LEWISBURG, Pa. -- The top four teams from the Collegiate Water Polo Association's Northern and Southern Divisions will clash with the league's ultimate prizes at stake, the Eastern Championship and an automatic bid to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship at the University of California-Berkeley, as St. Francis College, Princeton University, Brown University, Bucknell University, Fordham University, the United States Naval Academy, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Johns Hopkins University clash at the 2010 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Eastern Championship set for November 19-21 at Bucknell University's Kinney Natatorium.
The tournament will pit a nine-time champion (Navy - 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008), a five-time champion (Bucknell - 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980), a four-time champion (Brown - 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985), a three-time champion (Princeton - 1992, 2004, 2009), a solo champ (St. Francis - 2005) and three teams seeking their first league titles (Johns Hopkins, MIT, Fordham) in a three-day, 12-game tournament to decide which program reigns supreme in the CWPA this year.
Based on last year's Eastern Championship in which Princeton captured the crown and the conference's automatic bid to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Southern Division champion (Princeton) receives the No. 1 seed and will meet the No. 4 seed out of the Northern Division (MIT) in the opening game at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, November 19.
The rest of the first round meetings pit Brown (Northern Division runner-up) versus the Navy (Southern Division third place) at 1:00 p.m., with the Northern Division champion St. Francis clashing with Johns Hopkins (Southern Division fourth place) at 2:30 p.m. The final game of the opening round fittingly pits the host Bison of Bucknell (Southern Division runner-up) versus Fordham (Northern Division third place) at 4:00 p.m.
Following the first round of the championship, the CWPA will conduct its annual Men's Eastern Championship banquet at which the 2010 Northern and Southern All-Conference, Most Valuable Players, Rookies of the Year and Coaches of the Year will be announced. In addition, the newest member of the CWPA Hall of Fame, Chris Judge of Fordham University, will be inducted into the league's Hall of Fame.
Saturday, November 20, begins with the league's Eastern Clinic in which two-time Olympian and Gold Medalist Brad Schumacher, co-founder of Kap 7, will host a water polo clinic.
Sponsored by American Water Polo, the clinic is open to all male and female athletes between the ages of 10-18 and will run from 8:45 to 11:15 a.m. at a cost of $65 per person. Individuals who attend the clinic will also receive four tickets for the Eastern Championship, a CWPA media guide and championship program, a league T-shirt and a photo with Brad Schumacher.
Following the clinic, an All-Star game between All-Star players from Eastern High Schools will be held running from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at a cost of $65 per person. Competing players were selected by their coaches.
Collegiate competition resumes at 1:30 and 3:00 p.m. with the consolation semifinals to decide which teams advance to the fifth and seventh place games, before the winners of the games from Friday clash at 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. with spots in the Eastern Championship title game at stake.
Sunday, November 20, brings the placement contests as the seventh (10:00 a.m.), fifth (11:30 a.m.) and third (1:00 p.m.) place finishers will be decided before the title tilt at 2:30 p.m. with the CWPA Eastern Championship and NCAA Tournament berth on the line.
Ticket prices for all spectators are $15 per day or $25 for the tournament (kids under 12 are free), while Bucknell faculty, staff and students are $5 per day and $12 for the tournament.
If you can not make it to Lewisburg for the East Coast's biggest water polo championship, do not worry. The CWPA, in partnership with Stretch Internet, will be live streaming all 12 games 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#
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Some quick facts about Kinney Natatorium:
Kinney Natatorium, which opened in October 2002, houses the swimming and diving and men's and women's water polo programs for Bucknell. The multi-purpose facility is a state-of-the-art venue that features a 50-meter by 25-yard Olympic class pool and also enhances the recreational aquatics opportunities for the Bucknell communities. The pool itself features two moveable bulkheads, allowing for multiple team practices and recreational swimming to occur simultaneously.
Natatorium amenities include seating for 500 spectators, restrooms, separated varsity and visiting team locker rooms, a poolside classroom, sauna, steam room and concession stands.
Already Kinney Natatorium has played host to several major events - the 2003, 2005 and 2007 Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championships, the 2004 Eastern Men's and Women's Water Polo Championships, an exhibition game against the U.S. women's water polo national team and the 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 PIAA Swimming Championships - drawing rave reviews at each. One of the largest events Kinney Natatorium has hosted was the 2005 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship.
