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The Preseason CWPA National Water Polo Rankings have been released for the 2009 season. The 2008 NCAA Men’s Water Polo champions, USC, will try to defend their title and are ranked #1. Cal, coached by Kirk Everist, received 83 points and are ranked #4. Below is the rest of the preseason rankings:
6. Loyola Marymount
7. UC Santa Barbara
8. UC Irvine
9. Long Beach State
10. UC San Diego
The United States’ men’s water polo team, coached by Cal-Berkeley’s Kirk Everist, finished sixth at the World University Games on Sunday, July 12 in Belgrade, Serbia. The American squad lost the fifth-place match and ended the tournament 3-3-1.
In seven seasons at Cal, Everist won back-to-back NCAA titles in 2006 and 2007. As a player, he led the Bears to a national championship in 1987 and 1988. He won NCAA National Player of the Year honors in 1988 and was named an All-American from 1986-1988.
Head Coach John Tanner and No. 2 Stanford bounced back Sunday evening at the National Collegiate Women’s Water Polo Championship, downing No. 4 Hawai’i 14-11 to claim a third-place national finish. With the result, Stanford ends the 2009 season with a record of 26-4. The third-place finish continues the Cardinal’s stretch of top-three placements at all nine National Collegiate Women’s Water Polo Championships.
Stanford was eliminated from the winner’s bracket on Saturday as the eventual champion, UCLA Bruins, scored the deciding goal as time expired to claim a 12-11 victory in the semifinals of the National Collegiate Women’s Water Polo Championship. The tournament was held at the University of Maryland’s Eppley Recreational Center in College Park, MD.
The Stanford women’s water polo team, coached by John Tanner, earned one of three at-large berths available to the 2009 National Collegiate Women’s Water Polo Championship, set to take place from May 8-10 in College Park, MD. The Cardinal (24-3), the MPSF runner up, was awarded the No. 2 seed in the eight-team draw, and will play in the tournament’s opener against MAAC champion and No. 7 seed Marist Friday, May 8 at 10:30 a.m. PT from the University of Maryland’s Eppley Recreation Center.
The Collegiate Water Polo Association released it’s Water Polo Rankings. As of 11/26/2008, the rankings include:
1 – USC
2 – Stanford
3 – Cal – Berkeley (2006 & 2007 NCAA Champions – coached by Kirk Everist)
4 – Pepperdine
5 – UCLA