THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
Thurs., Mar. 22---Fencing---UCSD at NCAA Championships---All Day
Fri., Mar. 23---Fencing---UCSD at NCAA Championships---All Day
Fri., Mar. 23---Track & Field---UCSD at Point Loma Open---10:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 24---Fencing---UCSD at NCAA Championships---All Day
Sat., Mar. 24---WCrew---UCSD at Berg Cup---7:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 24---Track & Field---UCSD at Point Loma Open---10:00 AM
Sun., Mar. 25---Fencing---UCSD at NCAA Championships---All Day
Sun., Mar. 25---Softball---UCSD vs. Cal State East Bay (DH)---Noon
SECOND, THIRD FOR TRITONS AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS; ADAMCZYK WINS 200 BREASTSTROKE
Rookie Head Coaches Corrie Falcon and Matt Macedo made quite a "post-season" debut at the 2012 NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships last week in Mansfield, TX...Their two Triton teams matched last year's second (men) and third (women) place national finishes while significantly narrowing the gap between themselves and the teams in front of them.
The UCSD men wound up with 400 points, 73 behind repeat champion Drury after coming up more than 250 pts. short of the Panthers in 2011...The Triton women compiled 451.5 pts. while title winner Wayne State racked up 497 to nip last year's champ Drury by one. Had it not been for an unfortunate UCSD disqualification in the day one 200 medley relay (which it had won), the Triton women would have placed second and the top three teams would have been separated by a mere five points.
Junior Emily Adamczyk made the biggest splash for UCSD, winning the national crown in the 200 breaststroke (2:13.18) while breaking Rosanna Delurgio's seven-year-old school record in the process...Adamczyk also grabbed third in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.57) and seventh in the 200 individual medley...Senior Alex Henley earned her way into four individual finals and sophomore Anji Shakya had a breakthrough meet, getting into the top five in three events... Henley, a three-time past NCAA champ, was unable to find the top of the podium in 2012 but did collect second place finishes in the 200 IM, in a school record 2:01.41, the 400 IM (4:19.29) and 200 backstroke (1:57.58)...She was also fourth in the 100 backstroke...Meanwhile Shakya notched a pair of silver medals herself, barely being out-touched in the 200 freestyle (1:48.45) and then clocking a school standard of 4:51.14 in the 500 freestyle...She was also fifth behind Henley in the 200 backstroke...In all seven different swimmers reached finals and the Tritons raced to three relay seconds and one third, with the foursome of Sierra Robbins, Olivia Fountain, Shakya and Henley turning in a school record 3:23.42 while taking runner-up honors in the 400 freestyle relay...Henley was part of all three second place relay quartets and Shakya, Fountain and Robbins were also on three of the teams...The women set five UCSD records all total, the fifth by freshman Jaclyn Amog who was fifth in the 100 butterfly (55.47).
The Triton men also set five all-time UCSD bests, put seven different swimmers in championship finals and had their own "big three"---Adam Rice, Nick Korth and Matt Herman...Rice blazed to records in both the 200 (4th/1:47.38) and 400 (3rd/3:53.77) individual medleys...He was also third in the 200 butterfly (1:46.86)...Korth, defending titlist in the 200 breaststroke, was third in both events of his specialty this year (100/53.79 & 200/1:57.45) and claimed fifth, just behind Rice, in the 200 IM...Herman, a double winner in 2011, closed out his collegiate career with a pair of thirds (1000/9:07.02 & 1,650/15:21/02) and a fifth (500/4:29.18) in the distance freestyle events...The men were top six in all five relays, setting school records in the 200 and 400 medley events as well as the 800 freestyle...Rice, Korth, Alex Merrill and Blake Langland were all part of three relay units.
W-BASKETBALL SEASON HALTED IN REGIONAL FINAL
Coach Charity Elliott's Women's Basketball team, the winningest in UCSD history, saw its 2011-12 season end in last Monday's NCAA Regional Championship game, one step short of the Elite Eight...The top-seeded Tritons, who won their first 26 games and were ranked No. 1 nationally for seven straight weeks, suffered a 68-63 defeat at the hands of second seed Alaska Anchorage at RIMAC Arena...UCSD concluded the season 30-3.
