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Vavic is an incredible coach, and it does look like he'll be around for a long time. Definitely earns palace for getting his teams to a level that they had never been at in history, and really, for water polo, especially on the men's side, no team for any school has ever achieved. He isn't yet to the level of say, Dean Cromwell, for the utter domination, Deadeux, Deland, and Toley for the similar though somewhat shorter period of domination, and Jones/McKay/Carroll for the wins in a very widely contested sport and the notoriety they brought us. But he's certainly on his way to that level. I think Peter Smith has a ton of potential to get there too, but we'll have to see how he does these next few years without Steve...
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Wwweeeeeell, it's the NCAA that has the rights to this one, and even if they allowed it, Pac-12 doesn't sponsor women's water polo, the MPSF is our conference. :P
To be clear for those who don't know - he coaches both men's and women's water polo and both teams won the NC this year.
Men's water polo are the National Champs for 1998, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 (note: 2012 is the most recent season for men) and were runner ups in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2006, and 2007.
Women's water polo are the National Champs for 2004, 2010, and 2013 and were runner ups in 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2012.
Are you freaking kidding me with this?
This post has been edited 3 times, most recently by phear_SC 11 months ago
Cry Havoc; and let slip the dogs of war!
Not quite. Men's were champions in 2005 as well. :P SO that's 98, 03, 05, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12. 5 of the last 5, 6 of the last 8, 7 of the last 10. Also, as the runner up in 06 07, that means we have played in 8 straight water polo national championships in mens, and nine of the last 10.
Ah, sorry I missed one - I fixed it in the edit.
Just a quick question: Why isn't the new aquatic center going to be an indoor facility? I know it's not all that common - but what if it's cold or raining?
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It doesn't do either of those very often here. I think it's better to get the So Cal outside aquatics feel than to be a little more comfortable the one time it rains.
Does this facility put us into the upper echelon of aquatic facilities or is it just an incremental improvement? I really don't know.
I'm not really sure; I'm not an expert either. I do know that at the time it was built, McDonalds the swim stadium was extremely top of the line, and that was ~30 years ago. It's had a facelift or two since then, so I'd be willing to bet it was still alright. We did a pretty good job it seems with the McKay Center, so it seems like the mentality is to make things vastly improved. But I don't really know how the technology of aquatics changes and what major improvements are avaliable.
I think a big part of this is just increasing the capacity, based on how popular we've been in Water Polo. We were packed for the men's tournament this year, with people standing on level two of Parking Structure B to be able to see because of how full the stadium was. Also, they're putting screens over the stands which is nice because it can get very very hot and bright in the stands when it's sunny. Long events like swim with mike would be very uncomfortable.
Oh, but I guess my thought wasn't really the spectators but what happens to the competitors in the rain? If it's raining do you still race/dive/play water polo?
I know that we played ucla in Men's Water Polo the same day as the football game this year, and it rained. They played through it. I mean, in some sports, you have safety concerns, but in water polo, I don't think it makes a big difference... I mean you're already wet right? Swimming, you'd have to ask a competitor, but my uneducated guess would be that you can't really feel rain while you're swimming; there's a ton of splashing. Maybe in an outright downpour, but while it rains maybe 20 days a year in LA, it's usually very light. The pools already have false sides a few inches from the top that water spills over, keeping it at a very constant depth and greatly reducing waves.
The only issue WRT outdoor competition pools and weather is if lightning is sighted then the event is stopped until it's deemed safe. I'm not sure about diving, but I think there's a wind stoppage for that as well as lightning.
That makes sense. Again though, rare enough occurrences that I'm sure outdoors was thought to be better.
Yeah, and indoor aquatic facilities aren't inherently 'nicer'. It's not a difference like indoor and outdoor basketball. They can get ridiculously hot and humid, plus have different chem and facility management requirements.
Thanks for the play by play!! Fight On!!
Just played with a small group of TMB members to suprise the team at the airport when they got back. It was a lot of fun.
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