LONG BEACH, Calif. - University of California San Diego junior Alejandro Ortiz was named early Tuesday as the Pacific Collegiate Swimming and Diving Conference (PCSC) Division II Male Athlete of the Week for the week of Nov. 13-19.
Ortiz earned A3 Performance Invitational Male Swimmer of the Meet distinction on Saturday night as the event's top male point-getter with 92. The three-day competition was co-hosted by UC San Diego at San Diego State's Aztec Aquaplex. The distance freestyle specialist from Irvine (University HS) won the 500-yard free (4:30.95) on Thursday, Nov. 16, and the 200 free (1:40.73) on Friday night. He placed second in the 1650 free (15:59.96) on Saturday. Ortiz added a first-place showing as the second leg of UCSD's 800 free relay (6:48.31) on Friday. He produced a trio of individual NCAA consideration-qualifying swims.
With just two men's teams competing in the invitational event, Ortiz led UC San Diego to a comfortable victory, 1660.5-1416.5, over NCAA Division II rival Fresno Pacific University. The Tritons are ranked No. 14 in Division II, with the Sunbirds No. 20. Ortiz totaled one more point than senior teammate and UCSD captain Kevin Fink, and FPU's Dmitry Belolipetskiy, who wound up on 91 apiece.
The PCSC names one male and one female swimmer or diver from each of the divisions represented within the conference as Athlete of the Week. The Tritons have four of those, with Ortiz joining fellow junior Garrett Tse from Nov. 7 and true freshmen Tenny Chong and Rachel Taylor on Oct. 31. Ortiz is a first-time selection.
Ortiz personally is done with competition for the 2017 calendar year. Two of his teammates are headed to Columbus, Ohio, for the U.S. Winter Nationals next week, with the UC San Diego women's squad taking on host San Diego State and another Division I foe in Pepperdine in a double-dual meet at SDSU's Aztec Aquaplex on Friday, Dec. 1. Ortiz and the Triton men return to action right after the new year, on Tuesday, Jan. 2, at Canyonview Aquatic Center in La Jolla. Both meets begin at 2 p.m.