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.
Loyola Marymount’s Blazo Mitrovic was named Western Water Polo Association Player of the Year, while Air Force’s Grant Snyder was tabbed Freshman of the Year.
USC, which occupied the #1 spot in the first two CWPA Top 20 polls in 2019, has found its way back to the top, but the Trojans share the slot with Stanford.
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.
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.