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WWPA Member Schools

Located within the heart of the hotbed of college water polo, the Western Water Polo Association continues to grow as a men's and women's water polo conference competing at the NCAA level.

The league began sending teams to the National Collegiate Water Polo Championships in 1981 on the men's side and in 2001 on the women's side when the NCAA added the sport to its long list of championships. The current structure of the WWPA includes eight teams on the women's side and eight on the men's side. Heading into 2017-18, the WWPA membership includes:


2017-18 WWPA Men: 2017-18 WWPA Women:
Air Force Academy Cal State East Bay
California Baptist Cal State Monterey Bay
Concordia Fresno Pacific
Fresno Pacific Gannon
Loyola Marymount McKendree
Santa Clara Mercyhurst
UC Davis Sonoma State
UC San Diego UC San Diego

Founded in 1981, the original charter members of the WWPA include current members Santa Clara (men only), UC Davis (men only), UC San Diego and Air Force (men only). On the men's side, LMU joined in 1987 while California Baptist joined in 2013. Fresno Pacific gave the league a seventh member in 2015.

Below is the history of WWPA Membership through the years:

Men's Programs
Brigham Young University, Hawaii (Withdrew 2006, Joined 2002);
California Institute of Technology (Unknown, Joined 1992);
California State University, Los Angeles (Withdrew 1991, Charter Member);
California State University, San Bernardino (Withdrew 1991, Joined 1990);
Chaminade University (Withdrew 2006, Charter Member);
Chapman University (Withdrew 2013, Joined 1994);
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges (Withdrew 2013, Charter Member);
Dominican (Withdrew 1989, Charter Member);
Loyola University – Chicago (Withdrew 1989, Charter Member);
Occidental College (Withdrew 2013, joined 1988);
Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (Withdrew 2013, Charter Member);
University of Redlands (Withdrew 2013, Charter member);
University of California, Riverside (Withdrew 1994, Joined 1988);
University of California, Santa Cruz (Withdrew 2009, Joined 1997);
University of La Verne (Withdrew 2013, joined 1998);
University of Utah (Withdrew 1989, Charter Member);
Whittier College (Withdrew 2013, Joined 1992).

Women's Programs
California Institute of Technology (Withdrew 2005, Joined 2004);
California Lutheran University (Withdrew 2005, Joined 2004);
California State University, Bakersfield (Withdrew in 2013, Charter Member);
California State University, San Bernardino (Program dropped in 2014, Joined 2001);
Chapman University (Withdrew 2010, Joined 1992);
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges (Withdrew 2005, Charter Member);
Colorado State University (Program dropped in 2013, Joined 2005);
Loyola Marymount University (Withdrew 2014, Joined 1987);
Occidental College (Withdrew 2005, Charter Member);
Pomona Pitzer Colleges (Withdrew 2005, Charter Member);
Santa Clara University (Withdrew 2014, Charter Member);
University of California, Davis (Withdrew 2005, Charter Member);
University of California, Santa Cruz (Withdrew 2009, Charter Member);
University of La Verne (Withdrew 2005, Charter Member);
University of Redlands (Withdrew 2005, Charter Member);
Whittier College (Withdrew 2005, Charter Member).

The WWPA competes within the NCAA and qualifies for the NCAA's automatic bid to the National Collegiate Water Polo Championships for both the men (fall sport) and women (spring). The WWPA features a championship tournament at the conclusion of both the men's and women's seasons, with the winner earning the league's automatic bid to the NCAA's. The men's championship normally runs the third weekend of November while the women's championship takes place the final weekend of April.

The league is governed by the Executive Committee, which includes the Director of Athletics (or a designated representative) from each WWPA Institution. The Executive Committee then elects a President of the Association, which presides as chair for all Executive Committee meetings and supervises the WWPA Commissioner. The Commissioner is then charged with the day-to-day operation of the WWPA.

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