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Tigers Earn No. 6 Seed in NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 04/30/2012
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Audrey Zak and the Tigers will open the NCAA Women's Water Polo Championships with third-seeded USC.
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer

NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship Bracket

NCAA Women's Water Polo Selection Show

The 13th-ranked Princeton women's water polo team earned the No. 6 seed in the 2012 NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship. The Tigers will face No. 3 seed USC in the quarterfinals on Friday, May 11 at 4:45 p.m. ET at San Diego State's Aztec Aquaplex.

The single elimination championship will continue through Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13. All eight teams are guaranteed to play three games at the tournament.

The top three seeds went to teams from the MPSF in No. 1 Stanford, No. 2 UCLA and No. 3 USC. Both the Cardinal and Princeton's first round opponent USC earned the at-large bids into the eight-team field. Automatic qualifiers made up the fourth through eighth seeds in UC Irvine (Big West), Loyola Marymount (WWPA), Princeton (CWPA), Iona (MAAC) and Pomona-Pitzer (SCIAC), respectively.

The Tigers are 0-1 all-time versus the Trojans, dropping a 10-4 decision at USC on Mar. 18, 1998, the second season of women's water polo at Princeton.

Princeton (28-4) won the CWPA Eastern Championship for the second time in program history and first since 2000. This is the first time in program history that the Tigers will participate in the NCAA Championships.

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February
12
Friday
W. Water Polo
vs. Cal Baptist (Princeton Invitational)
- 2:00 PM
February
13
Saturday
W. Water Polo
vs. CAMO (Princeton Invitational)
- 11:40 AM
W. Water Polo
vs. Cal Lutheran (Princeton Invitational)
- 6:30 PM
February
14
Sunday
W. Water Polo
vs. Iona (Princeton Invitational)
- 5:30 PM
February
27
Saturday
W. Water Polo
vs. VMI (Bucknell Invitational )
- 4:00 PM
W. Water Polo
vs. Wagner (Bucknell Invitational)
- 8:30 PM
February
28
Sunday
W. Water Polo
vs. Washington & Jefferson (Bucknell Invitational)
- 12:30 PM
March
05
Saturday
W. Water Polo
vs. Marist (Harvard Invitational)
- 10:30 AM
W. Water Polo
at Harvard (Harvard Invitational)
- 4:45 PM
March
06
Sunday
W. Water Polo
vs. Iona (Harvard Invitational)
- 10:30 AM
March
12
Saturday
W. Water Polo
vs. TBA (San Diego State Invitational)
- TBA
March
13
Sunday
W. Water Polo
vs. TBA (San Diego State Invitational)
- TBA
March
18
Friday
W. Water Polo
vs. Azusa Pacific (LMU Invitational)
- 9:00 AM
W. Water Polo
vs. Whittier (LMU Invitational)
- 2:00 PM
March
19
Saturday
W. Water Polo
at Loyola Marymount (LMU Invitational)
- 10:30 AM
April
09
Saturday
W. Water Polo
at Michigan
- 11:00 AM
W. Water Polo
vs. Indiana
- 8:00 PM
April
10
Sunday
W. Water Polo
vs. Harvard
- 9:00 AM
April
16
Saturday
W. Water Polo
vs. Brown
- 2:00 PM
W. Water Polo
vs. George Washington
- 7:20 PM
April
17
Sunday
W. Water Polo
vs. Hartwick
- 10:20 AM
W. Water Polo
vs. Bucknell
- 5:00 PM
April
29
Friday
W. Water Polo
vs. TBA (CWPA Championships)
- TBA
April
30
Saturday
W. Water Polo
vs. TBA (CWPA Championships)
- TBA
May
01
Sunday
W. Water Polo
vs. TBA (CWPA Championships)
- TBA
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