UCLA Women’s Water Polo Still on Top in Week 12/April 8 CWPA Poll

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BRIDGEPORT – The University of California-Los Angeles retains the title as the best team in the nation as the Bruins once again top the Women’s National Top 20 rankings and highlight the Week 12/April 8 Women’s Varsity Polls released today by the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA).

The top teams in all four polls remain the same as the Bruins (National Top 20), Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (Division III Top 10), Princeton University (CWPA Top 10) and Connecticut College (CWPA Division III Top Five) retain the titles as the best teams in the nation, the CWPA and the Division III ranks.

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), Big West Conference, Golden Coast Conference, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the polls are compiled and released on Wednesday during the season through the week following the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship.

2015 Women’s Varsity National Top 20 (Week 12)

The Bruins of the University of California-Los Angeles hang onto the top spot in the Week 12/April 8 Women’s Varsity National Top 20 Poll with a perfect 100 points to remain a unanimous top selection.

Positions No. 1-to-7 remain unchanged this week as UCLA, Stanford University (95 points), the University of Southern California (90 points), the University of California (85 points), the University of California-Irvine (80 points), the University of Hawaii (75 points) and Arizona State University (70 points) continue to dominate the national scene.

The first change in the Top 20 comes at No. 8 as former No. 9 San Jose State University (61 points) leapfrogs California State University-Northridge (60 points). CSU-Northridge drops back to No. 9 with the change, while Princeton University (57 points) rounds out the Top 10 for another week.

The University of California-Davis (54 points) and Long Beach State University (46 points) hang on at No. 11 and 12 with the University of California-Santa Barbara (32 points) and the University of the Pacific (31 points) both climbing one position to take over at No. 13 and 14, respectively.

The University of Michigan (30 points), which knocked off former No. 13 Indiana University by a 13-12 count in sudden death overtime in Ann Arbor, Mich., over the weekend, jumps two spots to No. 15 with the Hoosiers (28 points) settling in behind the Wolverines at No. 16.

Loyola Marymount University (21 points) slips back to No. 17, while San Diego State University (17 points) and Wagner College (12 points) retain the No. 18 and 19 berths.

Harvard University (4 points) is joined by the University of California-San Diego (4 points) at No. 20 as 21 teams earned spots in this week’s Top 20.

2015 Varsity Top 20 (Week 12/April 8)

Rank Team Week 11 Poll Points
1 University of California-Los Angeles 1 100
2 Stanford University 2 95
3 University of Southern California 3 90
4 University of California 4 85
5 University of California-Irvine 5 80
6 University of Hawaii 6 75
7 Arizona State University 7 70
8 San Jose State University 9 61
9 California State University-Northridge 8 60
10 Princeton University 10 57
11 University of California-Davis 11 54
12 Long Beach State University 12 46
13 University of California-Santa Barbara 14 32
14 University of the Pacific 15 31
15 University of Michigan 17 30
16 Indiana University 13 28
17 Loyola Marymount University 16 21
18 San Diego State University 18 17
19 Wagner College 19 12
20 (T) Harvard University 20 4
20 (T) University of California-San Diego RV 4
RV Hartwick College RV 3
RV Marist College RV 1

2015 Women’s Varsity Division III Top 10 (Week 12)

Unlike the National Top 20 which saw several teams improve their positions from the Week 11/April 1 voting, the top team in the Week 12/April 8 Women’s Varsity Division III Top 10 Poll are unchanged with the Sagehens of Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (100 points) becoming the unanimous top choice among small college programs.

Pomona-Pitzer, which tallied 96 points last week to gain sole possession of the No. 1 position over Whittier College, picks up all the first place votes from the pollsters to stand as the uncontested best in Division III.

Whittier (95 points) clings to the No. 2 slot for another week, while Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges (88 points), Chapman University (86 points) and California Lutheran University (79 points) continue an All-West Coast Top Five.

Connecticut College (75 points), the University of La Verne (72 points), the University of Redlands (65 points), Washington & Jefferson College (59 points) and Occidental College (56 points) complete the Top 10.

2015 Division III Poll (Week 12/April 8)

Rank Team Week 11 Poll Points
1 Pomona-Pitzer Colleges 1 100
2 Whittier College 2 95
3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges 3 88
4 Chapman University 4 86
5 California Lutheran University 5 79
6 Connecticut College 6 75
7 University of La Verne 7 72
8 University of Redlands 8 65
9 Washington & Jefferson College 9 59
10 Occidental College 10 56

2015 Women’s CWPA Top 10 (Week 12)

Princeton University retains the top spot in the Week 12/April 8 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Top 10 Poll.

A ranking of the league’s entire varsity membership (Division I/II/III), the poll’s No. 1 position has been traded between the Tigers (98 points) and Hoosiers of Indiana University (97 points) for most of the season with Indiana holding the spot four times (Preseason, Week 1, Week 4, Week 5) and Princeton now claiming the berth nine times (Week 2, Week 3, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8, Week 9, Week 10, Week 11, Week 12).

However, a new team rises to challenge the Tigers supremacy in the league as the University of Michigan (96 points), which defeated Indiana by a 13-12 count in sudden death overtime over the weekend, rises from No. 3 to No. 2 to trail Princeton by only two points.

The Wolverines rise to No. 2 marks the only change in the league poll as Indiana (91 points) drops back to No. 3 with Harvard University (85 points) and Hartwick College (80 points) remaining at No. 4-to-5 to complete the upper echelon of the rankings.

Brown University (75 points), Bucknell University (70 points), Mercyhurst University (64 points), George Washington University (61 points) and Connecticut College (55 points) once again complete the Top 10.

2015 CWPA Poll (Week 12/April 8)

Rank Team Week 11 Poll Points
1 Princeton University 1 98
2 University of Michigan 3 96
3 Indiana University 2 91
4 Harvard University 4 85
5 Hartwick College 5 80
6 Brown University 6 75
7 Bucknell University 7 70
8 Mercyhurst University 8 64
9 George Washington University 9 61
10 Connecticut College 10 55

2015 Women’s CWPA Division III Top 5 (Week 12)

In the final ranking prior to this weekend’s Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Division III Championship at Grove City College, Connecticut College, which claimed the 2013 and 2014 CWPA Division III Championships, retains the No. 1 position in the Week 12/April 8 CWPA Division III Top Five Poll.

The Camels (100 points), who wrapped up a perfect CWPA Division III league regular season to claim the No. 1 berth for the CWPA Division III Championship, leads a Top Five which reflects the order of finish from the regular season.

Washington & Jefferson College (95 points) holds down the No. 2 slot for another week, while Carthage College (90 points) and Macalester College (85 points) rate at No. 3 and 4.

2010, 2011 and 2012 CWPA Division III Champion Grove City (48 points) completes the Top Five, while Penn State Behrend (32 points) also received votes.

2015 CWPA Division III Poll (Week 12/April 8)

Rank Team Week 11 Poll Points
1 Connecticut College 1 100
2 Washington & Jefferson College 2 95
3 Carthage College 3 90
4 Macalester College 4 85
5 Grove City College 5 48
RV Penn State Behrend RV 32

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Author: Emily Sampl

Emily Sampl, an editorial assistant for Swimming World Magazine, is a freelance writer for USA Swimming and an assistant coach at Boulder High School and Boulder Elks Swim Team in Colorado. Emily graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Colorado and master's degree in sport administration from the University of Northern Colorado.

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