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UCLA Men's Water Polo Ranked Third in 2006 Preseason Poll
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  08/30/2006

Aug. 30, 2006

Bridgeport, Pa. - The UCLA men's water polo team will begin its 2006 campaign ranked third in the nation, according to the preseason poll released Wednesday afternoon by the Collegiate Water Polo Association. The Bruins received 91 points in the poll and were ranked behind No. 1 California (99) and No. 2 USC (95).

The top six teams in the top-20 poll all compete in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) - California, USC, UCLA, Stanford, Pacific and Pepperdine. Similarly, all nine MPSF school are ranked within the top 12 teams.

UCLA finished the 2005 season ranked fifth nationally after posting a strong 21-8 record and 5-3 MPSF mark. Led by eighth-year head coach Adam Krikorian, the Bruins hope to capture the ninth NCAA championship in program history. UCLA's regular season begins Thursday, Sept. 14 against Cal Baptist at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center on the UCLA campus. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

2006 Men's Collegiate Preseason Top-20 Poll
RankTeam Points
1California 99
2USC 95
3 UCLA 91
4 Stanford 85
5 Pacific 80
6 Pepperdine 75
7 UC San Diego 68
8t UC Irvine 63
8t Loyola Marymount 63
10 UC Santa Barbara 54
11t St. Francis College (NY) 50
11t Long Beach State 50
13 U.S. Naval Academy 42
14 UC Davis 37
15 Princeton 32
16 Redlands 27
17 Bucknell 20
18 Santa Clara 15
19 Brown 9
20 Cal Baptist 5

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