LA JOLLA, Calif. -
This week the UC San Diego men's and women's swimming program is set to host the 2010 Arena Invitational, a three-day event that has the potential to be one of the fastest meets on the West Coast this year. The NCAA Championship-format meet will be held Thursday through Saturday at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach.
On the men's side, the Arena Invitational field features 10 squads, including Pac-10 representatives Arizona State, Stanford and UC Santa Barbara. Stanford finished third at the 2010 NCAA National Championships last spring. The women's field includes 20 teams, with 2010 national runner-up Stanford in the mix. Cal, which finished third at last year's national championships, is also in the field.
UCSD is the only Division II program competing in the Arena Invitational. All told, a total of 10 men's teams and 20 women's squads will get in the pool this weekend in Long Beach.
UCSD finished fourth at the Arena Invitational (formerly the Toshiba Classic) on the men's side in 2009, with Juan Pablo Carillo recording a personal best and fifth place finish in the 200 breast (2:03.23). Julius Espiritu, Todd Langland, Blake Langland and Dan Perdew finished as the runners-up in the 400 free relay, while the Triton 200 free and 400 medley relay teams both placed third.
Stanford won the team title on the men's side, while Hawaii finished second and Air Force took third.
The Tritons took seventh place out of 26 teams on the women's side, with Pac-10 squads Stanford, Cal and UCLA finishing in the top three.
will commence at 9:30 AM daily (except Saturday, when it starts at 9:00
AM) for the Men, followed by the Women at approx. 11:30 AM. Finals
beginning nightly at 6:00 PM, with three heats of every event.
The Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool is located at 4000 Olypic Plaza. General admission tickets are $15 and two or three-day session passes are available for $20 and $30, respectively.
Live results for the meet will be posted each day at the following link.