NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship

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NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship
NCAA logo.svg
Founded 2001
Number of teams 8
Current champions [Stanford University] (6)
Most successful club(s) UCLA (7)
Website NCAA.com

The NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship has existed since the 2001 season. Seven conferences have teams competing in women's water polo: the Big West Conference, the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA), the single-sport Golden Coast Conference, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF), the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) and the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA). Some teams compete at Division III either as members of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference or independently.

Champions[edit]

Year National Champion Score Runner-Up Host or site
2001 UCLA 5-4 Stanford Stanford University, Avery Aquatic Center, Stanford, California
2002 Stanford 8-4 UCLA USC, McDonald's Swim Stadium, Los Angeles, California
2003 UCLA (2) 4-3 Stanford UC San Diego, Canyonview Pool, San Diego, California
2004 USC 10-8 Loyola Marymount Stanford University, Avery Aquatic Center, Stanford, California
2005 UCLA (3) 3-2 Stanford University of Michigan, Canham Natatorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
2006 UCLA (4) 9-8 USC UC Davis, Schaal Aquatics Center, Davis, California
2007 UCLA (5) 5-4 Stanford Long Beach State, Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, California
2008 UCLA (6) 6-3 USC Stanford University, Avery Aquatic Center, Stanford, California
2009 UCLA (7) 5-4 USC University of Maryland, Eppley Recreation Center Natatorium, College Park, Maryland
2010 USC (2) 10-9 Stanford San Diego State, Aztec Aquaplex, San Diego, California
2011 Stanford (2) 9-5 California University of Michigan, Canham Natatorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
2012 Stanford (3) 6-4 USC San Diego State, Aztec Aquaplex, San Diego, California
2013 USC (3) 10-9 5OT Stanford Harvard University, Blodgett Pool, Cambridge, Massachusetts
2014 Stanford (4) 9–5 UCLA USC, Uytengsu Aquatics Center, Los Angeles, California
2015 Stanford (5) 7-6 UCLA Stanford University, Avery Aquatic Center, Stanford, California
2016 USC (4) 8-7 Stanford UCLA, Spieker Aquatics Center, Los Angeles, California
2017 Stanford (6) 8-7 UCLA Indiana and the Indiana Sports Corp, IU Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN
2018 USC, Uytengsu Aquatics Center, Los Angeles, California
2019 Stanford, Avery Aquatic Center, Stanford, California
2020 Pacific and Visit Stockton, Chris Kjeldsen Pool Complex, Stockton, California
2021 UCLA, Spieker Aquatics Center, Los Angeles, California
2022 Michigan, Canham Natatorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Team titles[edit]

NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship is located in the US
UCLA
UCLA
Stanford
Stanford
USC
USC
Schools with national championships
Gold pog.svg – 7 championships, Red pog.svg – 6 championships, Blue pog.svg – 4 championships
Team Number Year Won
UCLA 7 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
Stanford 5 2002, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017
USC 4 2004, 2010, 2013, 2016

Tournaments[edit]

The University of California-Los Angeles Bruins are honored at the White House by President of the United States George W. Bush in June 2008 for their winning the 2008 Division I national championship. The Bruins own seven of the ten Division I titles ever awarded.

2017[edit]

The NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship was held on May 12–14, 2017 at the IU Natatorium; Indianapolis, IN. Ten teams were selected to participate in the annual event. Conference champions from the Big West, CWPA, Golden Coast Conference, MAAC, MPSF, SCIAC and WWPA are represented with the seven automatic bids. They are joined by three at-large teams, with play-in games ahead of the tournament.

Conference Champions:

  • Big West - UC-Irvine
  • CWPA - Michigan
  • Golden Coast - Pacific
  • MAAC - Wagner
  • MPSF - UCLA
  • SCIAC - Pomona-Pitzer
  • WWPA - UC-San Diego

Opening Round (May 6): Wagner def. UC-San Diego 6–5, Pacific def. Pomona-Pitzer 11–5

First Round (May 12): No. 1 UCLA def. Wagner 17–2; California def. No. 4 UC Irvine 9–7; No. 2 Stanford def. Pacific 13–6; No. 3 USC def. Michigan 12–6

Semi-finals (May 13): No. 1 UCLA def. Cal 14–11; No. 2 Stanford def. No. 3 USC 11–10

Championship (May 14, 3:00 PM ET): No. 2 Stanford def. No. 1 UCLA 8-7

Maggie Steffens of Stanford, who scored the winning goal against UCLA with 9 seconds left, was named the tournament's most valuable player.[3]

2016[edit]

The NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship was held on May 13–15, 2016 with UCLA, Los Angeles, CA hosting. Eight teams were selected to participate in the annual event. Conference champions from the Big West, CWPA, Golden Coast Conference, MAAC, MPSF, SCIAC and WWPA were represented with the seven automatic bids. They were joined by three at-large teams, with play-in games conducted on May 10, 2016.

