BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — The Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) releases the 2019 Men’s Collegiate Club Missouri Valley Division schedule.
Comprised of Lindenwood University “A”, Lindenwood University “B”, McKendree University, Missouri University of Science & Technology, the University of Missouri and Washington University in St. Louis, along with an exhibition team from Saint Louis University, the Missouri Valley Division will contest its 16th season with Western Illinois University (2004), Lindenwood (2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), Miami University (Ohio) (2007) and Saint Louis (2011) each previously capturing the division championship.
Competition will commence on Saturday-Sunday, September 14-15, as Lindenwood hosts 12-games at the St. Peters Rec Plex in St. Peters, Mo. Two weeks later, action moves to Saint Louis’ Simon Rec Center in St. Louis, Mo., for the final 14 games of the regular season on Saturday-Sunday, September 28-29.
The regular season competition establishes the seeds for the Missouri Valley Division Championship on Saturday-Sunday, October 12-13, as Washington hosts the nine-game event in Millstone Pool at the Sumers Rec Center in St. Louis, Mo.
The victor of the division earns the group’s 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.
Washington (Mo.) has historically accepted a bid to the Men’s Division III Club Championship. A five-time reigning champion after tying with the University of California-Santa Cruz for the 2014 crown and capturing the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 titles outright, to rate as the only program (men’s/women’s) to ever win five consecutive National Championships, the Bears could go for six at the 2019 Division III Collegiate Club Championship. The event is tentatively schedule for Saturday-Sunday, October 26-27, in Pittsburgh, Pa., at Carnegie Mellon University. However, due to pool availability, the possibility of the Division III Club Championship moving to Saturday-Sunday, November 2-3, and/or to another institution remains on the table as teams should check with the league office in September regarding a finalized date and site.