Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 at 3:10 p.m.
UCSB vs. Winner or loser of match 6 (Pepperdine vs Pomona-Pitzer)
at Triton or Canyonview Pool in San Diego, Calif.
Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 at TBA
UCSB vs. TBA (2 games)
at TBA in San Diego, Calif.
Triton Invitational Preview
The No. 7 UC Santa Barbara men's water polo team will open its season at the annual Triton Invitational in San Diego this weekend, beginning with Concordia on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 10:40 a.m. This will be the sixth consecutive year that the Gauchos begin their season at the tournament, which has been hosted by UC San Diego since 1983.
Since 2014, UCSB boasts a 13-5 record at the Triton Invitational, outscoring opponents by a total of 220-130. This year's tournament field includes 14 teams, six of which are ranked in the top-10 of the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Top-20 poll.
On the Map
The Gauchos were ranked No. 7 in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) National Preseason Poll, tied with Pepperdine. UCSB has the third-highest ranking out of all GCC schools, behind both Pacific and Long Beach State. Just UC Irvine and San Jose State sit outside the top ten among GCC member schools.
UCSB was predicted to finish first in this year's GCC Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Gauchos received two first place votes and 20 points overall, edging out Long Beach State and Pepperdine for the top spot. Long Beach also received two first-place votes, while Pepperdine received one. Pacific finished in a close fourth place with 18 points.
Gaucho Rewind: 2018 in Review
The Gauchos ended the 2018 campaign with an 18-8 record, including 3-1 in GCC play. After winning eight of its first nine games, the program fell short in games against top-ranked UCLA and USC before rattling off another four wins in a row. After dropping games against Stanford and USC, the Gauchos won six of their last nine games, including a pair of wins against Long Beach State and a 10-6 triumph over Pepperdine at the MPSF Invite.
Check It Out
General admission day passes are $15 for adults, and $10 for kids 12 and under and seniors 65 and over. Children 3-years-old and younger receive free admission. Tickets can only be purchased at the door. For directions to the venue, click here.