Water polo set for final tourney

04-24-09 Water Polo
Sophomore attacker Lynlee Smith makes a pass before being hit by a Stanford defender during the women’s water polo match earlier in the season at Mona Plummer Aquatic Center. (Lindy Mapes | For The State Press)
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Friday, April 24, 2009
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The No. 8 ASU water polo team (13-12, 0-7 MPSF) hopes to make a splash in Honolulu this weekend when it competes in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships.

The Sun Devils will be the No. 8 seed in what is arguably the best conference in collegiate water polo.

The MPSF is home to the top eight ranked teams in the nation, including No. 1 USC and No. 2 Stanford, both of which beat the Sun Devils twice in the regular season.

Overall, the Sun Devils are winless in the MPSF and are just one game over .500 in their nonconference matches.

This weekend will also be the last time Addison McGrath will don a maroon and gold swimsuit in the pool.

McGrath, the face of Sun Devil water polo for the past four years, has had an impressive collegiate career. Coming in to this season, McGrath had 174 goals as a Sun Devil and has 52 so far this season.

McGrath already holds most scoring records at ASU, including most goals in a season last year (81).

As the No. 8 seed, the Sun Devils will take on No. 1 USC in the opening round of the tournament. In ASU’s two matches with USC, the Sun Devils lost 19-9 and 13-4, respectively.

Reach the reporter at jaking5@asu.edu.