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2019 American Collegiate Water Polo League Spring Championships

For the second year in a row, the Des Moines Water Polo Club will host the The American Collegiate Water Polo League Championship Tournament at the  MidAmerican Energy Aquatic Center & Prairie Meadows Pool at the Wellmark YMCA, 501 Grand Avenue. College teams from seven Midwestern states will compete in downtown Des Moines for two days of continuous water polo action April 13-14.

Games start Saturday, April 13, at 10:00 am and end at 7:00 pm. On Sunday, April 14, games start at 9:00 am with the championship game at 10:15 am. Spectators are welcome and can enter the event through the Skywalk entrance on Grand Avenue.

The American Collegiate Water Polo League Championship Tournament will feature two simultaneous games scheduled continuously throughout the weekend in the 50-meter pool. Regional qualifying tournaments determined the seedings for Missouri, Iowa State, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kansas, Western Illinois, Western Michigan, Harper College, Wisconsin – Milwaukee,  University of Chicago, DePaul, and Minnesota – Duluth.

Des Moines Water Polo will host the tournament, returning to the YMCA after first practicing at the Riverfront YMCA 56-years ago. when Bob Helmick and Chuck Hines first brought water polo to Des Moines in the small four-lane, 25-yard basement pool at the former Riverfront YMCA. The Des Moines team now practices in the beautiful new Prairie Meadows Pool Tuesday and Thursday nights from 8:00 to 9:30 pm.

Water polo emphasizes swimming, conditioning, ball skills, and teamwork and is considered by many as the ultimate team endurance sport. Teams of one goalkeeper and six field players play in a water polo match. Players are not allowed to touch the bottom or side of the pool during a match and only the goalkeeper is permitted to touch the ball with two hands. Shooting the ball into the opponent’s goal scores a point. Each team has just 30 seconds to score before the possession goes to the opposition.

Des Moines Water Polo (DMWP) promotes and encourages participation in competitive water polo activities and events and provides instruction for beginning water polo players and for more advance water polo players. DMWP also promotes events such as tournaments and youth clinics to provide opportunities for amateur competition in competitive water polo on a local, regional and national level. DMWP promotes the development of facilities in Central Iowa dedicated to providing opportunities for participation in water polo and carrying out and promoting the purposes of USA Water Polo and other nationally and internationally recognized governing bodies of competitive water polo to foster local, regional and national amateur sports competition.

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