Stanford Remains on Top; CMS, Indiana, Connecticut College Earn Top Rankings

SWIMMING WORLD — No Water Polo Wednesday, but Swimming World returns with Water Polo News headlined by Stanford’s return to the top with their recent victory over the formerly top ranked USC Trojans.

Featured in this week’s round up are big rival matches: USC winning the battle of LA over UCLA, Stanford’s dismantling of Cal in Berkeley, Irvine eking out a 4-3 win over Long Beach, an San Diego State beating UC San Diego for the Harper Cup:

For the 12th straight year–the entire history of the contest–the Aztecs claimed the Harper Cup after this year’s 6-4 triumph over the Tritons. San Diego State’s Samantha Voigt was named the most valuable player of the game with one goal, four assists and a steal.

Conference championships begin this weekend and Swimming World previews them all, plus plenty of other game action from the preceding week.

COLLEGIATE WATER POLO ASSOCIATION — Stanford retained its top billing for the second straight week in the 14th week of the 2013 season. USC’s defeat of UCLA was not enough to earn them the top spot in the Collegiate Water Polo Association poll released on Wednesday.

The Cardinal, which have ranked at No. 1 or 2 all season, dropped down to the runner-up position in the Week 6/February 27 Poll and continued at No. 2 until returning to the top posititon last week.

Overall, the first 10 positions in the Top 20 remain unchanged as the University of Southern California (96 points), Arizona State University (90 points), the University of California-Los Angeles (85 points), the University of California (80 points), the University of California-Irvine (73 points), the University of Hawaii (72 points), San Diego State University (65 points), San Jose State University (58 points) and Long Beach State University (55 points) hold on in the upper echelon of the Top 20.

Indiana remained atop the CWPA rankings overall, while Connecticut College took the top spot as the highest ranked CWPA DIII squad. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps continues to fend off Pomona-Pitzer for top billing in Division III overall.