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Meet the 2018-19 Newcomers: A Class From Throughout the World

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LA JOLLA, Calif. – The University of California San Diego men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams welcome 25 newcomers to the team for the 2018-19 season, with a diverse incoming class that spans throughout the globe. Head Coach David Marsh, in his second year leading the Triton swimming and diving teams, has brought on a mix of true freshmen, transfers and a graduate student to compete for UC San Diego as the team begins its first year in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF). Marsh has been thrilled with what the newcomers have accomplished so far.

“They’ve been fantastic,” Marsh said about their performance at the teams’ practices. “They are eager to be here and have come in with big ambitions in athletics and academics. Several of them have moved to the forefront of the team in training. Tina Reuter, Graham Hauss and Ivan Kurakin have jumped right out in front as swimmers that look like they’re ready to lead from the start.”

Associate Head Coach/Recruiting Coordinator Marko Djordjevic has also been impressed with what he has seen from the newcomers.

“It’s one of the better classes, if not the best, in my time here at UC San Diego,” Djordjevic said. “Every class is getting faster than the previous one. We’re moving to Division I and we will compete in the Big West Conference – MPSF for swimming and diving – starting this year, so we want to be competitive at that level.”

The class comes to UC San Diego with an array of athletic and academic achievements. Below are some of their career highlights.

Mirai Adams

Hometown: Corona, Calif.

Previous School: Santiago High School 

Highlights:

-Set school records in the 100 and 200 free, 200 free relay, 400 free relay and 200 medley relay

-Holds Big VIII League record in the 200 free relay

-Was a CIF Finalist (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

 

Marc Caron

Hometown: Gatineau, Quebec

Previous School: École secondaire de l'île / University of Tampa

Highlights:

-Posted his career-best times in the 50 free, 100 free, 500 free and 100 fly during the All-Sunshine State Conference (SSC) Championships (2018)

-Earned an SSC Swimmer of the Week accolade (2017)

-Named a CSCAA Scholar All-American (2018)

 

Jasmyn Cheng

Hometown: Pleasanton, Calif.

Previous School: Valley Christian High School 

Highlights:

-Notched 366.55 points at the East Bay Athletic League Championships (2018)

-Scored 362.8 points at the NCS Championships (2018)

-Set a personal best of 369.95 points during her career

 

Spencer Daily

Hometown: Danville, Calif.

Previous School: San Ramon Valley High School

Highlights:

-Set school records in the 100 fly, 50 free, 100 free, 400 free relay and 200 free relay (2018)

-Placed first at the CIF State Championships in the 50 free (2018)

-Earned All-America honors (2017, 2018)

 

Juliana Fox

Hometown: Poway, Calif.

Previous School: Mt. Carmel High School

Highlights:

-Was a junior national qualifier for the 100 back, 200 back and 100 fly

-Earned NISCA All-America honors for the 100 back (2018)

-Broke school records in the 100 back (2018), 200 IM (2017), 200 free relay (2017) and 200 medley relay and set a Palomar League record in the 100 back (2018)

-Scholastic All-American (2018)

 

Cody Hargadon

Hometown: Davis, Calif.

Previous School: Davis Senior High School

Highlights:

-Earned seven All-America accolades (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

-Team was Sac-Joaquin Section champions (2017, 2018)

-Team was league champions (2016, 2017, 2018)

 

Graham Hauss

Hometown: Clovis, Calif.

Previous School: Clovis High School / Arizona State (did not compete due to injury) 

Highlights:

-Earned 12 All-America accolades

-Holds five school records

-Was a six-time Valley champion

 

Eszter Heins

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Previous School: Bellaire High School

Highlights:

-Ranked in Gulf Swimming’s National Top-10 (2015)

-Was a Junior National Qualifier (2015)

-Set school record in the 100 fly (2017)

 

Owen Hunt

Hometown: Sacramento, Calif.

Previous School: Christian Brothers High School

Highlights:

-Earned All-League honors (2015, 2017)

-Named Most Valuable Diver (2017, 2018)

-Named Most Improved Diver (2015)

 

Hayden Johnson

Hometown: Sacramento, Calif.

