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.
|Champions||California (8th title)|
|Runners-up||UCLA (7th title game)|
|Goals scored||238 (19.83 per match)|
|Attendance||5,073 (423 per match)|
|Top goal scorer(s)||Kyle Kopp, Long Beach State (12)|
|Best player||Kirk Everist (California)|
The Most Outstanding Player of the tournament was Kirk Everist (California). An All-Tournament Team of seven players was also named.
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.
|Long Beach State||9th||1985|
- Site: Belmont Plaza Pool, Long Beach, California
|Fifth place||Consolation semifinals||First round||Championship semifinals||Championship|
|Long Beach State||13||Stanford||6|
|Long Beach State||4|
|Long Beach State||13||California||14|
|Seventh place||Navy||5||UCLA||13||Third place|
|Arkansas–Little Rock (OT)||10||UCLA||11||Stanford||7|
- "Men's Water Polo Championship Results" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. Retrieved May 3, 2015.