BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — Due to Illinois State University informing the league of their decision to not compete during the 2019 season, the Collegiate Water Polo Association announces a schedule change for the 2019 Men’s Collegiate Club Great Lakes Division schedule.
Now comprised of Grand Valley State University, Miami University (Ohio), the University of Cincinnati, the University of Dayton, the University of Notre Dame, Xavier University and newcomer Davenport University, the Great Lakes Division will contest its 20th season as part of the Collegiate Water Polo Association. In the history of the division, Iowa State University (1997), Western Illinois University (1998), Grand Valley State (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2016), the University of Illinois-Chicago (2009, 2011, 2012, 2015) and The Ohio State University (2013, 2014, 2017, 2018) have all claimed at least one championship.
The division’s competitive format is comprised of three regional weekends where teams attend two of the three and all teams attend the championship weekend. During the regular season, teams play every opponent once and one opponent twice that is randomly selected based on each team’s weekend availability.
Illinois State’s decision to not compete impacts the entirety of the Great Lakes Division schedule beginning with the 10-game tournament on Saturday-Sunday, September 14-15, at at Cincinnati’s Keating Aquatic Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. The tournament will now feature Dayton, Miami (Ohio), Xavier and host Cincinnati – along with a “B” team from Cincinnati to fill in the games that Illinois State was supposed to be compete – for a 10-game weekend. The Cincinnati “B” games will be counted as exhibition and will not count towards the final Great Lakes Division standings.
Action resumes on Saturday-Sunday, September 21-22, as Davenport, Grand Valley State and Xavier go to Notre Dame’s Rolfs Aquatic Center in Notre Dame, Ind. Illinois State was slated to compete at Notre Dame, as the tournament schedule is now in flux until an exhibition teams can be determined. Fans and teams should anticipate a finalized schedule for the Notre Dame weekend being decided within the next week.
The regular season closes out at Dayton’s RecPlex in Dayton, Ohio, on Saturday-Sunday, October 5-6, as Cincinnati, Davenport, Grand Valley State Miami (Ohio) and Notre Dame contest a 12-game weekend to establish the final seeds for the now 11-game Great Lakes Division Championship hosted by Davenport at East Kentwood High School in Kentwood, Mich., on Saturday-Sunday, October 26-27.
The victor of the division championship earns an automatic berth to the 2019 Men’s National Collegiate Club Championship slated to be hosted by the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Friday-Sunday, November 15-17.