ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) announced on Monday (April 18) that No. 6 Michigan will be the top seed for the CWPA Championships in Cambridge, Mass. April 29 – May 1.
Nine teams will converge at Harvard’s Blodgett Pool, including the league’s eight Division I teams and Connecticut College, the winner of the CWPA Division III Championship. On the line is an automatic qualifying spot for the NCAA Championships May 13-15 at UCLA in Pasadena, Calif.
The Wolverines swept through conference play with an undefeated 7-0 record, marking the ninth time in 16 years they have not suffered a conference loss during the regular season.
Indiana is the No. 2 seed. The Hoosiers’ only conference loss was to Michigan at home, 11-8, on April 2. The rest of the seeds are No. 3 Bucknell, No. 4 Princeton, No. 5 Harvard, No. 6 Hartwick, No. 7 Brown, No. 8 George Washington and No. 9 Connecticut College.
Michigan will play at 6 p.m. ET on Friday, April 29 against the winner of the 8-9 matchup between George Washington and Connecticut College. A win would put U-M in the 4:30 p.m. ET game on Saturday, April 30 and a loss would have them play at7:30 p.m. ET.
The league’s championship game will take place Sunday, May 1 at 1:30 p.m. U-M has won five CWPA titles with the last coming in 2010. The Wolverines have played in the championship game nine times.
U-M has been seeded first seven times and has won its first game in the tournament each of the last 14 years. Last season Michigan topped Brown, 11-8, before suffering back-to-back overtime losses to Indiana and Hartwick. Ali Thomason set a program record with nine goals in the tournament, while Caroline Anderson tied the program record with six assists as Michigan placed fourth.
Swimming news courtesy of Michigan Water Polo.