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How Teams Qualify
Three teams will receive an automatic invitation by winning their respective conference championships. The fourth team will be chosen on an at-large basis.
Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) ... Navy
The CWPA Champion will have to emerge at the top of the 18 teams from the East. Their eight-team tournament will be held at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, November 15 & 16.
- At-Large Team ... Stanford
The remaining team will be selected without geographical restrictions. The nation's top team that does not win a berth as conference champion will earn a shot at the NCAA title on November 30, 2003.