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News

Offseason Updates and Results!

April 28th, 2019

Hey there, Wolverines! It's been a while since our last update and even though finals are among us, a lot has happened since the end of last season!

We placed 8th at Nationals last fall in sunny Tuscon, Arizona! Results from the tournament are in our Results page.

This past winter, we competed at two offseason tournaments: the Wolverine Water Polo Masters Tournament in Ann Arbor and the Notre Dame Tournament in South Bend, Indiana. They were both a blast and we grew a lot together as a team!

Our 2019 Executive Board has been elected, take a look underneath the Exec Board page. Congratulations to all of them!

We also had several Wolverines honored by the CWPA with All-Conference and All-American recognition for the 2018 season, as well as recognition from the team:

2018 Team Awards

Team MVP: David Newberger (Senior)

Most Improved: Seth Wisotsky (Senior)

Rookie of the Year: Sid Murthy (Freshman)

2018 CWPA All-Big Ten Conference: Scott Fordham (1st Team, MVP!), Sid Murthy (1st Team), Nolan Vaughn (1st Team), Ilya Kovalenko (2nd Team), Tom McLeod (2nd Team)

2018 CWPA All-America: Scott Fordham (1st Team), Ilya Kovalenko (Honorable Mention)

We would also like to thank and congratulate our upcoming graduates! We wish you guys the best in your future endeavors in life and appreciate everything you have done for Michigan Men's Water Polo.

As always, Go Blue and see you next fall!

2018 CWPA Big Ten Champions

October 28th, 2018

Our months of preparation finally paid off, as we emerge the victors of the 2018 CWPA Big Ten Championships! We are thrilled to get back in the water and continue training in anticipation of Nationals at the University of Arizona in two weeks.

Big thank you to all the parents, alumni, and fans that came through to support us this weekend. Go Blue, forever and always.

Look out for pictures from the tournament, they should be uploaded to our Photo Gallery shortly. It can be found in the About Us section of the website.

2018 Season Has Begun

August 27th, 2018

Aaaaaand just like that we're back and our season is underway!

The 2017 season results have been archived and we have updated our schedule accordingly. As per usual our practices will be held from 9:00-11:00PM Monday - Thursday at Canham Natatorium with the exception of Aug 27 - Aug 30 during which they will be held from 6:30-8:30PM

We are thrilled to announce that we are hosting the Big Ten Championships on 10/27/2018 and 10/28/2018. That's right folks book your tickets ASAP because we are anticipating max-capacity.

2018 Team Update

May 14th, 2018

It's been a while since we've posted an article on the website, a lot has happened since the 2017 Big Ten Championship!

We placed 7th at Nationals! Scores and schedule can be found at the Results section of the website.

The team awards from 2017 are as follows:

Most Valuable Player - Daniel Wu

Most Improved Player - Connor Hallman

Rookie of the Year - Scott Fordham

We are excited to announce that we have elected a new Exec Board for 2018! Find them at the Exec Board section of the website.

We played two offseason tournaments, one hosted by Wolverine Water Polo, in our own hometown, and one hosted by UNC, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. They were both a ton of fun and we learned a lot!

We are looking forward to the 2018 season and preparing ourselves for the oppurtunity to defend our Big Ten Title. In conjunction with that, we have redevoloped the website to better accodomate you, our users and our fans, with increased readability and content. We have also started a photo gallery and archive, which can be found on the About Us section of our website which we hope will grow into a robust source of team information and history. As always, contact us with any team inquiries at the Contact Us section of the webisite, and Go Blue!

