December 5, 2007

Final Men's Water Polo Polls Released; Redlands & California Top Division III & National Ranks

BRIDGEPORT, Pa. --  The Collegiate Water Polo Association has announced that the University of California-Berkeley and the University of Redlands finished the season at #1 in the final National Men's Water Varsity and Division III Water Polo polls.

Redlands finished the year on top of the Division III ranks with 99 points as the team edged out Pomona Pitzer Colleges (94 points) and Johns Hopkins University (92 points). The poll remained constant at the top eight positions, while the Massachusetts Institute of Technology picked up enough votes in the final balloting of the season to ease past Whittier College and take over the #9 ranking at the season's conclusion.

Men's Division III National Collegiate Top 10 Poll

  December 5 Poll - FINAL   
Rank
School Name
11/28 Poll
Total Points
1
University of Redlands
1
99
2
Pomona Pitzer Colleges
2
94
3
Johns Hopkins University
3
92
4
University of California, Santa Cruz
4
85
5
Claremont Mudd Scripps Colleges
5
80
6
California Lutheran University
6
74
7
Occidental College
7
67
8
University of La Verne
8
62
9
MIT
10
52
10
Whittier College
9
47
RV
Chapman University
RV
23


The University of California-Berkeley retook the #1 spot in the country in the final national poll of the season as the Bears downed former #1 the University of Southern California 8-6 in the NCAA Championship Game to capture the 2007 National Championship. The ranking marks the second time in as many years the Golden Bears ranked #1 at the season's conclusion as Cal also took the 2006 National Title.

Navy was the biggest mover of the week as the Midshipmen, who finished third at the NCAA Championship, climbed two spots to tie with Pepperdine University at #7 in the poll for the highest ranking in the history of the Midshipmen's program. Long Beach State University, which was #8 a week ago, fell back to #9 due to the tie, while Loyola Marymount University, the University of California-Davis and St. Francis College (NY) held onto their positions at #10-12.

In other changes, University of the Pacific jumped to #13 and Brown University climbed into the Top 20 at #20.

Men's Varsity Top 20 Poll

  December 5 Poll - FINAL   
Rank
School Name
11/28 Poll
Total Points
1
University of California, Berkeley
2
100
2
University of Southern California
1
95
3
University of California, Irvine
3
88
4
Stanford University
4
84
5
University of California, Los Angeles
5
81
6
University of California, Santa Barbara
6
73
7
United States Naval Academy
9
68
7
Pepperdine University
7
68
9
Long Beach State University
8
60
10
Loyola Marymount University
10
58
11
University of California, Davis
11
51
12
St. Francis College (NY)
12
45
13
University of the Pacific
14
40
14
United States Air Force Academy
13
35
15
Santa Clara University
15
28
16
University of California, San Diego
16
22
17
George Washington University
17
21
18
California Baptist University
18
14
19
Bucknell University
19
10
20
Brown University
RV
7
RV
University of Redlands
20
5
RV
Johns Hopkins University
NR
2

 


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