Saturday, October 28, 2017
Friday, October 27, 2017
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Freshman water polo student-athlete Emily Ritner chose the University of Michigan because she saw how closeknit the team was, like a family. It helped that she had an actual family member already on the team, as her sister, Heidi Ritner, started playing water polo at U-M one year earlier.
The Ritner sisters are from Newport Beach, California, and played together for three years at Corona del Mar High School. Now they are together once again in Ann Arbor.
"When I was here on my official visit I saw the dynamic between the team members and how awesome everyone got along," said Emily. "Hearing from Heidi about the team last year solidified that I would be walking into a team that connected well. Everything I heard was positive."
Emily started looking at Michigan before her sister had even committed. The two of them would take trips to look at schools with their parents during spring break, and Michigan was one that caught her eye. When her sister decided to come here it made Emily's decision that much easier.
The closeness of the team is something Emily has appreciated even more since coming on campus, especially how well the freshman class gets along.
"We as a class are very close," said Emily. "Everyone provides a little something different, and we have so much fun together."
Emily and Heidi get to spend time with each other every day at practice and try to make time throughout the week to see each other outside the pool as well. Sometimes it is Heidi driving Emily and her freshman classmates around, or they may meet up at the Stephen M. Ross Academic Center to study.
"We carve out time outside to see each other, going to C.S. Mott Children's Hospital or getting food," said Heidi. "It is weird being in the same place but not living with each other. We will be living next door to each other next year, which will be great."
Each is carving out her own path at Michigan. Heidi is a goalkeeper who set the school's freshman wins record with 27 and would like to major in sport management. Emily is an attacker with an interest in science and has thought about working toward becoming an ultrasound technician.
In the pool, because they play different positions, they often go head to head. There is a touch of sibling rivalry when that happens, but neither player looks forward to it too much.
"It's hard to look her in the eye and rip the ball at her," said Emily. "It isn't a natural feeling. I've played with her for four years, so she knows what my tendencies are and what my shots are. That makes me try to change it up on her and find something different than she expects. Most of the time she stuffs me."
Heidi, the elder sister, pointed out that she wants to stop Emily's shots and Emily wants to score on her, but it isn't as competitive as it would be if they played the same position. However, Heidi was quick to point out the growth she has seen from Emily both inside and outside of the pool over the last year.
"She has grown a lot mentally in the pool and being able to absorb more information and being able to execute it," said Heidi. "Being a senior in high school last year, she was able to take a leadership role and build her confidence. It was a good growing time for her and she was able to excel on her own. It makes me happy and proud of her."
Emily is defensive minded and takes a lot of pride in using her length to be a shutdown defender. This fall she is working on being more physical and elevating her water polo IQ. Understanding the plays and applying them to game situations are a challenge for all freshmen coming in.
She has Heidi and 17 other new sisters to support her through the process.
Collegiate Water Polo Association Posts Two Hotel Room Blocks for 2017 Men’s National Collegiate Club Championship at FSU
The Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) has acquired room blocks at the LaQuinta North and the Wyndham Garden Tallahassee Capitol in Tallahassee, Florida, for the 2017 Men’s National Collegiate Club Championship at Florida State University on Friday-Sunday, November 10-12.
Due to the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) State Cross Country Championships at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee during the morning of Saturday, November 11, hotel rooms around Florida State are currently limited.
The CWPA blocks are available from Thursday-Sunday, November 9-12, with the following details:
- La Quinta Inn North (2905 North Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Fla.) – $69 per night (30 double/double rooms) with continental breakfast. The room block closes on November 1 and can be booked by CLICKING HERE.
Garden Tallahassee Capitol (1355 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, Fla.) –
$99 per night (50 double/double & 10 single rooms) with full
breakfast. The room block closes on November 1 and can be booked by CLICKING HERE.
United States Coast Guard Academy Hype Video for 2017 Men’s Division III National Collegiate Club Championship at Middlebury College
The United States Coast Guard Academy released a hype video for the upcoming 2017 Men’s Division III National Collegiate Club Championship set for Saturday-Sunday, October 28-29, at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vt.
The Bears will represent the Colonial Division at the 12-game tournament which also features Washington University in St. Louis, Carnegie Mellon University, Hamilton College, Bates College, Augustana College, Tufts Unviersity and the host Panthers of Middlebury.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
The FOSH Releases October 23 National Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Water Polo ARRIAGA Rankings
BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — The FOSH, the most widely used water polo statistical service, releases its Algorithm for Rate-Referenced Iterative Analysis of Game Activity (ARRIAGA) Rankings for National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men’s Water Polo through games of October 22.
The teams are ranked based on the ARRIAGA system which uses game data to estimate each NCAA team’s offensive and defensive effectiveness, adjusted for the strength of the opposing defenses and offenses that team has faced in the current season. This yields offensive and defensive effectiveness ratings for each team versus a hypothetical average opponent at the NCAA level. From there, the calculated effectiveness ratings are used to simulate the outcomes of contests between all possible pairings of NCAA teams, and the win-loss records that arise from these outcomes are used to rank teams for The FOSH’s weekly ARRIAGA Rankings.
Teams are ranked based on a comparison of two areas:
- Offense (1) – Rating based on a team’s expected goals scored versus a hypothetical average opponent at the NCAA level.
