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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Water Polo team is the heavy favorite entering the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championships this weekend as they come in as the overall No. 1 seed for the second consecutive year.
The University of La Verne will be hosting the 2017 SCIAC Championships, which will take place this weekend Friday-Sunday, April 21-23 at the La Verne Aquatic Center.
Whittier enters the Championships with a perfect 8-0 record in conference play and currently ride a seven game winning streak that stretches from March 29-April 15.
They are 17-14, 8-0 on the season and have also won 19 straight SCIAC games, which spans into last year (2016) when they won the SCIAC Championship Title. They have also completed their second straight perfect regular season in SCIAC play. Their last conference loss came back in 2015 when they fell to Pomona-Pitzer (13-7) and Claremont-M-S (10-7) but in the post-season they exacted revenge pulling off both upsets to win the 2015 Championship.
They are also currently the unanimous No. 1 ranked team in the Division III polls reported by the Collegiate Water Polo Coaches Association (CWPA).
The Purple & Gold will play the final game on Friday, April 21 at 4:00pm against the winner of the play-in game, which occurs at 9:00am featuring No. 9 Caltech and No. 8 Occidental College.
Women's Water Polo Championship Information
Friday, April 21
Game 1 (9:00am) – Occidental (No. 8) vs. Caltech (No. 9) – Play-In
Game 2 (10:45am) – Pomona-Pitzer (No. 2) vs. Redlands (No. 7)
Game 3 (12:30pm) – La Verne (No. 3) vs. Chapman (No. 6)
Game 4 (2:15pm) – Cal Lutheran (No. 4) vs. Claremont-M-S (No. 5)
Game 5 (4:00pm) – Whittier (No. 1) vs. Winner G1
Saturday, April 22
Game 6 (9:00am) – Loser G2 vs. Loser G1 (Consolation Play-In)
Game 7 (10:45am) – Winner G2 vs. Winner G3 (Semi-Final)
Game 8 (12:30pm) – Winner G5 vs. Winner G4 (Semi-Final)
Game 9 (2:15pm) – Loser G4 vs. Loser G5 (Consolation)
Game 10 (4:00pm) – Loser G3 vs. Winner G6 (Consolation)
Sunday, April 23
Game 11 – Loser G9 vs. Loser G10 (7th Place)
Game 12 – Winner G9 vs. Winner G10 (5th Place)
Game 13 – Loser G7 vs. Loser G8 (3rd Place)
Game 14 – Winner G8 vs. Winner G7 (1st Place)
Location: La Verne Aquatic Center 3175 Bolling Avenue La Verne, CA 91750 Spectators may find street parking on Bolling Ave. and surrounding streets. Please pay attention to city-street parking signs.
Entrance: Participants, officials and staff may enter through the gate located on the northeast corner of the pool. Spectator entrance is located on the southwest corner of the pool. All spectators will be asked to show a SCIAC ID or purchase a wristband for the day ($10.00), prior to entering the facility.
Tournament Entrance Fees: SCIAC ID (Students, Faculty & Staff) - Free Children 12 and under - Free Military and Senior Citizens - $5.00 All others $10.00 per day There will be NO All-Tournament Passes available.
Live Stream: SCIAC Portal
Merchandise: A limited supply of SCIAC Women's Water Polo Championship t-shirts will be available for sale during the event for $15.00.
Concessions: General concessions will not be available.
Participant Credentials: Credentials are required for all tournament participants, officials and staff and will be provided to teams upon arrival at the pool on Friday. Credentials must be displayed at all times except during competition.