Water polo in New York City thriving in sport dominated by California schools

Water polo, a sport mostly thought about only every four years during the Olympics, might some day be New York City’s collegiate calling card.

Three Big Apple schools — two men’s teams and one women’s — are among the NCAA’s best. St. Francis Brooklyn’s men rank 16th in the nation by the Collegiate Water Polo Association, and Fordham placed as high as 19th earlier this season. The Wagner women’s team has won the past four MAAC championships and hasn’t lost a conference game this season. They’re all qualified for their respective conference tournaments this weekend.

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