Founded in 1993, the MIT women’s water polo is a club team competing in the North Atlantic Division of the Collegiate Water Polo Association. Our team includes both undergraduates and graduates who bring their skill and energy to the pool.
The MIT Women’s Club Water Polo team was founded in the mid 80's by a group of undergraduates from all across the country. By the 1990's the team was practicing regularly with volunteer coaches, oftentimes students at area schools. Under the coaching of MIT alum Jeff Ma, the club program quickly grew in numbers as well as skill level. They soon began to dominate the other club teams in their division and compete with the best teams around. In the difficult North Atlantic league, MIT, Yale, and Dartmouth constantly fought for the first place position. Coach Ma also had a connection at the Division III championships, and in 2000, 2001 and 2003 secured MIT an invitation even though the Women’s team did not yet have varsity status. MIT walked away in 5th place, beating teams from New England to California.
When Coach Ma left the program in 2003, MIT struggled to find a permanent replacement, but this didn’t stop the Engineers from winning. In 2003, the women’s team placed 3rd in the League Championships, and in 2005, the club reigned undefeated through the season and gained a first place finish at the League Championships. From 2005 to 2007, the club team took a 5th place and two 4th place finishes at the National Championships.
This year, with five returning starters and thirteen new faces, we look forward to an amazing 2013 season!