MPSF Adds Indiana in 2019

June 22, 2018

MPSF Adds Indiana Women's Water Polo-PDF Release

WOODLAND, CA--- The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Administrative Committee has granted membership to Indiana University for competition in women's water polo beginning with the 2019 season. In their inaugural year in the MPSF, the Hoosiers will play all six of their single round-robin conference games on the road or in a neutral site. Beginning with the 2020 regular season, two MPSF teams on a rotating basis each year will travel to Indiana for a conference game. Contested at Stanford University’s Avery Aquatic Center April 26-28, Indiana will compete in the seven-team 2019 MPSF Championship Tournament, joined by Arizona State, University of California, San Jose State, Stanford, UCLA, and USC. The format for the 2019 conference tournament will be announced at a later date. Indiana will also join the MPSF Championship Tournament host rotation, scheduled to first host the event in 2024.

"Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Women’s Water Polo welcomes Indiana University as our newest member,” said MPSF Executive Director Al Beaird. “IU brings another top quality program to the best conference in the nation and will broaden the depth of our competitive stature as well as provide the Federation with additional stability in an everchanging intercollegiate athletic environment. The MPSF looks forward to a long and successful partnership with the Hoosiers in providing the best that NCAA Women’s Water Polo has to offer.”

Located in Bloomington, Indiana, the NCAA Division I Women's Water Polo program from Indiana University will make its conference transition into the MPSF from the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA). The Hoosiers are a perennial top-15 nationally ranked program who have won three conference championships and made an NCAA Tournament semifinal appearance in 2003. IU recorded a 25-9 (.735) overall mark this past season, while placing at least two student-athletes on the All-American teams for the fourth-straight year. Primarily affiliated with the Big Ten Conference, Indiana has won 25 NCAA Championships across its athletic department.

“We are extremely excited and honored to be joining the MPSF,” said Indiana Head Coach Ryan Castle, who will enter his third year at the helm of the Hoosiers. “The MPSF is the premier conference in our sport, and we are eager to compete against a formidable group of institutions. This is a great opportunity for our student-athletes to challenge the best teams in the nation, and to represent Indiana University on a national scale.”

MPSF Women's Water Polo kicks-off its 24th season of competition in January. Since the inaugural season of NCAA Women’s Water Polo in 2001, MPSF teams have won all 18 NCAA titles. The MPSF also owns 92 NCAA Championships across 11 sports dating back to the 1992-93 inaugural year of the conference.