16 Teams Set for 2011 National Collegiate Club Championship at Notre Dame

CHICAGO, Ill. -- For 16 teams, the path to the National Championship will come to an end this weekend in the shadow of the Golden Dome and "Touchdown Jesus" as the Collegiate Water Polo Association hosts the 2011 Women's National Collegiate Club Championship at the University of Notre Dame's Rolfs Aquatic Center.

Comprised of 14 division champions and the runner-up finishers in the Pacific Coast and Midwest Divisions, the teams will converge on the home of the Fighting Irish for 30 games to decide which program claims the title of "2011 Women's National Collegiate Club Champion".

Leading the charge is three-time defending national champion California Polytechnic State University which returns to defend its title on the heels of capturing the Pacific Coast Division crown.

Overall, there is only one first-time participant in the championship as the Big Ten (University of Michigan -- 2010), Sierra Pacific Division (University of California-Davis -- 2008, 2009), Northwest (University of Oregon -- 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010), Midwest (Notre Dame -- 1999, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010), Mid-Atlantic (Pennsylvania State University -- 2001, 2005), Southeast (University of Florida -- 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008), Rocky Mountain (University of Utah -- 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010), North Atlantic (Middlebury College -- 2008, 2010), Texas (University of Texas -- 2002, 2007, 2009), Heartland (Lindenwood University -- 2007, 2008), New England (Dartmouth College --  2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009) and New York (Cornell University -- 2005, 2006) Division champions join Cal Poly (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) with past experience. 

For Utah, it marks the program's second consecutive appearance at Nationals, but for different divisions.  Prior to the 2011 season, defending division champion Utah, Southern Utah University, University of Utah "B" and Westminster College broke off from the Southwest Division to form the Rocky Mountain to ease travel concerns.

Pacific Coast Division runner-up the University of California-Los Angeles, which qualifies for the field based on division rival Cal Poly capturing the 2010 National Championship to make the Pacific Coast the highest finishing division during the past year, made the field in 2001 as a division champion. 

Miami University, which takes Notre Dame's automatic berth to the field as the host institution as the Fighting Irish captured the Midwest Division's champion berth, previously made the field in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 as the Midwest champion.

The lone newcomer is Arizona State University, which claimed the program's first Southwest Division title in the program's inaugural berth in the division title game.

Six-time titleist (2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010) and eight-time title game participant (2002, 2007) Cal Poly is among six teams in the field to make the National Championship game as Florida (2001, 2006), Dartmouth (2004, 2005), Oregon (2008), Notre Dame (2009) and Michigan (2010) will all strive for their first rings this year.

Ticket prices for all spectators are $15 per day or $25 for the tournament (kids under 12 are free), while Notre Dame faculty, staff and students are $5 per day and $12 for the tournament.

If you can not make it to South Bend, do not worry.  The CWPA, in partnership with Stretch Internet, will be live streaming the entire tournament live on Friday-Sunday for the league's fans at a cost of $10 per game or $25 for a weekend pass that allows viewers to watch every game from the comfort of their home or office.  In addition, each game will be archived so that fans can catch up on the action if they miss a game.

To access the stream click on the Game Central link below or go to http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/cwpa.portal?mode=link#

 

University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind. (Rolfs Aquatic Center)

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Positions are based on order of finish at the 2010 National Collegiate Club Championship
1st Position - Pacific Coast Division
California Polytechnic State University
9th Position - Pacific Coast Division Runner-Up
University of California-Los Angeles
2nd Position - Big Ten Division
University of Michigan
10th Position - Rocky Mountain Division
University of Utah
3rd Position - Sierra Pacific Division
University of California-Davis
11th Position - North Atlantic Division
Middlebury College
4th Position - Northwest Division
University of Oregon
12th Position - Texas Division
University of Texas
5th Position- Midwest Division
University of Notre Dame
13th Position -  Heartland Division
Lindenwood University
6th Position - Mid-Atlantic Division
Pennsylvania State University
14th Position - New England Division
Dartmouth College
7th Position - Southeast Division
University of Florida
15th Position - New York Division
Cornell University
8th Position - Southwest Division
Arizona State University
16th Position - Midwest Division Runner-Up
Miami University (Ohio)






Friday, May 6, 2011  
Game No. Score
9:00 1st Position - Pacific Coast Division
Cal Poly
vs. 16th Position - Midwest Division Runner-Up
Miami (Ohio)
1
10:10 2nd Position - Big Ten Division
Michigan
vs. 15th Position - New York Division
Cornell
2
11:20 3rd Position - Sierra Pacific Division
UC-Davis
vs. 14th Position - New England Division
Dartmouth
3  
12:30 4th Position - Northwest Division
Oregon
vs. 13th Position - Heartland Division
Lindenwood
4
1:40 5th Position - Midwest Division
Notre Dame
vs. 12th Position - Texas Division
Texas
5
2:50 6th Position - Mid-Atlantic Division
Penn State
vs.. 11th Position - North Atlantic Division
Middlebury
6
4:00 7th Position - Southeast Division
Florida
vs. 10th Position - Rocky Mountain Division
Utah
7
5:10 8th Position - Southwest Division
Arizona State
vs. 9th Position - Pacific Coast Division Runner-Up
UCLA
8
6:20 Loser Game 5
vs. Loser Game 4
9
7:30 Loser Game 6
vs. Loser Game 3
10
8:40 Loser Game 7
vs. Loser Game 2
11
9:50 Loser Game 8 vs. Loser Game 1 12
 




Saturday, May 7, 2011

9:00 Winner Game 1
vs. Winner Game 8
13
10:10 Winner Game 4
vs. Winner Game 5
14
11:20 Winner Game 2
vs. Winner Game 7
15
12:30 Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 6
16
1:40 Winner Game 12
vs. Winner Game 9
17
2:50 Winner Game 11
vs. Winner Game 10
18
4:00 Loser Game 14
vs. Loser Game 13
19
5:10 Loser Game 16
vs. Loser Game 15
20
6:20 Winner Game 13
vs. Winner Game 14
21
7:30 Winner Game 15
vs. Winner Game 16
22
8:40 Loser Game 9
vs. Loser Game 12
23
9:50 Loser Game 10
vs. Loser Game 11
24






Sunday, May 8, 2011

9:00 Loser Game 20
vs. Loser Game 19 Seventh Place
10:15 Winner Game 19
vs. Winner Game 20
Fifth Place
11:30 Loser Game 22
vs. Loser Game 21
Third Place
12:45 Winner Game 21
vs. Winner Game 22
First Place
2:15 Winner Game 17
vs. Winner Game 18
Ninth Place
3:30
Loser Game 18
vs.
Loser Game 17
Eleventh Place






The tournament is not seeded by ability, since there is no equitable means to determine the respective strength of the teams. Too few teams play outside of their division schedules to be able to create an accurate seeding. Match-ups are therefore based upon the 2010 National Collegiate Club Championship results by division. The Host region receives two automatic bids, one of which is assumed by the division champion and the other by the host site or division runner-up (the 16th position). This ensures the tournament host is always a participant.

The teams are seed based on a policy voted in during the 2008 Annual Meeting.  The seeding rule states: The top eight division winners will be seeded according to their division's finish the prior season. Places nine and ten will be reserved for the top two division runner-ups in order of their division's finish. The remaining places will be filled with the divisions according to their division's finish the prior season, with random draws used to break ties in placing.  The policy was amended prior to the 2011 women's season with the creation of the Rocky Mountain Division to reduce the number of runner-up positions to one.


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