DIGEST: Big Changes Mark Return of Men’s Varsity Water Polo

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New programs, new conferences, re-alignment: the 2016 men’s varsity season opens this weekend with big new storylines from East to West and the usual slate of opening weekend tournaments. Here are just a few previews of teams that will be jostling for NCAA tournament bids this fall season.

2016 Johns Hopkins Water Polo Season Preview – HOPKINSSPORTS.COM
The Johns Hopkins water polo team opens up the 2016 season in Providence, RI this weekend at the Brown Bruno Classic.

Golden Medals: Cal Men’s Water Polo and Cross Country Fall 2016 Previews – California Golden Blogs
Time to preview the last few Olympic sports of the Cal Fall season.

No. 2 USC Kicks Off 2016 With Action At Triton Invitational – University of Southern California Official Athletic Site
USC opens its 2016 campaign from the No. 2 spot in the national rankings. The Trojans path to a 12th consecutive NCAA final appearance will begin this weekend in La Jolla, as USC engages in a doubleheader opening day of action on Saturday (Sept. 3) in the Triton Invitational.

SJSUSpartans.com – San Jose State University Official Athletic Site Men’s Water Polo
San Jose State University has seven returning letter winners and second-year head coach Bruce Watson eager to begin the 2016 season. The Spartans’ first opponent is #19-Santa Clara at the Sullivan Aquatic Center.

Pasadena Now » Season Outlook: Caltech Men’s Water Polo Building Momentum
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Men’s Water Polo Opens Season #4 In Polls; GCC Favorite – Pacific
The No. 4 Pacific men’s water polo team opens the 2016 campaign at the Bruno Classic in Providence. The Tigers were the unanimous pick to win the Golden Coast Conference in its inaugural season

Cardinal men open water polo season this weekend in San Diego | News | Palo Alto Online |
The Stanford men’s water polo team will jump into the deep end this weekend, opening its season with a full slate of games in San Diego.

George Washington Athletics Official Athletic Site
The Official Athletic Site of the George Washington – The George Washington men’s water polo team will open its 2016 season this weekend with a trio of matches at the Brown Invitational in Providence, R.I.

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UC Davis men’s water polo: Aggies open the season at Bruno Invite; first East Coast trip since 1997 NCAA Championship
DAVIS >> Ten months ago, UC Davis men’s water polo entered the Western Water Polo Association tournament with an undefeated conference record, a No. 9 national ranking, and a first-round bye. The Aggies escaped an early deficit in the sem

NAVYSPORTS.COM – Water Polo Begins 2016 Campaign with Navy Open
One year after graduating 12 seniors, third-year Navy water polo head coach Mladen Stanicic will lean on a solid group of returners to continue maturing their skills and abilities, as well as a well-rounded corps of underclassmen to add depth and versatility to Navy’s attack in 2016.

Men’s Water Polo Picked 11th in CWPA National Poll; 2016 Season Starts at Navy – GoPrincetonTigers.com | Princeton Athletics
The Collegiate Water Polo Association’s (CWPA) preseason top-20 poll came out today and placed the Princeton men’s water polo team in a tie for 11th with Pepperdine University.

La Salle University Athletics – Men’s Water Polo Begins Inaugural Season with Navy Open
The La Salle men’s water polo team is set to begin its inaugural season this weekend when it will be competing alongside 25 other teams in the Navy Open at Annapolis, Md. The Explorers will face four schools in a span of two days.

Tritons Picked to Finish Second in WWPA – UCSDTritons.com—Official Web Site of UC San Diego Athletics
The ninth-ranked University of California San Diego men’s water polo team was picked to finish second in the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) by the league’s head coaches. The preseason poll was released Friday.

‘Eaters Open Season at Triton Invitational Saturday – UC Irvine
No. 8 UC Irvine (0-0) vs. No. 2 USC (0-0) Saturday, September 3, 2016 – 8:20 a.m. Canyonview Aquatic Center – La Jolla, Calif.

No. 6 UCSB Begins 2016 Campaign at Triton Invitational | The Daily Nexus
Hoping to build off of the success of last season, the No. 6 Gauchos, led by senior Mitchell Hamilton and junior Shane Hauschild, kick off the year at the