CWPA Midwest Championship 2019

We are incredibly excited to host Midwest Champs at our home pool this year! After months of tread wars, Satan drills, and Pepperdine 50’s, we are conditioned and ready for this weekend. Please see the attached schedule if you are planning to visit Rolfs to cheer on the Irish! If you cannot make it to South Bend, the CWPA is broadcasting games live from for free. Once on the website, create a profile, and click on the game you want to watch. The broadcasting will start with Game #5 (Saturday at 4:10pm) and continue for the remainder of the tournament. So our first game will not be broadcasted, but all the other games will be!

Go Irish!

Duf, Kelly, and Erica

Spring Updates!

We are now officially halfway through the 2019 season! With a large graduating class and a new mass of first years, the Irish have a promising future ahead for both this season and years to come. Competition started in February with our annual Irish Invite, where the team opened up with a big victory against Michigan State. Both Blue and Gold Teams fell to strong Michigan teams, but we bounced back well to defend our home pool against Carnegie Mellon, Purdue, and MSU B. The next weekend, we headed to Cincinnati for our first Midwest Qualifiers hosted by Miami of Ohio, where the Blue Team went 3-1 and the Gold Team went 2-1 against a mix of conference and Masters teams.

Then, a subset of the team flew out to California for our 2019 Spring Break Training Trip. Starting in San Diego, we scrimmaged SDSU on Monday night, and then we sang our way up the coast in the 12P to San Luis Obispo to practice and play our longtime friends at Cal Poly. Upon seeing the unfortunate fate of Margie’s Diner, we took a quick stop to pay our respects to Pancake Challenge champions of the past. We finished up the week up at Foothill College at their annual spring tournament. The rigorous training and difficult games helped toughen up our girls for the competition in our own conference. We would also like to send a HUGE thank you to the Uebelhor, Klein, Moriarty, Peterson, Shank and Freitag families for taking care of us and cheering us on throughout the week!

For our final bigs news, we would like to announce that Notre Dame will be hosting Nationals this year in South Bend! The team is extremely excited and honored to have this opportunity, and we are more motivated than ever to have an extraordinary season and make a splash in our home pool this May!

Here’s the schedule for the remainder of the season:

  • March 30-31: Midwest Qualifiers hosted by Lindenwood in Saint Louis, MO
  • April 13-14: Midwest Championship hosted by Notre Dame in South Bend, IN
  • May 3-5: CWPA National Championship hosted by Notre Dame in South Bend, IN

Check back here or on Twitter for more updates soon!

Duf, Erica, and Kelly

A Promising Start to the Season!

We want to share that our season is well underway for the team.  We competed in our first tournament, the first of two Midwest Qualifiers, the weekend of 02/11 and we are excited to report that it went extremely well.  The team played a total of 4 games throughout the weekend, winning 3 (against Lindenwood, Cincinnati, and St. Louis) and fell to Grand Valley in a tight scored game of 4-7. The first tournament is always the hardest, with nerves and a lack of experience playing with a new group of girls in the pool, so we are thrilled it went so “swimmingly” (pun intended). 

We then hosted our annual Irish Invite and finished with a winning record of 4-0 (against Michigan State, Penn State, U of Illinois, Pitt).  We were the only team to finish the weekend undefeated, so we definitely defended our home pool well. The Irish Invite is always an exciting weekend, providing family and friends with the opportunity to come watch us play, and introducing us to a new variety of competition compared to the teams we normally meet from our division. 

These first two competitions proved to be a promising start for our small, but fierce, team this year and we are looking forward to all that can be accomplished this year.

We learned and adjusted after both of these tournaments and we are excitedly heading into our Spring Break Training Trip in California this upcoming week. We will be playing throughout the week against Cal Poly and UC Santa Cruz, as well as competing in the Foothill Invitational against a variety of West Coast teams. We will also be spending much of the week conditioning, learning, and most importantly team bonding.

Upon our return from this training trip, we will be jumping right back into things with our second, and final Midwest Qualifier tournament in Missouri the weekend of March 24-26. From there we have one more invitational and then on April 21-23 we will be hosting the Midwest Championships, vying for a spot in the National Championship tournament in May. Please consider joining us at Notre Dame that weekend to cheer on the Irish! 


