Hartwick ranks first in the Collegiate Water Polo Association poll as Hawks were picked first on all of the ballots to earn 100 points, while the University of Michigan, Princeton University, Indiana University, Brown University, Bucknell University, the University of Maryland, Harvard University, George Washington University and Mercyhurst College followed in second through 10th, respectively.

In the Division III poll, the University of Redlands earned 99 points to earn the top ranking. Redlands, which finished #4 in the final 2006 poll, is followed by Pomona Pitzer Colleges which edged out 2006 #1 ranked Claremont Mudd Scripps Colleges 93-to-92 for second place. Whittier College and the University of California-East Bay round out the top five.

Among the club programs, defending national champion Michigan State University is projected to defend its national title with 100 points, while the University of Florida (95 points), Fresno State University (90 points) and Miami University (85 points) trail in second, third and fourth place, respectively, as the top 20 teams in the nation in the final 2006 poll enter the season in the same order.

2007 CWPA Women's National Top 20 Varsity (Preseason)
Rank School Final 2006 Poll Points
1 University of Southern California 2 99
2 University of California, Los Angeles 1 96
3 Stanford University 3 88
4 University of California, Berkeley 5 86
5 University of Hawaii 4 81
6 San Diego State University 7 72
7 Arizona State University 6 66
8 University of California, Irvine 9 62
9 University of California, Davis 10 57
10 University of California, Santa Barbara 14 55
11 San Jose State University 12 52
12 Hartwick College 11 42
13 Loyola Marymount University 8 33
13 University of Michigan 16 33
15 University of California, San Diego 17 26
16 Long Beach State University 13 25
17 Santa Clara University 15 24
18 Princeton University 18 17
19 California State University, Northridge 19 9
20 Indiana University 20 6
20 Brown University NR 6
2007 CWPA Women's Division III Top 10 Varsity (Preseason)
Rank School Final 2006 Poll Total Points
1 University of Redlands 2 99
2 Pomona Pitzer Colleges 4 93
3 Claremont Mudd Scripps Colleges 1 92
4 Whittier College 5 80
5 California State Univ.- East Bay 6 79
6 Occidental College 3 78
7 Chapman University 8 71
8 California Lutheran University 10 63
9 University of California, Santa Cruz 9 62
10 University of La Verne 6 59
2007 CWPA Women's Top 10 (Preseason)
Rank School Final 2006 Poll Points
1 Hartwick College 1 100
2 University of Michigan 2 95
3 Princeton University 3 90
4 Indiana University 5 82
5 Brown University 6 79
6 Bucknell University 4 76
7 University of Maryland 7 73
8 Harvard University 8 65
9 George Washington University 9 60
10 Mercyhurst College 10 55
2007 CWPA Women's Club Top 20 (Preseason)
Rank School Final 2006 Poll Points
1 Michigan State University 1 100
2 University of Florida 2 95
3 Fresno State University 3 90
4 Miami University 4 85
5 Cal Poly State University 5 80
6 University of Utah 6 75
7 University of Notre Dame 7 70
8 MIT 8 65
9 Northwestern University 9 60
10 University of California, Davis 10 55
11 University of California, Los Angeles 11 50
12 U. S. Air Force Academy 12 45
13 Rice University 13 40
14 Middlebury College 14 35
15 Yale University 15 30
16 Dartmouth College 16 25
17 Grand Valley State University 17 20
18 University of Oregon 18 15
19 University of Pennsylvania 19 10
20 Cornell University 20 5

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