2019 Swimming World Men’s Water Polo Previews: All Six NCAA-Eligible Conferences

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Lejeune Hall on the U.S. Naval Academy campus. Photo Courtesy: M. Randazzo

ANNAPOLIS, MD. The 2019 Swimming World Men’s Water Polo Previews for the six NCAA conferences that will send teams to the national championship tournament, to be held December 7 – 8 at the University of the Pacific’s Chris Kjeldsen Pool Complex, are now online.

Golden Coast Conference; Swimming World’s Pick: Long Beach State

Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference-East; Swimming World’s Pick: Bucknell

Mountain Pacific Sports Federation; Swimming World’s Pick: UCLA

Northeast Water Polo Conference; Swimming World’s Pick: Princeton

Southern California Intercollegiate Athletics Conference; Swimming World’s Pick: Pomona-Pitzer

Western Water Polo Association; Swimming World’s Pick: UC San Diego

For 2019, there’s a wrinkle in NCAA men’s play; with the advent of a new Division III tournament—to be held December and hosted on the West Coast—the SCIAC tournament winner will likely have the option of forgoing a berth in the national championship for a chance to win the DIII title. The same situation exists if Johns Hopkins—like Pomona a DIII school—wins the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference title. The issue is: which program should fill the vacant spot in the national championship bracket or will one of the NCAA play-in games be eliminated entirely.

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With the start of the season today, Swimming World is out at the Navy Invitational, where nine teams—Austin, Fordham, Iona, Johns Hopkins, La Salle, Princeton, Stanford, UCLA and host Navy—are playing 18 matches over two days in Lejeune Hall on U.S. Naval Academy campus.