Men's Water Polo

Home of 4 SCIAC Championships & 2 NCAA Championship Berths

 2009 - 4th WWPA (20-14, 9-1 SCIAC)

 

Whittier returned to the top of Division III water polo rankings for the first time since the end of the 2004 season, finished with the program's first winning record in three years and placed four athletes on the ACWPC All-American team to highlight an impressive 2009 campaign.

The purple and gold's rise to No. 1 in the final CWPA poll featured a 16-3 record against D-III foes and a 9-1 mark against Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference competition.

The Poets went 7-0 in the SCIAC in the regular season and outscored opponents by 40 goals. Whittier put away over 13 scores a contest while it held its SCIAC adversaries to a mere 7.7 goals a game. The defense was led by first-team All-SCIAC and first-team All-American goalie Casey Regehr. Despite being upset in the SCIAC Tournament semifinals, the Poets still managed a second place finish in the conference and qualified for the WWPA Tournament.

Whittier was the No. 7 seed but it made no difference as the boys in purple shocked nationally ranked and second seeded Air Force, 10-9, to clinch the best finish in program’s history at the WWPA Championships. WC took home fourth place honors in the WWPA and rose to No. 1 in final CWPA poll.

“This was a great accomplishment for the team to come together,” said head coach Justin Pudwill. “The success of our season put Whittier College water polo back on the national map.”

 

 2004 - SCIAC Champions | 6th WWPA (23-10, 9-1 SCIAC)

 A 6-5 win over the University of Redlands in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship game not only gave the Poets revenge from its regular season loss to the Bulldogs; it ended the three-year run by the maroon and gray as the top team in the SCIAC and gave the Poets their first SCIAC championship in program’s history.

WC went 3-0 in the SCIAC tournament and extended its win streak to 10 games in claiming the conference crown. Whittier finished 9-1 overall in the SCIAC and advanced to the Western Water Polo Association Tournament where it placed sixth overall. The Poets earned a 6-4 win over Pomona-Pitzer in the first round of the WWPA Championships before it had its 11-game win streak snapped by Division I Loyola Marymount, 12-11 (overtime).

The purple and gold went 1-1 in the second day of competition as it picked up an overtime win over Santa Clara, 12-11, but fell to BYU-Hawaii, 11-9.

On the season the Poets finished 23-10 and ranked No. 1 in the country among Division III programs. WC shared the top honor with Redlands and was ranked No. 18 in the Men’s National Collegiate Top 20 Poll – a poll that ranks all divisions of collegiate water polo.

“This year has been perhaps the most rewarding coaching experience of my career,” said head coach Mitch Carty. “Being able to win the SCIAC for the first time in school history, not only means a lot to me, my assistant coaches and the athletes of this team, but also for the 32 teams that came before them. This is great for the entire Whittier College water polo family.”

 

  2013 - SCIAC Champions (20-13, 10-1 SCIAC)                                      

Whittier returned to the Top of the Division III polls for the third time in the program's history and the first time since the 2009 season, finishing with the best overall record in Head Coach Justin Pudwill's tenure and the second best record in the Whittier College men's water polo record books.  The Poets had a near upset of No. 10 Loyola Marymount falling 11-10 in SD OT a day after knocking then No. 17 George Washington 11-9.

The Poets finished off the 2013 season 13-2 with both losses coming to Cal Lutheran (14-13 OT) and Stanford (20-3).  They saw junior Goran Mataic earn SCIAC Player of the Year recognition for the first time, while freshman center Wedge Molthen was named the SCIAC Newcomer of the Year joining Mataic on the 1st Team All-SCIAC along with Ryan "The Blockade" Brunansky and Marko Zuric.  Juniors Filip Delic and Nicolas Beavers were also recognized in the year end awards with Delic landing on the 2nd Team and Beavers being named Honorable Mention.    

After wrapping up a clean sweep during the SCIAC Championships defeating Occidental (15-11), Pomona-Pitzer (16-10), and Claremont-M-S (10-9 SD OT) the Purple & Gold went on to compete in the NCAA Division I National Championships for the first time in the program's history where they faced off against host No. 3 Stanford.

On the season, the Poets finished 20-13, 10-1 SCIAC and finished ranked No. 1 in the country among Division III programs.

2014 - SCIAC Champions (23-13, 11-0 SCIAC)

 

For the second straight year the Whittier College men's water polo team has been named the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Champion as they earned a big 11-5 victory over Claremont-M-S at the Thompson Aquatic Center.

Whittier wraps up their 2014 season 23-13, 11-0 SCIAC the best overall record in Head Coach Justin Pudwills tenure, while finishing tied for the most wins in the program's history (2004 – 23-10, 9-1 SCIAC) (1999 – 23-10, 7-2 SCIAC).  Both previous teams were coached by Whittier College Purple & Gold Hall of Famer Mitch Carty. 

By wrapping up a perfect conference season (11-0), the 2014 men's water polo squad made history as they finish with the only undefeated conference record in the program's history. 

They finish 2014 as SCIAC Champions for the second consecutive year and the third overall for the program, No. 1 in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Polls (CWPA) in Division III for the fourth time in the program's history, and earned a spot in the NCAA Division I National Championships for the second consecutive year.

WC Men's Waterpolo History & Tradition