Pools Set For USA College 7s Championships

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The pools have been set for the USA Rugby College Sevens Championships to be held May 18-20 in Glendale, CO.

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The event will have four separate brackets: Men's D1, Men's D2, Women's D1, and Women's Open. A total of 44 teams will participate. These teams have qualified through specific conference championships or qualifiers, and in addition, teams that did well in qualifiers were considered for at-large bids.

Men's D1

The big name here is probably Cal, which switches from the Collegiate Rugby Championship (where the Bears played every year from 2010 to 2017 and won five times). Cal hasn't had a lot of time to put aside 15s and play sevens, but the Bears have been able to make the transition before.

Kutztown has not lost a sevens tournament since last spring, while Lindenwood is the defending national champion. 

Men D1 Pools
Pool APool B
LindenwoodCalifornia
ArkansasNotre Dame College
UtahFordham
MissouriIndiana


Pool CPool D
ArizonaKutztown
Grand CanyonAmerican International
Florida InternationalWestern Washington
NevadaWisconsin

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Women's D1

There are very few qualifiers in this bracket, so the lineup is made up mostly of at-large teams. All of the teams involved are varsity, or in a highly elevated club status that borders on varsity. Watch out for defending champion Lindenwood, perennial challenger Life, and NIRA winner Army.

Women D1 Pools
Pool APool B
LindenwoodArmy
DartmouthLife
Penn StateHarvard
Central WashingtonDavenport

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Men's D2

All but two of the teams in this bracket qualified by winning a conference championship. Only Saint Louis University and Old Dominion (both very close runners-up in their respective conferences) come in as at-larges. 

Wisconsin-Whitewater is the defending champion but will have a ton of work to do against the likes of Hartford, UNC Charlotte, Norwich, and NC State.

Men D2 Pools
Pool APool BPool C
UW-WhitewaterUNC CharlotteHartford
BloomsburgNC StateNorwich
William PatersonPrincipiaNorth Texas
Old DominionMontana StateSaint Louis

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Women's Open

This is a bracket for D2 schools, or non-varsity D1 schools. Queen's University of Charlotte is in this bracket despite being varsity, and that's because Queen's is in its first year in action and is a small school. Princeton, a D1 school, is nevertheless a club program.

Bloomsburg joins Life and Lindenwood as the only colleges with both a men's and a women's team in action in Glendale.

Women D2 Pools
Pool APool B
Chico StatePrinceton
Air ForceBloomsburg
Queens U. CharlotteTexas A&M
Sam Houston StateKennesaw State

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The tournament kicks off at 11 AM Mountain Time with the Men's D1. The Men's D1 and D2 brackets play through Friday. All four brackets are in action on Saturday, with the Men's D2 final at 8:20 PM and the Men's D1 final at 8:40 PM. 

The women's bracket finish up action on Sunday with the Women's Open final at 3 PM and the Women's D1 final at 3:20 PM.

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