UCLA Women's Water Polo Ranked No. 3 in Preseason Poll

Jan. 14, 2009

BRIDGEPORT, Pa. - The four-time defending NCAA champion UCLA women's water polo team has been ranked No. 3 in the NCAA Division I preseason top-20 poll, as released by the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA).

UCLA enters the 2009 season having won its last 41 matches, including an undefeated 33-0 season in 2008 (most recent loss came on April 14, 2007). This season, the Bruins return 15 letterwinners, including five seniors - Anne Belden, Brittany Fullen, Tanya Gandy, Kim Nelson and Katie Rulon.

USC has been ranked No. 1, and Stanford has been selected No. 2 in the preseason poll. Hawai'i and California are ranked behind UCLA at the No. 4 and No. 5 selections, respectively. Rounding out the poll's top 10 slots, in order, are San Diego State, San Jose State, Arizona State, UC Davis and Michigan.

UCLA opens the season at the Michigan Invitational on Jan. 24-25. The Bruins will face Bucknell and Indiana on Jan. 24 and Michigan on Jan. 25.

2009 PRESEASON NATIONAL COLLEGIATE POLL

Rank Team Points 2008 Final Poll
1 USC 99 2
2 Stanford 94 3
3 UCLA 92 1
4 Hawai'i 85 4
5 California 73 6
6 San Diego State 72 7
7 San Jose State 66 8
8 Arizona State 62 9
9 UC Davis 60 5
10 Michigan 57 10
11 Loyola Marymount 54 11
12 Hartwick 48 14
13 UC Irvine 43 12
14 Cal State Northridge 36 13
15 Long Beach State 30 15
16 Princeton 18 17
17 UC Santa Barbara 15 19
18 Cal State Bakersfield 13 RV
19 UC San Diego 11 16
20 Santa Clara 10 18

RV indicates "receiving votes"

EVENT INFORMATION
UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Jan 23
vs. Hawai'i
Santa Barbara, CA
W, 13 - 8
Saturday, Jan 23
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
W, 8 - 5
Sunday, Jan 24
vs. Long Beach State
Santa Barbara, CA
W, 11 - 4
Sunday, Jan 24
vs. Michigan
Santa Barbara, CA
W, 11 - 7
Saturday, Jan 30
vs. USA Scrimmage
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 13
Saturday, Feb 13 - 8:30 AM PST
vs. Sonoma State
San Diego, CA
Saturday, Feb 13 - TBA PST
vs. Loyola Marymount or ...
San Diego, CA
Sunday, Feb 14 - TBA PST
vs. Triton Invitational
San Diego, CA
Sunday, Feb 14 - TBA PST
vs. Triton Invitational
San Diego, CA
Friday, Feb 19 - 7:00 PM PST
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
Saturday, Feb 27 - TBA PST
vs. UC Irvine ...
Irvine, CA
Saturday, Feb 27 - TBA PST
vs. UC Irvine ...
Irvine, CA
Sunday, Feb 28 - TBA PST
vs. UC Irvine ...
Irvine, CA
Sunday, Feb 28 - TBA PST
vs. UC Irvine ...
Irvine, CA
Saturday, Mar 05 - 10:50 AM PST
vs. Loyola Marymount
Ann Arbor, MI
Saturday, Mar 05 - 4:30 PM PST
vs. George Washington
Ann Arbor, MI
Sunday, Mar 06 - 7:40 AM PST
at Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
Sunday, Mar 06 - 1:40 PM PST
vs. Bucknell
Ann Arbor, MI
Sunday, Mar 20 - 1:00 PM PST
at CSU Bakersfield
Bakersfield, CA
Friday, Mar 25 - 5:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Saturday, Apr 02 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. San Jose State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Apr 03 - 12:15 PM PST
vs. Redlands
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Apr 03 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. Pomona-Pitzer
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 09 - 1:00 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Apr 15 - 3:30 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 23 - 11:30 AM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Apr 29 - All Day PST
vs. MPSF Championships
Bakersfield, CA
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