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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 water polo and women's water polo conference competing at the NCAA Division I level.

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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 six teams on the women's side and seven on the men. Heading into 2015-16, the WWPA membership includes:

2016-17 WWPA Men: 2015-16 WWPA Women:
Air Force Academy Cal State East Bay
California Baptist Cal State Monterey Bay
Concordia Gannon
Fresno Pacific Mercyhurst
Loyola Marymount Sonoma State
Santa Clara UC San Diego
UC Davis  
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. On the women's side, CSUSB joined in 2001, CSUEB in 2002, Sonoma State in 2004 and CSUMB in 2005. Gannon joined in 2015 and Mercyhurst will be the newest member in 2016.

The WWPA use to also include:

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

Women's Programs
California Lutheran University (Withdrew 2005, Joined in 2004); California Institute of Technology (Withdrew 2005, Joined 2004); CSU Bakersfield (Withdrew in 2012, Charter Member); Claremont-Mudd Scripps Colleges (Withdrew 2005, Charter Member); Colorado State (Withdrew 2013, Member, joined 2005); Occidental College (Withdrew 2005, Charter Member); Pomona Pitzer Colleges (Withdrew 2005, Charter Member); University of La Verne (Withdrew 2005, Charter Member); Loyola Marymount (Withdrew 2013, Charter Member); University of Redlands (Withdrew 2005, Charter Member); Santa Clara (Withdrew 2013, Charter Member); Whittier College (Withdrew 2005, Charter Member); UC Davis (Withdrew 2005, Charter Member); UC Santa Cruz  (Withdrew 2009, Charter Member); Chapman University (Withdrew 2010, Joined 1992)

The WWPA competes within the NCAA and qualifies for the NCAA's automaticc 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 NCAAs. The men's championships normally runs the third weekend of November while the women's 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 Institutions. 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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