UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (April 29, 2013)
Release: Friday 04/29/2013 
by UCSD
The Triton Women's Water Polo team is NCAA bound after winning the WWPA Championship.
The Triton Women's Water Polo team is NCAA...
Courtesy: Ken Grosse/UCSD Athletics
THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:

Thu., May 2---Track & Field---UCSD at CCAA Championships---10:00 AM

Fri., May 3---Softball---UCSD at CCAA Championships---5:30 PM
Fri., May 3---Track & Field---UCSD at CCAA Championships---10:00 AM
Fri., May 3---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay---3:00 PM

Sat., May 4---Softball---UCSD at CCAA Championships---TBA
Sat., May 4---WCrew---UCSD vs. San Diego State---6:00 AM
Sat., May 4---Track & Field---UCSD at CCAA Championships---10:00 AM
Sat., May 4---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay (DH)---11:00 AM

Sun., May 5---Softball---UCSD at CCAA Championships---TBA
Sun., May 5---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay---11:00 AM


POLO WINS WWPA TITLE; NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS NEXT
For the second time in four years, Coach Brad Kreutzkamp’s Women’s Water Polo team is champion of the Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA)…With Sunday’s, 10-8, victory over Loyola Marymount in the final, the 13th-ranked Tritons have punched their ticket for Boston and the eight-team NCAA Championships in two weeks…UCSD, led by tournament MVP Melissa Bartow’s five goals, pounced on the Lions early, dominated the first half and then repelled a late LMU comeback attempt.

En route to the title tilt, UCSD got five goals from junior Bartow in Friday’s, 14-1, romp over Cal State San Bernardino and scored six unanswered goals to open the second half in Saturday’s, 14-7, semi-final defeat of Colorado State…Earlier in the week, junior Sarah Lizotte was named WWPA Player of the Year and joined on the All-WWPA first team by Bartow and freshman goalie Courtney Miller…For more information on Women’s Water Polo, click here.

Watch Saturday’s post-game interview with Coach Brad Kreutzkamp.
Watch Saturday’s post-game interview with freshman Julia Kirkland.
Watch Sunday’s post-game interview with Coach Brad Kreutzkamp.
Watch Sunday’s post-game interview with junior Melissa Bartow.

 

THE WORD from junior Sarah Lizotte…This time, winning the WWPA Championship wasn’t about fighting against another team to win but proving that we were the best team in the conference. There were expectations coming in and we lived up to them. It was definitely different than two years ago, not necessarily better, but it was a younger group, a different set of players and different roles. Frankly, it’s super exciting—not only knowing that we’re going to the NCAA Championships but knowing that everyone is returning and thinking about coming back next year to defend our title.”


CCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS ON TAP FOR TRACK & FIELD

On the heels of a successful Triton Invitational, the Track & Field team travels to Turlock this weekend for the 2013 CCAA Championships, hosted by Cal State Stanislaus…Last spring at this event, the Triton women were second for the third year in a row while the men grabbed third.

UCSD snared a pair of first place finishes at last weekend’s Triton Invitational which attracted a field of nearly 1,000 competitors…Both victories came in the women’s division where soph middle distance standout Sabrina Pimentel demonstrated that she’s in post-season form by taking the 800 in 2:11.51, nearly five seconds faster than her second place time at the 2012 CCAA Championships…Meanwhile, freshman Kristin Sato out-paced the field in the triple jump, hitting 39-4.5…Pimentel was also part of the Tritons’ runner-up 4x400 unit (an event UCSD won at last year’s CCAA meet), teaming with Ellexi Snover, Chelsey Kamson and Lauren Irish to clock 3:51.15…Also reaching silver medal status was Madison Tanner, posting a time of 18:07.58 in the 5,000…Best on the track for the men were Anthony Heredia (3:58.63) and Tanner Collins (3:59.70), second and third in the 1,500 while pole vaulters Benjamin Berthet and Clint Rosser tied for third, both clearing 15-9…For complete Track & Field news, click here.

SOFTBALL HEADS TO CCAA TOURNAMENT AS NO. 2 SEED
 By winning 3-of-4 at Chico State in its last regular season series of the season, Coach Patti Gerckens’ Softball team earned second place in the CCAA standings and enters this week’s CCAA Championship Tournament as the No. 2 seed, facing No. 3 seed Sonoma State (35-17) in Friday’s semi-final…The two clubs split their four games this season…Regular season champion Humboldt State and Cal State Dominguez Hills square off in the other opening round game of the double elimination event hosted at Arnaiz Field in Stockton…The Tritons closed out the regular season at 31-21, their seventh consecutive campaign with 30-plus victories.

In Chico, junior Jenn Manuel got her 11th win in the circle in game one when center fielder Taylor Sepulveda scored the game winner in the seventh, reaching on catcher’s interference and then coming all the way around on a Wildcat error…Sophomore hurler Kayla Hensel also reached 11 wins, taking the second game on both Friday and Saturday, the former a one-hit, 1-0, shutout where Sepulveda also scored the decisive run…UCSD won the series finale, 8-2, powered by a seven-run fourth inning, that featuring a three-run double by Mya Romero, and seven stolen bases…For complete Softball information, click here.

