CWPA Releases Week 7 Polls

BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — The University of California-Los Angeles, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges and Brown University hold down the No. 1 positions as the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) releases the 2015 Men’s Varsity Week 7/October 21 National Top 20, Division III Top 10 and Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Top 10 Polls.

The undisputed top team in the land through the first seven weeks of competition during the 2015 Men’s Varsity season, the Bruins are once again a unanimous top selection.  Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, which captured the Division III title three weekends back at the Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament via a 16-14 victory over then No. 1 Whittier College, remains at No. 1 in the Division III rankings.

In the CWPA Top 10 league poll, the Bears of Brown University reclaim the top position to attain status as the unanimous No. 1 squad on the East Coast.

Voted on by a panel of coaches from the CWPA, Western Water Polo Association (WWPA), MPSF, Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the polls will be compiled and released on Wednesday during each week of the season through the week following the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship.

2015 Men’s Varsity National Top 20 (Week 7/October 21)

The 2014 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Champion Bruins of the University of California-Los Angelesretain the No. 1 position in the 2015 Week 7/October 21 National Top 20 Poll .

Similar to the Week 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 Polls, the Bruins (100 points) are once again a consensus top pick after tallying 99 points in the Week 2 balloting.

For the second week in a row, change comes to the Top Five as the University of Southern California (95 points) and theUniversity of California (90 points) stay at No. 2 and 3, respectively, while University of the Pacific (84 points) and Stanford University (81 points) exchange the No. 4 and 5 spots following an 11-7 victory by the Tigers over the Cardinal during the weekend.


The University of California-Santa Barbara (75 points), the University of California-Irvine (70 points), Long Beach State University (65 points) and Pepperdine University (60 points) retain their spots at No. 5-to-nine, while the University of California-Davis (55 points) shatters last week’s three-way tie at No. 10 with Princeton University and Brown University to once again make it an All-California Top 10.

Brown (47 points) and Princeton (43 points) fall back to No. 11 and 12 to stand in front of new No. 13 the United States Air Force Academy (37 points) which flies up one position to dislodge and dropBucknell University (32 points) into a tie with the University of California-San Diego (32 points) at No. 14.

Santa Clara University (24 points) stays at No. 16, St. Francis College Brooklyn (18 points) takes over at No. 17,
Loyola Marymount University (16 points) slips to No. 18 and Harvard University (12 points), which shocked Princeton by a 12-6 count during the Ivy Championship semifinals, returns to the Top 20 at No. 19.

A tie at No. 20 allows 21 teams to earn a national rank as Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges (7 points) and the United States Naval Academy (7 points) round out the poll.

2015 Varsity Top 20 (Week 7/October 21)

Rank Team Week 6 Poll Points
1  University of California-Los Angeles 1 100
2  University of Southern California 2 95
3  University of California 3 90
4  University of the Pacific 5 84
5  Stanford University 4 81
6  University of California-Santa Barbara 6 75
7  University of California-Irvine 7 70
8  Long Beach State University 8 65
9  Pepperdine University 9 60
10  University of California-Davis 10 (T) 55
11  Brown University 10 (T) 47
12  Princeton University 10 (T) 43
13  United States Air Force Academy 14 37
14 (T)  Bucknell University 13 32
14 (T)  University of California-San Diego 15 32
16  Santa Clara University 16 24
17  St. Francis College Brooklyn 18 18
18  Loyola Marymount University 17 16
19  Harvard University NR 12
20 (T)  Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges 19 17
20 (T)  United States Naval Academy RV 7
RV  Whittier College 20 4


2015 Men’s Varsity Division III Top 10 (Week 7/October 21)

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges (100 points) maintains top billing at No. 1 in the Week 7/October 21 National Division III Top 10 Poll.

Whittier College (94 points) follows to remain at No. 2 for another week, while Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (84 points) and Johns Hopkins University (82 points) break out of a tie at No. 3 to stand at No. 3 and 4, respectively.

The University of Redlands (79 points) and Chapman University (79 points) are now tied at No. 5 with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (73 points) clinging to the No. 7 slot.

The University of La Verne (62 points) and California Lutheran University (55 points) exchange the No. 8 and 9 positions with Washington & Jefferson College (36 points) staying at No. 10 to complete the Division III rankings.

Occidental College (33 points) also received votes to miss out on tying W&J for the No. 10 position by three points.

2015 Varsity Division III Top 10 (Week 7/October 21)

Rank Team Week 6 Poll Points
1  Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges 1 100
2  Whittier College 2 94
3  Pomona-Pitzer Colleges 3 (T) 84
4  Johns Hopkins University 3 (T) 82
5 (T)  University of Redlands 5 79
5 (T)  Chapman University 6 79
7  Massachusetts Institute of Technology 7 73
8  University of La Verne 9 62
9  California Lutheran University 8 55
10  Washington & Jefferson College 10 36
RV  Occidental College RV 33


2015 Men’s Varsity CWPA Top 10 (Week 7/October 21)

Following a tumultuous week in the league’s Southern Division-East Region, defending Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Champion Brown University reacquires its prior stats as the top team in the league according to the Week 7/October 21 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Top 10 Poll.

The Bears, which defeated St. Francis College Brooklyn (14-11 W) in Northern Divisoin action and Harvard University (13-8 W) for the Ivy Championship, returns to the top position for the first time since ranking at No. 1 in the 2015 CWPA Preseason Poll.

Brown’s rise comes about in part due to Harvard Universityupending host/former No. 1 Princeton University by a 12-6 score in the semifinals of the Ivy Championship on Sunday, October 18, at DeNunzio Pool.

Due to the loss, Princeton slips into a tie with Bucknell University (90 points) at No. 2.  The Bison, who fell to the United States Naval Academy via 9-7 score over the weekend, and Tigers now trail the Bears of Brown by 10 points for the widest gap between the top team and the runner-up this season.

St. Francis College Brooklyn (85 points) hangs on at No. 4, while Harvard (82 points) and Johns Hopkins University (75 points) trade the No. 5 and 6 spots.

The United States Naval Academy (72 points), which defeated Bucknell (9-7 W) and Johns Hopkins (12-11 W OT) over the weekend to complete a season-split against the Bison and Blue Jays, remains at No. 7 with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (64 points) bumping up to No. 8.

Iona College (49 points) and Fordham University (35 points) complete the Top 10 with the trio ofWashington & Jefferson College (11 points), George Washington University (11 points) andMercyhurst University (11 points) also receiving votes.

2015 Varsity CWPA Top 10 (Week 7/October 21)

Rank Team Week 6 Poll Points
1  Brown University 3 100
2 (T)  Bucknell University 2 90
2 (T)  Princeton University 1 90
4  St. Francis College Brooklyn 4 85
5  Harvard University 6 82
6  Johns Hopkins University 5 75
7  United States Naval Academy 7 72
8  Massachusetts Institute of Technology 9 64
9  Iona College 10 49
10  Fordham University 8 35
RV  Washington & Jefferson College RV 11
RV  George Washington University NR 11
RV  Mercyhurst University RV 11

Swimming news courtesy of CWPA.

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