The top two teams – USC and Stanford – remained the same in collegiate women’s water polo poll after Week 1 of competition.
UC San Diego’s Maddie Brockman and Taylor Onstott led the individual scoring efforts, each logging a six-goal outing on collegiate women’s water polo Week 1.
Five women’s water polo Week 1 games were one-goal decisions and four ended in upsets, one of which saw #13 UC San Diego best #4 Cal 14-13 in sudden death.
Eighteen of the 32 collegiate women’s water polo opening weekend matches pit two ranked teams against each other, including three top 10 affairs.
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With the 2020 collegiate women’s water polo season beginning in earnest this weekend, SwimSwam breaks down the top headlines from the offseason.
The 2019 NCAA runner-up USC was picked as the #1 team in the Collegiate Water Polo Coaches Association preseason women’s water poll released on January 15.
Mount Saint Mary’s has announced the addition of men’s and women’s water polo as varsity sports beginning in the 2020-21 school year.
Whittier College’s Dominick Nevarez was honored as the Division III Player of the Year, while his coach David Kasas was tabbed as Coach of the Year.
UC San Diego captain Skyler Munatones was tabbed as the Division II men’s water polo Player of the Year by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches.
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.
There was no surprise at the top of the final collegiate men’s water polo poll of the season as NCAA Champion Stanford earned the #1 spot.
Pacific senior Andrea De Nardi garnered the second Elite 90 Award of his career as the player with the highest GPA at the NCAA Men’s Water Polo Championships.
Stanford had to wait 17 years between its 10th and 11th men’s water polo NCAA titles, but a 13-8 win over host #5 Pacific on Sunday ended that drought.
In the third place match, it was an offensive onslaught as the teams combined for 33 goals, while the championship match saw the goalies combine for 28 saves.
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