Women’s Water Polo Sets Program Best with No. 15 Ranking

Sofia Carrera-Justiz had six points against St. Francis (Gil Talbot).
Sofia Carrera-Justiz had six points against St. Francis (Gil Talbot).

Freshman Sofia Carrera-Justiz and the Crimson reached No. 15 to end the 2017 season, marking Harvard's highest finish ever (Paul Rutherford).

– The Harvard women's water polo team finished the 2017 campaign ranked No. 15 in the nation, marking the highest finish for a squad in the CWPA rankings in program history. The Crimson reached the semifinals of the CWPA Championships for the first time since 2000, collecting a fourth-place finish in the conference tournament to finish the season on a high note.

Harvard (15-14, 5-3 CWPA) followed up two back-to-back 20-plus win seasons with a strong 2017 campaign, finishing above .500 for the sixth time in the last seven years. The Crimson improved throughout the year, winning five-straight games late in the season (March 18 – April 8) to roll into conference action where it secured the fifth seed in the CWPA Championships. Harvard then took down then-No. 16 Indiana for just the second time in program history to earn a berth into the semis. It is also Harvard's highest ranking since reaching No. 13 during the 2016 campaign.

The Crimson bolstered its roster with the addition of four incoming freshmen to accompany the ten student-athletes that return from this year's squad. Of the ten returnees, eight were freshmen or sophomores this season, showing the bright future ahead for the women's water polo program.