Referee Availability Forms Due by August 1The 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.
2008 Women's Collegiate Club All-America Team ReleasedThe 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.
Bucknell Receives National Diversity in Athletics AwardThe 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.
Hopkins' Sean McCreery Named 2007 Division III Player of the YearJohns 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.
CWPA Seeks Freelance Publication ArtworkThe 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.
Harvard Announces 2008 Men's ScheduleThe 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.
Indiana Signs Five Student-Athletes to National Letter of IntentIndiana 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.
CWPA Releases 2008 Men's Season Referee Availability FormThe 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.
Johns Hopkins University to Host 2008 Men's Division III Eastern ChampionshipJohns 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.
CWPA Releases 2008 Men's Varsity Northern Division ScheduleThe 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.
Brown's Felix Mercado Elected to CWPA Board of DirectorsBrown 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.
Navy Announces Class of 2012 & 2008 ScheduleTwenty 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 Names Paul Rave Assistant CoachBucknell 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.
Betsey Armstrong Named to 2008 U.S. Olympic TeamUSA 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.
CWPA Announces 2008 Sports Information Directors of the YearThe 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.
CWPA Announces 2008 Officials' AwardsAlex Stankevitch, Eddie Ajuz and Michelle Woods were honored as the Referee of the Year, Most Improved Referee and Rookie of the Year by their fellow officials, respectively.
University of Maryland Recruits Earn Florida Player of the Year AwardsA 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.
CWPA Hall of Fame Inductee Betsey Armstrong Featured on NBCOlympics.com2008 Collegiate Water Polo Association Hall of Fame inductee, University of Michigan standout and United States National Team starting goalie Betsey Armstrong is featured on NBCOlympics.com in preparation for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. She led Michigan to four division titles and two NCAA tournament appearances, including a sixth-place finish at the 2005 NCAA Championship and will seek to lead Team USA to the gold in Beijing.
Princeton Announces Women's Team Captains & Class of 2012 RecruitsLuis Nicolao, head coach of the Princeton water polo teams, announced the four members of the womens class of 2012, as well as the teams 2009 captains. The newcomers will bolster 15 returning players who finished 20-11 last season, won the Southern Championship and placed third at Easterns.
Collegiate Water Polo Association Dominates NCAA APR Water Polo Recognition AwardsThe NCAA released a list of schools and teams that earned public recognition from the organization for their latest Academic Progress Rate scores, and five CWPA teams were honored. To be recognized by the NCAA, the teams posted multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports. The public recognition awards are part of the NCAA's broad Division I academic reform effort.
Collegiate Water Polo Releases 2008 Women's Varsity All-Academic TeamThe Collegiate Water Polo Association has announced the selection of 91 student-athletes to the 2008 Womens All-Academic Varsity Team. Student-athletes were recognized in three levels: 3.2 to 3.4 (Excellent), 3.41 to 3.7 (Superior) and 3.71 to 4.0 (Outstanding) with three recipients recording 4.0 grade point averages.
CWPA Announces 2008 Women's Club All-Academic TeamThe Collegiate Water Polo Association has announced the selection of 101 student-athletes to the 2008 Womens All-Academic Club Team.
Student-athletes were recognized in three levels: 3.2 to 3.4 (Excellent), 3.41 to 3.7 (Superior) and 3.71 to 4.0 (Outstanding) with seven recipients recording 4.0 grade point averages.
KAP7 Co-Founder Wolf Wigo to Serve as Analyst for NBC Olympic CoverageUC Santa Barbara head men's and women's water polo coach and KAP7 co-fouunder, Wolf Wigo, will serve as a water polo analyst at the Beijing Games for NBC this summer. A three-time Olympian and former captain of the USA Water Polo Men's National Team, he will provide insight and his expertise during the NBC broadcasts of both the men's and women's water polo contests.
Fordham Announces Men's Class of 2012 RecruitsFordham water polo coach Bill Harris has announced the addition of five recruits for the Class of 2012. "These student-athletes will give us additional depth and team speed this fall and I am looking forward to all of them contributing to our program early on," said Harris.