SDSU Water Polo Ranked No. 12 in Preseason Poll

Jan. 12, 2018

SAN DIEGO - San Diego State will enter the 2018 campaign ranked No. 12 in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Top 25 Preseason Poll. The Aztecs’ position is one spot higher than where they finished in last year’s final poll.

SDSU’s preseason ranking is its highest since 2014 when it opened the year at No. 10. Since then, the Aztecs were the 15th-ranked preseason team in 2015 and 2017, and No. 16 in 2016.

San Diego State finished 2017 ranked No. 13 after it claimed its fourth straight Golden Coast Conference regular-season title, going 7-0 in the process, which ran its all-time GCC record to 26-0. The No. 13 rating marked the Aztecs’ highest final ranking since 2013.

This year's team will feature a roster that includes 11 freshmen, six sophomores, five juniors and just four seniors, including co-captains Courtney Jarvis and Lizzy Bilz. The group will be the 20th of Carin Crawford's head coaching career.

Crawford in 19 seasons has compiled a record of 414-257 (.617) and has led the Aztecs to a top-17 national finish every year. Outside of the program's five Golden Coast titles (four regular season, one tournament), Crawford has guided SDSU to the NCAA tournament in 2007 and 2008 with at-large invitations, and in 2016 with an automatic bid.

This past Thursday, the Aztecs were in action for the first time in 2018, falling to the Chinese National Team, 16-9, in San Clemente. SDSU will have one final tune-up before the season opener when it faces the Aztec Alumni on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 11 a.m. PT. Admission is free at Aztec Aquaplex.

San Diego State’s season opener will be at the Bruno Classic in Providence, R.I., when it will share the pool with No. 17 Harvard at 3 p.m. ET.

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