2023 Women’s National Collegiate Club Championship Schedule
BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — The Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) releases the seeding and schedule for the 2023 Women’s National Collegiate Club Championship slated for Friday-Sunday, May 5-7, at the University of California-Los Angeles.
Based on the order of finish at the 2022 Women’s National Collegiate Club Championship hosted by the University of Alabama at the Huntsville Aquatics Center in Huntsville, Ala., seeding for the 2022 event is not seeded by ability, since there is no equitable means to determine the respective strength of the teams. Too few teams play outside of their division schedules to create an accurate seeding.
Seeds are derived from a policy voted in during the 2008 CWPA Annual Meeting. The seeding rule states: “The top eight division winners will be seeded according to their division’s finish the prior season. Places No. 9 and 10 are be reserved for the top two division runner-ups in order of their division’s finish. The remaining places are filled with the divisions according to their division’s finish the prior season, with random draws used to break ties in placing.”
Due to this policy, the Sierra Pacific Division, Pacific Coast Division, Southwest Division, Big Ten Division, Northwest Division, Texas Division, Southeast Division and New England Divisions claim the No. 1-to-8 seeds based exclusively on the division’s finish at the 2022 Women’s National Collegiate Club Championship.
Due to 14 divisions being eligible to send a team to the Women’s National Collegiate Club Championship – and the host (i.e., UCLA) being guaranteed a spot in the field – the inclusion of a a division runner-up is necessary for a complete 16-team field. Per league policy, the defending National Championship division’s runner-up claims a spot in the championship field. Further, the division runner-up is seeded at No. 9 as the Sierra Pacific Division runner-up will play out of the position at the 2023 Women’s National Collegiate Club Championship.
Seeding by division resumes at No. 10 as the Midwest Division claims the spot with the remaining positions also being allocated based on league policy.
As the Rocky Mountain and Mid-Atlantic Divisions tied for 13th and the Atlantic and North Atlantic Divisions tied for 15th place last year in Alabama, a random draw occurred in the CWPA office with the Rocky Mountain, Mid-Atlantic, Atlantic and North Atlantic Divisions being allocated the No. 11-to-14 spots.
The No. 15 position belongs to the New York Division as the group did not complete at the 2022 championship and receives the lowest position outside the one allocated to the host/Pacific Coast Division runner-up.
UCLA receives the No. 16 berth due to serving as the host institution. However, if the Bruins win the Pacific Coast Division, UCLA will receive the No. 2 position with the runner-up from the Pacific Coast Division claiming the No. 16 slot.