Hoosiers Claim Top Seed For 2013 CWPA Eastern Championships
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:
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:
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.)
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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