Defending Champion UCLA Favored to Repeat as National Champions

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August 22nd, 2018 College, News, Water Polo

Courtesy: Collegiate Water Polo Association

BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — The University of California-Los Angeles is favored to repeat as National Champion as the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) releases the 2018 Men’s Varsity National Top 20, Division III Top 10, Northeast Water Polo Conference (NEWPC) Top Five and Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference (MAWPC) Top Five Preseason Polls for the 2017 season.

Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, which captured the 2017 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) title, will commence the new season at No. 1 in the Division III Poll, while George Washington University and Harvard University retain their previous No. 1 ranks after winning the MAWPC and NWPC crowns last season.

Voted on by a panel of coaches from the MAWPC, NEWPC, Golden Coast Conference, Western Water Polo Association (WWPA), Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF), 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.

2018 Men’s Varsity National Top 20 (Preseason)

The University of California-Los Angeles will open the season on top of the sport as the squad holds the No. 1 position in the 2018 Preseason National Men’s Varsity Top 20 Poll.

The Bruins, who claimed the 2017 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship, falls one point shy of rating as a unanimous preseason No. 1 selection as UCLA picks up 99 points.  The University of Southern California (96 points) remains at No. 2 after finishing as the runner-up at the NCAA Championship, while the University of California (89 points), Stanford University (86 points) and the University of the Pacific (81 points) stick at No. 3-to-5, respectively, as the first five spots in the final 2017 poll remain consistent going into 2018.

Long Beach State University (71 points) is the first program to improve upon its position from the final 2017 balloting as the squad starts the new year at No. 6, a two place improvement over its final 2017 slot.  The University of California-Davis (68 points) and Pepperdine University (63 points) assume the No. 7 and 8 spots with the University of California-Irvine (60 points) and the University of California-Santa Barbara (59 points) completing an All-West Coast Top 10.

Harvard University (50 points) is the first non-Golden State institution to appear in the Top 20 as the Crimson hold down the No. 11 berth.  The University of California-San Diego (43 points), Princeton University (40 points), San Jose State University (37 points) and Brown University (34 points) follow at No. 12-to-15.

California Baptist University (24 points), Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (18 points), George Washington University (12 points) and St. Francis College Brooklyn (10 points) rate at No. 16-to-19 with the United States Air Force Academy (4 points), Bucknell University (4 points) and Wagner College (4 points) tying at No. 20.

2018 Men’s Varsity Top 20 (Preseason)

Rank Team Final 2017 Poll Points
1 University of California-Los Angeles 1 99
2 University of Southern California 2 96
3 University of California 3 89
4 Stanford University 4 86
5 University of the Pacific 5 81
6 Long Beach State University 7 71
7 University of California-Davis 8 68
8 Pepperdine University 9 63
9 University of California-Irvine 6 60
10 University of California-Santa Barbara 10 59
11 Harvard University 11 (T) 50
12 University of California-San Diego 13 43
13 Princeton University 14 40
14 San Jose State University 11 (T) 37
15 Brown University 15 34
16 California Baptist University 16 24
17 Pomona-Pitzer Colleges 18 18
18 George Washington University 17 12
19 St. Francis College Brooklyn 19 10
20 (T) United States Air Force Academy RV 4
20 (T) Bucknell University 20 4
20 (T) Wagner College RV 4
RV Concordia University RV 2

2018 Men’s Varsity Division III Top 10 (Preseason)

The Sagehens of Pomona-Pitzer Colleges will open the 2018 season at No. 1 in the Preseason Men’s Varsity Division III Top 10 Poll.

Similar to the National Top 20 which experienced moderate changes, the Division III Top 10 experiences some shifts from the final poll of 2017.

Johns Hopkins University (91 points) begins the 2018 season at No. 2 with Chapman University (90 points) and Whittier College (89 points) trading final positions from last year to rate at No. 3 and 4 going into the new campaign.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges (76 points), the University of Redlands (74 points) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (73 points) realign to stand at No. 5-to-7, while California Lutheran University (67 points) and the University of La Verne (60 points) hold down the No. 8 and 9 positions.

Occidental College (33 points), which was unranked at the end of the 2017 season, will start 2018 in the No. 10 spot.

2018 Men’s Varsity Division III Top 10 (Preseason)

Rank Team Final 2017 Poll Points
1 Pomona-Pitzer Colleges 1 100
2 Johns Hopkins University 2 91
3 Chapman University 4 90
4 Whittier College 3 89
5 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges 6 76
6 University of Redlands 7 74
7 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 5 73
8 California Lutheran University 8 67
9 University of La Verne 9 60
10 Occidental College NR 33
RV California Institute of Technology 10 22

2018 Men’s Varsity Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference Top 5 (Preseason)

George Washington University will begin the third season of Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference (MAWPC) play where the Colonials concluded the last year – at No. 1 – as the team is the top pick in the league’s Preseason Top Five Poll.

The 2017 MAWPC Champion Colonials (96 points) hold a narrow lead over the team they defeated for the crown last year – Wagner College (95 points). 2016 MAWPC Champion Bucknell University (91 points), which was tied with Wagner at No. 2 in the final MAWPC balloting of 2017, slips back to No. 3 with previously unranked Johns Hopkins University (64 points) and Fordham University (51 points) assuming the No. 4 and 5 positions.

The MAWPC features 14 teams as Bucknell, George Washington, Wagner, Johns Hopkins, Fordham, La Salle University and the United States Naval Academy comprise the Eastern Region, with Gannon University, Mercyhurst University, Monmouth College, Salem University, Washington & Jefferson College, Connecticut College and McKendree University competing in the Western Region.

2018 Men’s Varsity Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference Top 5 (Preseason)

Rank Team Final 2017 Poll Points
1 George Washington University 1 96
2 Wagner College 2 (T) 95
3 Bucknell University 2 (T) 91
4 Johns Hopkins University NR 64
5 Fordham University 4 51
RV United States Naval Academy 5 37
RV Gannon University NR 16

2018 Men’s Varsity Northeast Water Polo Conference Top 5 (Preseason)

2016 and 2017 Northeast Water Polo Conference (NWPC) Champion Harvard University will aim to three-peat in 2018 as the Crimson are No. 1 in the NWPC Preseason Top Five Poll.

Comprised of Brown University, Harvard, Iona College, Princeton University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Saint Francis College Brooklyn, the NWPC teams will start the march to the 2018 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship with rankings that echo the results of 2017.

A unanimous top selection, Harvard (100 points) holds an eight-point lead over Princeton (92 points) and Brown (92 points) as the Tigers and Bears are tied at No. 2.  St. Francis Brooklyn (86 points) and Iona (48 points) complete the Top Five.

2018 Men’s Varsity Northeast Water Polo Conference Top 5 (Preseason)

Rank Team Week 9 Poll Points
1 Harvard University 1 100
2 (T) Princeton University 2 92
2 (T) Brown University 3 92
4 St. Francis College Brooklyn 4 86
5 Iona College 5 48
RV Massachusetts Institute of Technology RV 32

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