Ben Hallock was tabbed as Player of the Year and John Vargas was named Coach of the Year after leading Stanford to the NCAA men’s water polo title.
#2 USC and #4 Pepperdine punched their tickets to the NCAA Men’s Water Polo Championships semifinals with victories in Stockton, California, on Thursday.
The NCAA water polo championship saw its first upset in the opening round on Nov. 30. The four remaining matches of the tournament begin Thursday.
Pepperdine, Bucknell, Stanford, Harvard, Whittier and UC Davis won the six collegiate water polo conference titles as postseason play kicked off.
For the third consecutive season the University of the Pacific’s Luke Pavillard is the Golden Coast Conference Player of the Year honors.
Heading into conference tournament week, Stanford and USC continue to share the #1 spot in the collegiate water polo poll for the second straight week.
Collegiate men’s water polo regular season play wrapped up with 19 matches, including two Top 20 upsets and two overtime affairs.
Stanford, UCLA and Pacific were the top three in the men’s water polo poll for the fourth straight week, while San Jose State jumped six spots to #13.
Six upsets highlighted the Week 7 slate, including a Top 10 result that saw #6 Pepperdine edge past #4 USC and two surprise results for RV Brown.
With conference play on the horizon in men’s collegiate water polo, SwimSwam looks at the projected standings from each league’s preseason coaches poll.
Week 4 of collegiate men’s water polo saw 12 upsets and two overtime affairs. #1 UC Santa Barbara lost twice, while #3 Stanford won the So Cal Invite title.
#2 UC Santa Barbara knocked off newly-minted #1 USC and registered an overtime win over #6 Pepperdine on Week 3 of collegiate men’s water polo play.
Fordham’s Jake Miller-Tolt and UC Irvine’s Jason Evezard were the top individual game scorers of collegiate water polo Week 2, each with a 9-goal effort.
Defending champion USC suffered one of three Top 10 upsets on Week 2 of collegiate men’s water polo action. The week also featured three overtime affairs.