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|
|5. San Jose State||79|
|7. UC Irvine||67|
|8. Arizona State||63|
|11. San Diego State||56|
|12. Loyola Marymount||44|
|13. Long Beach State||36|
14. UC San Diego
|16. UC Davis||26|
|18. Cal State Northridge||18|
|Also receiving votes: UC Santa Barbara, Princeton, Cal Baptist|