Two hundred and forty two days ago, Stanford women’s water polo, the two-time defending national champions dubbed by many as the best college water polo team ever before the 2013 season, came as close as it could possibly have come to an NCAA title without grasping it, falling 10-9 in quadruple overtime to archrival USC.
Stanford Athletics announced Thursday that the Cardinal’s two water polo coaches, John Vargas and John Tanner, signed long-term contract extensions. They had a combined 27 years of experience on the Farm entering the 2013-14 academic year.
The Stanford women’s water polo team’s season came to an end in heartbreaking fashion on Sunday afternoon in Boston as the No. 2 Cardinal lost 10-9 to No. 1 USC in the fifth overtime period of the national championship game–the longest women’s water polo NCAA championship game in history. Stanford finished the season 29-3, with all three losses coming at the hands of the Women of Troy.
Welcome to The Daily’s live coverage of the women’s water polo national championship game. No. 2 Stanford is looking for its third straight national title, but standing in the way is No. 1 USC, which has taken two of three previous meetings between the teams this season. We’ll be updating this page instant coverage and analysis. Please refresh the page for the most recent updates.
On paper, the Stanford women’s water polo team may have been the strongest in college. Ever. Featuring players who have won the national title two years running and three gold-medal winning Olympians, expectations this year were huge.