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1978 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship

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Dates  December 1978
Champions  Stanford (2nd title)
Fourth place  Pepperdine
Teams  8
Third place  UC Irvine
1978 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship
Runners-up  California (6th title game)

The 1978 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship was the 10th 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 1978.


Stanford defeated California in the final, 7–6 (in three overtimes), to win their second national title.

For the second consecutive year, the leading scorer for the tournament was Scott Schulte from Bucknell (13 goals). There was no Most Outstanding Player for this tournament, but an All-Tournament Team, consisting of seven players, was 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

  • Rob Arnold, Stanford
  • Doug Burke, Stanford
  • Peter Campbell, UC Irvine
  • John Gansel, Stanford
  • Kevin Robertson, California
  • Terry Schroeder, Pepperdine
  • Carlos Steffens, California
  • References

    1978 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship Wikipedia

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