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The first of four home meets this season for UCSD begins at noon on Saturday.
Swimming & Diving Opens Season With CMS Dual
Release: Wednesday 10/23/2013 

vs. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Saturday, Oct. 26 • 12 p.m.
Canyonview Pool • La Jolla

The UC San Diego men's and women's swimming and diving teams open the 2013-14 season by hosting Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in a dual meet at Canyonview Pool this Saturday, Oct. 26. The first of 14 swimming events is slated to begin at 12 p.m. The one-meter and three-meter springboard diving competitions will run concurrently in the adjacent East Pool. All meets at Canyonview are free to attend, with parking also free on campus on Saturdays.

On the women's side, UCSD placed third at the NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships last March in Birmingham, Ala., for the 11th time in its 13 seasons at the Division II level. The Triton men were seventh.

The Triton Athletes' Council is joining with other campus organizations to collect canned goods and other non-perishable food items this week. Items collected will be donated to the San Diego Food Bank. Red barrels will be located at Canyonview Pool, Triton Soccer Stadium and RIMAC Arena during this week's home events, as well as the main RIMAC lobby, and all fans are invited to join in the Tritons Rock Hunger effort.

Saturday's dual meet with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps will feature a standard collegiate 16-event format, with two breaks after the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly. The one-meter and three-meter springboard diving events will be held concurrently to the swimming in the adjacent pool at the Canyonview complex. The swimming program will be as follows: 200 medley relay, 1000 free, 200 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 200 fly, 50 free, 100 free, 200 back, 200 breast, 500 free, 100 fly, 200 IM and 400 free relay.

Individual events during this Saturday's dual meet will be scored to five places (1st-9; 2nd-4; 3rd-3; 4th-2; 5th-1). Relays will be scored to three places (1st-11; 2nd-4; 3rd-2). No more than three individuals or two relay foursomes per team can accumulate points in a given event. Swimmers can not take part in more than four races total (maximum of three individual races) on the day.

Seniors Nicholas Korth and Anji Shakya are the only two former national champions on the 2013-14 UCSD roster. Korth won the 200-yard breaststroke event as a freshman at the 2011 NCAA Division II Championships, while Shakya is the reigning champion in her specialty, the 200 freestyle. Both performances were in school-record times, with Korth having since lowered that standard in the 200 breast.

UCSD returns 12 All-Americans in 2013-14. Topping the list are Shakya and Korth as 13-time and 12-time All-Americans, respectively. Also back are Alex Merrill (6), Reid McCallum (5), Sierra Robbins (4), Jaclyn Amog (3), Colleen Daley (3), Naomi Thomas (2), Dari Watkins (2), Eva Chen (1), Sandy Hon (1) and Paul Li (1). Luke Calkins and Michael Leung earned All-America honorable mention a season ago.

Team captains for the 2013-14 season were voted on at the conclusion of the prior year, with the senior quartet of Korth, Merrill, Shakya and Lindsay Oosterhouse earning that distinction. Korth and Shakya are now two-time Triton captains. Korth is also the vice president of the Triton Athletes' Council (TAC) for this academic year as a two-time member of the TAC Executive Board.

The UCSD swimming and diving program will have great leadership with top competitive pedigree on the pool deck in 2013-14. Co-head coaches Corrie Falcon and Matt Macedo begin their third season in charge. Falcon excelled collegiately at USC and Macedo at California. Daniel Perdew, a five-time national champion as arguably the greatest sprinter in the history of the UCSD program, is in his third season on the staff at his alma mater and first as the top assistant. Diving coach Michelle Casillas was a multiple-time all-conference performer first at Nevada and then at Florida State. Finally, first-year assistants Emmett Walling and Jamie Saffer were top student-athletes at USC and Tennessee, respectively.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps is a member of the NCAA Division III and the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). CMS student-athletes are known as the Stags on the men's side and the Athenas on the women's. The 2012-13 season marked the women's program's 11th straight SCIAC title out of 15 in all, and the sixth in a row for the men out of 33 total. The men then placed 10th at the 2013 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships in Shenandoah, Texas. Charlie Griffiths begins his 13th season in charge at CMS.

These two programs have met at the start of each of the past five seasons, with the Tritons unbeaten during that stretch against both the Stags and the Athenas.

The Tritons held their annual Blue vs. Gold meet on Saturday, Oct. 12, with 17 meet records broken. Korth, Li and Shakya shared the meet high of three individual victories apiece. The Blue, captained by Shakya and Merrill, topped Korth and Oosterhouse's Gold squad, 311-246.

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After Saturday's season opener, the UCSD men's and women's swimming and diving teams will next head north to face the Gauchos of UC Santa Barbara at Campus Pool on Saturday, Nov. 9, beginning at 11 a.m.


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