THIS WEEK'S EVENTS:
Sat., Mar. 19---Track & Field---UCSD at Point Loma Spring Break Open---TBA
Sat., Mar. 19---Track & Field---UCSD at Aztec Invitational---TBA
MEN SECOND, WOMEN THIRD AT NCAA SWIM/DIVE CHAMPIONSHIPS; HERMAN, HENLEY, KORTH NAB NATIONAL TITLES
Spurred by three swimmers winning a total of four individual national titles, 11 school records and scoring from 28 different competitors, Coach Scott McGihon's Swimming & Diving teams registered their best-ever combined finish at last week's NCAA Division II Championships in San Antonio, TX...The UCSD men turned in their highest D-II finish, claiming the runner-up spot behind Drury and the women placed third for the ninth time in 11 years.
Junior Matt Herman captured both the 1,000 (9:02.67) and 1,650 (15:12.78) freestyles, both in school record time...He was fifth in the 500 free...Fellow junior Alex Henley won with a repeat performance in the 200 butterfly (2:00.08), erasing her own school standard which she also did while finishing second in the 200 backstroke (1:57.14) and third in the 400 individual medley (4:18.21)...Henley, who now has three individual NCAA crowns on her resume, also touched second in the 200 individual medley (2:01.82) and set a fourth UCSD record with a 54.94 leadoff backstroke leg on the 400 medley relay.
At his first national meet, freshman standout Nick Korth delivered the fourth national championship, out-running the field in the 200 breaststroke (1:57.19) while bettering his own UCSD record in the process...He was also fourth in the 100 breaststroke...Sophomore Adam Rice accounted for a new UCSD mark in the 400 individual medley, clocking 3:56.38 just minutes after freshman Martin Vanek had broken the existing record in the previous race...Versatile sophomore Emily Adamczyk was fourth, one place behind Henley, in the 400 IM and scored in six different events, as did senior Anju Shimura...Sophomore diver Tyler Runsten was a big hit on the big stage, taking second on the three-meter board and fifth on the one-meter board.
Three men's relay teams also produced new UCSD records...The 400 medley relay unt of Eric Owens, Korth, Adam Yen and Blake Langland went 3:16.38, the same foursome with Rice substituting for Yen registered a 1:29.87 in the 200 medley relay and the quartet of Alex Merrill, Julius Espiritu, Rice and Michael Lorch collaborated for a 6:39.26 in the 800 freestyle relay.
SOFTBALL MAINTAINS NARROW LEAD ATOP CCAA STANDINGS
Coach Patti Gerckens' No. 10 Softball team will take the week off for finals and will likely be looking to sort a few things out before heading up to Chico State for a four-game series starting March 25...The Tritons are now 20-6 overall 14-5 in CCAA play and still first by half a game in the CCAA standings after a frustrating four-game set at Cal State Dominguez Hills where the host Toros managed just 12 total hits but somehow came away with three wins.
Lackluster hitting and some inconsistent defense led to a 2-0, 2-1 doubleheader loss for UCSD on Friday...The Tritons wasted a three-hit, six strikeout performance by junior Camille Gaito in game one...UCSD errors led to unearned runs in the fifth and sixth and ultimately the first loss of the season for Gaito...In game two, Dominguez got three of its five hits in the first inning that, when coupled with two more Triton errors, resulted in the only runs the home team would get and need...For the second straight game, UCSD managed just four hits...Freshman Jennifer Manuel absorbed the loss.
The Triton bats came alive in Saturday's twinbill opener and Gaito put it on cruise control in a 7-0 whitewash...Freshman shortstop Mya Romero had two hits, scored twice and drove in two while Taylor Sepulveda and Sarah Woofter also had a pair of knocks...Gaito tossed a complete game three hitter and improved her record to 13-1...The nightcap was a microcosm of the series as the Toros emerged victorious despite getting just one hit...UCSD junior Tess Granath pitched well enough to win but after a hitting a batter and walking another, yielded a two-out, two-run double to pitching counterpart Stephanie Jimenez that proved to be the difference...All-American center fielder Kristyn Lesovsky, hitless in the first three games of the series, had the only two hits in this one for the Tritons.
BASEBALL GRINDS FOR SERIES SPLIT WTIH DOMINGUEZ HILLS
Still struggling to find the consistency necessary to be a major player at the conference and national level, Coach Dan O'Brien's Baseball team takes a 12-day hiatus for finals before jumping back into the CCAA waters against Cal Poly Pomona, Thursday, March 24 at Triton Ballpark... UCSD heads into the break at 17-7, 10-6 in conference play and fourth in the league standings after splitting a four-game home-and-home series vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills...Both clubs won the two games played on their home field.
Dominguez took last Thursday's opener, 4-3, handing Triton starter Tim Shibuya (5-1) his first loss of the season...Down, 4-1, UCSD rallied for two runs in the ninth, had runners at first and second with one out but was unable to close the deal...Second sacker Blake Tagmyer had three of the Tritons' 11 hits...Tagmyer had two more hits in game two Friday and center fielder Danny Susdorf went 3-for-3 but starter Guido Knudson ran into trouble, giving up seven hits and four walks in an 8-2 loss.
