Princeton University Earns No. 6 Seed for 2012 NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The No. 13-ranked Princeton University women's water polo team earned the No. 6 seed in the 2012 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Women's Water Polo Championship. The Tigers will face No. 3 seed the University of Southern California (USC) in the quarterfinals on Friday, May 11 at 4:45 p.m. ET at San Diego State University's Aztec Aquaplex.
The single elimination championship will continue through Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13. All eight teams are guaranteed to play three games at the tournament as the squads play out positions No. 1-to-8.
The top three seeds went to teams from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in No. 1 Stanford University, No. 2 University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) and No. 3 USC. Both the Cardinal and Princeton's first round opponent USC earned the at-large bids into the eight-team field as UCLA claimed the MPSF league title.
Automatic qualifiers made up the fourth through eighth seeds in the University of California-Irvine (Big West Conference), Loyola Marymount University (Western Water Polo Association), Princeton (Collegiate Water Polo Association), Iona College (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) and Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference), respectively.
The Tigers are 0-1 all-time versus the Trojans, dropping a 10-4 decision at USC on March 18, 1998, the second season of women's water polo at Princeton.
Princeton (28-4) won the CWPA Eastern Championship for the second time in program history and first time since 2000. This is the first time in program history that the Tigers will participate in the NCAA Championship, as the national governing body did not sponsor a championship in the sport until 2001.
Release courtesy Princeton Athletic Communications