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38 Days, 38 Sports: Women's Water Polo

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 08/26/2013
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As a countdown to the start of the 2013-14 athletic schedule, GoPrincetonTigers.com will take a look at each of Princeton's 38 sports. A new post will be added each day Monday through Friday until the first Princeton athletic event on Aug. 31.

 Princeton Women's Water Polo: Five Numbers to Know
1997 First varsity season 9

ACWPC All-Americas

8 Southern Championships 3 CWPA Eastern Championships 2 NCAA Appearances

 Head Coach

Luis Nicolao
16th season as head coach in 2013-14
• Head coach of the men's and women's water polo teams
With the women:
Coach of the Year awards
2 NCAA Championship Appearances
11 Southern Players of the Year
• CWPA Eastern Championship MVPs
• 9 All-America selections


Two to Watch

Katie Rigler
2014 co-captain
 Three-time All-America
• Two-time NCAA All-Tournament Team selection
• Two-time Eastern Championship MVP and Southern Player of the Year
• Three-time Eastern All-Tournament Team and All-Southern honoree


Ashleigh Johnson
• 2013 All-America Third Team
2013 CWPA Eastern Championship Rookie of the Tournament and all-tournament first team
• 2013 Southern Rookie of Year and all-conference first team
• Starting goalie for U.S. Junior Women's National Team


 Five Princeton Women's Water Polo Facts

• Women's water polo became Princeton's 37th sport when it was elevated to full varsity status for the 1997 season.

• The Tigers have won three CWPA Eastern Championships in program history, including consecutive titles in 2012 and 2013.

• Princeton advanced to the NCAA Championship for the first time in 2012, finishing in sixth place. The program returned to NCAAs in 2013 and earned a fifth-place finish.

• Princeton won a program-best 29 games in 2012. That same season the Tigers won the Southern Division championship, Eastern Championship and advanced to the NCAA Championship for the first time.

• The program broke into the national top-10 for the first time in early March 2000 and peaked at No. 8 at the end of the year.


July 10 - Baseball
July 11 - Field Hockey
July 12 - Football
July 15 - Women's Tennis
July 16 - Men's Heavyweight Crew
July 17 - Women's Basketball
July 18 - Men's Outdoor Track
July 19 - Women's Open Crew
July 22 - Men's Lacrosse
July 23 - Women's Squash
July 24 - Men's Golf
July 25 - Women's Volleyball
July 26 - Men's Basketball
July 29 - Women's Lacrosse
July 30 - Men's Hockey
July 31 - Women's Swimming
Aug. 1 - Men's Tennis
Aug. 2 - Women's Cross Country
Aug. 5 - Wrestling
Aug. 6 - Women's Indoor Track
Aug. 7 - Men's Cross Country
Aug. 8 - Women's Outdoor Track
Aug. 9 - Men's Swimming
Aug. 12 - Women's Hockey
Aug. 13 - Men's Lightweight Crew
Aug. 14 - Women's Soccer
Aug. 15 - Men's Indoor Track
Aug. 16 - Softball
Aug. 19 - Men's Fencing
Aug. 20 - Women's Fencing
Aug. 21 - Sprint Football 
Aug. 22 - Women's Golf
Aug. 23 - Men's Squash
Aug. 26 - Women's Water Polo

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