Swimming World’s 2018 Men’s Water Polo Previews Now Complete

Austin College played its first-ever men's water polo match Saturday at Brown. Photo Courtesy: Brown University Athletics

Over the past week, Swimming World posted previews of the six conferences that will send teams to the 2018 NCAA Men’s Water Polo Tournament which will be held from Thursday, November 29 through December 2 at Stanford’s Avery Aquatic Center.

The Western Water Polo Association; our pick is: University of California at Davis

The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference; our pick is: Pomona-Pitzer Colleges 

The Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference East; our pick is: Wagner College

The Golden Coast Conference; our pick is: University of Pacific

The Northeast Water Polo Conference; our pick is: Harvard University

The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation; our pick is University of Southern California


Come on! Did you really think we wouldn’t include the Trojans?! Photo Courtesy: Catharine Hayne

In addition to these conference previews, Swimming World spoke with eight coaches from conferences all over the country: Gavin Arroyo, men’s and women’s head coach at Long Beach State; Ryan Brown, new head coach for Air Force; David Kasa, new head coach for Whittier men’s and women’s polo; Mark Lawrence, new head coach for Austin College men’s and women’s polo; Bret Lathrope, new head coach for MIT polo; Colleen Lischwe, new head coach for McKendree men’s water polo; Dustin Litvak, new head coach for Princeton men’s water polo; and Luis Nicolao, new head coach for Navy polo.

We also spoke with Bill Cohn, long time coach, broadcaster and official who played water polo at UCLA.

Swimming World maintains a commitment to providing the country’s most comprehensive coverage of NCAA men’s and women’s water polo.