Previous School: Jesuit High School

Highlights:

-Earned All-America honors

-Named the team MVP

-Team was Sac-Juaquin Section champions (2018)

-Scholastic All-American (2018)

 

Ivan Kurakin

Hometown: Khabarovsk, Russia

Previous School: Redwood High School

Highlights:

-10-time NISCA All-American (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

-Finalist at the North Coast Section and State Championships (2016, 2017, 2018)

-Set a Marin County Athletic League and school record in the 500 free, 200 medley relay and 400 free relay

 

Chon Pong Lao

Hometown: Macau, China

Previous School: Pui Ching Middle School / San Diego Mesa College 

Highlights:

-Named to the All-American Community College Swimming Team (2015, 2016)

-Earned the Men’s Swimming and Diving Coach’s Award (2016)

-Competed at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships (2013)

 

 

Nathan Lee

Hometown: San Jose, Calif.

Previous School: Lynbrook High School

Highlights:

-Team was Santa Clara Valley Athletic League: El Camino League champions (2015, 2016)

-Named the team MVP (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

-Earned the Scholastic Achievement Award (2015, twice in 2016)

 

Brittney Miles

Hometown: Corona, Calif.

Previous School: Santiago High School

Highlights:

-Earned the Coaches Award

-Holds school records

-Was a College Board Scholar with Honors

-Scholastic All-American (2018)

 

Olivia Parks

Hometown: Woodland Hills, Calif.

Previous School: Notre Dame High School

Highlights:

-Holds school records in the 100 free, 100 breast, 50 free, 200 IM, 400 free relay, 200 medley relay, 200 free relay and 400 free relay

-Named the team’s Most Valuable Swimmer (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

 

Jordan Phillips

Hometown: Toluca Lake, Calif.

Previous School: Marlborough High School

Highlights:

-Won the CIF Southern Section DIII 200 medley relay and broke the team record (2018)

-Claimed the CIF Southern Section DIII 400 free relay title and set a new team record (2015)

-Team won Sunshine League title (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

 

Tina Reuter

Hometown: Carmichael, Calif.

Previous School: Rio Americano High School

Highlights:

-Four-time All-American

-Earned All-Capital Athletic League (CAL) honors four times

-Named the CAL MVP and school MVP (2016, 2017)

 

Gabby Rosely

Hometown: White Lake, Mich.

Previous School: Walled Lake Northern High School

Highlights:

-Earned All-America Consideration Cut in the 100 back (2016)

-Holds school records in the 200 free, 200 IM, 100 free, 50 free, 100 back, 500 free, 200 medley relay and 400 free relay

-All-State in the 100 yard back (2015, 2016, 2017) and the 200 IM (2015, 2016)

 

Mitchell Stoddard

Hometown: San Diego, Calif.

Previous School: St. Augustine High School

High School:

-Earned NISCA All-America honors for the 500 free (2017, 2018)

-Named to the All-Western League Boys Team (2016, 2017, 2018)

-Holds school records in the 500 free, 200 free, 100 free and 50 free

-Scholastic All-American (2018)

 

Mason Thompson

Hometown: Danville, Calif.

Previous School: Valley Christian High School

Highlights:

-Named the school’s Athlete of the Year (2018)

-Scholastic All-American (2018)

-Earned the Coaches Award for the Orinda Aquatics club team (2017)

 

Finlay Thomson

Hometown: Sacramento, Calif.

Previous School: Jesuit High School

Highlights:

-Earned All-Delta League honors (2017, 2018)

-Named the team’s MVP (2016, 2017)

-Team went undefeated and earned the titles of Delta League champions and Sac-Joaquin Section champions (2018)

 

Sarah Umeda

Hometown: Roseville, Calif.

Previous School: Oakmont High School

Highlights:

-Earned All-Conference honors (2017, 2018)

-Team placed first at the Capital Valley Conference Championships for swimming (2017) and diving (2017, 2018)

-Named the team’s MVP (2018)

 

Ellie Whitney

Hometown: Foothill Ranch, Calif.

Previous School: Trabuco Hills High School

Highlights:

-Holds school records in the 200 free relay, breaking her own previous records, and the 100 free (2018)

-Earned Speedo NISCA Academic All-America honors (2018)

 

William Wihanto

Hometown: Turku, Finland

Previous School: Kerttuli Upper Secondary School / University of Arizona

Highlights:

-Swam for the University of Arizona swim team, competing in the 50 free, 100 breast and 200 breast

-Trained with the RaisU swim team in Raisio, Finland

 

Aidan Yong

Hometown: Irvine, Calif.

Previous School: University High School 

Highlights:

-Earned All-America honors

-Team was the Pacific Coast League and CIF Southern Section DI champions (2015)

 

The 25 newcomers and the rest of the Tritons will begin competition this week. UC San Diego looks to continue its success as a first-year member of the MPSF when it opens the season on Oct. 5 at the Trojan Invite. Full bios for all of the Tritons can be found here.

 

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