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Tritons Selected to Finish First in WWPA Preseason Coaches Poll

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OAKLAND, Calif – The University of California San Diego men’s water polo team was selected to finish first in the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Preseason Coaches Poll as selected by the league’s coaches. 

The Tritons earned 49 points and received seven first place votes. UC Davis, last season’s runner up in the WWPA tournament, earned the other first place vote.

UC San Diego is coming off one of its best seasons in school history. The Tritons won the WWPA Tournament and regular-season championships last season, en route to an appearance in the National Collegiate Water Polo (NCWP) Semifinals and a No. 5 final ranking in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Top 20. It was the program's 19th WWPA championship.


Head Coach Denny Harper enters his 40thseason at the helm for the Tritons. Harper boasts 643 career wins, is a 19-time WWPA Coach of the Year and a 16-time ACWPC National Coach of the Year.


The Tritons return a bevy of talent, including Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches Division II All-America Player of the Year Jack Turner. In addition to Turner, UC San Diego returns All-Americans Skyler Munatones and Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt.


Men’s water polo opens up the season hosting the Triton Invitational at the Canyonview Aquatic Center from September 7-8. The annual tournament will feature 14 teams including several top ranked teams from California.


2019 WWPA Preseason Coaches Poll
Ranking         Institution                   Points (First Place Votes)

1.                     UC San Diego           49 (7)
2.                     UC Davis                   43 (1)
3.                     Loyola Marymount     33
4.                     California Baptist       29
T5.                  Air Force                    26
T5.                  Santa Clara                26
7.                     Concordia                 11
8.                     Fresno Pacific           9 


About UC San Diego Athletics
With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country.  The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in summer 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference.  UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent.  A total of 82 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 37 have earned prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships.  In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.

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