LA JOLLA, Calif. -
The UC San Diego men's and women's swimming and diving teams face two tough home dates this week at the Canyonview Aquatic Center. The Tritons host nationally-ranked NCAA Division II foes Incarnate Word and the men of Missouri S&T on Friday, Jan. 11, beginning at 2 p.m. UCSD then welcomes back Missouri S&T alongside Division I opponents CSU Bakersfield and the women of Loyola Marymount on Saturday, Jan. 12, with the first swimming event scheduled to start at 12 p.m. Entry into all UCSD swimming and diving meets is free of charge.
The UCSD women have a 3-2 dual-meet record for the season, while the Triton men are currently 1-2.
"I am excited to see how our team will respond following our winter training camp," said second-year Triton co-head coach Matt Macedo. "We put in a great deal of work from Dec. 15-Jan. 6, and we will have to be at our best to come away from the next two days of competition with some wins. Missouri S&T and Incarnate Word are teams we typically only see at nationals, and CSUB and LMU are always great meets for us."
TRITONS RANKED IN TOP FIVE
The second of three national poll releases by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) for NCAA Division II for the 2012-13 season was released on Dec. 19. In it, the UCSD women and men are rated third and fifth, respectively, down from first and third in the Nov. 14 installment.
SCOUTING MISSOURI S&T
The Missouri University of Science and Technology, from Rolla, Mo., is a member of the New South Intercollegiate Swim Conference (NSISC). The Miners, who only have a men's swimming program with no divers, are ranked eighth in the latest CSCAA Division II poll. Missouri S&T finished 24th at the 2012 NCAA Division II Championships in Mansfield, Texas. The Miners, national runners-up in 2008, are 4-1 in dual meets this season. The Missouri S&T head coach is Doug Grooms.
SCOUTING INCARNATE WORD
The University of the Incarnate Word, from San Antonio, Texas, is a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The Cardinal men are ranked second while the women are rated fourth in the CSCAA Division II poll. They placed fourth and 13th, respectively, at the 2012 NCAA Championships. UIW, the Division II men's runner-up in 2010, has not contested any dual meets yet this season. The Incarnate Word head coach is Phillip Davis.
KORTH VS. PARRAVICINI
Friday's meet will feature a marquee match-up between breaststroke specialists Nicholas Korth of UCSD and Thiago Parravicini of Incarnate Word. Korth (53.79), the Tritons' junior co-captain, edged Parravicini (54.14) for third place in the final of the 100 breast at the 2012 NCAA Championships in Mansfield, Texas. In the 200 breast on the final day, Parravicini, a senior from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, finished second in 1:56.15, narrowly behind Grand Canyon's Eetu Karvonen with a Division II-record 1:56.11, while Korth raced 1:57.45 for third. Parravicini (1:57.31) and Korth (1:57.72) had posted the two fastest times during morning preliminaries.
SCOUTING CSU BAKERSFIELD
CSU Bakersfield competes in the NCAA Division I with its men a member of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) and women a member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). The Roadrunners are 4-2 on the men's side and an even 4-4 on the women's in dual meets this season. Senior Alex Daneke was named on Wednesday as the MPSF Men's Swimmer of the Week. At November's Arena Invitational, the CSUB men placed ninth (313 points) while the women were 12th (204), both comfortably back of the Tritons (768 and 348). In dual action, the Tritons and ‘Runners last met on the men's side in Los Angeles on Jan. 14, 2012, with UCSD cruising to a 165-97 victory. In Bakersfield on Jan. 15, 2011, the Triton women topped CSUB, 186-101, while the men fell to a 169-125 defeat. The CSU Bakersfield men were crowned national champions a record 13 times (last in 2004), with seven more national runner-up placements, in Division II prior to moving up to Division I. Chris Hansen is the CSU Bakersfield director of swimming.
SCOUTING LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
The Division I women of LMU hail from Los Angeles and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Fresh off of a nine-day training trip to Hawaii, the Lions take a 1-1 record into a home dual meet Friday against Tulane. LMU last competed at the Arena Invitational in November, qualifying 16 swimmers to event finals while placing 11th with 273.5 points, 74.5 behind the ninth-place Tritons. The Tritons last hosted LMU in La Jolla on Jan. 8, 2011, with the Lions edging UCSD, 132-130. Their most recent meeting came in Los Angeles a year ago on Jan. 14, with the result going in the Tritons' favor, 167-94. Bonnie Adair is in her 10th season in charge of the Lions.