The Tritons got better on home cooking Saturday, sweeping the Toros, 10-8 and 7-0...Neither starter made it through a crazy fourth inning in game one as Dominguez scored four times in the top of the frame and UCSD responded with six in the bottom...Second baseman Matt Hubbard stroked three of the Tritons' 12 hits, scored once and drove in a pair while seniors Evan Kehoe and Mike Benton rapped two hits each...Center fielder Kyle Saul's two-run double, one of three UCSD two-baggers, was the key to the sixth-inning outburst...Senior Eric Abraham came out of the bullpen to snag his first win of the season and fourth of his career...Senior Jeff Rauh, making his first start since 2009, gave O'Brien's club a lift, muffling the Toros in the series finale...He whiffed seven and walked just one while registering his first win of the season...Sidewinding junior Elias Tuma got the last four outs in relief...At the plate, Susdorf and freshman SS Garrett Tuck recorded two hits apiece with the former scoring twice...Senior Evan Kehoe, who started in left field, smacked a two-run triple in the fifth when the Tritons blew it open with four runs.
TOUGH WEEKEND FOR WOMEN'S WATER POLO
A weekend that started off positively Friday night with a 14-11 triumph over WWPA foe Cal State Bakersfield at Canyonview Pool, crumbled at the Aztec Invitational where the Women's Water Polo team went winless in four outings...Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's 18th-ranked squad, now 8-12 on the year, will not get a chance to rebound until it heads to Hawaii in two weeks for a series of three games.
Junior Kirsten Bates scored four goals and senior Felicia Orozco three in the Tritons' victory against Bakersfield...The teams traded the lead early but after freshman Leah Gonzales tallied to make it 6-5 UCSD late in the second quarter the Roadrunners were never able to get even.
A controversial call led to a 13-12 double overtime loss to Princeton in Saturday morning's Aztec opener...Bates scored four more goals and drew three ejections but the defeat seemed to set the tone for the tournament as far as UCSD was concerned...Successive, 9-6, losses to No. 20 Pacific and 16th-ranked Cal State Northridge followed and the Tritons closed up the weekend by falling, 9-4, vs. Indiana.
MEN, WOMEN SECOND AT ALL-CAL TRACK & FIELD CHALLENGE
On the heels of dual second place team finishes at Saturday's All-Cal Challenge, Coaches Tony Salerno and Darcy Ahner will send out split squads this weekend, participating at a pair of local meets, the Aztec Invitational hosted by San Diego State and the Point Loma Spring Break Open.
At last weekend's All-Cal event in Irvine, the Triton women used a slew of high end finishes while the men relied more on depth as each took runner-up honors behind UC Santa Barbara...Host UC Irvine and UC Riverside were third and fourth respectively in both divisions...For the women, senior sprinter Kelly Fogarty--100 (11.77) and 200 (23.98)--and junior Stephanie LeFever--high jump (5-5) and long jump (19-0.75)--were double winners...Both had busy afternoons as Fogarty was part of two second place relay squads and LeFever added a third in the triple jump (38-4.25) and fourth in the 100 hurdles (14.67) to her haul...Throwers Danielle Thu (hammer/177-0) and Theresa Richards (javelin/145-7) were also victorious.
Senior Nick Howe, the defending NCAA D-II title holder in the javelin, finished ahead of the pack in that event, unleashing a toss of 202-6...UCSD's only other male winner was long jumper Shaun Tu who landed at 22-5.
MEN'S TENNIS RUNS WIN STREAK TO 11 IN A ROW
The magical run for Coach Eric Steidlmayer's Men's Tennis team continued last week as the Tritons boosted their dual match record to 11-0 with four home victories...UCSD opened up with a 6-3 win over Western New Mexico and followed that with a gritty, 5-4, triumph over second-ranked Barry...Senior Erik Elliott and doubles partner Austin West went undefeated in the two wins at both doubles and singles...The highlight was Elliott knocking off the country's top-rated player, Barry's Emanuel Freitzl, 6-4, 6-4, at No. 1 singles.
The biggest team win of the week came Friday when the Tritons topped key regional rival Hawaii Pacific for the second time this season, 6-3...The first win was a 5-4 nail biter in February in Arizona...In this one, UCSD was up 2-
1 after doubles as Elliott-West and Chapman Chan-Jason Wall picked up points, the latter tandem prevailing, 9-8...
Steidlmayer then received singles wins at Nos. 3-6 from Sam Ling, Vincent Nguyen, West and Max Jiganti...The fourth win was the easiest, a 9-0 drubbing of D-1 Lafayette Sunday...The Tritons cruised in doubles and when Elliott, Ling and Jiganti all won third set tiebreakers, UCSD had its shutout...UCSD is back in action, March 25, at home vs. Sonoma State.
