MIT, 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, 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.
California 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.
Two-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.
The 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.
CWPA Hall of Fame goalie Betsey Armstrong of the University of Michigan and former standout Bronwen Knox of Hartwick College earned Olympic medals as Team USA fell to the Netherlands 9-8 for the Gold Medal, and Australia stopped Hungry 12-11 in a shootout to take the Bronze Medal.
The 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.
The 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.
Olympic 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.
2008 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.
69 CWPA athletes were honored by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches on the organiation's All-America Academic Team. In addition, nine CWPA programs were honored with Team Awards, including Harvard University which led the conference with a 3.40 grade point average.
The 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.
Two CWPA star players will meet in the Olympic semifinals as former Hartwick College standout Bronwen Knox and Team Australia will square off with CWPA Hall of Fame inductee and University of Michigan legend Betsey Armstrong on August 19.
CWPA 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 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.
The 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.
Elisa 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.
The 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.
The 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.
2008 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).
Saint John's University (Minn.) will look to a bunch of new players, a core of returning talent and new relationships to take on the challenging task of returning to the top of the Collegiate Club ranks as the Johnnies announced their prospective 2008 schedule.
Washington & Jefferson College head men's and women's water polo coach Vaughan Smith was quoted in the August 3 edition of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in regards to his experiences as an Olympic swimmer from Zimbabwe.
United 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 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.
The Princeton Review ranked the University of Maryland athletic facilities tops in the country in the organization's annual college guide, The Best 368 Colleges, based on a survey of 120,000 students at 368 colleges.
Harvard University head coach Erik Farrar announced the naming of seniors David Tune and Jay Connolly as the Crimson team captains for the 2008 season. Harvard opens the 2008 campaign with the Cambridge Invitational at MIT on September 12-14.