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BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — Following two years in Chicago, the 2019 American Water Polo (AWP) National State Challenge returns to the Keystone State of Pennsylvania as Wissahickon High School in Ambler, Pa., and North Penn High School in Lansdale, Pa., will host the event on Thursday-Sunday, July 11-14.

The National State Challenge was established in 2008 as a venue for some of the nation’s best teams to meet.  Boys’ 18U and Girls’ 18U competition is slated to be contested, while 14U action will also take place if there is a demand and enough teams sign up.

Hosted at Fenwick High School and Lyons Township High School in Chicago on July 12-15 last year after occurring at Fenwick and Portage Park on July 13-16 in 2017, the championship comes back to the suburbs of Philadelphia in 2019 for the first time since Upper Dublin High School hosted the event in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

“We are excited to return to Philadelphia for the 2019 National State Challenge,” stated AWP Director of Membership Damon Newman. “We are looking forward to the participation of teams from throughout the country and the opportunity for college coaches to watch some of the best talent compete.”

One of the premier events of the year for both men and women, the tournament is expected to be a recruiting stop for multiple college coaches.

This year’s teams in addition to competing for attention will also be vying for the $1,000 prize for the winners.

The schedule and hotel information for the tournament remain to be determined and should be announced shortly. Any additional information regarding the tournament is available by either calling 610-277-6787 or emailing office@americanwaterpolo.org.