It was a solid, if somewhat uncharacteristic performance by the Tritons...The home team lead briefly in the game's first few minutes, but the taller, more physical Seawolves were able to control the tempo of the game and a late trey gave them a 10-pt. edge at intermission which they increased to 12 early in the second session...UCSD, which shot 42% on the night and was out-rebounded, 39-26, never got its running game going but stayed within range of UAA and seemingly willed its way back to within one twice, the last time on a three by Daisy Feder with 51 seconds remaining... But the Tritons, who were unable to convert any of the five opportunities they had to tie or go-ahead in the final three minutes and missed a pair of critical free throws late, could never get over that final hurdle...Feder finished with 22 points and senior Chelsea Carlisle, the MVP of the CCAA canned 17 and handed out five assists...Fellow senior, Lauren Friedenberg chipped in with 12 as the starting five scored all of UCSD's points, the first time this year that happened...The 63 points marked the Tritons' lowest single game total of the year...Conversely, they took care of the ball, turning it over just four times (also a season low) while forcing the Seawolves into 12.
SOFTBALL SWEEPS HUMBOLDT STATE; WIN STREAK AT SIX
In a series originally slated for the weekend in Arcata but re-scheduled to La Jolla due to pending rain in Northern California, the No. 21 Softball team steamrollered Humboldt State, sweeping four games while out-scoring the Lumberjacks, 33-3...Coach Patti Gerckens' club, now 24-8 overall, 18-6 in the CCAA and third in the conference standings, is one game back of league-leading Cal State Dominguez Hills and mere percentage points behind second place Cal State Monterey Bay...UCSD will have finals this week but jump right back into league play Sunday at home vs. Cal State East Bay (14-14/6-12), the first of back-to-back doubleheaders.
With senior Camille Gaito spinning a one-hit shutout in last Tuesday's series opener, the Tritons mauled HSU, 11-0...After scoring two in each of the first two innings, UCSD buried the Lumberjacks with seven in the bottom of the fifth...The Tritons had only seven hits but four Humboldt errors led to nine unearned runs...UCSD struggled a bit in game two, the only competitive game of the four, before escaping with a 5-2 victory...Catcher Charly Swanberg had two of the Tritons' four hits and drove in a pair...UC swiped four bases and sophomore starter Jenn Manuel claimed the win, her third of the year.
Wednesday, it was more of the same as Gerckens' crew battered Humboldt, 8-0 and 9-1...Gaito breezed in game one, grabbing win No. 14...Sophomore Kirsten Willmon picked up three hits and scored twice, Swanberg and Caitlin Brown each had two hits and combined for five RBIs... UCSD rode a six-run second in running away with the nightcap...The Tritons piled up 13 hits and Brown slugged a pair of homers, scoring three runs and getting three RBIs...Senior center fielder Kris Lesovsky popped three hits and Swanberg had her fourth consecutive two-hit outing.
BASEBALL CONTINUES WINNING WAYS AT SFSU; MOVES INTO SECOND
Having inched its way back into the conference regular season title chase after a rough start, Coach Eric Newman's Baseball team (14-14/12-8) gets a breather this week before picking up with a four-game series at Cal State Stanislaus next week...The Tritons, after winning three-of-four at San Francisco State, have moved into second place in the CCAA standings, stalking first place Sonoma State (10-2).
