LA JOLLA, Calif. - The University of California San Diego is pleased to announce that seven of its oustanding student-athletes have been named to 2015-16 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District 8 At-Large Teams.
The honorees from UC San Diego are:
Jaimie Bryan (women's swimming & diving)
Michael Cohn (men's swimming & diving)
Drew Dickinson (men's fencing)
Courtney Miller (women's water polo)
Dari Watkins (women's swimming & diving)
Jayna Wittenbrink (women's swimming & diving)
Justin Zhang (men's tennis)
All seven Tritons now move on to the CoSIDA Academic All-America ballot. Those selections will be announced on June 8.
The four UCSD women were among 13 all-District 8 picks, while the three Triton men joined seven others on their team. District 8 includes NCAA Division II programs from the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), Great Northwest Athletic Conference and Pacific West Conference.
To be nominated for CoSIDA Academic All-District distinction, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve and hold a 3.30 cumulative GPA or higher. In addition, they must have reached at least sophomore athletic standing and have participated in no fewer than 50 percent of the team's competitions during the season.
Sports eligible for At-Large recognition are women's beach volleyball, women's bowling, fencing, women's field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, women's rowing, skiing, swimming/diving, tennis, men's volleyball, water polo and men's wrestling.
Bryan was a two-time All-American with one All-America honorable mention at her third NCAA Championships in three years as a Triton. Her third-place effort in the 200 breaststroke helped lead UCSD to the third-place team trophy. Bryan was a one-time conference champion in the 200 medley relay as the Tritons won their eighth straight crown. She is a physiology and neuroscience major at Muir College.
Cohn was a two-time All-American with one All-America honorable mention and three school-record swims at the 2016 NCAA Championships, highlighted by a second-place finish in his specialty, the 200 backstroke. He earned the NCAA’s Elite 90 award for maintaining the top GPA among the men’s swimmers and divers at the finals site. Cohn was a five-time conference champion in earning Pacific Collegiate Swimming and Diving Conference (PCSC) Championships Male Swimmer of the Meet distinction. A junior, he majors in music at Muir College.
A senior, Dickinson qualified for the NCAA Championships and placed 23rd in saber. An All-Western Fencing Conference peformer, he took second at the NCAA West Regional and went 7-1 overall and was undefeated against Stanford and Air Force at the West Invitational. A three-time Academic All-District pick, Dickinson majors in biochemistry at Warren College.
It is the second time in as many years that Miller has been named CoSIDA Academic All-District. The senior goalkeeper has anchored the defense for the 10th-ranked Tritons to a 27-9 overall record, a Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) conference title and a trip to the NCAA Championship this season. Miller is a three-time All-American, four-time All-WWPA selection and a 2015 Academic All-American. She is a cogntive science major at Warren College.
Watkins was a five-time All-American with one All-America honorable mention and five school-record swims at her third and final NCAA meet. The fifth-year senior produced runner-up efforts in the 200 butterfly, 800 free relay and 400 free relay. Watkins was a four-time conference champion, with two wins in individual events and two in relays. She is a psychology major at Sixth College.
Wittenbrink was a first-time All-American as the butterfly leg of UCSD’s seventh-place 200 medley relay at her very first NCAA Championships. The sophomore earned her first conference title as the fly leg of the winning 400 medley relay in school-record time. Wittenbrink is majoring in mechanical engineering at Sixth College.
Zhang, the 10th-ranked singles player in the West Region, is 13-5, the second-most wins on the team. He went 12-1 over a 13-match stretch and has defeated Division I opponents from UC Irvine and Villanova. Zhang also took down a No. 8 nationally-ranked opponent from No. 2 Hawaii Pacific. He holds a 10-8 record in doubles play this season and recently won an NCAA Regional match against No. 13 Azusa Pacific to help propel the 16th-ranked Tritons to the Sweet 16. The sophomore is a human biology major at Muir College.
Including the seven At-Large selections, UC San Diego has now produced 11 CoSIDA Academic All-District awardees this year. Previous recipients include Justin Flatt (baseball), Adam Klie (men's basketball), Farrah Shokoor (women's basketball) and Kuba Waligorski (men's soccer). Klie (first team), Shokoor (third team) and Waligorski (third team) went on to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America recognition.