Anticipating the 2016-2017 Season

Hello from your 2016-2017 captains: Sammy, Caley, and Katie! We are so excited for the upcoming year of water polo!! Our team got a huge energy boost last year with the addition of 15 new eager players, and we are ready to maintain this momentum with the upcoming season. We hope to see interest in our team from even more girls this year so we can continue to build up our strong program.

We are of course awaiting our competition season in the Spring, but fortunately we start practicing in the Fall so we don’t have to wait long to get back in the pool, get in shape, learn new skills, and most importantly, bond as a team. Meet us in person, learn more about our program, and gather more details about practices at Student Activities Night, which is held on campus shortly after classes begin. We can’t wait to meet you!!

Read about the rich history of our program and a recap of our most recent season in the Notre Dame Magazine: A deep talent pool

As always, if you have any questions you’d like us to answer before the school year begins, please visit the Contact Us page and don’t hesitate to send an email.

Notre Dame Women’s Latest Updates, Gear and ND Day

Hi Water Polo Alums, Family, and Friends! We hope you have all had FJ filled 2016s so far!
The Latest:
This year we added 15 freshmen to the roster, outnumbering our 10 upper classmen and officially giving us the youngest team ND Women’s Water Polo has ever seen. This has given us new energy plus a new edge that helped us crush a successful weekend at Lindenwood Invitational this past weekend going 3-0. We plan to keep the ball rolling as we gear up for Midwest Qualifiers next weekend. For live updates follow @NDWmnsH2OPolo and if you don’t have an account check out the feed by copying and pasting the link here: ND Women’s Water Polo Twitter
You can also check our website here for our updated schedule.
Here are some pics of us this last weekend 🙂
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This year we will be using student shop to sell gear to friends, family and wopo alums. This is a trial for us, but if all goes well then in the future you can have access to Notre Dame Women’s Water Polo gear all year round and can pay online instead of sending us a check or cash in the mail! Hurray!!
IMPORTANT: If you are interested in any of the gear as seen below and in the attached images, please fill out there google doc below so we know how much interest there is/ how much inventory we should order of each item by Midnight Monday February 15th as we will be submitting the order request form on the 16th. The gear takes about 3-6weeks to arrive so we should have it up on the site sometime in March! Yay!
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ND Day on April 24 & 25:
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Get ready for Notre Dame’s second annual global celebration of the University’s mission which will be broadcast live online! Its purpose is to engage, inform, and inspire people to take action and give back to the university.

’15/’16 Blue Gold Match

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As an end to pre-season workouts and serving as a good stress relieving activity before finals, the Notre Dame Women’s Club Water Polo Team held their annual Blue-Gold Game.  This growing tradition has drawn many alums, parents and friends over to the Rolfs Aquatic Center to cheer on their friends in the pool.  This year, captains Maddie Renezeder (Gold Team) and Colleen Fricke (Blue Team) had chosen teams each with their own unique sets of skills and strengths.  In the end, Blue Team took the prize after a long hard fought battle, ending in the the score of 6 – 3.  It was a close game and yet, it grants the Blue Team bragging rights for this season.  The intersquad scrimmage served to show the promise that this year’s team has and highlights the competitive edge that will drive them to success.  In all, it was a fantastic game.  Many thanks to our coach, Brian Coughlin for his guidance and reffing as well as to the Notre Dame Men’s Water Polo Team for working the table and scoreboard.

Blue Team: Colleen Fricke, Danielle Butler, Mandi Sosnowski, Katie Vahl, Ann Iverson, Bella Smith, Kelly Fricke, Emily Dufner, Erica Evans, Olivia Cimo, Victoria Devine

Gold Team: Maddie Renezeder, Theresa Huber, Meghan Kosman, Andrea Solis, Katie Cullinan, Samantha Henze, Kelly Wentland, Nicole Degla, Kristin Cullinan, Amanda Moriarty, Molly Kress

Thank you for your continued support of the team and look forward to more information about our season in 2016!

University of Notre Dame Takes 2nd Place in 2015 Nationals

2nd in the Nation!

