| December 1976|
Stanford (1st title)
UCLA (5th title game)
UC Santa Barbara
The 1976 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship was the eighth annual tournament to determine the national champion of NCAA men's college water polo. Tournament matches were played at the Belmont Plaza Pool in Long Beach, California during December 1976.
Stanford defeated UCLA in the final, 13–12, to win their first national title.
The leading scorer for the tournament was Dave Breen from Arizona (17 goals). Chris Dorst, from Stanford, was named the Most Outstanding Player. An All-Tournament Team, consisting of seven players, was also named.
1976 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship Wikipedia
Since there has only ever been one single national championship for water polo, all NCAA men's water polo programs (whether from Division I, Division II, or Division III) were eligible. A total of 8 teams were invited to contest this championship.Site: Belmont Plaza Pool, Long Beach, California
Chris Dorst, Stanford (Most outstanding player)
Rob Arnold, Stanford
Rick Johannsen, Stanford
Drew McDonald, Stanford
Boyd Philpot, UC Irvine
John Stephens, UCLA
Joe Vargas, UCLA