Play-in games (May 10, 2016, Canyonview Aquatic Center at the University of California, San Diego): San Diego State def. Wagner 7–4, UC San Diego def. Whitter 11–7

Tournament First Round games (May 13, 2016): UCLA def. UC San Diego 17-4, Stanford def. UC Santa Barbara 12-5, Southern California def. San Diego State 12-3, Michigan def. Arizona State 5-4

Semi-finals (May 14, 2016): Southern California def. Michigan 9-6, Stanford def. UCLA 7-4

Championship (May 15, 2016): Southern California def. Stanford 8–7

2015[edit]

The NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship was held on May 8–10, 2015 with Stanford, Stanford, CA hosting. Eight teams participated in the event. As has been the case since 2011, conference champions from the MPSF, WWPA, SCIAC, CWPA, MAAC, and Big West represented the six automatic bids. They were joined by four at-large teams, with play-in games being conducted on May 2: UC San Diego (18-18) def. Whittier (21-14) 17–11, Princeton (29-3) def. Wagner (25-8) 12–2.

Tournament First Round games (May 8, 2015): UCLA (24-2) def. UC San Diego 9–2, California (19-7) def. UCI (19-8) 6–5, Southern Cal (22-5) def. Hawaii (18-9) 14–7, Stanford (23-2) def. Princeton (30-4) 7–2.

Semi-finals (May 9, 2015): UCLA def. California 9–5, Stanford def. Southern Cal 9–8

Championship (May 10, 2015): Stanford def. UCLA, 7–6

2014[edit]

The NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship was held on May 9–11, 2014 with USC, Los Angeles, CA hosting. Eight teams participated. Play-in games among four at-large teams were conducted May 3 on the campuses of the higher-seeded teams, with No. 8 seed Indiana defeating No. 9 seed Wagner 11–6, and No. 7 seed UC San Diego defeating No. 10 seed Pomona Pitzer 13–9.

Tournament First Round games (May 9, 2014): No. 1 seed Stanford def. No. 8 seed Indiana 18–2, No. 2 seed UCLA def. No. 7 seed UC San Diego 12–8, No. 3 seed USC def. No. 6 seed UCI 14–11, No. 4 seed Cal def. No. 5 seed ASU 7–4

Semi-finals (May 10, 2014): [1] Stanford def. [4] California 12–8, [2] UCLA def. [3] USC 5–3

Championship (May 11, 2014): [1] Stanford def. [2] UCLA 9–5

Annika Dries of Stanford was named the tournament's most outstanding player.

2013[edit]

The NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship was held on May 10–12, 2013 with Harvard University, Cambridge, MA hosting. Eight teams participated. Conference champions from the MPSF, WWPA, SCIAC, CWPA, MAAC, and Big West were joined by two at-large teams.

Tournament First Round games (May 10, 2013): No. 2 seed Stanford (27-2) def. No. 7 seed Iona (21-8) 20–3; No. 3 seed UCLA (26-6) def. No. 6 seed Princeton (26-5) 8–6; No. 1 seed Southern California (24-1) def. Pomona-Pitzer (18-16) 27–1; No. 4 seed Hawaii (21-9) def. No. 5 seed UC San Diego (25-13) 13–6

Semi-finals (May 11, 2013): No. 2 seed Stanford def. No. 3 seed UCLA 5–3; No. 1 seed Southern California def. No. 4 seed Hawaii 16–9

Championship (May 12, 2013): No. 1 seed Southern California def. No. 2 seed Stanford, 10-95OT

2012[edit]

The tournament was held at the SDSU's Aztec Aquaplex in San Diego, California with automatic bids for the MPSF, CWPA, Big West, MAAC, WWPA and SCIAC conferences. The three-day championships on May 11–13, 2012, also had two at-large teams.

Tournament First Round games (May 11, 2012): No. 1 Stanford (23-2) def. No. 8 Pomona-Pitzer (21-16) 17–5; No. 2 UCLA (21-3) def. No. 7 Iona (24-11) 14–3; No. 3 Southern California (21-5) def. No. 6 Princeton (28-4) 14–2; No. 4 UC Irvine (24-6) def. No. 5 Loyola Marymount (20-9) 8–6.

