UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (July 18, 2011)
Release: Saturday 07/15/2011 
by UCSD
The Softball team's NCAA Championship helped UCSD to a fifth place finish in the 2011 Directors' Cup standings.
The Softball team's NCAA Championship helped...
Courtesy: Ken Grosse/UCSD Athletics
UPCOMING EVENTS

Thu., Sept. 1---MSoccer---UCSD at Cal Baptist---4:30 PM
Thu., Sept. 1---WVolleyball---UCSD at Honolulu Invitational---7:00 PM
Thu., Sept. 1---WSoccer---UCSD at Western Washington---7:00 PM

Fri., Sept. 2---Cross Country---UCSD hosts UCSD Opener---4:00 PM
Fri., Sept. 2---WVolleyball---UCSD at Honolulu Invitational---5:30 PM

Sat., Sept. 3---MWater Polo---UCSD hosts Triton Invitational---All Day
Sat., Sept. 3---WVolleyball---UCSD at Honolulu Invitational---1:30 & 7:30 PM
Sat., Sept. 3---MSoccer---UCSD vs. St. Martin's---6:00 PM
Sat., Sept. 3---WSoccer---UCSD at Seattle Pacific---7:00 PM

Sun., Sept. 4---MWater Polo---UCSD hosts Triton Invitational---All Day

UC SAN DIEGO FIFTH ON FINAL DIRECTORS' CUP CHART
Bolstered by six sports scoring points during the spring season, UC San Diego jumped eight places in the final ranking period to finish fifth in the 2010-11 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings...The Directors' Cup annually rates all NCAA institutions in each division based on overall prowess in national championship competition...UCSD placed eighth in 2009-10 and has finished at least that high in 10 of the 11 years it has been at the D-II level.

The Tritons finished with 696.5 pts., the most of any school in the West Region, getting point-scoring performances from the NCAA champion Softball team, Baseball, Women's Water Polo, Men's Tennis and Men's & Women's Track & Field in the spring season to vault from 12th to fifth over the final month of the competition...Grand Valley State (MI) was the repeat champion.

THREE TRITONS SNAG NCAA POSTGRADUATE AWARDS
UC San Diego can now boast 27 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship award winners among its alumni after three student-athletes won the prestigious honor in 2010-11...Seniors Jessica Ferguson (swimming), Vincent Nguyen (tennis) and Kelly Fogarty (track & field) were recognized during the past year.

Ferguson, a member of an NCAA champion relay team as a sophomore as well as part of  this year's squad that finished third at the nationals, graduated with a molecular biology  degree from Warren College...Nguyen, captain of the Triton tennis team that went undefeated in the regular season and ranked 10th nationally, was a biochemistry/cell biology major at Marshall College...Fogarty, an All-American and school record  holder in the 100 and 200, graduated from Sixth College with a human biology degree.

Ferguson and Nguyen will start medical school this fall and Fogarty plans to do the same in 2012.

SWIMMERS EARN OLYMPIC TRIALS BERTHS
Swimmers Alexandra Henley and Emily Adamczyk became they second and third Tritons to gain entry to next year's Olympic Trials, bettering the meet standard at last weekend's Los Angeles Invitational, hosted by USC... Saturday, Henley, a senior and three-time NCAA Division II individual champion, went 2:17.47 while finishing 12th in the 200m backstroke and the next day, sophomore Adamczyk clocked 2:35.21 while claiming seventh in the 200m breaststroke.

The pair will now join sophomore Nick Korth who qualified earlier this summer in the 100m breaststroke...The 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials will be held June 25-July 2 at the Qwest Center in Omaha, NB.

SHIBUYA, KNUDSON UPDATES
Former Triton right-handers Tim Shibuya and Guido Knudson, drafted by the Minnesota Twins (23rd round) and Detroit Tigers (28th round) respectively, are already full bore into their minor league careers... Shibuya, UCSD's all-time winningest pitcher, is 3-0 with a 3.43 ERA for the Elizabethton (TN) Twins and the club has won all four of his starts to date...Knudson, meanwhile, after making six relief appearances for the GCL Tigers in Lakeland, FL, has been moved to the Connecticut Tigers of the New York-Penn League where he has logged just one appearance, a single scoreless inning...Knudson was 9-3 with a 2.80 ERA for the Tritons last season.

TRITONS LOOK TO REPLACE PAIR OF HEAD COACHES
The UCSD Athletic Department will be conducting national searches to replace two of its most successful coaches this summer...Swimming & Diving Coach Scott McGihon stepped down from his position in June after 13 years in La Jolla...During that time, the UC Irvine grad set an incredible standard of excellence that included 14 conference championships between his men's and women's programs and 34 individual NCAA titles...Under McGihon, Triton women's teams never finished lower than fifth at the NCAA Championships and never below 15th on the men's side.

A few weeks later, UCSD alum Dan O'Brien, the winningest coach in program history (454 wins), resigned from his post with the Triton Baseball team...Following 14 years at the UC San Diego helm, O'Brien accepted the head coaching position at Division I Santa Clara...Guiding the Triton program through the transition from Division III to Division II, the Lafayette, CA native built UCSD into a national power...Twice NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year, he drove the Tritons to four CCAA championships, five trips to the NCAA West Regionals and a pair of runs to the Division II College World Series, including a runner-up finish in 2009.

Both positions are expected to be filled by the start of the fall quarter.


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