BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — Stanford University takes over as the No. 1 team in the nation as the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) releases the Week 4/February 12 Women’s Varsity National Top 25, Division III Top 10, CWPA Top Five and CWPA Division III Top Five Polls for the 2020 season.
California Lutheran University (Division III) and the University of Michigan (CWPA Top Five) retain custody of the lead positions in their respective polls, while Macalester College reacquires sole possession of the No. 1 spot in the CWPA Division III Top Five.
Voted on by a panel of coaches from the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA), the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF), the Golden Coast Conference, the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC), the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the Big West Conference, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and the CWPA based on the cumulative results of the season, the polls are compiled and released on Wednesday during the season through the week following the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship.
2020 Women’s Varsity National Top 25 (Week 4)
Due to a loss by the University of Southern California to the University of California-Los Angeles over the weekend, defending National Champion Stanford University takes over at No. 1 in the Week 4/February 12 Women’s Varsity National Top 25 Poll.
Stanford (98 points) holds a narrow two-point advantage over UCLA (96 points) for the No. 1 position. Over the weekend, UCLA downed then No. 1 USC (91 points) by a 7-5 count to hand the Trojans their inaugural defeat of the 2020 season. Stanford, which was ranked No. 2 last week, and UCLA, which was No. 3, both move up one spot to take over at No. 1 and 2, respectively, while USC falls into a tie at No. 3 with the University of Hawaii (91 points).
Arizona State University (84 points) moves up to No. 5 with the University of California-Irvine (79 points), the University of California (75 points) and the University of California-San Diego (74 points) each sliding back one position to assume the No. 6-to-8 berths.
A three-way tie at No. 9 from last week is shattered after Week 4 competition as the University of California-Santa Barbara (66 points) takes over sole custody of the spot, while the University of Michigan (64 points) and the University of California-Davis (49 points) readjust to rank at No. 10 and 14.
Long Beach State University (57 points), Fresno State University (52 points), San Jose State University (51 points) and UC-Davis comprise No. 11-to-14.
Indiana University (44 points) and Loyola Marymount University (44 points) rise to tie at No. 15. Wagner College (32 points) improves three places to No. 17, while the duo of Harvard University (24 points) and University of the Pacific (28 points) tie at No. 18.
California State University-Northridge (24 points), Princeton University (22 points), San Diego State University (18 points), Bucknell University (16 points), Marist College (8 points) and California Baptist University (3 points) round out the Top 25.
2020 Women’s Varsity Top 25 (Week 4/February 12)
|Rank||Team||Week 3 Poll
||University of California-Los Angeles
||University of Hawaii
|3 (T)||University of Southern California||1||91|
|5||Arizona State University
||University of California-Irvine||5
||University of California||6||75|
|8||University of California-San Diego
||University of California-Santa Barbara
|10||University of Michigan
|11||Long Beach State University
||Fresno State University
||San Jose State University
||University of California-Davis
||Loyola Marymount University
||University of the Pacific||17 (T)
||California State University-Northridge
|22||San Diego State University
||California Baptist University
|RV||Sonoma State University
|RV||Azusa Pacific University
|RV||George Washington University
|RV||Santa Clara University
2020 Women’s Varsity Division III Top 10 (Week 4)
California Lutheran University remains a unanimous top choice in the Week 4/February 12 Women’s Varsity Division III Top 10 Poll.
Cal Lutheran (100 points) retains a seven-point lead over runner-up Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (93 points) as minor changes occur in the Division III Top 10 rankings. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges (89 points), Whittier College (87 points), the University of La Verne (79 points) and the University of Redlands (75 points) remain at No. 3-to–6, while Macalester College (62 points) and Chapman University (58 points) exchange the No. 7 and 8 spots.
Austin College (50 points) and Occidental College (48 points) complete the Top 10 by trading the No. 9 and 10 positions.
2020 Women’s Varsity Division III Top 10 (Week 4/February 12)
|Rank||Team||Week 3 Poll||Points|
||California Lutheran University
||University of La Verne
|6||University of Redlands
2020 Women’s Varsity Collegiate Water Polo Association Top 5 (Week 4)
Defending Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Champion the University of Michigan remains the top team in the Week 4/February 12 Women’s Varsity CWPA Top Five Poll.
Michigan (100 points) retains its previous status as a unanimous No. 1 selection as the Wolverines lead a Top Five which experiences one change from the preseason, Week 1, Week 2 and Week 3 voting.
The runner-up position in the poll changes hands this week as Harvard University (92 points) slides in front of Princeton University (91 points) to take over at No. 2 and drop the Tigers to No. 3.
Bucknell University (87 points) and Brown University (80 points) complete the Top Five by staying at No. 4 and 5 for another week.
2020 Women’s Varsity Collegiate Water Polo Association Top 5 (Week 4/February 12)
|Rank||Team||Week 3 Poll
|1||University of Michigan
2020 Women’s Varsity Collegiate Water Polo Association Division III Top 10 (Week 4)
Macalester College takes over sole possession of the No. 1 spot in the Week 4/February 12 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Division III Top Five Poll.
Macalester (98 points), which was tied with Austin College (97 points) for the top spot last week and in the Week 1 voting, stands at No. 1 by itself for the third time after previously achieving the feat in the preseason and Week 2 polls.
Carthage College (84 points) and Monmouth College (72 points) exchange the No. 3 and 4 positions with Wittenberg University (49 points) remaining at No. 5 for another week.
2020 Women’s Varsity Collegiate Water Polo Association Division III Top 5 (Week 4/February 12)
|Rank||Team||Week 3 Poll
|RV||Grove City College