November 5th, 2019
We started practices in late August, working hard on our conditioning and fundamentals into the month of September. The weekend of September 20th, we travelled to East Lansing to take on Michigan State and Ohio State in the Spartan Invite preseason tune-up tournament. We lost to Michigan State in overtime, 10-9, and were defeated by the Buckeyes in a close one, 12-9
In the weeks that followed, our season took a dramatic turn. A parasitic outbreak at Canham Natatorium sidelined our team for over three weeks. During this time, we were unable to practice and were not allowed to travel to both the Big Ten east regional tournament at Michigan State and the Big Ten crossover tournament at Indiana due to concerns over cross-contamination, making our regular season record 0-0. We unfortunately were unable to host the Big Ten championship tournament at Canham as was originally scheduled due to this public health crisis.
After our team was medically cleared, we travelled to Purdue University for the Big Ten championship tournament, where we were seeded fourth. We defeated Illinois in the first round, 13-5. In the semifinals, despite not having practiced in three weeks, we forced the number-one seed Michigan State to double overtime before eventually losing, 9-8. We finished the third place game with a 16-4 win over Wisconsin and thus concluded our season.
Unfortunately, this marked our first season in five years that did not end with a Big Ten Championship. However, our boys showed a tremendous amount of grit and determination in what was truly a valiant effort. We plan on competing in several invitational tournaments this offseason, and will be even more hungry next year.
We would like to thank our fans for their support all season and send our seniors a thank you for all of their hard work over the past 4 seasons. Although this is a minor setback, one thing that we can say with confidence is that we will be back.
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!
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.
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.
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!
|Matt Ferrari||Freshman||6'4"||195||Fairfax, VA||Computer Science, Industrial and Operations Engineering|
|Zach Burns||Freshman||6'4"||185||Rockford, MI||Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics|
|Baylor Wiggins||Freshman||6'3"||170||Ashland, OR||Biology|
|Thor Clarke||Freshman||5'9"||160||Ann Arbor, MI||Engineering|
|Alex Attisha||Sophomore||6'2"||180||San Diego, CA||Interdisciplinary Physics, Economics|
|Andrew Golin||Sophomore||5'10"||155||Dexter, MI||Biomedical Engineering|
|Federico Benazzo||Sophomore||5'9"||165||Pavia, Italy||Aerospace Engineering|
|Arya Kale||Sophomore||5'10"||160||Okemos, MI||Biomolecular Science, Spanish|
|Dan Rusca||Sophomore||5'10"||175||Chicago, IL||Computer Science|
|Maverick Becker||Sophomore||5'10"||165||La Jolla, CA||Economics|
|Cameron Serr||Sophomore||5'11"||185||Ann Arbor, MI||Computer Science|
|Brendan Chang||Sophomore||5'11"||200||Glenview, IL||Computer Science|
|Adam Schnepf||Sophomore||5'11"||195||Okemos, MI||Undecided|
|Diego Sanchez-Burks||Sophomore||6'1"||165||Ann Arbor, MI||Undecided|
|Christopher Lobdell||Sophomore||6'3"||180||Portola Valley, CA||Undecided|
|Alex Kaipainen||Sophomore||6'3"||180||Ann Arbor, MI||Computer Science, Physics|
|Sid Murthy||Sophomore||6'4"||195||Okemos, MI||Computer Science|
|Matthew McGuinness McCormack||Junior||5'10"||165||Ann Arbor, MI||Psychology|
|Nolan Vaughn||Junior||6'0"||160||Naperville, IL||Computer Science|
|Daniel Zacks||Junior||6'0"||175||Ann Arbor, MI||Computer Science|
|Aaron Crane||Junior||6'5"||185||Ann Arbor, MI||Biology|
|Cade Bosch||Junior||6'2"||185||Los Angeles, CA||Economics|
|Stefan Kassem||Junior||6'0"||165||Princeton, NJ||Economics|
|Zach Gusho||Junior||6'2"||185||Birmingham, MI||Computer Science|
|Scott Fordham||Junior||6'3"||175||Los Angeles, CA||Ecology|
|Court Middleton||Junior||6'4"||190||Ann Arbor, MI||Computer Science|
|Mason Devarti||Senior||5'10"||165||Ann Arbor, MI||Economics|
|Zach Gan||Senior||5'10"||165||Kensington, MD||Political Science, Spanish|
|Chris Seger||Senior||6'0"||210||Cincinnati, OH||Mathematics, Economics|
|Justin Poliner||Senior||6'0"||180||Ann Arbor, MI||Business|
|David Kamper||Senior||6'3"||200||Duluth, MN||Neuroscience, Philosophy, Cognitive Science, Trombone Performance|
|Matthew Reiser||Graduate Student||5'8"||155||Napa, CA||Law|
|Davis Argersinger||Graduate Student||6'0"||175||Ann Arbor, MI||Medicine|
|Ilya Kovalenko||Graduate Student||6'1"||210||Martinez, GA||Mechanical Engineering|
|University of Michigan vs.Northwestern University|
|University of Michigan vs.Ohio State University|
|University of Michigan vs.Purdue University|
|University of Michigan vs.Michigan State University|
|University of Michigan vs. University of Wisconsin|
|University of Michigan vs. Indiana University|
|University of Michigan vs. University of Illinois|
|University of Michigan vs. University of Iowa|
|University of Michigan vs.University of Illinois||13-5||W|
|University of Michigan vs.Michigan State University||8-9||L (OT)|
|University of Michigan vs.University of Wisconsin||16-4||W|
|University of Michigan vs.TBD|
|University of Michigan vs.TBD|
|University of Michigan vs.TBD|
|University of Michigan vs.TBD|
2019 Executive Board
|Vice President||Chris Seger|
|Fundraising Chair||Adam Schnepf|
|Travel Coordinator||Court Middleton|
|Website Managers||Sid Murthy|
|Alumni Relations Chair||Justin Poliner|
|Community Service Chairs||Scott Fordham|
|Social Chairs||Alex Kaipainen|
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!