BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- The University of California-Los Angeles and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges top the national rankings as the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) released the 2011 Men's Varsity Week 13/November 30 National Top 20 and Division III Top 10 Polls.
The polling marks the final Division III balloting of the year, while the final National Top 20 Poll will be released next Wednesday following the conclusion of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship set for this weekend (December 3-4) at the University of California-Berkeley.
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 the season through the week following the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship.
2011 Men's Varsity National Top 20
The University of California-Los Angeles (99 points) returns to the No. 1 position in the National Top 20 as the Bruins defeated former No. 1-ranked the University of Southern California (96 points) 10-9 OT SD in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title game to take over the top spot in the Week 13/November 30 Men's Varsity National Top 20 poll.
UCLA, which will enter the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship this weekend as the No. 2 seed behind the now No. 2-nationally ranked and NCAA No. 1 seed/At-Large selection Trojans, return to the No. 1 spot after last ranking at the top of the pool on November 16 in a tie with USC.
Last week, USC took over sole possession of the No. 1 position with a 9-6 victory over UCLA, before the Bruins returned the favor to head into the NCAA Championship with the No. 1 ranking.
Behind the Bruins and Trojans, the University of California-Berkeley (91 points) and Stanford University (85 points) remain at No. 3 and 4, respectively, while the University of California-Irvine (80 points) cracks the Top Five after improving from No. 7 in last week's poll.
University of the Pacific (76 points) slips to No. 6, with the University of California-Santa Barbara (70 points), Pepperdine University (65 points), Long Beach State University (60 points) and Western Water Polo Association champion the University of California-San Diego (56 points) rounding out the Top 10.
The University of California-Davis (50 points) begins the final 10 positions in the Top 20 by holding on at No. 11, with Loyola Marymount University (45 points) holding firm at No. 12.
Collegiate Water Polo Association champion Princeton University (37 points) inches in front of Concordia University (36 points) to take over at No. 13, with the United States Naval Academy (28 points) improving to No. 15.
Santa Clara University (25 points), St. Francis College (20 points), California Baptist University (18 points), Brown University (10 points) and the United States Air Force Academy (6 points) earn the final spots in the Top 20.
|Rank||Team||Nov. 23 Poll||Points|
|| University of California-Los
|| University of Southern California
|3|| University of California
|4|| Stanford University
||University of California-Irvine||7
|| University of the Pacific
|7||University of California-Santa Barbara||6
|8|| Pepperdine University
|9|| Long Beach State University
|| University of California-San Diego
|| University of California-Davis
|| Loyola Marymount University
|| Princeton University
|14||Concordia University (Calif.)||13||36|
|15|| United States Naval Academy
||Santa Clara University||15
|| St. Francis College (N.Y.)
|| California Baptist University
|| Brown University
|| United States Air Force Academy
|RV|| Bucknell University
|RV|| Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
2011 Men's Varsity Division III Top 10
Unlike the National Top 20 Poll which underwent significant changes, the Week 13/November 30 Men's Varsity Division III National Top 10 poll remains unchanged as Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges notched 98 points to hold onto the No. 1 ranking in the nation for the final poll of the season.
Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (97 points) missed out on tying CMS for the No. 1 ranking, while the University of Redlands (89 points), California Lutheran University (80 points) and Johns Hopkins University (80 points) complete the Top Five.
Chapman University (79 points), Whittier College (70 points) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (65 points) remain at No. 6-to-8, respectively, with Occidental College (60 points) and University of La Verne (57 points) holding firm at No. 9 and 10.
|Rank||Team||Nov. 23 Poll||Points|
|| Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges
|2|| Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
|3||University of Redlands||3
||California Lutheran University||4 (T)
|4 (T)||Johns Hopkins University||4 (T)||80
|6|| Chapman University
|7|| Whittier College
|9|| Occidental College
|10|| University of La Verne