SOMERS, Wisc. – Tim Fuller and Susan Bell of the UC San Diego swimming and diving team earned National Collegiate Swimmer-of-the-Week awards for their stellar showings at the Pacific Collegiate Swimming Conference Championships this past February 7-10 in Long Beach, Calif. The senior duo helped the Tritons capture team first-place finishes on both the men’s and women’s squads. Bell, a La Jolla native, notched two NCAA ‘A’ cut times in the 200 and 400 medleys, along with strong times on the relay teams and backstroke events. Fuller, a Santee native, recorded NCAA qualifying times in every event. Fuller specializes in the sprint events and anchors the Triton relay teams. The NCAA Championships will be held on March 14-17 in Buffalo, New York.
Bell started off her weekend at the Pacific Collegiate Swimming Conference Championships with an NCAA "A" cut in the 200 individual medley (2:06.89) while swimming to a second place finish. Bell kicked off the third day on a high note defending her title in the 400 individual medley (4:29.40) and achieving another NCAA "A" cut time. Bell also swam the backstroke leg (57.76) on winning the 400 medley relay (3:50.77). On the final day Bell took third in the 200 backstroke (2:05.34) and was a part of the first-place 400 freestyle relay team.
On the first day of competition at the Pacific Collegiate Swimming Conference Championships Tim Fuller was a part of the second place 200 medley relay (1:32.83) which is now ranked 3rd in the nation. On day two Fuller was second in the 50 freestyle (20.70) and swam the anchor leg (20.20) on the winning 200 freestyle relay (1:23.12). In the 200 freestyle (1:40.98) Fuller was fourth while also swimming the anchor leg on the second-place 400 medley relay
(3:23.70) on day three. He finished off the meet with a victory in the 100 freestyle (44.97) allowing him to achieve NCAA automatic qualifying in every event he swam in over the course of the championships.