Four CWPA Institutions Among Top 15 in 2008 NCSA Collegiate Power RankingsMIT, Princeton, Harvard and Johns Hopkins are among the Top 15 in the 2008 National Collegiate Scouting Association Power Rankings. The NCSA's Power Rankings rate colleges and universities comprehensively based on student-athlete graduation rates, academic strength and athletic prowess of the university.
Shana Welch Joins Bucknell Swimming StaffShana Welch, a three-time member of the American Water Polo Coaches Association All-America Team at the University of Michigan, has been named assistant men's and women's swimming and diving coach at Bucknell University.
CWPA Releases 2008 Men's Collegiate Club Preseason PollCalifornia Polytechnic State University, the defending Men's Collegiate Club champion, is picked to defend its title as the Mustangs earned are a unanimous No. 1 selection in the 2008 National Collegiate Club Preseason Poll. Cal Poly, which captured the national title with a 7-6 OT win against Big 10 champion Michigan State University after taking the Pacific Coast Division title, is followed in the poll by the Spartans as Michigan State garnered 95 points to be a unanimous second place selection.
Navy's Tom Popp Elected to CWPA Hall of FameTwo-time All-America selection Cmdr. Tom Popp 89 of the United States Naval Academy will be inducted into the CWPA Hall of Fame on Friday, November 21 as part of the 2008 Mens Eastern Championship hosted by Navy on November 21-23. Popp, who returned to the Naval Academy last season as an instructor in the Aerospace Engineering Department, is the first Navy player inducted into the Hall of Fame.
UC-Davis Selected as Site of 2009 Women's National Collegiate Club ChampionshipThe Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) has announced the selection of the University of California-Davis as host for the 2009 Women's National Collegiate Club Championship. A member of the Sierra Pacific Division, Davis is the largest University of California state system campus and is located 15 miles from Sacramento and 73 miles from San Francisco.
California, Redlands and Navy Lead the Way in 2008 Men's Varsity Preseason PollsThe Collegiate Water Polo Association has released the 2008 Men's Preseason Top 20 Varsity, Top 10 Division III and Top 10 CWPA Polls. The defending champions are picked to defend their crowns this year as California, Redlands and the United States Naval Academy earned #1 rankings after finishing the 2007 polls and season atop the standings.
University of Michigan Featured on Detroit Channel 4The University of Michigan women's water polo team was featured on Detroit's WDIV-Channel 4 earlier this week as part of the station's Olympic coverage. Michigan, which producted Team USA goalie Betsey Armstrong, captured the 2008 CWPA Eastern title earlier this year and advanced to the NCAA Championship.
Referee Ross Edwards Featured in Prescott Valley TribuneOlympic water sports are in the public eye, but one Prescott Valley resident is following the U.S. women's water polo team more closely than the rest of the population. Ross Edwards, pool manager for the Town of Prescott Valley, and a water polo referee for 15 years, has officiated games in which team members Brenda Villa and Betsey Armstrong played.
Gold Rush: Team USA Downs Australia 9-8 to Advance to Women's Olympic Gold Medal Game2008 CWPA Hall of Fame inductee Betsey Armstrong made 8 saves and the American defense limited former Hartwick standout Bronwen Knox to a goal as Team USA downed Australia 9-8 to advance to the gold medal game at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Team USA will take on the Netherlands on Thursday, August 21 at 6:20 pm local time in Beijing for the gold medal.
2008 Men's Varsity Preseason Polls Set for August 20 ReleaseThe 2008 Men's Varsity Top 20, Division III Top 10 and Collegiate Water Polo Association Top 10 polls will be released by 5:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, August 20. The annual polling process will continue with the announcement of the polls, including the Collegiate Club polls, on August 27 through the completion of the varsity and club season.
USA Hammers Russia 12-7 to Advance to Olympic SemifinalsCWPA Hall of Fame inductee Betsey Armstrong made 10 saves in three quarters of work to help the United States Women's Water Polo team to a 12-7 victory over Russia at the Ying Tung Natatorium in Beijing. The victory clinches a berth in the semifinals for the USA as the Americans will face either China or Australia on August 19.
Former Brown Coach Todd Clapper Named New Zealand National Team CoachFormer Brown University head coach and current Arizona State University head coach Todd Clapper has been appointed as the head coach of the New Zealand Senior Womens National Team. He will help prepare the national team for upcoming international events, including the 2010 FINA World Cup in Wellington, New Zealand.
2008 Men's Referee Assignments ReleasedThe 2008 referee assignments for the men's varsity and club season have been released. The league and invitational assignments are based on submitted referee availability forms and were approved by the CWPA Technical Committee. Photos of the referees are available in the Officiating section of the CWPA website to assist in identifying officials.
Italy Rallies to Tie USA 9-9 in Women's Olympic Water PoloElisa Casanova's goal with 22 seconds remaining following an exclusion on the United States led to a 9-9 tie for the Americans against Italy, the first for each team thus far in Olympic competition. Italy and the United States now both sit tied for first place with three points each, with one game remaining in pool play.
2008-10 NCAA Water Polo Rules Book ReleasedThe National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has released the 2009-10 Water Polo Rules book. Copies of the book, which contains diagrams of playing area's, official signals and official interpretations and rulings. are available for purchase at www.ncaapublications.com or can be downloaded for free.
2008 Men's Collegiate Club & Varsity Schedules ReleasedThe Collegiate Water Polo Association league office has released the men's collegiate club schedules for the Mid-Atlantic, Florida, Missouri Valley, New England, Great Lakes, Heartland, North Atlantic and Northwest Divisions along with the men's varsity schedules. The remaining club schedules will be released in the coming weeks.
Armstrong Makes Seven Saves as USA Outlasts China 12-11 in Women's Olympic Opener2008 CWPA Hall of Fame inductee and former University of Michigan standout goalie Betsey Armstrong made seven saves as the United States Women's Water Polo team outlasted host China 12-11 in the opening round of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Next up for Team USA will be a match with defending Gold Medalist Italy on Wednesday, August 13 at 3:40 pm local Beijing time (12:40 am PST, 9:40 am EST).
Betsey Armstrong Posts August 2 New York Times Ring BlogUnited States National Team goalie and 2008 Collegiate Water Polo Association Hall of Fame inductee Betsey Armstrong posted her latest entry (August 2) for the New York Times Rings blog regarding the U.S. Olympic teams preparations for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
Mercyhurst College Adds Eight for 2009 SeasonMercyhurst College head coach Curtis Robinette has announced the addition of eight student-athletes to the Lakers' women's water polo team for the 2009 season. Mercyhurst finished 14-9 overall, captured third at the CWPA Western Division Championship and became the first NCAA Division II program to earn a bid to the Collegiate Water Polo Association Eastern Championship since the field was narrowed to eight teams in 2005.