University To Host First-Ever
Women's Water Polo NCAA Championship
Stanford University and the new Avery Aquatic Center will
be the site of the first-ever Womens Water Polo NCAA Championship
this spring. The dates are set for Saturday, May 12 and Sunday,
May 13, 2001. Four teams will compete in the inaugural event for
the national championship.
will qualify by winning their respective conference championships.
The fourth team will be chosen on an at-large basis. The three conferences
are the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, the Collegiate Water
Polo Association and the Western Water Polo Association. The MPSF
consists of 11 schools, all from the West, while the CWPA has 23
teams from the East and Midwest and the WWPA consists of 15 West
Coast schools. The remaining team will be selected without geographical
restrictions as the nations best team that does not win a
berth as a conference champion.
There will be
a total of four games over the weekend, with the semifinals on Saturday
and the consolation and championship games on Sunday. On the first
day, the top-seeded team will play the fourth seed and the second
seed will play the third seed.
The event is
expected to be a sellout as 2,500 fans will be a part of history.
This will be the first major event to take place at the newly remodeled
Avery Aquatic Center, the worlds finest outdoor aquatic facility.
Tickets went on sale March 1 and will be sold only as a two-day
pass until May 12. Tickets are good for both games on each day (total
of four games) and are all general admission. The price is $20 for
adults and $14 for students, children and seniors. Further ticket
information can be obtained by calling:
In the past, the
national champion was decided at the Collegiate Nationals, an event
that included 16 teams. UCLA is the defending national champion.