Collegiate Water Polo Association Announces Changes to Southern Division Championship Schedule
BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- The coaches of the Collegiate Water Polo Association's Southern Division have unanimously approved a schedule change for the division championship this weekend at Bucknell University.
Proposed by Brown University head coach Felix Mercado, the new schedule minimizes the number of games to four on Saturday, April 14 and three on Sunday, April 15. In addition, the new format eliminates bracket play and pits the seeds against one another on Saturday to determine the placement games on Sunday.
The six-team championship will begin at 9:30 a.m. when No. 3 seed Brown University takes on No. 6 seed Mercyhurst College. No. 4 seed Bucknell University and No. 5 seed George Washington University follow at 11:00 a.m., before the winner of the Brown-Mercyhurst game returns to the tank to meet No. 2 seed Harvard University at 5:00 p.m. in the semifinals. First day action concludes with a 6:30 p.m. semifinal matchup pitting No. 1 seed/No. 14-nationally ranked Princeton University agains the victor of the Bucknell-George Washington contest.
On Sunday, fifth (9:30 a.m.), third (11:00 a.m.) and first (12:30 p.m.) places being decided in back-to-back-to-back games.
The Southern Division Champion is guaranteed no lower than the No. 2 seed for the CWPA Eastern Championship on April 27-29 at Brown University in Providence, R.I., while the remainder of the field featuring all the teams from the Western and Southern Divisions will be established via a seeding commitee comprised of the league's head coaches.
For fans unable to attend the championship at Bucknell’s Kinney Natatorium, multiple video-streaming subscription packages are available those who wish to watch the whole tournament or just select contests.
All three Bucknell games over the weekend will air live on Bison Vision, via www.BucknellBison.com. Fans who are not already subscribers to Bison Vision can sign up for a month subscription for $9.95. All Bucknell games will feature a multi-camera setup with audio commentary, as is customary for Bison Vision events.
Additionally, fans can sign up to watch all nine games of the Southern Championships via Everest Youth Sports (www.eysports.com). A subscription that will cover the entire weekend is $39.95, while a single-game subscription is $19.95. The Bucknell games will also be streamed live via www.eysports.com. The non-Bucknell broadcasts are expected to feature a multi-camera setup and no audio commentary.
Southern Championships Video Options
- Bison Vision (Bucknell games only - $9.95 monthly subscription)
- eysports.com (Full Tournament subscription - $39.95; single-game subscription - $19.95)
Check the Bucknell Southern Division Championship page throughout the weekend by CLICKING HERE for complete scores and video streaming access information.