Tritons Earn Fifth at UNLV Invite, Finish Long Course Races at Winter National Championships
LAS VEGAS / GREENSBORO, N.C. – The No. 1/2 University of California San Diego women’s and men’s swimming and diving teams finished at the UNLV Invite today, and participated in the final day of long course races at the Winter National Championships.
On the final day of competition in Las Vegas, the men recorded a pair of first-place finishes. Tyler James notched the first, with a time of 1:46.09 in the 200 backstroke. The B cut moves James into second in Triton record books, behind only Michael Cohn’s mark of 1:44.28 from 2016.
In the 200 breaststroke, Garrett Tse secured the Triton men’s other top finish. Tse recorded a time of 1:59.09, also a B cut, to move into third on UC San Diego’s all-time list. Teammate Edgar Chin also took part in the race, placing sixth with a mark of 2:03.31.
The A squad also had success individually. Reuter claimed the women’s top-ranking individual performance of the day, posting a new personal best of 2:01.00 in the 200 back to place third. Classmate Hargadon also came away with a personal best, touching the wall in 50.95 in the 100 free. Murphy competed in the 200 breast, notching a time of 2:18.55 to secure eighth.
Overall, the men and women combined to finish fifth with 865 points at the invitational. Associate Head Coach Marko Djordjevic was impressed with the team’s performance to end the UNLV Invite.
“We had a strong last day,” Djordjevic said. “Even with the air quality issues, the team bounced back well. We had a couple of amazing swims from Garrett and Tyler, and the fact that we’re winning these events is great. A highlight of the day was the women’s 400 free relay. For us to win the relay with these Division I schools, we’re very happy with where we’re at.”
The Tritons competed across the country at the Winter National Championships as well. In the 200 LC meter backstroke preliminaries, Ivan Kurakin finished in the top half. His time of 2:07.10, good for 23rd, was a new personal best. In the preliminaries of the 100 LC meter free, Triton teammates Graham Hauss and Spencer Daily were neck and neck. Hauss touched the wall in 52.58 to finish 36th, while Daily came in one slot behind with a mark of 52.72.
UC San Diego Head Coach David Marsh reflected on the men’s experiences.
“The weekend went very well in terms of experience at the highest level,” Marsh said. “There were world record holders at the meet and the highest caliber swimmers from around the globe. Our guys held up and competed well and set the standard for the future.”
Tomorrow, Daily, Hauss, and Kurakin will take part in the short course time trials to conclude the Winter National Championships. The UNLV Invite and Winter National Championships are the Tritons’ final events of the 2018 calendar year. They will return to action at 12 p.m. on Jan. 3 when they host UIW, the women of San Jose State, and Wyoming at Canyonview Aquatic Center. Admission to the meet is free.
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With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country. The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in summer 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent. A total of 80 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 36 have earned prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships. In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.
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