USC & Navy Stay at No. 1, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Takes Over Top Spot in Division III as CWPA Releases 2012 Men's Varsity Week 6/October 10 Polls

BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- The University of Southern California remains the No. 1 team in the nation as the Trojans picked up 100 points to remain a unanimous top selection as the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) released the Week 6/October 10 Men's Varsity Top 20, Division III Top 10 and Collegiate Water Polo Association Top 10 Polls.

USC, which continues a reign of dominance that dates back to the 2011 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship Game, joins the United States Naval Academy in defending No. 1 rankings.  The Midshipmen stay at No. 1 in the league Top 10 for another week with 99 points to edge out Brown University.

The biggest changes occur in the Division III Top 10 rankings as the Sagehens of Pomona-Pitzer Colleges are knocked from their season-long perch at No. 1 by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges.

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 each week of the season through the week following the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship. 

2012 Men's Varsity National Top 20 (Week 6)

Another week, another No. 1 ranking for the Trojans of the University of Southern California as the squad continues as the unanimous No. 1 team in the country with 100 points to outdistance the field in the October 10/Week 6 Men's Varsity National Top 20 Poll.

The unanimous choice since claiming last season's National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship, USC saw its lead shrink to five-points over its closest nemesis as the Trojans are one of 18 teams in the Top 20 to retain its position from the October 3/Week 5 rankings.

Following USC, the University of California-Santa Barbara (95 points), University of California-Los Angeles (89 points), University of California-Irvine (86 points), Stanford University (79 points), University of the Pacific (75 points), University of California (73 points), Pepperdine University (65 points), Loyola Marymount University (60 points) and Long Beach State University (55 points) hold firm at No. 2-to-10, respectively, to complete the Top 10 programs in the land.

The University of California-San Diego (50 points), Brown University (41 points),  the United States Air Force Academy (40 points), the United States Naval Academy (37 points) and St. Francis College (29 points) stay at No. 11-to-15, with Princeton University (27 points), University of California-Davis (20 points) and Santa Clara University (18 points) holding on at No. 16-to-18.

The only changes in the Top 20 occur at No. 19 and 20 as Concordia University (7 points) jumps one position to No. 20 and forces California Baptist University (4 points) into a tie with previously unranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges (4 points) at No. 20.

Johns Hopkins University (1 point) and Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (1 point) were the only other teams to receive votes this week.

2012 Varsity Top 20 (Week 6 - October 10)

Rank Team October 3 Poll Points
1  University of Southern California
1 100
2  University of California-Santa Barbara
2 95
3  University of California-Los Angeles 3 89
4  University of California-Irvine
4 86
5  Stanford University
5 79
6  University of the Pacific
6 75
7  University of California
7 73
8  Pepperdine University
8 65
9  Loyola Marymount University
9 60
10  Long Beach State University
10 55
11  University of California-San Diego
11 50
12  Brown University
12 41
13  United States Air Force Academy
13 40
14  United States Naval Academy
14 37
15  St. Francis College
15 29
16  Princeton University
16 27
17  University of California-Davis 17 20
18  Santa Clara University
18 16
19  Concordia University
20 7
20 (T)
 California Baptist University 19 4
20 (T)  Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges
NR 4
RV  Pomona-Pitzer Colleges RV 1
RV  Johns Hopkins University NR 1

 

2012 Men's Varsity Division III Top 10 (Week 6)

For the first time since the November 30/Final Poll of the 2011 season, a team other than Pomona-Pitzer Colleges holds the title of Division III's best as Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges picked up 99 points to jump three positions and take over at No. 1 in the Week 6/October 10 Division III Top 10.

CMS, which last ranked No. 1 in the November 23 and 30 Polls of last season, displaced Pomona-Pitzer thanks to victories over Chapman University (13-8 W), Johns Hopkins University (11-7 W), George Washington University (13-10 W) and Harvard University (16-12 W) over the weekend at the Gary Troyer Tournament on the campus of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Pomona-Pitzer and the University of La Verne.

Johns Hopkins (93 points), which was ranked No. 3 a week ago, climbs to No. 2 in the wake of a wins against Pomona Pitzer (10-9 W), Occidental College (19-5 W) and the University of Redlands (10-4 W).  Pomona Pitzer (87 points) and California Lutheran University (87 points) move into a tie at No. 3, with Chapman (82 points) holding on at No. 5 for another week.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (74 points), Redlands (72 points), Whittier College (67 points) and La Verne (61 points) rate at No. 6-to-9, respectively, with Washington & Jefferson College (22 points) and Occidental (22 points) tying for the final position in the Top 10.

Connecticut College (11 points) also received votes.

2012 Varsity Division III Top 10 (Week 6 - October 10)

Rank Team October 3 Poll Points
1  Claremont Mudd Scripps Colleges
4
99
2
 Johns Hopkins University
3
93
3 (T)
 Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
1
87
3 (T)  California Lutheran University
2
87
5  Chapman University
5
82
6  Massachusetts Institute of Technology
6
74
7  University of Redlands
7
72
8
 Whittier College
8 (T)
67
9
 University of La Verne
8 (T)
61
10 (T)
 Occidental College
RV
22
10 (T)  Washington & Jefferson College
10 22
RV  Connecticut College NR 11

 

2012 Men's Varsity CWPA Top 10 (Week 6)

The United States Naval Academy Midshipmen picked up all but one first place vote and 99 points for the third week in a row to retain the No. 1 spot in the October 10/Week 6 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Top 10 Poll.

Navy, which remains undefeated in competition against other CWPA institutions, and runner-up Brown University (96 points) lead a Top 10 that is similiar in all but one position from the Week 5 rankings.

St. Francis College (88 points), Princeton University (86 points) and Johns Hopkins University (77 points) rounds out the Top Five.

Bucknell University (76 points), Harvard University (71 points) and George Washington University (65 points) cling to No. 6-to-8, with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (59 points) holding on at No. 9.

The only change in the rankings comes at the final position in the Top 10 as Iona College (35 points) slips into the poll in front of Mercyhurst University (23 points).

2012 Varsity CWPA Top 10 (Week 6 - October 10)

Rank Team October 3 Poll Points
1  U.S. Naval Academy
1
99
2  Brown University
2 96
3
 St. Francis College (N.Y.) 3
88
4
 Princeton University
4 86
5
 Johns Hopkins University
5
77
6
 Bucknell University
6
76
7
 Harvard University
7
71
8
 George Washington University
8
65
9
 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 9 59
10
 Iona College
RV
35
RV  Mercyhurst University 10 23

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