- 25 yards x 50 meters
- 2 movable bulkheads
- 22 lanes x 25 yards (width-wise)
- 8 lanes x 25 yards, 25 meters, or 50 meters (length-wise)
- Pool can also be set up for water polo with 25 meters for women and 30 meters for men. All deck markings, lane lines, and goals are provided.
Approximately 90 foot candles of light 3 feet from the surface of the water.
- The scoreboard is a Mercury-16 built by Colorado Timing, full LED matrix board, dimensions are 240" wide by 132" tall.
- Templates for dual meets, tri-meets, invitationals, diving, and water polo are complete. Additional templates can be made upon request.
- Many popular animations are available, as well as slide show capabilities.
- 10 locker rooms total, with showers, bathrooms, sinks, individual lockers (average 18), phone capability.
- 2 locker rooms for officials, with showers, bathrooms, sinks, and individual lockers (5).
- Restrooms are located near the entrance of the natatorium for both men and women.
- Additional restrooms are located on the Concourse Level.
There are elevators located just inside the main lobby for access to the spectator seating area of the pool.
Guests with Disabilities
Seating is available on the concourse level in the spectator seating area. An elevator is located at the main entrance to provide access to the concourse level upon entrance into the Natatorium. Listening devices can be obtained for guests with hearing impairments prior to scheduled events at the Natatorium.
Directions to Bucknell:
Kenneth Langone Athletics & Recreation Center (KLARC)
- Turn directly off Route 15 onto Moore Avenue to enter the Bucknell campus. The Kenneth Langone Athletics and Recreation Center, which houses Sojka Pavilion, and Kinney Natatorium will appear on your left.
- Various parking lots are located at the south entrance to the Kenneth Langone Athletics and Recreation Center. Handicapped parking spaces can also be found at the main entrance to the Recreation and Athletic Center. Team buses are required to park at Christy Mathewson Memorial Stadium upper lot or Faculty Court lot located off Moore Avenue near Route 15.
From additional locations:
- From Philadelphia - Take the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike north to Interstate 80 East. Take I-80 to Route 15 South (Exit 210A). Follow Route 15 South. At the seventh trafic light make a left at Moore Avenue onto the Bucknell Campus.
- From Baltimore - Take Interstate 83 North and pick up Route 15 North just south of Harrisburg. Follow Route 15 for approximately 60 miles. Approximately seven miles after passing through Selinsgrove you will crest a hill with a flashing traffic light warning signal. At the traffic light at the bottom of the hill turn right on Moore Avenue into campus.
- From Pittsburgh - Take U.S. Route 22 East to 220 North (I-99). Continue until reaching Interstate 80 East. Take I-80 to Route 15 South (Exit 210A). At the seventh traffic light make a left at Moore Avenue into campus.
- From Washington D.C. and south - Take 495 to I-270 North and pick up route 15 North near Frederick. Follow Route 15 for approximately 60 miles. Approximately seven miles after passing through Selinsgrove you will crest a hill with a flashing traffic light warning signal. At the traffic light at the bottom of the hill turn right on Moore Avenue into campus.
|1st seed - St. Francis
||1st Seed - Princeton
|2nd seed - Brown
||2nd Seed - Bucknell
|3rd seed - Fordham
||3rd Seed - Navy
|4th Seed - MIT
||4th Seed - Johns Hopkins
|Friday, November 19, 2010||Game No.|
|11:30||South 1st Seed
||vs.||North 4th Seed -
|1:00||North 2nd Seed -
||vs.||South 3rd Seed -
|2:30||North 1st Seed -
||vs.||South 4th Seed -
|4:00||South 2nd Seed -
||vs.||North 3rd Seed -
|Saturday, November 20, 2010||Game No.|
|1:30||Loser Game 2
||vs.||Loser Game 1||5|
|3:00||Loser Game 4
||vs.||Loser Game 3
|4:30||Winner Game 1||vs.||Winner Game 2
||Winner Game 3
||Winner Game 4
|Sunday, November 21, 2010||Game No.
|10:00||Loser Game 6
||Loser Game 5
|11:30||Winner Game 5
||vs.||Winner Game 6||5th Place
|1:00||Loser Game 8
||vs.||Loser Game 7
|2:30||Winner Game 7
||vs.||Winner Game 8
|Teams listed first wear dark caps and are home on the scoreboard. Host team always wears dark caps and is listed first on the scoreboard regardless of seed.|