Second baseman Spencer Frazier beat out an eighth inning infield single, stole second and scored the winning run on Greg Ringold's single in UCSD's, 5-4, win over SFSU in the first game of last Saturday's twinbill in San Francisco...Frazier and middle infield partner Garrett Tuck each had a pair of hits and Frazier drove in two as junior Ryan Goodbrand continued to produce a solid brand of pitching, putting in seven innings while recording his fourth victory of the season...Justin Burns and Tony York finished the job out of the bullpen with the latter securing his fourth save...Game two was an offensive carnival for the Tritons who scored in every inning, blasting Gator pitching for 26 hits in a 20-2 romp (they stranded 13 runners)...The hitting heroes were plentiful...Junior Sam Michaels went 5-for-6, scored four times and racked up three RBIs...Center fielder Danny Susdorf and Tuck both cracked four hits, scored two runs and knocked in four...Fireballer Jeff Rauh, who's had his share of bad luck this season, had the good fortune of being on the mound for this one and came away with his first win.
The Gators climbed on top in the first inning of game one Sunday and stayed there, stealing a 5-2 victory...The Tritons had eight hits with Susdorf and Ringold accounting for two each...Senior Greg Selarz started and got tagged with the loss...Junior Trevor Scott was on the mound in the getaway game and hurled five shutout frames to log his second win with Elias Tuma and York completing the whitewash...UCSD plated three first inning runs with catcher Nick LaFace ripping a two-run double and then coming around to score the third himself...Brett Levy and Richard Seigel registered two hits apiece.
NO. 15 VOLLEYBALL RUNS MPSF ROAD WIN STREAK TO THREE
Coach Kevin Ring's Men's Volleyball team had its biggest week of the season, scoring a pair of road upsets over ranked Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) foes...Coupled with last week's victory over UC Santa Barbara, UCSD has now won three MPSF matches in a row for the first time since joining the conference in 2001.
Thursday, the 15th-ranked Tritons came from behind twice to dump No. 9 Long Beach State, 3-1 (16-25, 25-23, 20-25, 15-11)...Freshman setter Garrett Dempsey dished out 48 assists with juniors Carl Eberts (19 kills) and Johl Awerkamp (18) the main beneficiaries...UCSD was out-hit and out-blocked by the 49ers, who defeated the Tritons earlier this season at RIMAC Arena, but evened the match with a pair of 4-0 runs late in the fourth set...They then scored three in a row early in the fifth game, the last on Dempsey's only kill of the night, and led the rest of the way...Eberts and Awerkamp each had two of the Tritons' seven aces.
The next night, UCSD exorcised some major demons, overpowering Cal State Northridge, 3-1 (19-25, 30-28, 25-18, 25-21)...The win was the Tritons' first over the Matadors since 1988, a span of 40 matches...Eberts and Awerkamp combined for 37 more kills, each getting the exact same numbers as they did vs. Long Beach State...Help came from Vaun Lennon who pounded 13...After losing the first set, Ring's spikers were in serious jeopardy of going down, 2-0, but overcame three Northridge set points to knot the match...The last of CSUN's set points came at 27-28 and Lennon responded with a game-tying kill...Two Matador hitting errors later and UCSD was on its way...In the clinching fourth set, the Tritons had a burst of six consecutive points early and they never let the hosts closer than two again.
POLO UPSETS NO. 11 INDIANA; GOES 2-2 AT AZTEC INVITATIONAL
With the Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) Championships now just six weeks away, Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's Women's Water Polo team continues to seek the kind of consistency it will take to successfully defend the conference title it won last season...The 19th-ranked Tritons showed signs of improvement while splitting four games last weekend at the Aztec Invitational at San Diego State...Now, 12-11 overall, they will take a week break before returning to action in a three-game mini-tournament starting Friday, March 30 at Canyonview Pool.
Kreutzkamp & Co. opened the Aztec tourney on a high note, coming from behind to knock off No. 11 Indiana, 7-6...Junior goalie Allie Taylor made 10 saves and UCSD got two goals each from seniors Katherine Biehle and Jessica Tran while limiting the Hoosiers to just one second half goal after trailing, 5-3, at halftime...It was a turnabout in game two Saturday as No. 18 Princeton rallied from a 5-1 halftime deficit to force overtime and eventually upend the Tritons by the same, 7-6, score...Tran had three goals and Taylor stopped 16 shots in the loss.
