The 2008 Referee Availability forms are due back to the league office on Friday, August 1. Referees are asked to review the form in either PDF or Microsoft Excel format and forward their availability back to Director of Officials Tom Tracey via email or fax.
The Collegiate Water Polo Association has announced the 2008 Women's Collegiate Club All-America Team. California Polytechnic State University's Sarah Ur, the Most Valuable Player of the National Collegiate Club Championship for leading her team to the 2008 National Championship, earned Player of the Year honors. The University of Oregon, Notre Dame University and California Polytechnic led the All-America teams with four honorees each.
2008 CWPA Hall of Fame inductee and United States Olympic team starting goalie Betsey Armstrong is featured with teammate Heather Petri on Yahoo.com's video service, Y!Video, in preparation of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
The NCAA has presented the Bucknell University Department of Athletics and Recreation with a Diversity in Athletics Award. Bucknell was one of seven schools recognized for Gender Equity Compliance, which is one of eight categories of diversity success stories highlighted by the NCAA, with research supplied by the Laboratory for Diversity in Sport at Texas A&M University.
Johns Hopkins University's Sean McCreery picked up his third Division III Player of the Year award as he was recognized for his play during the 2007 season. A 2006 and 2007 All-America first team selection, he led the Blue Jays with 93 goals this season. He finished his career with 310 goals, ranking him fourth in program history. He also owns three of the top-four single season goal totals in JHU history. In his four seasons, the Blue Jays posted a 73-53 record with three Division III Eastern Championships.
The CWPA has an ongoing need for artwork and invites interested artists to submit examples of their portfolio. Artists will receive compensation for all designs selected for use by the CWPA. For more information, contact the office at 610-277-6787.
The 2008 schedule for the Harvard mens water polo team has been released and the Crimson is slated to play seven dual regular-season games and in three tournaments, including its semi-annual California trip for the Claremont Convergence.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association has released the rules changes and points of emphasis from the organization's 2008-10 men's and women's water polo rule book. Copies of the 2008-10 Rule Book are available at the NCAA site, www.ncaapublications.com.
65 CWPA athletes were honored by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches on the organiation's All-America Academic Team. In addition, eight CWPA programs were honored with Team Awards, including Harvard University which led the nation with a 3.40 grade point average.
Indiana University head water polo coach Barry King has announced the addition of five new players for the 2009 season. The class includes Hanna Eimstad (Portland, Ore), Kristin Harmidy (Kirkland, Quebec, Canada), Sara Joseph (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), Jakie Köhli (Burnaby, B.C., Canada) and Allison Silver (Mountain View, Calif.). All five will be freshmen entering the upcoming season.
The Collegiate Water Polo Association office has released the 2008 Men's Season Referee Availability form. Referees are asked to review the form in either PDF or Microsoft Excel format and forward their availability back to the league office as soon as possible.
Former Iona College men's water polo standout Chris Vidale has earned a spot on the national team for Trinidad and Tobago and will compete in the Caribbean Island Swimming Championships from July 17-23.
For the Collegiate Water Polo Associations varsity Division II teams, the road to the 2008 Division II Eastern Championship goes through Fordham University as the Rams will serve as host of the championship tournament on Saturday, October 25.
Johns Hopkins University will serve as host of the 2008 Division III Eastern Championship on October 25-26. The Blue Jays will square off with Collegiate Water Polo Association rivals Connecticut College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Pennsylvania State University-Behrend College and Washington & Jefferson College to decide which small college program is the best in the East.
The Collegiate Water Polo Association office has announced the 2008 Men's Varsity Northern Division schedule as Saint Francis College (N.Y.), Queens College, Brown University, Connecticut College, Fordham University, Harvard University, Iona College and Massachusetts Institute of Technology will battle it out for one of four berths to the Eastern Championship.
The Collegiate Water Polo Association office has announced the 2008 Men's Varsity Southern Division-Eastern Region schedule for Bucknell University, George Washington University, Johns Hopkins University, Princeton University and the United States Naval Academy.
The Collegiate Water Polo Association office has announced the 2008 Men's Varsity Southern Division-Western Region schedule for Gannon University, Mercyhurst College, Penn State University-Behrend College, Salem International University and Washington & Jefferson College.
The two-time defending conference champion will have home pool advantage on November 21-23 as the United States Naval Academy will serve as host of the 2008 CWPA Eastern Championship in Annapolis with an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship at stake.
Brown University Head Water Polo Coach Felix Mercado was elected to the Collegiate Water Polo Association Board of Directors at the organizations annual meeting on June 4. The seven-member Board of Directors is charged with enforcing the rules and guidelines of the CWPA established by the league membership. The election marks Mercados second governing body selection this year as he was appointed to the NCAA Men's Water Polo Committee in February.
Twenty prospects from eight states are among the newcomers to the Navy water polo program's Class of 2012, which reported for Plebe Summer and the Naval Academy's "Induction Day" on July 2. The Midshipmen will open the season on September 6-7 with the Navy Open at home in Annapolis.
Bucknell University has announced the hiring of former UC Santa Barbara standout Paul Rave as assistant coach for both Bison squads. Rave was the interim head womens water polo coach at his alma mater this past spring, leading the Gauchos against a schedule that featured 22 nationally ranked teams.
USA Water Polo announced on June 30 the U.S. Olympic Teams for Men's and Women's Water Polo that will compete at the upcoming Summer Games in Beijing, China starting August 8. Anchoring the women's team in goal is 2008 CWPA Hall of Fame inductee Betsey Armstrong.
2008 CWPA Hall of Fame inductee Betsey Armstrong, the goalkeeper for the U.S.A. womens water polo team, discusses the team's return from Greece and preparations for Australia in her June 26 New York Times blog posting.
The Collegiate Water Polo Association has announced the selection of Chris Forman (United States Naval Academy), Chris Hatfield (Brown University), Ryan Sosin (University of Michigan), Todd Merriett (Bucknell University) and John Gilger (Hartwick College) as the 2008 CWPA Sports Information Directors of the Year.
A pair of incoming University of Maryland water polo recruits claimed a stranglehold on prep postseason awards in South Florida to culminate their high school careers. Elina Goldenberg of Sunrise, Fla., was named Girls Water Polo Player of the Year by the South Florida Sun Sentinel, and Shelby Reyes of Miami, Fla., earned similar honors from the Miami Herald. Both will play for the Terrapins in the fall.
US National Team goalie and 2008 CWPA Hall of Fame inductee Betsey Armstrong is writing occasional posts for the New York Times Rings blog in the buildup to the Olympics. This week, she talks about the end of the 2008 FINA World League Super Final.