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 www.cwpatv.com 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!
Duf, Kelly, and Erica
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
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!
Calling all Notre Dame Water Polo Fans on the west coast! A group of 11 girls and Coughlin will be traveling to California tomorrow for the next week, starting in southern California and working our way up the coast to outside San Francisco. Be sure to check out our updated Schedule page for information on game time and locations.
Be sure to check out the “February 2014 – Season Update” found under the “News” tab.
In regards to Nationals this year, the Big Ten Division recently declined hosting. Next to be asked to host is the schools in the New York Division. We will keep you posted as more information is sent our way.
CWPA Championship Site Rotation
CWPA Big Ten Division Declines