Originally the co-ed Water Polo Club, the Men's team was formed after the successful creation of the Women's team in 2010. The Carnegie Mellon Men's Water Polo Team is a member of the Collegiate Water Polo Association, and competes as a part of the Western Region of the Mid-Atlantic D-III Club Division. The team is made up of both undergraduate and graduate students.
Those who have played at the high school, junior olympic, club, or varsity level will find a competitive and fun atmosphere. During the fall season, the team participates in at least four away tournaments, including the Division III National Championship. The spring semester is considered the off season, but holds just as much excitement, including no less than two away tournaments in addition to an annual tournament held at CMU. To see the team's complete schedule for the year, please see our calendar.
Practice is Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9 to 11pm. We meet at the UC pool and have an additional swim workout at 8pm-9pm on Thursday. The pool will be closed until after labor day, so the first practice will be the 9th of September.
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I have made several changes to the schedule, which can be found here. Unfortunately, I recently learned that we must be finished with the pool by noon, so we cannot play the seeded games, which are now blacked out. The level of play in each bracket tries to rectify this. All teams are still getting four games during the weekend, so enough polo should be played.
Because this isn't league play and just an invitational, it's going to be pretty casual. If you see a team you really want to play and you think the schedule might be able to be changed in a way that would benefit all the teams involved, let us know and we'll see what we can do on the spot to get that done.
Parking in the East Campus Garage (P7 on the attached map) is free all weekend starting Friday at 5pm. This is the closest parking option to the pool. There is additional parking (also free after 5pm on Friday) in the Morewood parking lot (P15 on the attached map) should the East Campus Garage fill up, although this is unlikely. If anyone is planning on staying past Sunday night, please let me know and I can help you find somewhere else to park.
Our pool is located in the University Center (30 on the attached map). If you walk into the UC from the East Campus Garage, the pool will be on your left, across the hall from the basketball courts.
The pool area isn't huge, so we don't recommend sticking around to watch every single game. Currently we are preparing for renovation of the pool area to include an observation deck, so the bleachers have been removed. There are benches on the side of the pool for players on the bench. Depending upon the availability of chairs during the weekend, there may be seating for spectators during the games. There is plenty of space elsewhere in the UC to chill during downtime.
You'll naturally want to get food during the during the day. There are plenty of options in the UC and elsewhere on campus that accept cash and credit cards. If you're looking for somewhere close off-campus, or even a recommendation for the evening, feel free to ask anyone on the team and we can point you to a nice spot to get your fill after a long day in the pool.
We have enough balls to warm up with so both teams could have 3 or 4, but if your team wants to bring your own balls, go ahead and label them. We all know how much it sucks when you get out of the pool after a game and you know the next team is warming up with your ball but you don't know which one.