Collegiate Water Polo Association

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The Collegiate Water Polo Association is a conference of colleges and universities in the Eastern United States that sponsor 19 men's teams and 17 women's teams that compete in varsity water polo.[1] The winners of the conference tournaments earn one of the four spots in the NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship and one of the eight spots in the NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship. The CWPA sponsors club team competition in 17 men's divisions and 13 women's divisions across the United States.

History[edit]

The conference was founded in the early 1970s as the Mid Atlantic Conference by Dick Russell, the swimming and water polo coach at Bucknell university with member schools from New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland. The first conference championship was held in 1972, with and one of the eight spots in the women's Yale defeating Harvard.

The organization was run by the conferences coaches until a commissioner was hired in 1990. In 1993, the Mid Atlantic Conference admitted the full memberships of the New England and Southern Conferences, changing its name to the Mid Atlantic Conference with 39 varsity and club member schools. The following year, the conference went co-ed, raising the number of member teams to 55. As the organization expanded into the Midwest in 1995, the referees from the Eastern Water Polo Referees Association opted to go on strike, so the conference established its own refereeing bureau. With 95 teams from the northeast, midwest, and south, the conference took its present name in 1996.

The CWPA continued expanding, entering the northwest in 1998, the Great Plains and California in 1999, and now has membership in 43 of the contiguous 48 States.[2][3]

CWPA staff[edit]

  • Commissioner- Dan Sharadin
  • Assistant Commissioner- Tom Tracey
  • Director of Communications- Ed Haas
  • Membership Services-
  • Director of Multimedia- Jon Weaver
  • Director of Officials- Ed Reed

Varsity teams competing in the CWPA[edit]

Men's teams[edit]

Women's teams[edit]

Club teams competing in the CWPA[edit]

Men's teams[edit]

Men's Division III Collegiate Club Champions[edit]

  • 1999 Wesleyan University
  • 2000 RIT
  • 2001 Trinity University
  • 2002 RIT
  • 2003 Middlebury College
  • 2004 Wesleyan University
  • 2005 Wesleyan University
  • 2006 Lindenwood University
  • 2007 Lindenwood University
  • 2008 Lindenwood University
  • 2009 Tufts University
  • 2010 UC-Santa Cruz
  • 2011 Washington U. in St. Louis
  • 2012 Monmouth College
  • 2013 UC-Santa Cruz
  • 2014 UC-Santa Cruz/Washington U. in St. Louis (Co-Champions)
  • 2015 Washington U. in St. Louis
  • 2016 Washington U. in St. Louis
  • 2017 Washington U. in St. Louis

Men's National Collegiate Club Champions[edit]

  • 1993 Northwestern University
  • 1994 United States Military Academy
  • 1995 University of Dayton
  • 1996 University of Michigan
  • 1997 Dartmouth College
  • 1998 University of Michigan
  • 1999 Cal Poly State University
  • 2000 Michigan State University
  • 2001 Cal Poly State University
  • 2002 Cal Poly State University
  • 2003 University of Michigan
  • 2004 Cal Poly State University
  • 2005 Grand Valley State University
  • 2006 Michigan State University
  • 2007 Cal Poly State University
  • 2008 Michigan State University
  • 2009 UCLA
  • 2010 UCLA
  • 2011 USC
  • 2012 USC
  • 2013 UCLA
  • 2014 Lindenwood University
  • 2015 Lindenwood University
  • 2016 Lindenwood University
  • 2017 San Diego State University

Women's teams[edit]

Women's National Collegiate Club Champions[edit]

  • 2000 University of Washington
  • 2001 Michigan State University
  • 2002 Michigan State University
  • 2003 California Polytechnic State University
  • 2004 California Polytechnic State University
  • 2005 California Polytechnic State University
  • 2006 Michigan State University
  • 2007 Fresno State University
  • 2008 California Polytechnic State University
  • 2009 California Polytechnic State University
  • 2010 California Polytechnic State University
  • 2011 California Polytechnic State University
  • 2012 University of California-Davis
  • 2013 University of California-Davis
  • 2014 San Diego State University
  • 2015 University of California
  • 2016 University of California-Santa Barbara
  • 2017 University of California-Davis
  • 2018 University of California-Davis

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NCAA Sports Sponsorship". Web1.ncaa.org. Retrieved 2017-09-09. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ [2][dead link]

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