The University of Notre Dame Women’s Water Polo Team took second place in the 2015 Women’s National Collegiate Club Water Polo Championship.

The Irish first faced off against No. 17 Dartmouth College with a score of 12-1 in the opening round of the 2015 Women’s National Collegiate Club Championship at Middlebury College. Notre Dame Goals: Ellen Dowling (6); Colleen Fricke (3); Megan McAveeney; Maddie Renezeder; Samantha Henze Notre Dame Goalie Saves: Caley Martinez (10) Player of the Game: Ellen Dowling

Alex Whelan holds her ground against NYU opponent
Alex Whelan holds her ground against Dartmouth opponent

In the next round, Notre Dame defeated New York University with a score of 12-5 in the quarterfinals. Notre Dame Goals: Ellen Dowling (6); Colleen Fricke (2); Maddie Renezeder (2); Megan McAveeney; Samantha Henze Notre Dame Goalie Saves: Caley Martinez (8) Player of the Game: Ellen Dowling

Whole set Maddie Renezeder gets into position to shoot against NYU
Whole set Maddie Renezeder gets into position to shoot against NYU

In the semifinal game, the Irish beat out defending National Champion/No. 4/Southwest Division Champion San Diego State University with a score of 13-6. Notre Dame Goals: Ellen Dowling (6); Maddie Renezeder (3); Colleen Fricke (2); Megan McAveeney; Kathleen Schiavenza Notre Dame Goalie Saves: Caley Martinez (9) Player of the Game: Ellen Dowling

Colleen Fricke scores goal against SDSU goalie
Colleen Fricke scores goal against SDSU goalie

In the University of Notre Dame’s second title game, the Irish lost to No 1.-ranked Sierra Pacific Division Champion, University of California, with a final score of 11-5. Notre Dame Goals: Samantha Henze; Kathleen Schiavenza; Ellen Dowling; Colleen Fricke; Megan McAveeney Notre Dame Goalie Saves: Caley Martinez (9)

Goalie Caley Martinez
University of Notre Dame’s Goalie Caley Martinez

At the end of the Tournament, Notre Dame’s Ellen Dowling made All Tournament First Team, Goalie Caley Martinez made All Tournament Second Team, and Coach Brian Coughlin was named All Tournament Outstanding Coach

Notre Dame's Outstanding Coach, Brian Coughlin
Notre Dame’s Outstanding Coach, Brian Coughlin

Thank you to all the parents, friends, and fans of the University of Notre Dame Women’s Water Polo Team for the continued support throughout the season.

Team selfie with 2nd Place plaque
Team selfie with 2nd Place plaque

Kicking off the 2015 Season!

The Fighting Irish begin the 2015 season with the CWPA Midwest Qualifying tournament this coming weekend.  Lindenwood University will be hosting at the Rec Plex Center in St. Peters, MO.  Calling all the St. Louis Irish fans to come out and cheer for the Women’s Water Polo Team!  See the “Schedule” page for more details regarding game times.

20th Anniversary Reunion

Though the weekend was cold and wet, the Notre Dame Women’s Water Polo team celebrated it’s 20th Water Polo Season with a reunion.  It started off with a scrimmage/game of sorts at Rolfs Aquatic Center.  The first half was alumni vs. current players.  The alumni had strong representation with members from the classes of 2003 to 2014 and only lost by two points to the current players.  The second half of the game put even graduating years against odd graduating years, blending alums with current players.  This resulted in a tied game at the end of two quarters, leading to a man-up/man-down best of five for each team.  The odd years won by 1 point!  Goes to show that our “legendary” coach, Brian Coughlin, hasn’t changed strong methods throughout the years with such evenly matched games.  The following day, many players met up at the Harig Family Tailgate to get ourselves energized to cheer on the football team.  The weekend provided a great opportunity for current players to connect with alums and for the alums to reconnect with the glory days of years past.   We look forward to having another reunion opportunity, potentially next year.  The difficulty with scheduling the exact weekend has to do with organizing around the swim team’s schedule.  Thank you to everyone who was able to make it out and to the Harig family for welcoming us to your tailgate on Saturday!  Go Irish!   Group Photo