A League of Their Own: CWPA - Part 3 of 3

Joan Gould
Water Polo Planet
Updated 6/1/2013

Water Polo Planet continues to take a closer look at some of the schools in each individual conference to help acquaint potential students and parents with these schools. This month the schools of the CWPA Southern Division are discussed.  We would like to present a less intimidating, brief overview of schools with water polo programs to help provide the basis for students to start looking at what is available.

Get the Skinney On the CWPA Western Division - One of Many

The schools of the Collegiate Water Polo Association are, indeed, a league of their own in the water polo world. Composed of 25 individual schools, spread from Boston in the north, south to VIrginia and West to Indiana, the CWPA encompasses 25 very individual schools in a wildly diverse geographic area.

If an outstanding education and lifelong contacts are your goal, you need look no further than the educational powerhouses of the East Coast and Midwest. Schools within the CWPA are unquestionably top shelf, offering a full panoply of majors and programs to accommodate every taste and ambition. The financial and health care centers of Boston and New York are unrivaled in the world and CWPA schools as a whole, take internships very seriously, cultivating lifelong contacts and experience that benefit all students.

 If serious, competitive water polo is your goal, or for those with national team stream aspirations, it is important to accept the fact that the structure and restrictions of the CWPA and its schools will be serious limiting factors.  Outside of the Annapolis Water Polo Club (Navy), and sporadic opportunities at NYAC, there is virtually no club play opportunity in the Northeast that offers out of season play for serious athletes whose goal is to continue play outside the NCAA.

The CWPA is an amalgam of Divisions 1, 2 and 3 schools with combined competition schedules

Facilities range from 25 yard, 6 lane shallow deep to 50 meter all deep facilities

The league structure can be very difficult to comprehend by those who are more used to the orderly, professional and division specific leagues of the West Coast. Unlike the MPSF, WWPA and SCIAC who have dedicated league staffing, the CWPA is administered by a league office that divides its time and (scant) resources between the National Collegiate Club System, AWP age group and the NCAA Varsity programs of both the CWPA and the MAAC.  

The league is divided into 2 regions, the Southern and Western Divisions which play all in-season games within the Division until the end of the season where regional championships produce the top contenders (with 2 at large) who participate in the Eastern Championships. The divisions help to reduces traveling costs and time but can cause normal school rivalries to become magnified via overexposure. 

For the purpose of this article and brevity, I have separated the schools of the CWPA into divisions and this month will look at the CWPA Western Division. Within each school, I have included the NCAA Division and the TYPE of indoor pool (shallow deep or all deep) to assist players in their choices.

Information Is the Right Tool for Choosing a School

Bucknell UniversityBucknell University

Men and Women
All Deep, Division 1

Bucknell rises on a hill overlooking the Susquehanna River in central Pennsylvania, a site chosen by the Philadelphia Baptists who founded the university in 1846. First called the University at Lewisburg, Bucknell was renamed for its benefactor, William Bucknell, a Philadelphian whose generosity bolstered the university during the post-Civil War depression.  While somewhat isolated geographically, Bucknell offers a plethora of student activities, taking it’s role as a rural resident campus seriously.

Today, Bucknell students have their choice of 54 majors and 64 minors, including such wide-ranging fields as animal behavior, cell biology, and East Asian studies, along with professional programs in accounting and management, education, engineering, and music. Equally important, professors provide the informed advice student need to make the most of their options. Our students work closely with faculty, and many assist professors with special undergraduate research projects.

Primarily an undergraduate institution, Bucknell enrolls about 3,500 highly selected scholars, who benefit from the special offerings of a college-like university and the personal attention they receive from nearly 300 faculty members committed to teaching.

Bucknell consistently fields competitive teams on both the men’s and women’s side who compete in a new state of the art aquatic facility.

George Washington UniversityGeorge Washington University

Men and Women
Shallow/Deep, Division 1

With its location in the nation's capital, The George Washington University (GW) has played host to numerous national and international dignitaries. In recent years, former Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev, former Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban, and both former President Clinton and former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton have lectured or spoken at GW.

In 2003, more than 18,500 people interested in living and learning in one of the top colleges in Washington D.C. applied for admission to George Washington University's undergraduate schools. Of these, almost 2,300 enrolled at GW. Forty-six percent of the George Washington University's freshman class rank in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating classes, while 74 percent rank in the top fifth. And, once here, about 40 percent of George Washington University's students often decide to stay past graduation to pursue their graduate degrees at GW.

Students hope for exceptional higher education experiences from colleges in Washington D.C., and George Washington University meets their expectations. The school attracts students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, more than 130 countries, and from a variety of ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds. This diversity invites all GW students to explore different traditions, opinions, and ideas. International affairs have been the top major among GW undergraduates.

George Washington University has 1,037 full-time faculty members. In addition, the University has a distinguished part-time faculty drawn from the large community of scholars concentrated in the Washington area, including many from government agencies, medical and research centers, and the city's international community.

George Washington University hosts a strong intercollegiate varsity athletic program with 20 teams, and is a member of the NCAA Atlantic 10Conference.

Johns Hopkins UniversityJohns Hopkins University

Shallow/Deep, Division 3

If you're thinking of attending Maryland private colleges, Johns Hopkins University is certainly worth researching. As one of the premier and oldest research universities in the nation, Johns Hopkins University attracts some of the nation's top students and faculty.

