SDSU Water Polo Alumni Game to be Played Saturday

Jan. 25, 2018

SAN DIEGO - San Diego State water polo’s annual alumni game is set for this Saturday at Aztec Aquaplex. Admission to the 11 a.m. PT exhibition and all regular-season games on campus is free.

Last year, SDSU defeated the Alumni, 15-14, on a mixed-weather morning at the Aquaplex. The Alumni tied the game at 14 with 22 seconds left in the fourth quarter, but then-freshman Shelby Kraft scored with 1.7 seconds left to lift the current Aztecs to their third straight alumni game win.

San Diego State, which is ranked tied for 14th nationally and was picked to finish second in the preseason Golden Coast Conference Coaches Poll despite having never dropped a GCC game en route to four straight regular-season titles, will be playing its second exhibition of 2018. The Aztecs, after just three days of practice, went head-to-head with the Chinese National Team in San Clemente on Jan. 11, and fell, 16-9.

SDSU enters the new season coming off a fourth straight Golden Coast regular-season title, going 7-0 in 2017, which ran its all-time GCC record to 26-0. The championship effort helped the Aztecs finish the season ranked 13th nationally, marking it highest final ranking since 2013.

This year’s team will feature a roster that includes 11 freshmen, six sophomores, five juniors and just four seniors, including co-captains Courtney Jarvis and Lizzy Bilz. The group will be the 20th of Carin Crawford’s head coaching career.

Crawford in 19 seasons has compiled a record of 414-257 (.617) and has led the Aztecs to a top-17 national finish every year. Outside of the program’s five Golden Coast titles (four regular season, one tournament), Crawford has guided SDSU to the NCAA tournament in 2007 and 2008 with at-large invitations, and in 2016 with an automatic bid.

The Aztecs will officially open the 2018 campaign next Saturday, Feb. 3, when they compete at the Bruno Classic in Providence, R.I. San Diego State will play two games on Saturday, first vs. No. 19 Harvard at 3 p.m. ET and then vs. 20th-ranked Wagner at 7:40 p.m. ET.

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