INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA Men’s Water Polo Committee announced today the seven teams vying for the 2016 National Collegiate Men’s Water Polo Championship. The top two seeds have been placed in the bracket; the remaining five teams will compete for the last two berths in the bracket via three play-in games. The play-in games will be contested November 26, hosted by Harvard University, and December 1, hosted by the University of California, Berkeley, and the championship will be held December 3 and 4, hosted by California.
In the first play-in game, Harvard (24-6) will host Bucknell University (23-4). The winner will advance to the second play-in game to play University of California, Davis (23-5), with the winner advancing to the championship bracket to play University of Southern California (23-1) at California. In the third play-in game, California (20-4) will host Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (21-8), with the winner advancing to the championship bracket to play University of California, Los Angeles (25-2). Game times for the play-in games are yet to be determined. Game times for the semifinals are 3 p.m. and 5:12 p.m. Pacific time December 3. The championship game will be played at 3 p.m. Pacific time December 4. The semifinal and championship games will be played at Spieker Aquatics Complex in Berkeley, California, and streamed live on NCAA.com.
Conferences receiving automatic qualification included the Collegiate Water Polo Association, Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, Northeast Water Polo Conference, Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the Western Water Polo Association. The remaining two teams were selected at-large without geographical restrictions.
In 2015, UCLA defeated Southern California, 10-7 to capture its 10th national championship title. For updated championship results, log on to NCAA.com.