UCSB Water Polo Player’s Death Ruled as ‘Accidental Drowning’

The Santa Barbara Coroner’s Office ruled the death of UCSB student and water polo player Nicholas Johnson an “accidental drowning” on Thursday, after he was found unconscious at the bottom of Santa Barbara High School’s pool on March 24.

UCSB Water Polo Player Dies in Pool Incident

Second-year psychology major and UCSB water polo player Nicholas Johnson died after three members of the Santa Barbara High School swim team found him unconscious in the high school pool during a workout with the high school swim team around 9:45 a.m. Monday morning.

No. 6 Gauchos go 4-0, Sweep Opposition


The No. 6 UCSB men’s water polo team traveled south to play four games over the weekend, capturing four impressive victories in the process and improving the Gauchos’ record to 11-2 on the season.

Water Polo Reloads With Six New Recruits

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The UC Santa Barbara men’s water polo team has six recruits lined up to bring some depth to a roster that rose to No. 2 in the national rankings during the 2012 season but finished 2-8 in their final 10 games. “When we are recruiting, we look for players who address our current needs, and […]

UCSB Brings in 11 Recruits for Next Season

With the conclusion of the 2012-13 season, the UCSB women’s water polo team will graduate four seniors from its program. Defender Kacey Creek, attacker Shelby Haroldson, utility Rachel Nelson and All-American goalkeeper Ruth Milne will depart but pass on the mantle to the squad’s rising youth and 11 decorated recruits for the 2013-14 season.   […]

Samantha Murphy Garners Big West Freshman of the Year

After scoring a record 78 goals for the No. 17 UCSB women’s water polo team this season, freshman utility Samantha Murphy became the first Gaucho to be crowned the Big West Freshman of the Year in her sport. The award caps a year in which Santa Barbara compiled a 20-15 overall record and placed sixth […]

UCSB Places Sixth at Big West Tourney

The No. 16 UCSB women’s water polo concluded its year with a sixth place finish at this weekend’s Big West Tournament. The Gauchos lost two games to No. 8 San Diego State and No. 14 CSU Northridge while compiling a win against No. 18 UC Davis. On the year, Santa Barbara accumulated a 20-15 overall […]

Gauchos Look for Second Straight Victory Against Stanford in First MPSF Game of the Season

The No. 2 UCSB Men’s Water Polo team faces No. 5 Stanford this Saturday in its first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation game of the season. The Gauchos have already played the Cardinal twice this season, losing 8-7 at Stanford Sept. 15 and then winning 12-9 at home on Sept. 29 in the thrilling quarterfinal game […]

An Athlete of All Arenas


Looking back over Ruth Milne’s career, it’s hard to imagine that at one point she was only a few dollars away from never touching a water polo ball.   The junior goalkeeper broke UCSB’s all-time saves record just two games into her junior season and now has 904 saves as a Gaucho. In 2011 she […]

No. 15 Gauchos Travel to Davis

The 2012 regular season will come to a close this weekend, as the No. 15 UCSB women’s water polo team travels to Davis on Saturday and Pacific on Sunday for their final two games before the Big West Tournament. These are also UCSB’s final two conference games, and so will play a large role in […]