USC Still Perfect, Indiana Atop CWPA, Tourney Recaps

SWIMMING WORLDWater Polo Wednesday returns with copious coverage of the three tournaments over the past weekend. Arizona State hosted eight teams and dominated on the first day of competition. The Sundevils’ run came to a convincing halt against second-ranked Stanford on Sunday, 17-7:

…Stanford jumped out to a 4-0 first period lead and extended that to a 9-3 lead at the half. Steffens and Kiley Neushul scored three goals apiece, with Annika Dries, Ashley Grossman, Kaitlyn Lo, Melissa Seidemann and Anna Yelizarova scored two each. Hass scored a hat trick for the Sun Devils, bringing her season total to 46 goals—one shy of her career season best.

Thus ended ASU’s seven game win streak while Stanford now stands at 18-1 on the season.

LMU finished their tournament undefeated, rounding out the weekend with a 7-5 victory over #12 Princeton. San Diego State hosted a mini-tournament and came away with three wins, highlighted by a one goal win over Long Beach State in the opener.

In non-tournament action. Pacific scored an upset with an impressive 10-7 win over UC Santa Barbara in the Gauchos’ home pool.

COLLEGIATE WATER POLO ASSOCIATION — Week ten of the women’s varsity collegiate season ended with very little movement. USC stays on top with another unanimous 100 point score. Stanford’s decisive victory over number three ASU kept them in the second spot, while UCLA and Cal rounded out the top five according to the Collegiate Water Polo Association poll released today.

San Diego State University (72 points), the University of California-Irvine (71 points) and the University of Hawaii (67 points) hold on at No. 6-to-8, respectively, while Long Beach State University (57 points) is joined by former No. 10-ranked San Jose State University (57 points) in a tie for the ninth position.

Unlike the Top 10, the No. 11-to-20 spots in the poll experienced radical change.

Loyola Marymount University (46 points), on the heels of a victory over former No. 11 Princeton University, climbs three positions to take over the Tigers’ previous spot just outside the Top 10. Indiana University (39 points) and California State University-Northridge (36 points) hold on at No. 12 and 13 for another week, while Princeton (34 points) sinks to No. 14.

The University of California-San Diego (32 points) remains at No. 15, with the University of California-Davis (23 points) and the University of California-Santa Barbara (23 points) moving into a tie at No. 16.

Indiana remained atop the CWPA rankings overall, while Grove City held its position as the highest ranked CWPA DIII squad. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps continues to fend off Pomona-Pitzer for top billing in Division III overall.