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2017-2018 University of Washington Women's Water Polo Team

Seattle, WA -- For the third year in a row, the University of Washington Huskies have won the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Northwest Division Championship and have qualified for their third consecutive appearance at the Collegiate Club National Championships. This year's championships are also hosted by the Huskies and will be held this upcoming weekend, May 4th-6th at Mt Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon.

University of Washington Women's Water Polo Northwest Division Champions 2018

The Huskies qualified after an 8-5 win over their arch-rival the University of Oregon in the Northwest Division Championship game held on April 15th in Corvallis, Oregon. The win was the 30th consecutive division victory for the #6 Huskies who haven't lost since January, 2016. The Dawgs are 18-5 overall for the year are currently ranked #6 nationally.

After last year’s disappointing close loss to Ohio State and a 7th place finish in the 2017 Collegiate Club National Championships, the #6 Huskies have been on a tear this year and are looking to make a deep run. The team is led by new captains Mary Elizabeth Ward (#6, San Rafael, CA) and Kellie MacPhee (#2, Encinitas, CA).

The Huskies, who embrace a defense first philosophy, are anchored by last year’s MVP and goalie, Lizzy Lipps (#1, Menlo Park, CA), as well as by field players Jalene Weatherholt (#17, San Jose, CA), Maddie Joy (#14, Puyallup, WA), and Kellie MacPhee, who have all contributed on defense to allow only 44 goals from their Northwest opponents.