FSU ranked 13th in the nation.
BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- The Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) releases the 2016 Men's National Collegiate Club Preseason Poll.
The rankings mirror the final poll of the 2015 season released in the wake of the National Collegiate Club Championship at the University of California-Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz, Calif. on Friday-Sunday, November 13-15.
Two-time reigning National Champion Lindenwood University (100 points) will open the year as a unanimous No. 1 in the rankings with a perfect 100 points. The 2014 and 2015 National Champion Lions will aim to become the first team in the history of men's collegiate club water polo to claim back-to-back-to-back titles as California Polytechnic State University (2001, 2002), the University of California-Los Angeles (2009, 2010) and the University of Southern California (2011, 2012) were the only other programs to accomplish the elusive task.
San Diego State University (95 points), which has finished second to Lindenwood at the past two National Collegiate Club Championships, comes in at No. 2 with the University of California (90 points), Dartmouth College (81 points) and the University of Michigan (75 points) completing the Top Five.
Long Beach State University (73 points), the University of Illinois-Chicago (62 points), the University of Texas (53 points), California Polytechnic State University (49 points) and the University of Colorado (46 points) round out the Top 10 based on their performance during the 2015 season.
The University of California-Santa Barbara (44 points) and the Pennsylvania State University (44 points) come in at No. 11 and 12, respectively, with the University of California-Davis (38 points) and Florida State University (38 points) tied at No. 13.
The University of Maryland (31 points) rates at No. 15, while the duo of Oregon State University (26 points) and San Jose State University (26 points) stand in a tie at No. 16.
The University of California-San Diego (18 points), Columbia University (14 points) and the University of California-Los Angeles (13 points) complete the Top 20.
The University of Georgia (12 points), California State University-Chico (10 points), UC-Santa Cruz (10 points), California State University-Maritime Academy (2 points) and The Ohio State University (1 point) also hold points.
Final 2015 Poll
|2||San Diego State University||2||95|
|3||University of California||3||90|
|5||University of Michigan||5||75|
|6||Long Beach State University||6||73|
|7||University of Illinois-Chicago||7||62|
|8||University of Texas||8||53|
|9||California Polytechnic State University||9||49|
|10||University of Colorado||10||46|
|11||University of California-Santa Barbara||11||44|
|12||Pennsylvania State University||12||43|
|13 (T)||University of California-Davis||13 (T)||38|
|13 (T)||Florida State University||13 (T)||38|
|15||University of Maryland||15||31|
|16 (T)||Oregon State University||16 (T)||26|
|16 (T)||San Jose State University||16 (T)||26|
|18||University of California-San Diego||18||18|
|20||University of California-Los Angeles||20||13|
|RV||University of Georgia||RV||12|
|RV||California State University-Chico||RV||10|
|RV||University of California-Santa Cruz||RV||10|
|RV||California State University-Maritime Academy||RV||2|
|RV||The Ohio State University||RV||1|