Sophomore Wendy Watkins (below) and the top-seeded Cardinal cruised past Michigan 13-3 in the semifinals and handled UCLA almost as easily in the final on May 12 in Los Angeles, defeating the Bruins 8-4. The victory avenged last season's loss to UCLA in the inaugural NCAA women's water polo title game and a defeat by the Bruins in April in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship-ample reason for coach John Tanner to get a celebratory dunking from his players.
WEST IS BEST
USC's Nth-seeded men knocked off No. I Georgia 4-1 in the final, on May 21 in College Station, Texas, behind the doubles team of freshman Teige Sullivan (far left) and sophomore Ruben Torres and the singles play of freshman Prakash Amritraj (below), the tournament MVP. On the women's side, senior Gabriela Lastra (below left) and host Stanford won their second straight title, on May 19, beating Florida 4-1.