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1976 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship

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Dates  December 1976
Champions  Stanford (1st title)
Third place  UC Irvine
Teams  8
Runners-up  UCLA (5th title game)
Fourth place  UC Santa Barbara
1976 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship

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.


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
  • All-tournament team

  • 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
  • References

    1976 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship Wikipedia

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