Semi-finals (May 12, 2012: No. 1 Stanford def. No. 4 UC Irvine 12-3; No. 3 Southern California def. No. 2 UCLA 12-10.

Championship (May 13, 2012): No. 1 Stanford def. No. 3 Southern California 6-4.

2011[edit]

The tournament was held at the University of Michigan's Canham Natatorium in Ann Arbor, Michigan with automatic bids for the MPSF (Stanford), CWPA (Indiana), Big West (UCI), MAAC (Iona), WWPA (UC San Diego) and SCIAC (Redlands). The three-day championships on May 13–15, 2011, also had two at-large teams.

Tournament First Round games: No. 1 Stanford (25-1) def. No. 8 Iona College/University of Redlands (play-in winner) 22-7; No. 4 USC (18-6) def. No. 5 UCI (21-8) 14-9; No. 3 UCLA (24-6) def. No. 6 Indiana (21-8) 8-5; No. 2 California (24-4) def. No. 7 UC San Diego (17-18) 13-5.

Semi-finals: No. 2 California def. No. 3 UCLA 7–4; No. 1 Stanford def. No. 4 Southern California 8–4.

Championship: No. 1 Stanford defeated No. 2 California 9-5 for its second national title.

All Tournament First Team: Amber Oland, Stanford; Annika Dries, Stanford; Emily Csikos, Cal; Kim Krueger, Stanford; Patricia Jancso, USC; Melissa Seidemann, Stanford; Dana Ochsner, Cal; Priscilla Orozco, UCLA

All Tournament Second Team: Stephane Peckham, Cal; Jakie Kohli, Indiana; Joelle Bekhazi, USC; KK Clark, UCLA; Cortney Collyer, UC Irvine; Jessy Cardey, UC Irvine; Maggie Wood, Iona; Kelly Easterday, UCLA

Tournament MVP: Annika Dries, Stanford

2010[edit]

The tournament field was announced on Monday, May 3, 2010 with the championship tournament on May 14–16 at San Diego State University's Aztec Aquaplex. Teams that received automatic bids were UCLA (MPSF), Michigan (CWPA), Marist (MAAC), Loyola Marymount (WWPA) and Pomona-Pitzer (SCIAC). Stanford, Cal and USC of MPSF received at-large bids.

Tournament Bracket: #1 Stanford (24-2) def. #8 Pomona-Pitzer (18-14) 23-3; #2 USC (22-3) def. #7 Marist (18-14) 20-5; #6 Loyola Marymount (27-4) def. #3 UCLA (20-7) 5-4; #4 Cal (24-8) def. #5 Michigan (32-6) 12-8.

Semi-finals: #1 Stanford def. #4 Cal 6-3; #2 USC def. #6 Loyola Marymount 10-6.

Southern California defeated Stanford in the title game 10-9 for its second national title in school history.

2009[edit]

The following conferences and institutions received automatic qualification for the 2009 championships, which were played on May 8–10: Collegiate Water Polo Association, Michigan; Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Marist; Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, USC; Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Cal Lutheran; and Western Water Polo Association, Loyola Marymount. The following institutions received at-large bids to the championship field: Stanford, UCLA, and Hawaii.

The first-round games: #1 seed USC (24-1) def. #8 Cal Lutheran (19-12) 22-2; #2 Stanford (24-3) def. #7 Marist (18-13) 21-5; #3 UCLA (22-6) def. #6 Michigan (33-8) 13-6; and #4 Hawaii (18-8) def. # 5 Loyola Marymount (24-7) 11-7.

Semi-finals: #1 USC def. #4 Hawaii 17-5; #3 UCLA def. #2 Stanford 12-11.

The UCLA Bruins women's team (3rd seeded) battled the #1 rated USC Trojans for the national championship on Sunday, May 10, 2009 at College Park, Maryland. With two goals from Tanya Gandy in the first minute of the game, UCLA won a record fifth consecutive crown, 11th national title and 7th NCAA crown, by a score of 5-4.[1] Gandy earned the NCAA Tournament's most valuable player honor.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b UCLA defeats USC, claims NCAA women's water polo title, Los Angeles Daily News, May 10, 2009
  2. ^ [1] National Collegiate Women's Records Book
  3. ^ Women's water polo: Stanford wins sixth national title, defeating UCLA 8-7, May 14, 2017

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