SDSU Water Polo Picked Second in GCC Preseason Poll

Jan. 19, 2018

SAN DIEGO - San Diego State women’s water polo has been picked to finish second in the 2018 Golden Coast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll. The four-time defending GCC regular-season champions finished behind preseason favorite Pacific.

The Aztecs enter the 2018 campaign as the preseason runner-up after picking up 40 points, nine behind the Tigers’ final point total (49), which included all seven available first-place votes. Loyola Marymount (39 points; 1 first-place vote), GCC newcomer Fresno State (30) and Azusa Pacific (21) rounded out the top five. California Baptist and Santa Clara each had 19 points to finish in a sixth-place tie and Concordia was eighth with seven points.

SDSU was selected to finish in second behind UOP last season and the Aztecs responded by going 7-0 in league play, capturing their fourth regular-season crown in as many seasons. In the four years of the GCC’s existence, San Diego State has never lost a conference game, posting a 26-0 record.

The Aztecs, ranked 12th nationally, 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.

San Diego State returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 27, when it faces the SDSU Alumni at Aztec Aquaplex. First sprint is scheduled for 11 a.m. PT and admission is free. The season opener, meanwhile, is Saturday, Feb. 3, vs. T-No. 17 Harvard at 3 p.m. ET at the Bruno Classic in Providence, R.I.

2018 GCC Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Pacific (49 points; 7 first-place votes)
2. San Diego State (40 points)
3. Loyola Marymount (39 points; 1 first-place vote)
4. Fresno State (30 points)
5. Azusa Pacific (21 points)
T6. California Baptist (19 points)
T6. Santa Clara (19 points)
8. Concordia (7 points)

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