UCLA men’s water polo won its second straight NCAA championship with a 10-7 win over USC on Sunday. (David Crane/Staff)
The UCLA men’s water polo clinched its second straight national title with a 10-7 win over USC on Sunday night, giving the Bruins their 113th NCAA championship across all sports. The game also capped just the fourth undefeated men’s water polo season in NCAA history.
“It’s something that is truly special,” said head coach Adam Wright. “I can tell you, it’s truly hard.”
UCLA finished fourth in the Super Six final last night, ending a season beset by injuries. Senior Vanessa Zamarripa, ranked No. 1 in vault, landed on her knees to end the Bruins’ night, but the team couldn’t have won its seventh title even if she had scored a perfect 10. (Full story here.)
“Emotionally, physically, mentally, we are spent,” coach Valorie Kondos Field said. “We left it all on the floor. As a coach, I could not ask for more from them.”
Florida, coached by former UCLA All-American Rhonda Faehn, won its first national title despite two falls off the beam to open the day. Oklahoma placed second, and two-time defending champion Alabama finished third.
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