1988 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship

The 1988 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship was the 20th annual NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship to determine the national champion of NCAA men's collegiate water polo. Tournament matches were played at the Belmont Plaza Pool in Long Beach, California during December 1988.[1]

1988 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship
DatesDecember 1988
ChampionsCalifornia (8th title)
Runners-upUCLA (7th title game)
Matches played12
Goals scored238 (19.83 per match)
Attendance5,073 (423 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Kyle Kopp, Long Beach State (12)
Best playerKirk Everist (California)

California defeated UCLA in the final, 14–11, to win their eighth national title. Coached by Pete Cutino, the Golden Bears finished the season 33–3.

The Most Outstanding Player of the tournament was Kirk Everist (California). An All-Tournament Team of seven players was also named.

The tournament's leading scorer, with 12 goals, was Kyle Kopp from Long Beach State.


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. Arkansas–Little Rock, who appeared for the first time this year, was the first team from the Southern United States to qualify for the tournament.

Team Appearance Previous
Arkansas–Little Rock 1st Never
California 15th 1987
UC Irvine 17th 1987
Long Beach State 9th 1985
Navy 4th 1987
USC 11th 1987
Stanford 16th 1987
UCLA 17th 1987


  Fifth place Consolation semifinals First round Championship semifinals Championship
       California  17  
       Arkansas–Little Rock  6  
     Arkansas–Little Rock  10          California  10  
     Long Beach State  13          Stanford  6  
     Stanford  5
       Long Beach State  4  
     Long Beach State  13          California  14
     UC Irvine  10          UCLA  11
       USC  13  
         UC Irvine  11  
   UC Irvine  17          USC  10
  Seventh place        Navy  5          UCLA  13     Third place
     Arkansas–Little Rock (OT)  10      UCLA  11      Stanford  7
     Navy  9        Navy  3        USC  10

All-tournament team

See also


  1. "Men's Water Polo Championship Results" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
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