Women's Water Polo

    Hoosiers Claim Top Seed For 2013 CWPA Eastern Championships

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    April 15, 2013

    BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -

    The Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Varsity Governance Council announces the seeds for the 2013 CWPA Eastern Championship on Friday-Sunday, April 26-28 at the University of Michigan's Canham Natatorium.

    Selected by the newly appointed Varsity Governance Council of Lauren Packer Webster (Assistant Director of Athletics, Mercyhurst University), Dave Fontaine (Director of Athletics, Utica College), Gary Brown (Assistant Director of Athletics, Harvard University), Chris Hennelly (Assistant Director of Athletics, George Washington University), Kim Fierke (Director of Athletics, Hartwick College) drawn from the league's 19-varsity institutions, the seeds for the championship are:

    2013 CWPA Eastern Championship Seeds:
    1. Indiana University (Western Division Champion)
    2. Princeton University (Southern Division Champion)
    3. Hartwick College (Western Division Runner-Up)
    4. University of Michigan (Western Division Third Place)
    5. Brown University (Southern Division Runner-Up)
    6. Harvard University (Southern Division Third Place)
    7. George Washington University (Southern Division Fourth Place)
    8. Bucknell University (Southern Division Fifth Place)
    9. Mercyhurst University (Southern Division Sixth Place)
    10. Gannon University (Western Division Fourth Place)
    11. Notre Dame College (Western Division Fifth Place)
    12. Connecticut College (Division III Champion)

    The tournament marks a new era in the CWPA as the league's 11 active Division I/II members and the newly crowned Division III Eastern Champion will battle over the three-day period for the league championship and an automatic berth to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship.

    The 20-game schedule is a marked change from the league's previous Eastern Championship formats as the CWPA's 11 Division I/II member institutions were selected for berths in the championship field. Salem International elected to take off the 2013 season to reorganize its program.


     

     

    However, for the first time in league history, a Division III member institution, the victor of the Division III Eastern Champion on April 12-13 at Connecticut College, is guaranteed a spot in the championship field and a chance to claim the league's championship/automatic bid to the NCAA Championship set for May 10-12 at Harvard in Cambridge, Mass.

    The presence of a Division III institution at the championship is based on a new format passed by the coaches and sport administrators at the league's annual meeting in June 2012. It marks a philosophical change from past seasons when the Division III institutions competed solely for the Division III Championship to conclude the season.

    Similar to last year's championship at Brown University, the Southern and Western Division Champions were assured either the No. 1 or 2 seeds in the field with the final No. 1 selection based on defined criteria:

    Primary Criteria
    • Won-lost record
    • Strength-of-schedule
    • Head-to-head competition
    • Results versus teams under consideration
    • Results versus common opponents
    • Late-season performance-defined as the last 10 games including conference championship tournaments (strength and results)

    The remaining 10 spots in the field are also seeded based on the established criteria with recent results and the programs' success at the Western, Southern and Division III Championship tournaments factoring heavily in the final placement of the league's membership.

    Prior to the start of competition on Friday, April 26, the 12-competiting programs will converge on the league's bi-annual Hall of Fame Dinner for the presentation of the Western and Southern Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year and Coach of the Year awards, as well as the induction of former Princeton standout Adele McCarthy-Beauvais into the league's Hall of Fame. The Division III All-Conference awards will be presented during the Division III Eastern Championship at Connecticut College on April 12.

    Action will start on Friday, April 26, as the No. 8-to-12 seeds will battle in first round action before taking on the No. 1-to-4 seeds in the second round in a total of eight games on the opening day of the tournament.

    Saturday, April 27, brings the league's Co-Ed Clinic with Olympian/Gold-Medalist/KAP7 Co-Founder Brad Schumacher running frorm 9-11:00 a.m. before the league's best begin the next round of play with six games starting at Noon.

    On Sunday, April 28, the placement contests occur with the 11th (9:00 a.m.), ninth (10:30 a.m.), seventh (Noon), fifth (1:30 p.m.) and third (3:00 p.m.) place games leading up to the league championship game at 4:30 p.m.

    The victor of the CWPA Eastern Championship earns one of six automatic berths to the NCAA Championship as the CWPA, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC), Western Water Polo Association (WWPA), Big West Conference and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) champions join two At-Large selections in Cambridge, Mass. at the NCAA Championship two weeks later on May 10-12 at Harvard.

    This marks Michigan's second time hosting the tournament since 2000 as the CWPA Eastern Championship was last in Ann Arbor, Mich. during the 2008 season. The 2013 championship will tie the Wolverines for second place on the all-time hosting list with Indiana (2011, 2005), Harvard (2009, 2003) as only Brown (2012, 2006, 2001) and Princeton (2007, 2002, 2000) have served as the champinoship site. Bucknell (2004), which will host the 2014 tournament, and Maryland (2010) have each been the site once.

    In the history of the Women's CWPA Eastern Championship, only five active teams have taken home the championship plaque as Princeton (2012, 2000), Indiana (2011, 2003), Michigan (2010, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2002), Hartwick (2007, 2006, 2004) and Brown (2001) join former league members the University of Massachusetts (1999, 1998), University of Maryland (1997) and Slippery Rock University (1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988) in the record books.

    In addition, being the home team has been a good omen 38% of the time as four institutions (Indiana (2011), Michigan (2008), Brown (2001), Princeton (2000)) have won the championship in their home pool, while Princeton reached the title game in 2007 before falling to Hartwick.

    Tournament Schedule - University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Mich.)

    Friday, April 26, 2013 Game No.
    10:00 8th Seed -
    Bucknell University
    vs. 9th Seed -
    Mercyhurst University
    1
    11:20 7th Seed -
    George Washington University
    vs. 10th Seed -
    Gannon University
    2
    12:40 6th Seed -
    Harvard University
    vs. 11th Seed -
    Notre Dame College
    3
    2:00 5th Seed -
    Brown University
    vs. 12th Seed -
    Connecticut College
    4
    3:20 1st Seed -
    Indiana University
    vs. Winner Game 1 5
    4:40 2nd Seed -
    Princeton University
    vs. Winner Game 2 6
    6:00 3rd Seed -
    Hartwick College
    vs. Winner Game 3 7
    7:20 4th Seed -
    University of Michigan
    vs. Winner Game 4 8
     
    Saturday, April 27, 2013 Game No.
    9:00 High School Clinic  
    Noon Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 4 9
    1:30 Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 3 10
    3:00 Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 8 11
    4:30 Loser Game 6 vs. Loser Game 7 12
    6:00 Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 8 13
    7:30 Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 7 14
     
    Sunday, April 28, 2013 Game No.
    9:00 Loser Game 9 vs. Loser Game 10 11th Place
    10:30 Winner Game 9
    vs. Winner Game 10 9th Place
    Noon Loser Game 11 vs. Loser Game 12 7th Place
    1:30 Winner Game 11 vs. Winner Game 12 5th Place
    3:00 Loser Game 13 vs. Loser Game 14 3rd Place
    4:30 Winner Game 13 vs. Winner Game 14 1st Place


    Teams listed first wear dark caps and are home on the scoreboard. Host team always wears dark caps and is listed first on the scoreboard regardless of seed.

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