- Defense (2) – Rating based on a team’s expected goals-against versus a hypothetical average opponent at the NCAA level.
|The FOSH NCAA Men’s ARRIAGA Rankings|
|For Competition Ending October 22, 2017|
|2.||University of Southern California||10.7||-6.8|
|3.||University of California||11.9||-6.0|
|4.||University of the Pacific||12.1||-5.2|
|5.||University of California-Los Angeles||6.0||-6.5|
|6.||University of California-Irvine||5.3||-6.0|
|7.||Long Beach State University||4.5||-6.1|
|8.||University of California-Davis||4.4||-5.4|
|10.||University of California-Santa Barbara||3.6||-5.0|
|11.||University of California-San Diego||1.7||-4.6|
|12.||San Jose State University||2.4||-3.7|
|15.||St. Francis College Brooklyn||-0.1||-2.5|
|16.||California Baptist University||1.2||-1.2|
|18.||Santa Clara University||-0.6||-2.1|
|19.||George Washington University||1.4||-0.3|
The FOSH ARRIAGA and National Top 20 Polls agree on five teams this week: No. 6 University of California-Irvine, No. 7 Long Beach State University, No. 10 University of California-Santa Barbara, No. 14 Harvard University and No. 17 Bucknell University.
|The FOSH NCAA Men’s ARRIAGA Rankings|
|For Competition Ending October 22
|Team||National Top 25 Ranking|
|2.||University of Southern California||1.|
|3.||University of California||2.|
|4.||University of the Pacific||5.|
|5.||University of California-Los Angeles||3.|
|6.||University of California-Irvine
|7.||Long Beach State University
|8.||University of California-Davis||9.|
|10.||University of California-Santa Barbara||10.|
|11.||University of California-San Diego||13.|
|12.||San Jose State University||11.|
|15.||St. Francis College Brooklyn||19.|
|16.||California Baptist University||17 (T).|
|17.||Bucknell University||17 (T).|
|18.||Santa Clara University||20 (T).|
|19.||George Washington University||RV.|
About FOSH Stats:
A Boston-based company, The Full-On Sports Hub, ushered in a new era for water polo sports information for the 2014 NCAA men’s season with the launch of The FOSH for Water Polo and has continued to be a leader in the field of web-based statistics. The company was seeking to put an end to the late night phone calls from coaches, the tedium of hours spent transferring numbers from paper score sheets into Excel and fans’ lack of access to statistics.
Billed as a digital alternative to pen-and-paper statistics tracking, The FOSH for Water Polo provides a platform for inputting game events as they happen and publishing them in real-time via it’s FOSH Live feature. The platform also allows school’s to provide online box scores, individual and team statistical reports, and on-demand national, conference and tournament leader boards.
Former University of Michigan Assistant Director of Athletic Media Relations Ryan Sosin, a four-time Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Western Division Sports Information Director (SID) of the Year, and David Danese, a three-year letterwinner as a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) men’s soccer team, conceived of the platform as classmates at the Boston University Graduate School of Management.
Drawing on his experience from covering other sports, Sosin devised of a platform that would provide an intuitive method of collecting and tracking statistics for collegiate water polo, and thus address the sport’s need for a state-of-the-art method for recording and disseminating game data. Born from this initial concept, the product began to take shape in late 2012. As part of a class project, Sosin and Danese developed a detailed product concept and business plan and conducted preliminary research suggesting that collegiate SIDs were eager for a product that could usher statistical tracking for water polo into the digital age.
Inspired by the positive response, Sosin and Danese set out to build a platform that would represent a major step forward for statistical tracking in collegiate water polo. Their efforts gave rise to a preliminary version of The FOSH, with a notable new feature – the ability to stream live game statistics to internet users, so that fans could follow the action in real-time.
Fans of the sport relished the opportunity to follow NCAA action live online from locations across the globe, with viewers checking in from Hungary, Brazil, Japan, Canada and New Zealand, in addition to the United States. Because of it’s Web-based design, The FOSH allowed fans to follow the action from their desktop to their mobile phones and tablets without missing a play.
The FOSH for Water Polo launched for National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) institutions prior to the 2014 NCAA Men’s season with collegiate club, youth club and high school access available as well. More information on the product is available at https://www.thefosh.net.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Stanford took home the Collegiate Cup crown in 2016
Oct. 24, 2017
COLLEGIATE CUP SCHEDULE
Huntington Beach, CA - October 24 - The 2017 Collegiate Cup heads to Fresno, California this November 4-5 as many of the top teams in women's college water polo get set to compete. Defending Collegiate Cup champion Stanford returns to the field alongside fellow top seeds the New York Athletic Club, UCLA and USC. The rest of the field includes California, Michigan, UC Irvine, Hawaii, Pacific, San Jose State, Marist, Pomona-Pitzer and host Fresno State. In addition the Chinese National Team and two USA National Team pipeline squads will take part.
Fresno State University will play host on the final day of competition and joined by Clovis West High School, Clovis East High School and Bullard High School as event venues. Live streaming is planned for the third and first place matches through the Mountain West Network, more viewing information will be shared closer to the event. For a complete event schedule, click here. Team rosters will be shared at a later date.
(must show USAWP Membership Card, Temporary Membership Card, or Mobile Account)
Children Under 10: Free
Prior to all the action beginning the USA Women's Youth National Team will take on China in an exhibition match on Friday, November 3 at Fresno State at 7pm pt.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Coach Mike giving instructions in Italian.
SFWPC took a team to Orlando for the 2017 Halloween Tournament. The team ranged in age from 14-40! Many of the younger players had their first experience playing in a men's tournament. It was a great warm up for the fall season! Their next major tournament will be the Julia Zurek-Ardila Thanksgiving Tournament aka The Turkey Bowl.