Spartans 5th In Final Poll

            For the first time in 10 years and just the second time in the program's history, San Jose State University finished a season ranked fifth in the final Collegiate Water Polo Association national coaches poll.

            The Spartans concluded the 2011 season with a 21-13 win-loss record, a sixth place finish in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) regular season standings, a program-best fourth place in the MPSF Tournament and three consecutive weeks ranked fifth nationally.

             In the history of the MPSF Tournament, San Jose State became the first sixth-seeded team to defeat a third-seed when the Spartans knocked off Hawaii in a quarterfinal round match.

            The top six spots in the final poll went to MPSF teams. Stanford, the 2011 NCAA champion, was number-one. California, the MPSF Tournament winner, was second. UCLA and USC preceded San Jose State. Hawaii was sixth.

            The only other time the Spartans were fifth in the final national poll was in 2001.


Final Collegiate Water Polo Association national coaches' poll
May 18, 2011
School Points
  1. Stanford 100
  2. California   95
  3. UCLA   90
  4. USC   85
  5. San Jose State   79
  6. Hawaii   71
  7. UC Irvine   67
  8. Arizona State   63
  9. Indiana   59
10. Michigan   58
11. San Diego State   56
12. Loyola Marymount   44
13. Long Beach State   36

14. UC San Diego

15. Hartwick   29
16. UC Davis   26
17. Maryland   22
18. Cal State Northridge   18
19. Iona   10
20. Pacific     6
Also receiving votes: UC Santa Barbara, Princeton, Cal Baptist