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SPECIAL REPORT: When Water Polo Play Becomes Sexual Abuse

SPECIAL REPORT: When Water Polo Play Becomes Sexual Abuse “This is the sort of thing that has the potential to wreck lives,” said Therese Langan, an authority on the treatment of sexually abused teens. Langan was referring to the downstream effects of sexual assault on the young players under the tu...

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Signs of Life for NCAA Men’s Water Polo: CWPA Top 20 Preseason Poll

In what is a very optimistic outlook for NCAA men’s water polo, earlier this week the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) released a Top 20 Preseason Poll—albeit one with a number of caveats. The biggest being: will anyone be playing? "Due to the fluid nature of the season, the Preseason Polls ...

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USA Water Polo Grievance Raises Many Questions, Provides Few Answers

On Wednesday, December 9, USA Water Polo feted its 2020 Hall of Fame inductees in a virtual ceremony streamed on YouTube. It was a much-needed uplift for the sport in the U.S., which has been effectively brought to a standstill by the coronavirus pandemic. [2020 USA Water Polo Hall of Fame Ceremony ...

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Hope For a Water Polo Revival Springs Forth From Idaho

In a moment when water polo can use any positive news regarding COVID-19, a detailed report out of Idaho suggests that—when played in proper conditions—polo may be one of the safest indoor contact sports available to age group athletes. Mark Collingham, a former polo player for Washington State Univ...

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Sign Of The (COVID) Times: La Salle Cuts Men’s Water Polo

In a sign of just how deadly the coronavirus has been to collegiate athletics, on Tuesday La Salle University in Philadelphia announced that it was cutting men’s water polo as a part of clearing out seven NCAA varsity  sports. It is the third varsity polo program that has been eliminated during the ...

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In a Decade at UC Davis, Leyson Bring Harmony to Aggie Water Polo

Daniel Leyson has been all over the world for water polo, including an appearance at the Olympics—the highest level of competition for his sport. Along the way on a career that has taken him from club coaching with Rose Bowl to collegiate stops at his alma mater, USC (Class of ’92), and UCLA, to pla...