THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
Thursday, May 29---UCSD Athletics Recognition Dinner---7:00 PM
Friday, May 30---Women’s Crew---UCSD at NCAA Division II Championships---8:00 AM
Saturday, May 31---Women’s Crew---UCSD at NCAA Division II Championships---8:00 AM
Sunday, June 1---Women’s Crew---UCSD at NCAA Division II Championships---8:00 AM
WOMEN FOURTH AT NCAA TRACK & FIELD; JOHNSON, RAINWATER WIN GOLD
Buoyed by two individual national championships, the Women’s Track & Field team posted its best ever finish, claiming fourth, at last week’s NCAA Division II Championships at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut...The Tritons racked up a total of 49 points to finish behind team champion Abilene Christian (76.5), Adams State (55) and Lincoln (54)...UCSD’s best previous NCAA D-II result was last year’s eighth place effort and the best all-time was the third at the NCAA D-III Championships in 1991.
Senior Whitney Johnson, who was named NCAA Division II Field Athlete of the Year at the Championship banquet on Wednesday, lived up to the honor, winning the triple jump (40-9.75) and fourth in the long jump (18-5.75)...Johnson’s individual triumph came on the heels of sophomore Linda Rainwater running away with the heptathlon crown...Sitting second after day one, Rainwater assumed command after Friday’s first event and wound up with 5,052 points, five short of her school record and 100 points up on her nearest competitor.
Johnson and Rainwater were far from the only bright lights in the arsenal of Coaches Darcy Ahner and Tony Salerno...Other point scorers were sophomore Christine Merrill (3rd/400 hurdles/59.63), Sarah Hendy (3rd/discus/47.34 meters), freshman Stephanie LeFever (4th/heptathlon/4,749 pts.), senior Emily McGregor (7th/10,000/35:52.55) and the 4x400 relay foursome of Katie Skorupa, Corey Sheredy, Anna Lee McGregor and Merrill (7th/3:45.31).
WOMEN’S CREW GUNS FOR NCAA TITLE IN SACRAMENTO
Coach Pattie Pinkerton’s Women’s Crew will be making its third trip in four weeks to Sacramento’s Lake Natoma but this time it will be for all the chips as the Tritons take on defending champion Western Washington, Dowling and Nova Southeastern for the NCAA Division II Championship, Friday through Sunday.
The Triton rowers learned last Tuesday that they had received the NCAA’s lone at-large bid and would be in the team Championship hunt for the second consecutive year and have representation in the national regatta for the fourth straight year.
The UCSD eight will consist of coxswain Stephanie Chang, Kelsey Thomas, Jen Myers, Kali Webb, Alissa Kispersky, Denise Kleckner, Jill Peacock, Maureen Kantner and Kim Shaffer...The Triton four will be manned by Caryn Urbanczyk, Kristen Hayashi, Lauren Menzies, Kelly Hansen and coxswain Leslie Nanninga...Jaime Bigwood and Summer Austin will go to Sacramento and compete in the open pairs.
In this season's eight, Thomas, Webb and Myers are returnees from the 2007 NCAA boat while Kispersky, Peacock, Shaffer and Chang were in the varsity four last spring...Urbanczyk, who will be stroking the four, was in the four a season ago as well.
BASEBALL STANDOUTS EARN ALL-REGION ACCOLADES
In the wake of a record-setting 43-win season, the honors kept coming in for the Triton Baseball team...Senior reliever Keith Noe and junior second baseman Garrett Imeson were named to the All-West Region first team by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Assn. (NCBWA) while freshman outfielder Evan Kehoe was a second team selection...Meanwhile the American Baseball Coaches Association released its Division II All-West Region list and it included Noe, Imeson and sophomore shortstop Vance Albitz on the first team and sophomore starting pitcher Kirby St. John and freshman relief ace Tim Shibuya on the second team.
Category leaders for the 2008 Tritons included senior Chris Franco (runs-51, doubles-17 & RBIs-55), Albitz (hits-86, a school record), Imeson (on-base pct.-.477 & stolen bases-20), Kehoe (avg.-.372), junior Matt Cantele (HRs-11), senior Matt Rossman (wins-10), Noe (ERA-2.19 & saves-14, the latter a school record) and Shibuya (strikeouts-61).
TENNIS STANDOUTS COLLECT HONORS
Following a season that saw her team win its fifth consecutive CCAA title and advance to the NCAA West Regional final, Liz LaPlante was named CCAA Coach of the Year...It was the fifth year in a row LaPlante has captured the award...Four UCSD players were chosen to the All-CCAA first team...They were freshmen Natalie Varnay, who played in the No. 1 singles slot most of the season, and Kimmi Dao...They were joined by seniors Justine Fonte and Molly Sullens...Freshman Dalya Perelman gained second team status.
Fonte and senior Eric Rubens of the UCSD Men’s Tennis team also garnered special regional awards...Both were selected as winners of the ITA/Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship and Rubens was also tabbed as the ITA Senior Player of the Year in the region.
ATHLETICS RECOGNITION DINNER SET FOR THURSDAY
The annual UCSD Athletics Recognition Dinner will be held Thursday at 7:00 PM in the Price Center Ballroom...A crowd in the neighborhood of 600 is expected for the event which honors UCSD student-athletes, coaches and supporters for their contributions to the program in 2007-08.
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