April 6 - 9, 2022

DIVISION I MEN'S NATIONAL INTERCOLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIP

The Division I Men's National Intercollegiate Championship will be livestreamed on Global Polo TV.

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The Division I Men's National Intercollegiate Championship Final will be aired on ESPN University (ESPNU) Sunday, April 17 at 7:00pm ET.

DIVISION I MEN'S NATIONAL INTERCOLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIP

TOURNAMENT HISTORY

The USPA Division I Men’s National Intercollegiate Championship tournament is part of the United States Polo Association's Intercollegiate/Interscholastic (I/I) polo program, which is dedicated to growing the sport by providing maximum exposure, recruiting collegiate and scholastic institutions, coordinating activities, and organizing competition. Supporting this mission, the I/I program has experienced tremendous growth in recent years.

A longstanding tradition, the first National Intercollegiate Championship for the John R. Townsend Men's Intercollegiate Polo Trophy was won by Princeton University in 1922. Celebrating its 100 year anniversary in 2022, the NIC provides an opportunity for collegiate players from all corners of the United States to come together and compete for the historic trophy.

In 2019, the men and women of Texas A&M University became the second team in history to complete a rare double-double in the world of intercollegiate polo, sweeping the competition for the second year in a row alongside their women's team.

For as long as it has existed, college coaches and supporters of the Intercollegiate/Interscholastic Program have debated ways to grow collegiate polo. While not an unfamiliar concept to college sports enthusiasts, the USPA and I/I leadership groups agreed to split the intercollegiate system into Division I and Division II polo, which developed out of the focus to increase the number of emerging teams competing in spring tournaments and the number of competitive games at every level.

Following the 2021 fall season, the National Host Tournament Committee (NHTC) determined Division assignments based on the strength of teams as determined by rosters, a team’s regular season scores, and the strength of their schedule. Opinions were also pulled from committee members, coaches, umpires, managers, and staff to make the most accurate placement of teams. In addition, women’s and men’s teams from the same school will not be required to play in the same division, allowing teams to participate at an appropriate level. Teams will be able to move back and forth between the divisions from year to year to accommodate for student matriculation and annual roster changes.

Returning for the first time since 2019, due restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's competition has brought competitors back to the east coast returning to Virginia Polo Inc., home of the University of Virginia polo team in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Teams competing for the 2022 Division I Men's NIC title includes University of Virginia (East Regional Winner), University of Kentucky (East Wildcard Selection), University of North Texas (West Regional Winner) and Texas A&M (West Wildcard Selection).

2019 Men's National Intercollegiate Champions: Texas A&M University - Christian Aycinena, Fritz Felhaber, Mariano Sliva, Colton Valentine, Coach Mike McCleary. ©Mike Ryan

DIVISION I MEN'S NATIONAL INTERCOLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIP

TEAMS AND ROSTERS

Bracket I

Bracket II

Bracket III

Bracket IV

Bracket V

Bracket VI

Bracket VII

Bracket VIII

Bracket IX

Bracket X

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University of Virginia (UVA) (2-0)

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Jack McLean
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Brennan Wells
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Parker Pearce
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Vlad Tarashansky

University of North Texas (UNT) (1-1)

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Vance Miller III
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John Dencker
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Vaughn Miller Jr.

Texas A&M University (TAMU) (0-1)

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Joaquin Arguello
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Zak Coleman
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Grayson Price
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Chris Jordan

University of Kentucky (UK) (0-1)

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Joe Post
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Will Green
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Federico Puyana
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Ronald "Ry" Koopman

DIVISION I MEN'S NATIONAL INTERCOLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIP

TOURNAMENT GAMES

Wednesday, Apr 6, 2022

April 06

Final

Division I Men's National Intercollegiate Championship

Virginia Polo Inc.

University of Virginia (UVA) logo

University of Virginia (UVA) (2-0)

20

University of Kentucky (UK) logo

University of Kentucky (UK) (0-1)

6

April 06

Final

Division I Men's National Intercollegiate Championship

Virginia Polo Inc.

University of North Texas (UNT) logo

University of North Texas (UNT) (1-1)

16

Texas A&M University (TAMU) logo

Texas A&M University (TAMU) (0-1)

11

Saturday, Apr 9, 2022

April 09

Final

Division I Men's National Intercollegiate Championship

Virginia Polo Inc.

University of Virginia (UVA) logo

University of Virginia (UVA) (2-0)

13

University of North Texas (UNT) logo

University of North Texas (UNT) (1-1)

7

DIVISION I MEN'S NATIONAL INTERCOLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIP

TOURNAMENT NEWS

DIVISION I MEN'S NATIONAL INTERCOLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIP

THE VENUE

Home of the distinguished University of Virginia polo team, Virginia Polo’s training facility sits on 75 spacious acres just five miles away from the historic University’s main campus. Equipped to support play year round, top-notch facilities include a 300’ by 150’ indoor arena building, 400’ by 150’ outdoor arena, and a regulation outdoor polo field. Led by current coach and general manager, Lou Lopez, the UVA polo team is widely regarded as a powerhouse in intercollegiate polo. Some of their many illustrious achievements include eleven Men’s National Championships, eight Women’s National Championships and 13 PTF Intercollegiate Player of the Year Awards.

First formed in the early 1950s, the polo club is a student-run organization which strives to instill core values including the merits of responsibility, hard work, dedication, rewards of fellowship, working as a team, and the ability to compete in an intercollegiate sport on the national level. Throughout the year, the facility continues to host USPA interscholastic and intercollegiate events for players of all ages and skill levels. Virginia Polo Inc. is a destination for everyone, developing high school and local area players through lessons, clinics, summer camps and other programs.


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