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BASEBALL CLOSES OUT AT MONTEREY BAY; POTENTIAL NCAA BID ON LINE
It was bad news, good news last week for Coach Eric Newman’s Baseball team (25-21/19-17)…The bad news was the Tritons’ CCAA Championship Tournament hopes disappearing, despite the fact that they took 3-of-4 from Cal State San Bernardino… Sonoma State, which owned the fourth and final tourney slot starting the week swept first place Chico State, leaving UCSD mathematically eliminated from the tourney with four regular season games to go this weekend at now first place Cal State Monterey Bay (34-12/26-10)…The positive update came in the form of the year’s first NCAA Regional rankings which placed the Tritons sixth, meaning if they can hold that position they would be NCAA Playoff-bound in two weeks…Stay tuned.

Against CSUSB, senior righty Ryan Goodbrand went seven innings in Thursday’s opener to notch his eighth win with Justin Rahn and Garrett Tuck accounting for seven of UCSD’s 15 hits…The Coyotes evened the series Friday night before the Tritons hammered them in both ends of a Saturday twinbill at San Bernardino…Freshman starter Troy Cruz gave up just one earned run to collect his fifth win in the opener and Scott Liske and Rahn both crushed three-run homers as UCSD rang up 17 hits while winning game two, 16-5...For comprehensive Baseball information, click here.

Watch Thursday’s post-game interview with Asst. Coach Rob Avila.
Watch Thursday’s post-game interview with junior Garrett Tuck.

GOLFERS HEADED TO NCAA REGIONAL
Despite finishing fifth in the ultra tough CCAA Championships last week at Hunter Ranch Golf Course in Paso Robles, Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf team garnered a second straight invitation to the NCAA Division II SouthCentral/West Regionals and will be one of 10 teams convening at The Home Course in DuPont, WA, May 6-8…The top five squads in that event will advance to the NCAA D-II Championships, May 20-24, in Hershey, PA.

At Hunter Ranch, it was freshman Clayton Yamaguchi leading the way with a third place showing, UCSD’s best individual performance of the season…Yamaguchi carded 18 birdies in firing a 54-hole total of five-under par 211, keyed by an opening round 69…Jay Lim, Lewis Simon and Jacob Williams all tied for 18th at 221…Click here for a full Golf update.




5,396
That the approximate number of miles covered by UCSD Men’s Rowing Coach Zach Johnson in the last two weeks, driving the team’s boats to regattas in Oak Ridge, TN and Rancho Cordova, CA. The races cover 2,000 m.

3 members of the Women’s Water Polo team came away from last weekend’s WWPA Championships as new career/single season record holders. Junior two-meter standout Melissa Bartow drew her 220th career ejection in Sunday’s championship match-up with Loyola Marymount to give her one more than all-time record holder Dana Tucker .  Freshman goalie Courtney Miller’s 331st save so far in 2013 pushed her past previous record holder Markayla Quayne and sophomore Jolene Guiliana’s 61st assist Saturday vs. Colorado State vaulted her past Danielle Boyle in Triton annals.



BIG WIRA SHOWING MAY LAUNCH WOMEN’S CREW INTO NCAA REGATTA

With a performance that quite likely will result in an invitation to the NCAA Championship, Coach Colin Truex’s Women’s Rowing team put three teams on the podium at last weekend’s Western Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (WIRA) outside of Sacramento…After surviving a near disqualification and being placed in the unfavorable lane seven as a consequence, the Triton varsity eight finished second in the grand final, beaten less than a second by a late surge from top-ranked Western Washington…The JV eight and varsity four both placed third…Ashley Travaglione and Michelle Robbins gained first team All-WIRA accolades...Official word on NCAA bids is set to come May 20…Next up for UCSD, however, will be the 75th Dad Vail Regatta, May 10-11, on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia…For complete WIRA results and other Women’s Crew news, click here.


MEN’S CREW HEADED TO IRA CHAMPIONSHIPS OFF WIRA EFFORT
One of the youngest Men’s Rowing squads in Coach Zach Johnson’s nine-year tenure is now headed to the IRA National Championships after finishing second at last weekend’s Western Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (WIRA) Championships in Rancho Cordova… Johnson’s varsity eight secured the silver medal, three seconds behind Gonzaga, in Sunday’s grand final, taking the measure of USD and Santa Clara for the runner-up spot…The Triton JV eight was a somewhat disappointing third with the varsity four and novice eight settling for sixth…The IRA regatta is slated for Lake Natoma, the same site as WIRA, May 31-June 2…In between, UCSD will have yet another run on Natoma at the Pac-12 Championships, May 19…Click here for more information on Men’s Crew.

MEN’S TENNIS NCAA NOD OFFICIAL
It became official last Tuesday that the 28th-ranked Men’s Tennis team will be one of two West Region teams (along with Hawaii Pacific) going to the NCAA Division II Championships…First-year Coach Timmer Willing’s netters are headed to Surprise, AZ for the May 9-11 event in which they will face the winner of a three-team Midwest Regional playoff featuring Ferris State, Rockhurst and Southern Indiana…UCSD, which missed the post-season last year, has now qualified for the post-season 12 times in the last 13 years…For more Men’s Tennis news, click here.


ALUMNI CORNER

Last weekend’s Triton Track & Field Invitational might as well have been called the “Alumni Invitational” as former UCSD greats Nick Howe (javelin), Kelly Fogarty (100 & 200), Jacqueline Rose (400) and Stephanie LeFever (long jump) all strutted their stuff, winning their respective events against top flight collegiate and open competitors. Additionally, 2012 London Olympian Sonali Merrill was second to Canadian Olympian, Sarah Wells , in the 400 hurdles.



NEWS & NOTES
This week’s edition of Triton Talk, UCSD’s weekly online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature interviews with Head Coaches Colin Truex and Tony Salerno as well as student-athletes Clayton Yamaguchi (golf) and Melissa Bartow (women’s water polo)……The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.

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