Team USA Captain Brenda Villa to Speak at NCAA Water Polo Banquet

Brenda Villa in action for Team USA (photo courtesy Kirby Lee/US Presswire).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Brenda Villa will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming NCAA National Collegiate Women's Water Polo Championship Banquet Thursday, May 9 at Harvard University's Murr Center. The banquet precedes the 2013 NCAA National Collegiate Women's Water Polo Championships, which Harvard will host at Blodgett Pool May 10-12.

Villa, the most decorated athlete in the world of women's water polo, will join the eight best collegiate teams in the country at the banquet. Villa has competed in four Olympic Games for the US and most recently helped the red, white and blue to its first Olympic gold medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

The eight teams in attendance will be Southern California, Pomona-Pitzer, UC San Diego, Hawaii, UCLA, Princeton, Iona and Stanford. The teams will compete in a three-day tournament to crown the 2013 national champion.

The 2013 NCAA National Collegiate Women's Water Polo Championship will mark the first time in the 13-year history of the event that it will be hosted in the northeast region of the United States. Blodgett Pool has hosted several regional water polo championships, including the Collegiate Water Polo Association Men's Northern Championships in 2002 and the Women's Eastern Championships in 2009.