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Men's Water Polo Closes Out Season Ranked 10th in the Final CWPA Poll

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 12/09/2015
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COMPLETE CWPA POLL

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Princeton University men’s water polo team closed out its 2015 season ranked 10th in the final Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Varsity Top-20.

Voted on by a panel of coaches from the CWPA, Western Water Polo Association (WWPA), MPSF, Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the polls were compiled and released each week of the season through the NCAA Championship.

National champion UCLA retained the top slot, followed by the University of Southern California and UC-Berkeley in the top three. The University of the Pacific and Stanford rounded out the top-five.

UC-Irvine and UC-Santa Barbara placed sixth and seventh, respectively, while Long Beach and UC-San Diego were eighth and ninth. Princeton (22-5) crashed the top-10 as the only non-California based institution.

Debuting at No. 11 in the preseason poll, the Tigers climbed as high as No. 9 in the week leading up to the NCAA Championships. Princeton’s No. 9 ranking is the highest since climbing to No. 8 on Sept. 17, 2014. The Tigers’ No. 8 ranking from last season was the highest-ever by an East Coast program in the poll’s modern era (post-2006).

Princeton had a final ranking of ninth in the 2004 CWPA varsity poll, marking the first time the program closed out the year inside the top-10. The Tigers also received a ranking of ninth early in the 2005 season and were ranked 10th in the final polls of 2009 and 2011.

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