Down, 9-8, after three quarters in Sunday's morning contest against No. 14 Hawaii, UCSD was unable to answer in the final eight minutes, falling, 11-9...Tran, senior Kirsten Bates and sophomores Sarah Lizotte and Melissa Bartow all had a pair of goals...Lizotte, the squad's leading scorer, had just four goals in the first three contests at SDSU, but erupted for six in the tournament finale, powering the Tritons to a 10-8 triumph over Bucknell.
HERRMANN LEADS GOLFERS TO 10TH AT SO CAL TOURNAMENT
Freshman Jay Lim was back after a one-tournament hiatus and fellow first-year player Marc Herrmann continued his solid recent play but Coach Mike Wydra's Golf team still had to settle for a 10th place finish in the ultra tough Southern California Intercollegiate at the demanding Mission Viejo Country Club...The Tritons shot a 54-hole total of 941, well back of first place Cal State Stanislaus (900) but just 12 strokes out of seventh in a field that included a slew of nationally-ranked D-II squads.
Herrmann, who's been one of UCSD's top three finishers in each of the three tournaments he's been entered, was UCSD's low man, carving out a final round 69 over the 7,143-yd., par 71 course, leaving him in a tie for 21st at 232...Sophomore Lewis Simon (T29/234) and Lim (T35/235) were close behind Herrmann with Jacob Williams next in at 244 (60th).
TRACK & FIELD TEAMS AT POINT LOMA SATURDAY
Following this week's finals, the Track & Field teams will make the short trip crosstown to compete at Saturday's Point Loma Open...Last weekend, Coaches Tony Salerno and Darcy Ahner sent a handful of athletes to two different meets...At the Occidental Distance Carnival, senior Aaryn Kobayashi set a school record while finishing fifth in the 3,000 m. steeplechase with a time of 11:19.21...The Triton highlight at the Aztec Invitational was the runner-up performance by junior long jumper Shaun Tu whose 23-4 leap was the fourth best in UCSD history.
TWO FENCERS HEAD TO NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Sophomore sabre specialist Munira Gesner and junior foilist Rose Forcier will represent UCSD at this weekend's NCAA Fencing Championships in Columbus, OH...Both earned their NCAA trips with second place efforts at the recent NCAA Regionals...It will be the first trip to the nationals for Gesner and Forcier...Both narrowly missed getting invitations a year ago when they were third at the Regional.
MEN'S CREW HANDLES GONZAGA, USD
In its final prep for the March 31-April 1 San Diego Crew Classic, Coach Zach Johnson's Men's Rowing team brushed aside visiting Gonzaga and local rival USD Friday morning on Mission Bay...Although Johnson expects both opponents to be more formidable at the Crew Classic, his charges swept all three races last week.
The varsity eight topped second place Gonzaga by just over two seconds, clocking 6:01.09 for the 2,000 m....Johnson's JV eight took command right off the line and cruised to a seven-second victory over USD and the novice eight prevailed by a 10-second margin with Gonzaga next under the wire.
BERG CUP ON TAP FOR WOMEN ROWERS
Looking to bridge the "fine line between confidence & attack," Coach Pattie Pinkerton's Women's Crew heads to Newport Harbor Saturday for the annual Berg Cup Regatta...UCSD will enter six boats---varsity and second varsity eights, novice and second novice eights and a varsity and novice four...Loyola Marymount, UC Irvine, Long Beach State, Chapman and Orange Coast College will furnish the opposition as the youthful Tritons work on "locking in the technical changes that will provide increased hull speed."
NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature interviews with Swimming Coach Corrie Falcon, Softball Coach Patti Gerckens, junior Johl Awerkamp of the men's volleyball team and new NCAA champion Emily Adamczyk...The show will be posted Tuesday afternoon on ucsdtritons.com.
The 18th annual Triton Athletic Associates Golf Tournament is slated for Monday, May 14, at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe...All proceeds from the event go to benefit the UCSD Athletic Dept....For information on entries or sponsorships, call (858) 534-8460 or click here.
The UCSD Athletic Dept. hosts a variety of sports camps and clinics throughout the year...For more information on available options, click here.
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