- NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship
The NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship has existed since the 2001 season. Three conferences have teams competing in women's water polo, the Collegiate Water Polo Association, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Some teams compete at Division III either as members of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference or independently.
The tournament will be held at the University of Michigan's Canham Natatorium in Ann Arbor, Michigan with automatic bids from the MPSF (Stanford), CWPA (Indiana), Big West (UCI), MAAC (Iona), WWPA (UCSD) and SCIAC (Redlands). The three-day championships on May 13-15, 2011, will also have 3 at-large teams.
Tournament First Round:
- No. 1 Stanford (25-1) vs. No. 8 Iona College/University of Redlands (play-in winner)
- No. 5 UCI (21-8) vs. No. 4 USC (18-6)
- No. 3 UCLA (24-6) vs. No. 6 Indiana (21-8)
- No. 7 UCSD (17-18) vs. No. 2 California (24-4)
- No. 2 California def. No. 3 UCLA 7–4
- No. 1 Stanford def. No. 4 Southern California 8–4
- No. 1 Stanford defeated No. 2 California 9-5 for its second national title.
All Tournament First Team:
- Amber Oland, Stanford
- Annika Dries, Stanford
- Emily Csikos, Cal
- Kim Krueger, Stanford
- Patricia Jancso, USC
- Melissa Seidemann, Stanford
- Dana Ochsner, Cal
- Priscilla Orozco, UCLA
All Tournament Second Team:
- Stephane Peckham, Cal
- Jakie Kohli, Indiana
- Joelle Bekhazi, USC
- KK Clark, UCLA
- Cortney Collyer, UC Irvine
- Jessy Cardey, UC Irvine
- Maggie Wood, Iona
- Kelly Easterday, UCLA
Tournament MVP: Annika Dries, Stanford
The tournament field was announced on Monday, May 3, 2010 with the Championship tournament scheduled for May 14-16 at San Diego State University's Aztec Aquaplex. Teams received automatic bids were: UCLA (MPSF), Michigan (CWPA), Marist (MAAC), Loyola Marymount (WWPA) and Pomona-Pitzer (SCIAC). Stanford, Cal and USC of MPSF received at-large bids.
- #1 Stanford (24-2) vs. #8 Pomona-Pitzer (18-14)
- #2 USC (22-3) vs. #7 Marist (18-14)
- #3 UCLA (20-7) vs. #6 Loyola Marymount (27-4)
- #4 Cal (24-8) vs. #5 Michigan (32-6)
Southern California (25-3) defeated Stanford in the title game 10-9 for its second national title in school history.
The following conferences and institutions received automatic qualification for the 2009 Championships, which were played on May 8-10: Collegiate Water Polo Association, Michigan; Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Marist; Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, USC; Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Cal Lutheran; and Western Water Polo Association, Loyola Marymount. The following institutions received at-large bids to the championship field: Stanford, UCLA, and Hawai'i.
The first round games: #1 seed USC (24-1) vs. #8 Cal Lutheran (19-12); #2 Stanford (24-3) vs. #7 Marist (18-13); #3 UCLA (22-6) vs. #6 Michigan (33-8); and #4 Hawai'i (18-8) vs. # 5 Loyola Marymount (24-7).
The UCLA Bruins women's team (3rd seeded) battled the #1 rated USC Trojans for the national championship on Sunday, May 10, 2009 at College Park, Maryland. With two goals from Tanya Gandy in the first minute of the game, UCLA won a record fifth consecutive crown, 11th national title and 7th NCAA crown. Gandy earned the NCAA Tournament's most valuable player honor.
Year National Champion Score Runner-Up Host or site 2001 UCLA 5-4 Stanford Stanford University, Avery Aquatic Center, Stanford, California 2002 Stanford 8-4 UCLA Southern California, McDonald's Swim Stadium, Los Angeles, California 2003 UCLA (2) 4-3 Stanford UC San Diego, Canyonview Pool, San Diego, California 2004 USC 10-8 Loyola Marymount Stanford University, Avery Aquatic Center, Stanford, California 2005 UCLA (3) 3-2 Stanford University of Michigan, Canham Natatorium , Ann Arbor, Michigan 2006 UCLA (4) 9-8 USC UC Davis, Schaal Aquatics Center , Davis, California 2007 UCLA (5) 5-4 Stanford Long Beach St., Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, California 2008 UCLA (6) 6-3 USC Stanford University, Avery Aquatic Center, Stanford, California 2009 UCLA (7) 5-4 USC University of Maryland, Eppley Recreation Center Natatorium, College Park, Maryland 2010 USC (2) 10-9 Stanford San Diego State, Aztec Aquaplex, San Diego, California 2011 Stanford (2) 9-5 California University of Michigan, Canham Natatorium , Ann Arbor, Michigan 2012 San Diego State, Aztec Aquaplex, San Diego, California 2013 Southern California, McDonald's Swim Stadium, Los Angeles, California
No school from outside the state of California has ever surpassed fourth place. Hence, no non-California school has ever participated in the NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship game, nor has a non-California school ever won the consolation game. In fact, with the exception of Stanford University and Cal (both in the northern part of the state), all of the schools who have achieved first, second, or third place have been located in Los Angeles, California. Prior to NCAA tournament competition, USA Water Polo conducted an intercollegiate team championship from 1984-2000. In 1995, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania became the only non-California school to win the intercollegiate women's water polo championship.
- Pre-NCAA Intercollegiate Women's Water Polo Champions
- ^ a b UCLA defeats USC, claims NCAA women's water polo title, Los Angeles Daily News, May 10, 2009
- ^  National Collegiate Women's Records Book
- ^ Women's Water Polo Wins UCLA's 100th NCAA Title. Bruins capture third consecutive women's water polo crown with 5-4 win over Stanford. UCLA Athletic Department, May 13, 2007
- ^ UCLA Defeats USC, 6-3, To Win Fourth-Straight NCAA Title. Women's water polo goes undefeated to win UCLA's 101st NCAA championship. UCLA Athletic Department, May 11, 2008.
National Collegiate Athletic Association NCAA Division I sports
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