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BRIDGEPORT, Pa. – The Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) released their 2019 Men's Water Polo Pre-Season Polls Friday and Whittier College came in receiving votes for the Varsity Polls, while getting ranked No. 2 in the Division III standings.
The Purple & Gold who finished 15-14, 10-4 SCIAC in 2018 come into 2019 earning two votes for the Varsity Polls joining Air Force (2 Votes), St. Francis College (Brooklyn) (4 Votes), Navy (5 Votes), and Santa Clara (7 Votes) who all received votes.
Entering the inaugural season of the USA Water Polo Division III Collegiate Championship – which will match the top two teams from the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Division III Championship against two of the top three finishing teams from the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). Pomona-Pitzer leads the standings after winning the 2018 SCIAC Championships but after that there have been some changes in the rest of the polls. Whittier has jumped into the No. 2 slot with 89 points after finishing No. 5 in the final 2018 polls.
Claremont-M-S comes in No. 3 with 87 points and Cal Lutheran (82 points) and MIT (81 points) round out the Top 5. Chapman University (77 Points), Uni. of Redlands (72 Points), Johns Hopkins (69 Points), Occidental (46 Points) and La Verne (38 Points) complete the Preseason Top 10.
Voted on by a panel of coaches from the MAWPC, NEWPC, Golden Coast Conference, Western Water Polo Association (WWPA), Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF), SCIAC and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the polls will be compiled and released on Wednesday during each week of the season through the week following the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship.
Whittier gets their season started September 7-8 when they take part in the UCSD Invite. There they will take on No. 4 Cal, No. 14 Loyola Marymount, and two others yet to be determined. It will be a tough start to the season for the Purple & Gold with 10 of their first 11 games all coming against opponents who all are ranked inside the Varsity Polls.