Seven All-Americans, Nine All-America Honorable Mentions on Third Day of NCAA Championships
INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 3/9 University of California San Diego women’s and men’s swimming and diving teams collected seven All-America awards and nine All-America honorable mentions on the third day of competition at the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships at IU Natatorium. Through 31 events, the UC San Diego women hold fifth with 159 points, while the men rank eighth with 148.
Ivan Kurakin, coming off of a program-record setting performance in the 200 freestyle yesterday, claimed another All-America accolade in the 500 free. With his time of 4:26.89, Kurakin earned a sixth-place finish in the championship final. The freshman’s mark of 4:25.16 in the preliminaries was good for second all-time in UC San Diego history, as he dropped almost two seconds off of his seed time.
Grace Murphy also moves into second place in program history, with her performance in the 100 breaststroke. Murphy, who has already earned two All-America accolades this week with her relay performances, took home her first career individual hardware. The sophomore touched the wall in 1:01.92, to claim fifth place.
Edgar Chin competed in the same event on the men’s side. Chin, who finished with an All-America honorable mention in the 100 breaststroke last season, came away with an All-America award in the event this year. Competing in the championship final, the junior nabbed sixth with his mark of 53.86.
The Tritons also captured All-America status in the women’s 800 free relay. Reagan Eickert, Ciara Franke, Tina Reuter, and Brittney Miles combined for a time of 7:24.67 to finish seventh. Reuter earned her first career All-America accolade with the squad’s performance, while the others added to their collections.
Five individuals came away with All-America honorable mentions, with a pair of those coming in the women’s 100 backstroke. Freshmen teammates Jordan Phillips and Olivia Parks competed together in the consolation final. Phillips had a runner-up finish for 10th overall, and set a new program record in the process. The Toluca Lake native moves into first in UC San Diego history with her mark of 54.60. Parks, who was the previous record holder, finished in 56.50 to take 16th.
UC San Diego also captured a pair of All-America honorable mentions in the 200 butterfly, with one on the women’s side and one on the men’s. Lindsay Clark, taking part in her second NCAA Championships, turned in a mark of 2:02.32 to earn 14th. For the men, Will Knox came away with an All-America honorable mention at his first NCAA Championships. Knox’ time of 1:50.61 was good for 16th.
Rounding out the individual honorable mention recipients was fellow senior William Wihanto. Wihanto took the top spot as he raced in the consolation finals of the 100 breast, for ninth overall. The Turku, Finland native clocked a season-best time of 54.37.
UC San Diego also garnered All-America honorable mentions in the men’s 800 free relay. Graham Hauss, Kurakin, Jack Spitser, and Zack Reuter compiled a time of 6:35.59 in the event to rack up 14 points for the Tritons in the final event of the day.
Preliminaries are slated for 7 a.m. PST tomorrow, while will start at 3 p.m. PST. The final day of competition will feature the 100 free, 200 back, 200 breast, 400 free relay, 1650 free, and the women’s three-meter diving.
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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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