1981 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship

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1981 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship
Tournament details
DatesDecember 1981
Final positions
ChampionsStanford (4th title)
Runner-upLong Beach State (1st title game)
Tournament statistics
Matches played12
Goals scored228 (19 per match)
Attendance2,579 (215 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)James Bergeson, Stanford (12)
Best playerJames Bergeson, Stanford & Jody Campbell, Stanford
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1982 →

The 1981 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship was the 13th annual NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship 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 1981.[1]

Stanford defeated Long Beach State in the final, 17–6, to win their fourth, and second consecutive, national title.

James Bergeson (Stanford) and Jody Campbell (Stanford) were named the Co-Most Outstanding Players of the tournament. An All-Tournament Team, consisting of seven players, was also named.

Bergeson was also the tournament's leading scorer, with 12 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.

Team Appearance Previous
Air Force 4th 1979
Brown 3rd 1979
California 9th 1980
Long Beach State 6th 1975
Stanford 9th 1980
UC Irvine 12th 1980
UC Santa Barbara 9th 1980
UCLA 10th 1979


Fifth placeConsolation semifinalsFirst roundChampionship semifinalsChampionship
UC Santa Barbara16UC Irvine6
UC Irvine9
UC Santa Barbara8
UC Santa Barbara9Stanford17
UCLA8Long Beach State6
Long Beach State15
Air Force6
Seventh placeAir Force5Long Beach State11Third place
Brown9California10UC Irvine10
Air Force8UCLA7California11

All-tournament team[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Men's Water Polo Championship Results" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. Retrieved April 18, 2015.