CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) released two preview videos as the Engineers head West to compete in the 2022 USA Water Polo Division III Collegiate Water Polo National Championship on Saturday-Sunday, December 3-4, at California Lutheran University.
Division III No. 3-ranked California Lutheran University earned hosting honors after claiming the 2022 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championship. They will be joined in the competition by SCIAC runner-up/No. 6 the University of Redlands along with Division III Eastern Champion/No. 8 Johns Hopkins University of the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference (MAWPC) and Division III Eastern Championship runner-up/No. 10 the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Due to both Johns Hopkins and MIT being unable to host, the championship will occur in California for a third consecutive event.
Hosting rights have been critical to winning the event as Whittier College hosted the inaugural/2019 championship and defeated Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges, 5-3, to claim the National Championship. MIT finished in Third Place courtesy a 20-13 victory over Johns Hopkins.
Following the 2020 event being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the championship returned in 2021 with host Pomona-Pitzer Colleges topping Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 13-12, for the second USA Water Polo Division III Championship. Johns Hopkins avenged its 2019 defeat to MIT by clipping the Engineers, 11-10, to take Third Place.
Kai Edick, Jack King and Luke Apostolides preview this year’s USA Water Polo Division III Championship:
Conrad Oakes, Sam Tafoya and Richard Yun talk about returning to California for the USA Division III Water Polo Championship: