DIII Nationals at Middlebury

from the CWPA website:

The top small college collegiate club water polo programs in the nation will converge on the town of Middlebury, Vt. as Middlebury College hosts the 2012 National Collegiate Club Championship on Saturday-Sunday, November 3-4.

Featuring an expanded nine-team field compared to the previous championships eight-team format, the 2012 championship features the United States Coast Guard Academy (North Atlantic Division), Monmouth College (Heartland Division),Hamilton College (New York Division), Tufts University (North Atlantic Division), Wesleyan University (New England Division),Emory University (Southeast Division), Carnegie Mellon University (Mid-Atlantic Division), defending Division III National Champion Washington University in Saint Louis (Missouri Valley Division) and the host Middlebury Panthers in a 15-game tournament to decide which program is the best among the league’s Division III ranks.

Competition begins at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 3 and runs until the final game on Day One at 9:30 p.m., with the five placement games slated for Sunday, November 4.

Among the nine competing squads, four hold previous Division III crowns as Middlebury (2003), Wesleyan (2004, 2005), Tufts (2009) and Washington (2011) have won the championship. In the history of the championship, Wesleyan (2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006), Middlebury (2003), Tufts (2009), Monmouth (2009, 2010) and Washington (2011) have 10 appearances in the 12 title games since 2000, while Hamilton, Coast Guard, Emory, Carnegie Mellon and Tufts striving for their inaugural finals berths in 2012.

Tickets for the championship are available at the door on the day of the event with a different pricing structure for Middlebury students/faculty/staff and the general public:

  • Middlebury Students/Faculty/Staff ($5 per day/$10 weekend pass)
  • General Public ($10 per day/$25 weekend pass)

For fans unable to attend the championship, the Collegiate Water Polo Association, in partnership with Stretch Internet, is offering a live Internet broadcast of all 15 competitions at a cost of $10 per game or $25 for a weekend pass that allows viewers to watch every game from the comfort of their home or office.  In addition, each game will be archived so that fans can catch up on the action if they miss a game. Fans can access the stream by clicking on the Multimedia tab on the Collegiate Water Polo Association website,http://www.CollegiateWaterpolo.org.

In addition to the championship coverage via the Internet, the Collegiate Water Polo Association is now offering DVD copies of every championship game on site for fan purchase.  Fans attending the championship can find out more information about the DVD packages offered by the league at the concessions table during the championship.

The largest single sports conference in North America, the Collegiate Water Polo Association is the largest water polo conference in the country with teams in 75% of the states nationwide. Including both intercollegiate varsity competition and club competition, it stands as the only conference of this type and the second largest geographic collegiate athletic association behind only the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

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