WOMEN'S TENNIS TOPS WESTERN NEW MEXICO, STANISLAUS
After a sluggish start, Coach Liz LaPlante's Women's Tennis team is starting to pick up steam with four wins in its last six outings, including a pair of home regional wins last week that brought their season ledger to 6-5...Tuesday, the Tritons gunned down out-manned Western New Mexico, 9-0, giving up just two points while blitzing through doubles and then dropping just five games total while reeling in all six singles matches...Confident NorCal invader Cal State Stanislaus came to the North Courts Saturday but LaPlante got a big effort from the bottom of the singles ladder to turn away the Warriors, 6-3...All three doubles matches were tight but UCSD won at Nos. 2-3 with Cindy Dao/ Jacquelyn Davis and Katie Mulloy/Roxy Pourmirzaie taking charge...Then, Dao won No. 2 singles in straight sets and Samantha Yeung, Mulloy and Pourmirzaie did likewise at No. 4-5-6 to close things out...The Tritons are back in action April 1 at Sonoma State.
VOLLEYBALL DROPS NO. 11 PEPPERDINE AFTER NEAR MISS AT USC
Coach Kevin Ring's 15th-ranked Men's Volleyball team, coming off a good week that was almost great, will now be off for 12 days before hosting Ohio State, March 24, at RIMAC Arena...The Tritons are 7-15 overall and 4-12 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) action after splitting a pair of conference road matches last week.
Over the course of three games last Friday in Los Angeles, the top-ranked USC Trojans were able to score just six more points than UCSD but all that ultimately got the Tritons was a 3-0 (25-23, 28-26, 25-23) defeat...Ring's club was on the verge of winning every set...The Tritons were up five at one point in the first, led 20-18 late in the second and were tied at 23 before surrendering the final two points of the third...Senior setter Phil Bannan distributed 33 assists and had two aces while sophomore Carl Eberts and freshman Sebastian Brady pounded 11 kills each.
In a two-hour and 29 minute classic the next night in Malibu, the Tritons came out on the winning end of a 3-2 (25-22, 38-36, 20-25, 22-25, 17-15) decision over No. 11 Pepperdine, breaking a seven-match losing streak in the process...Eberts (22) and freshmen Nick Iorfino (16) and Mike Brunsting (14) all recorded career highs in the kills column and senior Calvin Ross collected 13 while hitting .632...Bannan was directing the action, handing out 66 kills and serving up two more aces...Winning the taut second set was probably the key as UCSD prevailed on a Wave hitting error, finally securing a game that had been tied 29 times...The match also concluded in improbable fashion as the Tritons rallied from being down three match points, 14-11, in game five, the decisive point again coming on an attack error by the home team.
MEN'S CREW WHIPS USD, GONAZAGA IN 2011 DEBUT
In a debut postponed by organizational issues a week ago and then delayed two hours Saturday by fog on Mission Bay, the Men's Crew finally got to strut its stuff in a three-way regatta with USD and Gonzaga...In the Varsity Eight, the crew of Drew Madden, Justin Gordon, Joey Frank, Jonathan Sutterfield, Drew Lawyer, Nathan Morgan, Ross Bell, Ed Clement and coxswain Shawn Kuo pulled away in the second half of the race to defeat second place USD by six and a half seconds in 6:21.8...The Tritons also took top honors in the JV Eight, nipping Gonzaga by less than three seconds, crossing the line in 6:19.3...In the Freshman Eight, UCSD led most of the way, holding off several challenges from Gonzaga, but could not repel a final Bulldog surge, placing second less than half a second behind.
WOMEN'S CREW SEES PROGRESS IN SACRAMENTO
While the results were not sparkling, Coach Pattie Pinkerton was pleased with her Women's Rowing team's progress at Saturday's Sacramento Invitational on Gold River...Still in the early phases of its competitive campaign, Pinkerton's squad had the opportunity to not only improve but get a look at a key Division II rival, Humboldt State...The Varsity Eight, with coxswain Katrina Kettler steering for Kelly Temes, Alyssa Dixon-Word, Collette LeFuel, Jen Burke, Carolyn Belak, Caroline Baratz, Christina Niffeneger and Chelsea Bollinger, wound up fourth in a five-boat field, 14 seconds behind third place Humboldt State...Division I Sacramento State and St. Mary's went 1-2...The second Varsity Eight was also fourth, the Lightweight Four third and the Novice Eight third out of seven...Next on the schedule are the Florida Duals, March 25-26.
GOLF 10TH IN NORCAL TOURNEY
Trying to build on its improving recent play, Coach Mike Wydra's Golf team instead struggled mightily over the final 18 holes to fall from fourth place to 10th in the 14-team Cal State East Bay Invitational last week at Hiddenbrooke Golf Course in Vallejo...With freshman Lewis Simon tied for third and the team a solid fourth after 36 holes, things looked good for Wydra and Co. but tough conditions caused the Tritons to collectively finish 38 over par and well down the table... Simon slid to 25th, shooting an 85 Tuesday after carding a 75-72 the previous day...Senior Keith Okasaki and sophomore Anubhav Rastogi were next in for UCSD, tying for 30th at 234...Next up for the Tritons is the 61st annual Southern California Intercollegiate Championship which they will host at Mission Viejo Country Club.
NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature interviews with Head Swimming & Diving Coach Scott McGihon, two-time NCAA swimming champion Matt Herman and Triton Men's Tennis Coach Eric Steidlmayer...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon on ucsdtritons.com.
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