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.
|Rank||Team||2010 Final Poll||Points|
|1|| University of Southern
|2|| University of California
|3|| University of California-Los Angeles
|4|| Stanford University
|5|| University of the Pacific
|6|| University of California-Irvine
|7|| University of California-Santa
|8||Loyola Marymount University||7||64|
|9|| Pepperdine University
|10|| Long Beach State University
|11|| St. Francis College (N.Y.)
|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|
|17||California Baptist University||17||20|
|18||United States Air Force Academy||20||14|
|20||Concordia University (Calif.)||19||8|
|RV||University of Redlands||NR||1|
|RV||Johns Hopkins University||NR||1|