Thursday, May 11, 2006

Crosstown Foes UCLA, USC Soak In This Rivalry - LA Daily News

To find the best of the crosstown rivalries between USC and UCLA, just add water.

It isn't football or basketball, it's not just about pride or bragging rights. In water polo, the Trojans and Bruins regularly battle for national championships.

It's no different this season, as the schools are ranked first and third in the country entering the NCAA Tournament in women's water polo Friday...

...The teams have won the national title nine of the past 10 years, including seven by the Bruins.

UCLA is the defending champion, though it's the Trojans who come into the tournament as the No. 1 seed. UCLA is ranked No. 3, though the Bruins beat USC last week in the conference tournament for the first time in three tries this season.

If the teams meet again, it will be in Sunday's final. To get there, each school likely will have to get past an opponent it lost to earlier in the season. In the semifinals, USC could face Hawaii, the team that snapped its 25-game winning streak.

UCLA could face No. 2 Stanford
in the semifinals. USC opens against Claremont-Mudd- Scripps...

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