BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — The Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) releases the seeding for the 2021 Division III Eastern Championship hosted by Connecticut College at the Jane Cadwell Lott ’36 Natatorium in New London, Conn., on Saturday-Sunday, October 23-24.
Decided based on a poll and conference call conducted by the seven participating head coaches, Division III No. 8-ranked the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) of the Northeast Water Polo Conference (NWPC) is awarded the No. 1 seed with Division III No. 10 Johns Hopkins University of the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference (MAWPC)-West Region claiming the No. 2 spot. Austin College of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) takes the No. 3 position, with Washington & Jefferson College of the MAWPC-West Region completing the top four seeds.
Independent Augustana College, Penn State Behrend of the MPSF and host/NWPC member institution Connecticut complete the field at No. 5-to-7, respectively.
In the history of the Division III Eastern tournament, Hopkins holds 18 Division III crowns (1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019) in 27 title games with losses in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2010, 2014 and 2018. Hopkins did not compete in two Division III Championships as the Blue Jays’ missed the championship game in 2007 and 2016 by not attending the event. Nine-time champion MIT (1991, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2014, 2016, 2018) will aim to remain return to the top of the pile, while W&J, Connecticut, Penn State Behrend, Austin and Augustana all aim for their programs’ first championships.
Former varsity team Washington & Lee University defeated Johns Hopkins in 1992 and 1993 in the second and third Division III tournament for the only titles not held by either the Blue Jays or Engineers.