Water Polo WWPA Championships

The University of Redlands men’s water polo team gained an automatic bid to the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Championships as a result of its Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC)-title run and will face No. 11 UC San Diego (12-13) in the first round, as announced today by the WWPA.

Redlands (17-16, 9-1 SCIAC) holds the tournament’s No. 6 seed while the Tritons own the No. 3 seed. Whittier College (18-12) is the only other SCIAC representative in the event and will take on the No. 14 U.S. Air Force Academy (CO) in the first round as the No. 7 seed.

In the SCIAC Championship Tournament this past weekend, the Maroon and Gray downed the University of La Verne and Pomona-Pitzer Colleges before defeating Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges, 4-2, in the championship game. This marks the program’s eighth conference title in program history and its first since 2006.

The WWPA Championships take place from Nov. 20-22 at the Zee Allred Aquatics Center on the campus of Chapman University in Orange. The Bulldogs’ match-up on Friday versus UC San Diego takes place at 11:45 a.m.

Opponents and times of the contests on Saturday and Sunday will be determined based on Friday’s results.

The winner of the WWPA Championships will gain the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.

There are more than 1,700 trees on the University of Redlands campus.

In April 2010, it was designated a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. Redlands is among just three other colleges or universities in California to receive this designation.

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