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Josh Heller (Credit: Collegiate Water Polo Association) Josh Heller (Credit: Collegiate Water Polo Association)

SDSU Men’s Club Water Polo Wins National Championship

SDSU defeated the University of Texas to capture its first national title in the sport.
By Ryan Schuler

The San Diego State University men’s club water polo team, a program of Associated Students, defeated the University of Texas, 7-4, to win its first national championship in the 2017 Men’s National Collegiate Club Championship game, hosted by Florida State University.

After finishing as the runner-up in 2014 and 2015 and taking third place in 2016, the Aztecs entered this year’s tournament as the No. 3 seed. 

“It’s amazing to be a part of the first-ever men’s water polo national championship team at SDSU,” said senior marketing major and tournament MVP Josh Heller. “I couldn’t have asked for a better ending to the season. This title shows that all the hard work the team has put in has finally paid off.”

Led by Heller, the Aztecs jumped out to a 3-1 halftime lead. After trading goals in the third period, SDSU eventually built a 6-2 lead with just over three minutes left in the game. A Longhorns goal cut the deficit to 6-3, but Heller ended all doubt of an Aztecs victory with another goal as the clock showed 1:17 left to play. SDSU is the first Southwest Division team to win the national championship.

“After hearing the final horn go off concluding the game and knowing we were victorious was one of the greatest feelings I’ve had in my lifetime,” said Heller. “We have a fantastic foundation built as a program and hopefully our successes will continue to bring high-level water polo players to SDSU.”

In April, the SDSU men’s club volleyball team won the National Collegiate Volleyball Federation Division I National Championship.