John Tanner, Stanford University’s head water polo coach, has guided the Cardinal to a #1 ranking in the Varsity Top 25 poll. The Cardinal are 7-o this season and claimed their first Stanford Invitiational title since 2003. The Cardinal beat #2 ranked USC and #3 ranked California 10-7 in the tournament.
In 2009, Stanford claimed thrid place nationally and finished the season with an overall record of 26-4. That record included a 6-1 mark in MPSF play, good for second in the conference. The Cardinal also reached the championship game of the MPSF Tournament before falling to eventual champion USC.
The Preseason CWPA National Water Polo Rankings have been released for the 2009 season. The 2008 NCAA Men’s Water Polo champions, USC, will try to defend their title and are ranked #1. Cal, coached by Kirk Everist, received 83 points and are ranked #4. Below is the rest of the preseason rankings:
6. Loyola Marymount
7. UC Santa Barbara
8. UC Irvine
9. Long Beach State
10. UC San Diego