Anyone have questions about the recruiting process for water polo?
The NCAA Tournament covers all divisions. There is no D2 or D3 championship playoffs; they all have to compete with the D1 programs. For D3, there's a "championship," as determined by a coaches' poll. D3 and D2 teams routinely beat D1 teams.
The Big 4 are UCLA, USC, Cal and Stanford. All are in the MPSF.
Men's: 4 team tournament, with spots going to champions of the following regional conferences: MPSF, WWPA and CWPA (Eastern). 1 at-large bid, almost always MPSF runner up.
Women's: NCAA Tournament is an 8 team format. Automatic bids to champions of MPSF, WWPA, CWPA, SCIAC and MAAC. 3 at-large bids. SCIAC runner up goes to D3 Nationals.