BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- The University of Southern California (USC) defended its No. 1 national ranking by capturing the program's third consecutive National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men's Water Polo Championship over the weekend against the host Golden Bears of the University of California to finish the year as the No. 1 team in the Varsity Top 20 poll released today by the Collegiate Water Polo Association.
Voted on by a panel of coaches and administrators from around the country during the preseason and each week of the season based on the cumulative results of each team, the Varsity Top 20, Division III Top 10 and Collegiate Water Polo Association Top 10 polls are released on Wednesday during the season until the week following the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship.
USC, which took over the top spot in the December 1 poll for the first time since October 13 by claiming the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) during the weekend of November November 26-2, picked up all the first place votes to conclude the year as the unanimous No. 1 selection.
Overall, it marks the fifth week during the season that the Trojans topped the poll as USC previously earned No. 1 rankings on September 22, September 29, October 6 and October 13.
Cal, which fell in the national title game at home by a 12-10 final in overtime, wraps up the year in second place with 95 points, while Stanford University and the University of California-Los Angeles conclude the 2010 campaign in third and fourth place, respectively.
The Univ ersity of California-Irvine and the University of California-Santa Barbara held on at No. 5 and 6, while Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) champion Loyola Marymount University, which placed third at the four-team NCAA Championship, moves up one place to seventh.
University of the Pacific slips to No. 8, with Pepperdine University holding firm at No. 9.
The sole newcomer to the Top 10 is CWPA champion St. Francis College (N.Y.) which usurps the final position in the top half of the poll from Long Beach State University following a fourth place finish at the NCAA Championship.
LBSU slips back to No. 11 to conclude the changes to the Top 20 as the final nine positions remain constant from the December 1 balloting.
December 1 Poll
|1||University of Southern California||1||100|
|| University of California
|3|| Stanford University
|4|| University of California, Los Angeles
|5|| University of California, Irvine
|6|| University of California, Santa Barbara
|7|| Loyola Marymount University
|8||University of the Pacific||7||67|
|9|| Pepperdine University
|10|| St. Francis College (N.Y.)
||Long Beach State University||10
|| University of California, Davis
|| Santa Clara University
|| University of California, San Diego
|15|| United States Naval Academy
|16|| Princeton University
|| California Baptist University
|| Bucknell University
|| Concordia University (Calif.)
||United States Air Force Academy||20||8|
|RV|| Brown University