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1982 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship

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Dates  December 1982
Champions  UC Irvine (2nd title)
Goals scored  192 (16 per match)
Teams  8
Matches played  12
1982 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship
Runners-up  Stanford (5th title game)

The 1982 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship was the 14th 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 1982.


UC Irvine defeated Stanford in the final, 7–4, to win their second national title. The Anteaters also finished the season undefeated (30–0).

James Bergeson (Stanford), Peter Campbell (UC Irvine), and John O'Brien (UC Irvine) were named the Co-Most Outstanding Players of the tournament. An All-Tournament Team, consisting of eight players, was also named.

The tournament's leading scorer was Peter Heushul from UC Santa Barbara (9 goals).


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

  • James Bergeson, Stanford (Co-Most outstanding player)
  • Peter Campbell, UC Irvine (Co-Most outstanding player)
  • John O'Brien, UC Irvine (Co-Most outstanding player)
  • Peter Cutino, California
  • Robin Leamy, UCLA
  • Mike Spicer, USC
  • John Tanner, Stanford
  • John Vargas, UC Irvine
  • References

    1982 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship Wikipedia

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