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John Butler and the Tritons will open the season as the 12th-ranked team in nation.
UCSD Tabbed No. 12 in CWPA Preseason National Poll
Release: Saturday 08/17/2011 
by UCSD
BRIDGEPORT, Pa. - The UC San Diego men's water polo team will open the 2011 season as the 12th-ranked team in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Men's Varsity Preseason National Top 20, it was announced Wednesday.

Defending national champion, the University of Southern California (99 points), will open the season as the top-ranked team in the land, followed by 2010 national runner-up University of California (95 points) and No. 3 UCLA (90 points).

Stanford University (86 points), University of the Pacific (76 points), UC Irvine (70 points), UC Santa Barbara (69 points), Loyola Marymount University (64 points), Pepperdine University (63 points) and Long Beach State (60 points) conclude an All-California Top 10.

New York's St. Francis University will debut at No. 11, followed closely by UCSD (44 points).

UCSD will open its season on Labor Day weekend with the 2011 Triton Invitational at Canyonview Pool. The Tritons will open the Invite at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 3 against Redlands. They will follow with a 3:30 p.m. clash with No. 18 Air Force. The following day, UCSD will face Cal Lutheran at 9:00 a.m. and then Western Water Polo Association-foe LMU at 3:30 p.m.

UCSD went 13-13 overall last season, finishing fourth at the 2010 WWPA Championships.

The men's water polo program recently returned from a team trip to Croatia. To read about the Tritons' experience through their own eyes, visit Tritons On the Road- International Edition.

2011 Varsity Top 20 (Preseason)

Rank Team 2010 Final Poll Points
1  University of Southern California
1 99
2  University of California
2 95
3  University of California-Los Angeles
4 90
4  Stanford University
3 86
5  University of the Pacific
8 76
6  University of California-Irvine
5 70
7  University of California-Santa Barbara
6 69
8  Loyola Marymount University 7 64
9  Pepperdine University
9 63
10  Long Beach State University
11 60
11  St. Francis College (N.Y.)
10 50
12  University of California-San Diego 14 44
13  University of California-Davis 12 43
14  Santa Clara University 13 34
15  United States Naval Academy 15 30
16  Princeton University 16 23
17  California Baptist University 17 20
18  United States Air Force Academy 20 14
19  Bucknell University 18 9
20  Concordia University (Calif.) 19 8
RV  Brown University RV 7
RV  University of Redlands NR 1
RV  Pomona-Pitzer Colleges NR 1
RV  Johns Hopkins University NR 1

 

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