No. 4/10 Tritons Both Place Sixth at First MPSF Championships
LA MIRADA/MISSION VIEJO, Calif. – The No. 4/10 University of California San Diego women’s and men’s swimming and diving both finished sixth at their first ever Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championships. The women accumulated 304.50 points over four days, while the men collected 362.50. The University of Hawaii men and women took the top spots at the conference competition.
Continuing the trend of breaking UC San Diego relay records, the Triton men set a new top mark for the program in the 400 freestyle relay. Tyler James, Spencer Daily, Garrett Tse, and Graham Hauss dropped over four seconds off their previous best from this season, turning in a time of 2:57.55 to place sixth. The mark replaces the top time of Todd Langland, Sam Stromberg, Blake Langland, and Daniel Perdew, which had lasted almost a decade in the Triton record books. Their time of 2:58.49 was recorded in 2010.
Individually, in the men’s 200 backstroke, James came away with fifth place. The sophomore touched the wall in 1:46.30. Ivan Kurakin also raced in the championships of the event, placing seventh with his time of 1:46.83.
Like James, the record-breaking relay was not Tse’s only race, as he also competed in the 200 breaststroke. Taking part in his final conference competition, the senior recorded a time of 1:59.94 to earn sixth.
In the 1650 free, fellow senior Eickert had the Tritons’ fastest finish. Eickert’s time of 17:05.95 was good for seventh place. On the men’s side, Zack Reuter had the top UC San Diego performance in the 1650 free. The sophomore’s time of 15:55.23 was a career best, shaving over a second off of his previous best. Reuter’s mark earned him 10th place.
Reuter’s classmate Lindsay Clark recorded a career best as well. In the 200 butterfly, Clark clocked a time of 2:02.11 to take seventh.
For the divers, the final day consisted of platform diving. Competing with a 11.10 degree of difficulty, Brooke Abrantes compiled a score of 176.50 to place 17th. Jasmyn Cheng, who was exhibitioning, also took part in the platform diving action. The freshman scored 148.75 points with an 8.70 degree of difficulty.
"I was very proud of how our swimmers and divers stepped up to the next level as we competed for the first time at the MPSF Championships," said Head Coach David Marsh. "This year's meet was one of the fastest of all time and it was an honor to compete with talented Division I opponents. Our goals going into the meet were to compete strong in every event and earn maximum NCAA qualifying time for the DII NCAA Championships in March. As the meet wrapped up this weekend, we felt that we accomplished both goals and are ready to adjust our focus to the NCAAs. A highlight was the performances and leadership of our senior class. Two of our seniors who had never qualified, Will Knox and Emily Lambert, achieved times that will likely qualify for Championships."
With the completion of the MPSF Championships, the Tritons focus is now on the NCAA Championships. The swimmers and divers selected to attend the 2019 NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships will be announced at 5 p.m. on Feb. 27. The Championships will take place Mar. 13-16 at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis.
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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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