The focus of undergraduate life at Johns Hopkins University is on the Homewood campus, 140 acres of Georgian architecture in a park-like setting adjacent to the funky north Baltimore neighborhoods of Charles Village and Hampden. This is home to the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering. More than 4,000 undergraduates call Homewood "home."

Johns Hopkins University has won the most federal research and development funding of all research universities. This is due in large measure to the work of the Applied Physics Laboratory, a division of the university devoted entirely to research and development. The School of Medicine, however, is the largest recipient of National Institutes of Health research grants to medical schools. The Bloomberg School of Public Health, the first of its kind in this country, ranks first among public health schools in federal research support.

In all, Johns Hopkins University has eight academic divisions that go above and beyond what you'd come to expect from Maryland private colleges. The Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the G.W.C Whiting School of Engineering and the School of Professional Studies in Business and Education are based at the Homewood campus in northern Baltimore. The schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing are in east Baltimore, sharing a campus with The Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Peabody Institute, founded in 1857 and a leading professional school of music, has been affiliated with Johns Hopkins since 1977. It is located on Mount Vernon Place in downtown Baltimore. The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, founded in 1943, has been a Hopkins division since 1950. It is located in Washington, D.C.

Johns Hopkins University also has a campus near Rockville in Montgomery County, Md., and has academic facilities in Nanjing, China, and in Bologna and Florence, Italy. It maintains a network of continuing education facilities throughout the Baltimore-Washington area, including centers in downtown Baltimore, in downtown Washington and in Columbia.

Under the leadership of the charismatic Ted Bresnahan, Johns Hopkins Water Polo consistently fields an exceptionally competitive team which keeps up with the other Division 1 powerhouses in the CWPA’s southern division.

Princeton UniversityPrinceton University

Men and Women
All Deep, Division 1

Princeton University simultaneously strives to be one of the leading research universities and the most outstanding undergraduate college in the world. As a research university, it seeks to achieve the highest levels of distinction in the discovery and transmission of knowledge and understanding, and in the education of graduate students. At the same time, Princeton University is distinctive among research universities in its commitment to undergraduate teaching.

Princeton University provides its students with academic, extracurricular and other resources -- in a residential community committed to diversity in its student body, faculty and staff -- that help them achieve at the highest scholarly levels and prepare them for positions of leadership and lives of service in many fields of human endeavor.

Through the scholarship and teaching of its faculty, and the many contributions to society of its alumni, this New Jersey college seeks to fulfill its informal motto: "Princeton University in the Nation's Service and in the Service of All Nations."

Chartered in 1746 as the College of New Jersey -- the name by which it was known for 150 years -- Princeton University was British North America's fourth undergraduate college.

Located in Elizabeth for one year and then in Newark for nine, the College of New Jersey moved to Princeton in 1756. It was housed in Nassau Hall, which was newly built on land donated by Nathaniel FitzRandolph. Nassau Hall contained the entire New Jersey college for nearly half a century.

In 1896 when expanded program offerings brought this New Jersey college university status, the College of New Jersey was officially renamed Princeton University in honor of its host community of Princeton. Four years later in 1900 the Graduate School was established.

Princeton University is the fourth-oldest college in the United States. The ambience of its earliest days is palpable in historic landmarks on campus, most notably Nassau Hall, which in 1783 was the temporary capitol of the United States.

Today, more than 720 faculty members, who are leaders in their respective disciplines, instruct Princeton's 4,815 undergraduate students and 2,300 graduate students.

US Naval AcademyUnited States Naval Academy

2 All Deep, Division 1

The Naval Academy was founded in 1845 by the Secretary of the Navy, George Bancroft, in what is now historic Annapolis, MD. The history of the Academy has often reflected the history of the United States itself. As the U.S. Navy has moved from a fleet of sail and steam-powered ships to a high tech fleet of nuclear-powered submarines and surface ships as well as supersonic aircraft, the Academy has changed also. The Naval Academy gives young men and women the up-to-date academic and professional training needed to be effective naval and marine officers in their assignments after graduation.

Every day, as the undergraduate college of the naval service, the United States Naval Academy strives to accomplish its mission to develop midshipmen “morally, mentally, and physically.”

As are all public Military colleges in the US, the Naval Academy employs rigid admission procedures and standards but the payoff is a free college education at one of the best and most beautiful campuses in America.

Moral and ethical development is a fundamental element of all aspects of the Naval Academy experience. As future officers in the Navy or Marine Corps, midshipmen will someday be responsible for the priceless lives of many men and women and multi-million dollar equipment. From Plebe Summer through graduation, the Naval Academy's Officer Development Program is a four-year integrated continuum that focuses on the attributes of integrity, honor, and mutual respect. One of the goals of this program is to develop midshipmen who possess a clearer sense of their own moral beliefs and the ability to articulate them. Honor is emphasized through the Honor Concept of the Brigade of Midshipmen. These Naval Academy "words to live by" are based on the moral values of respect for human dignity, respect for honesty and respect for the property of others. Brigade Honor Committees composed of elected upper-class midshipmen are responsible for the education and training of the Honor Concept. Midshipmen found in violation of the Honor Concept by their peers may be separated from the Naval Academy

There Will Be More to Explore

Each month, I will look at the schools in each conference and present a brief overview of each conference’ school. The July 1 feature will be the schools of the WWPA and I encourage each coach to submit an overview of their school to [email protected]