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2018 Roster

Name Year Height Weight Hometown Major
Federico Benazzo Freshman 5'7" 160 Pavia, Italy Aerospace Engineering
Arya Kale Freshman 5'9" 150 Okemos, MI Undecided
Dan Rusca Freshman 5'9" 175 Chicago, IL Computer Science
Maverick Becker Freshman 5'10" 160 La Jolla, CA Undecided
Cameron Serr Freshman 5'10" 175 Ann Arbor, MI Computer Science
Brendan Chang Freshman 5'10" 185 Glenview, IL Physics
Adam Schnepf Freshman 5'10" 195 Okemos, MI Political Science
Diego Sanchez-Burks Freshman 6'1" 160 Ann Arbor, MI Undecided
Christopher Lobdell Freshman 6'1" 175 Portola Valley, CA Undecided
Alex Kaipainen Freshman 6'3" 165 Ann Arbor, MI Computer Science
Sid Murthy Freshman 6'4" 195 Okemos, MI Computer Science
Keaton Berger Sophomore 5'6" 150 Los Angeles, CA Business
Matthew McGuinness McCormack Sophomore 5'10" 165 Ann Arbor, MI Undecided
Nolan Vaughn Sophomore 6'0" 160 Naperville, IL Computer Science
Daniel Zacks Sophomore 6'0" 175 Ann Arbor, MI Computer Science
Stefan Kassem Sophomore 6'0" 175 Princeton, NJ Economics
Griffin Sharkey Sophomore 6'0" 185 Mesa, AZ Aerospace Engineering
Zach Gusho Sophomore 6'2" 185 Birmingham, MI Computer Science
Chris Hanlon Sophomore 6'2" 195 Naples, Fl Undecided
Scott Fordham Sophomore 6'4" 175 Los Angeles, CA Chemistry
Court Middleton Sophomore 6'4" 185 Ann Arbor, MI Computer Science
Mason Devarti Junior 5'9" 150 Ann Arbor, MI Economics
Charles Schertzing Junior 5'9" 170 East Lansing, MI Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
Zach Gan Junior 5'10" 165 Kensington, MD Political Science; Spanish
Chris Seger Junior 6'0" 210 Cincinnati, OH Mathematics; Economics
Jesus Juarez Senior 5'8" 165 Chicago, IL Business
Justin Poliner Senior 5'11" 175 Ann Arbor, MI Business
Gabe Solomon Senior 6'0" 160 Ann Arbor, MI Information
Alex Fischer Senior 6'0" 185 Saline, MI Psychology
Miles Harber Senior 6'0" 195 Los Angeles, CA Mechanical Engineering
David Newberger Senior 6'0" 210 Rockford, MI Chemical Engineering
Jakob Kiel-Locey Senior 6'1" 185 Ann Arbor, MI Industrial and Operations Engineering
Seth Wisotsky Senior 6'1" 195 Englewood, NJ Computer Science
David Kamper Senior 6'3" 210 Duluth, MN Neuroscience; Philosophy; Trombone Performance
Tom Mcleod Senior 6'4" 230 Birmingham, MI Chemical Engineering
Dan Newberger Graduate Student 5'7" 170 Rockford, MI Social Work
Matthew Reiser Graduate Student 5'8" 160 Napa, CA Law
Ilya Kovalenko Graduate Student 6'1" 210 Martinez, GA Mechanical Engineering

Results

2018 Big Ten Record: 10-1

2018 Overall Record: 11-4

2018 Big Ten Regular Season Place: 2

2018 Big Ten Tournament Place: 1

2018 National Championships Place: 8

Big Ten Tournament at Purdue University 9/29/2018-9/30/2018
Score Result
University of Michigan vs. University of Iowa 17-3 W
University of Michigan vs. Purdue University 12-5 W
University of Michigan vs. University of Wisconsin 9-5 W
University of Michigan vs. Indiana University 9-5 W
Big Ten Tournament at University of Iowa 10/13/2018-10/14/2018
Score Result
University of Michigan vs. University of Illinois 11-6 W
University of Michigan vs. Northwestern University 16-4 W
University of Michigan vs. Michigan State University 4-7 L
University of Michigan vs. Purdue University 12-2 W
Big Ten Championship at University of Michigan 10/27/2018-10/28/2018
Score Result
University of Michigan vs. University of Iowa 16-3 W
University of Michigan vs. Purdue University 14-1 W
University of Michigan vs. Michigan State University 5-2 W
National Championships at University of Arizona 11/9/2018-11/11/2018
Score Result
University of Michigan vs. University of Florida 12-6 W
University of Michigan vs. California Polytechnic State University 2-12 L
University of Michigan vs. University of Texas 7-9 L
University of Michigan vs. Ohio State University 9-10 L(OT)
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2019 Executive Board

President Zach Gan
Vice President Chris Seger
Treasurer Dan Rusca
Captains Matt McGuinness-McCormack
Nolan Vaughn
Daniel Zacks
Fundraising Chair Adam Schnepf
Travel Coordinator Court Middleton
Website Managers Sid Murthy
Daniel Zacks
Alumni Relations Chair Justin Poliner
Community Service Chairs Scott Fordham
Arya Kale
Social Chairs Alex Kaipainen
Stefan Kassem
Chris Lobdell

Fundraising

The Men’s Club Water Polo team provides student athletes a tight-knit community in which they are able to continue playing a sport they love while also growing as individuals and a team. Our organization provides opportunities for members to develop skills such as communication, leadership, and teamwork as the group competes for Big Ten and national championships. Men’s Club Water Polo is also committed to establishing community involvement with local high schools and giving back through volunteering. To accomplish our team goals players practice four nights a week, compete in tournaments, and volunteer with local charities and work with local high school teams. Our organization works to organize and host invitational and Big Ten Conference water polo tournaments bringing in teams from around the country to compete.

In order to make our largely student funded organization possible, the Men’s Club Water Polo team relies greatly on the generosity of donors. Donations of money, food, equipment, and transportation make travel and lodging at tournaments possible and allow the team to compete in Big Ten and CWPA play. Monetary and non-monetary contributions are tax-deductible and are greatly appreciated.

If you would like to make a monetary donation contributions can be made through the Men’s Club Water Polo online giving page here.

If you would like to make a non-monetary donation please contact us.

Thank you for your generous support!

Adam Schnepf,
Fundraising Chair

About Us

National Champions:

1996, 1998, 2003

Big Ten Champions:

1989, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Big Ten Runner-Up:

2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014

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During the regular season we practice from 9-11PM Mon-Thurs at Canham Natatorium. Contact us if you are interested in joining the team!

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