Release: Monday 05/28/2012 
Dane Stassi became the sixth Triton swimmer to qualify for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Dane Stassi became the sixth Triton swimmer to...
Courtesy: Ken Grosse/UCSD Athletics

Thu., June 7---Athletics Recognition Dinner---7:00 PM

Three individual performers earned top five status at the 2012 NCAA Division II Track & Field Championships last week in Pueblo, CO...As a team, UC San Diego placed 18th on the men's side (12 pts.) and 31st in the women's division (7 pts.).

The highlight for the men was a breakthrough outing by senior triple jumper Ka Wai Ng...Already the school record holder after becoming UCSD's first 50-ft.-plus jumper earlier this year, Ng bested his own p.r. by more than a foot, hitting 51-9, good for second in Pueblo...The Hong Kong native missed out on the gold by less than a centimeter...Battling stiff competition, 95-degree heat and unpredictable high winds Ng's senior teammate Nick Howe, the two-time defending champ in the javelin, wound up fifth...His heave of 223-11 was more than seven feet short of his winning toss in 2011.

For the women, senior Jacqueline Rose ended her collegiate career on a high note, snagging fourth in the 400 m. (54.14)...The time did not match her school record run at the Cal/Nevada Meet in April but she was part of posting a new UCSD standard in the 4x400 relay...She anchored the Triton quartet that included Sabrina Pimentel, Lauren Irish and Deyna Roberson to a clocking of 3:42.17 in the prelims and the foursome came back to take seventh in the final...Junior Jessica Miklaski, UCSD's fourth individual NCAA qualifier, tossed the javelin 142-4, nearly three and a half feet past her previous best, finishing 10th.

Watch Saturday's post-meet interview with senior Ka Wai Ng.

Watch Saturday's post-meet interview with senior Jacqueline Rose.

Last week, UCSD Athletic Director Earl Edwards announced that Heidi VanDerveer, a former head coach in the Women's National Basketball Assn. (WNBA) and head coach at Occidental College the last four seasons, will replace Charity Elliott as the new head coach of the Triton Women's Basketball team...At Occidental, VanDerveer posted an 84-25 (.771) overall record, led the Tigers to four conference titles and two NCAA Division III Playoff appearances (including their first-ever in 2009)...A College of Charleston graduate, VanDerveer served as head coach for both the Sacramento Monarchs and Minnesota Lynx in the WNBA and also had a three-year tenure as head coach at Division I Eastern Washington...She has also worked with USA Basketball in conjunction with several major international events, including the 2008 Olympics in Beijing...She takes over a Triton program that went 127-34 (.789) and made the NCAA Division II tournament four times in five seasons under Elliott.


UC San Diego made a big splash at the world class Speedo Grand Challenge last weekend in Irvine with two swimmers hitting U.S. Olympic Trials standards and one of those, senior Alex Henley, winning the 200 backstroke...In total, UCSD now has an all-time high six swimmers qualified for the Trials, which will be held June 25-July 2 in Omaha, NE.

Henley, a three-time NCAA individual champion and one of the most versatile performers in Triton history, took the 200 backstroke in 2:17.20 and was also top 10 in the 100 backstroke (8th/1:04.70) and the 400 individual medley (9th/4:55.58)...The 400 IM was her second Olympic Trials qualifying event as she had already made the field last summer in the 200 backstroke...Also joining the roster for Omaha at Irvine was freshman Dane Stassi in the 200 butterfly...He had the third fastest time (2:02.00) in the prelims but dropped out of the final after trying unsuccessfully to earn a Trials cut in the 100 butterfly...Earlier in the meet Stassi had clocked 55.42 in the actual 100 butterfly (third) competition after going 55.38 in the prelims

Other UCSD swimmers at the Speedo event included Matt Herman (4th/1,500 freestyle/15:59.70), Emily Adamczyk (11th/200 breaststroke/2:36.76), Adam Rice (5th/200 individual medley/2:06.74), Jacob Lammott (8th/200 breaststroke/2:22.18 & 13th/100 breaststroke/1:05.43) and Alex Merrill (13th/200 freestyle/1:55.11).

This week's edition of Triton Talk, UC San Diego's weekly online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature interviews with Softball Coach Patti Gerckens, new Women's
Basketball Head Coach Heidi VanDerveer, NCAA triple jump runner-up Ka Wai Ng and Men's Swimming & Diving Head Coach Matt Macedo...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.

Triton Baseball and Swimming & Diving standouts garnered regional honors last week...NCAA 200 breaststroke champion Emily Adamczyk (Jr./Biology) and NCAA diving qualifier Luke Calkins (So./Mechanical Engineering) were named to the CoSIDA District VIII All-Academic Team.

Meanwhile, five members of Coach Eric Newman's Baseball squad were tabbed as All-West Region choices by either Daktronics, the American Baseball Coaches Assn. (ABCA) or the National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America (NCBWA)...Senior center fielder Danny Susdorf was chosen on all three teams while pitchers Ryan Goodbrand and Tony York, catcher/DH Nick LaFace and infielder Garrett Tuck also earned recognition...Susdorf and infielder Sam Michaels were also ABCA Gold Glove winners.

The annual Athletics Recognition Dinner will be held Thursday, June 7 at the Price Center Ballroom...The event recognizes and honors UC San Diego student-athletes, coaches and supporters for their accomplishments and contributions during 2011-12...Included among the awards bestowed will be the Outstanding Female and Male Senior Student-Athlete...The dinner is sold out.

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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