Both competitions this weekend will feature standard collegiate 16-event formats, with women's races held before the men's. The 14-event swim program for Friday will be as follows: 400 medley relay, 1650 free, 200 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 200 fly, 50 free, 100 free, 200 back, 200 breast, 500 free, 100 fly, 400 IM and 800 free relay. Friday's 800 free relay races are set to be the first-ever of that variety at Canyonview Pool. Saturday's program will be: 200 medley relay, 1000 free, 200 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 200 fly, 50 free, 100 free, 200 back, 200 breast, 500 free, 100 fly, 200 IM and 400 free relay. Two short breaks will be taken after the 50 free and 100 fly on each day. The one-meter and three-meter springboard diving events are held concurrent to the swimming in the adjacent pool.
Individual events during this weekend's meets will be scored to five places (1st-9; 2nd-4; 3rd-3; 4th-2; 5th-1). Relays will be scored to three places (1st-11; 2nd-4; 3rd-2). No more than three individuals or two relay foursomes per team can accumulate points in a given event. Swimmers may not take part in more than four races total (maximum of three individual races) on either day.
Eleven Tritons are currently qualified automatically for the 2013 NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships in Birmingham, Ala., March 6-9. Those athletes are Beth Dong, Olivia Fountain, Nicholas Korth, Sierra Robbins, Anji Shakya, Dane Stassi, Amber Tan, Naomi Thomas, Katherine Tse, Dari Watkins and junior diver Luke Calkins.
TRITONS AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS
Nicholas Korth's season-best mark in the 200 breaststroke of 1:58.18 was second-fastest among swimmers of all divisions at the time that he posted it on the final day of the Arena Invitational on Nov. 17. It now ranks 25th among all divisions and third in the NCAA Division II, behind only Incarnate Word's Thiago Parravicini (1:54.67), who he will face this Friday afternoon, and Grand Canyon's Eetu Karvonen (1:58.05).
Korth also ranks third in Division II in the 100 breast (54.21), again behind Parravicini (53.04) and Karvonen (53.31). Teammate Dane Stassi tops the Division II leaderboard in the 200 butterfly (1:45.65). Stassi is fourth in the 100 fly (48.13), with UIW's Andrii Nikishenko in ninth (48.85).
On the women's side, captain Beth Dong is fastest among Division II swimmers in the 400 IM (4:18.01). Fellow senior Olivia Fountain is third in the 100 fly (54.95), with freshman Naomi Thomas behind her in fifth (55.82). Fountain, who was out last weekend, has the sixth-best 50 free mark at 23.32, with Incarnate Word's Brazilian senior Tamiris Nascimento currently the fastest in Division II (22.67).
LAST TIME OUT
A grand total of 17 pool records were set at Canyonview on a fast weekend last Saturday and Sunday. Eight were turned in by the third-ranked Grand Canyon men as they topped No. 5 UCSD, 128-77, on Saturday. Two more were set by Beth Dong (400 IM, 4:26.96) and Anji Shakya (500 free, 5:20.40) as the co-captains each won a pair of individual events while No. 3 UCSD swept No. 6 Grand Canyon (114-85) and Cal State East Bay (132-67). The remaining seven pool marks were courtesy of the Division I Spartan women of San Jose State, with the defending Western Athletic Conference champions topping UCSD on Sunday, 183-109. Dong won two more events in that dual (500 free, 200 IM), with Shakya touching first in the 200 back.
Team captains for the 2012-13 season were voted on at the conclusion of the prior year, with Nicholas Korth, fellow junior Anji Shakya, and seniors Beth Dong and Julius Espiritu earning that distinction.
After Saturday's activity, UCSD will next be in action back at Canyonview Pool on Senior Day on Saturday, Jan. 19, with the Triton men taking on Simon Fraser and Cal Baptist and the women up against Cal Baptist. Start time is slated for 12 p.m.
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