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Fifth-year Triton Mercedes O'Brien will be one of 16 swimmers and divers honored Saturday on Senior Day at Canyonview Pool.
Swimming & Diving Hosts Lancers, Clan on Senior Day
Release: Thursday 01/17/2013 
The UC San Diego men's and women's swimming and diving teams host a pair of Division II squads this Saturday, Jan. 19, on Senior Day at the Canyonview Aquatic Center. The Triton men will take on Cal Baptist and Simon Fraser, with the women going up against just Cal Baptist, beginning at approximately 12 p.m. A ceremony recognizing 16 seniors for their contributions to the UCSD program is slated to begin at around 11:45 a.m. Entry into all UCSD swimming and diving meets is free of charge.

The UCSD women have a 6-2 dual-meet record for the season, while the Triton men are currently 5-2.

A total of 16 Triton seniors will be honored prior to the start of Saturday's meet. Those student-athletes are Casey Adams, Beth Dong, Olivia Fountain, Mishka Hulka, Mercedes O'Brien, Amber Tan and Katherine Tse on the women's side and Julius Espiritu, Mark Guyler, Paul Guzman, Jacob Lammott, Adam Rice, Tyler Runsten, Jeremy Smith, James Sonu and Adam Yen for the men.

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.

California Baptist University, located in Riverside, is a fellow member of the Pacific Collegiate Swimming & Diving Conference (PCSC). Both the Lancer men and women finished second behind UCSD at last year's PCSC Championships. Cal Baptist hosts Simon Fraser on Friday afternoon. The Lancers are led by Rick Rowland.

Simon Fraser University is from Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. The Clan will only be bringing their men, ranked No. 23 in the CSCAA Division II poll, to Canyonview on Saturday while their women are at UCLA. SFU takes a 2-1 dual-meet record into a pair of Friday meets at Pomona-Pitzer and Cal Baptist. The Simon Fraser head coach is Liam Donnelly.

Saturday’s meet will feature a standard collegiate 16-event format, with women’s races held before the men’s. The 14-event swim program will be as follows: 400 medley relay, 1000 free, 200 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 200 fly, 50 free, 100 free, 200 back, 200 breast, 500 free, 100 fly, 400 IM and 200 free relay. Two short breaks will be taken after the 50 free and 100 fly. The one-meter and three-meter springboard diving events are held concurrent to the swimming in the adjacent pool.

Individual events during Saturday’s meet 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 the day.

Twelve 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 divers Luke Calkins and Tyler Runsten. Runsten was the most recent qualifier, eclipsing the necessary standard with his point total of 292.12 in winning the one-meter springboard event over CSU Bakersfield in his season debut on Saturday, Jan. 12.

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. Korth also ranks third in Division II in the 100 (54.21).

Dane Stassi tops the Division II leaderboard in the 200 butterfly (1:45.65), and is fourth in the 100 fly (48.13).

On the women's side, captain Beth Dong is fastest among Division II swimmers in the 400 IM (4:18.01), second in the 1000 (10:17.01), fourth in the 500 free (4:56.06) and 1650 (16:57.77), and fifth in the 200 back (2:01.20) and 200 fly (2:03.06). Fellow senior Olivia Fountain is third in the 100 fly (54.95), with freshman Naomi Thomas behind her in fifth (55.82). Fountain has the sixth-best 50 free mark at 23.32, and Thomas is second in the 200 fly (2:01.68).

Junior Anji Shakya is fastest in the 500 free (4:53.30), third in the 200 free (1:49.73) and sixth in the 100 free (50.82).

Other Triton individuals in the top-six nationally are Jeremy Smith (1650 free, 15:43.27) and Korth (200 IM, 1:48.62). The UCSD men's 800 free relay is fourth (6:38.84). The Triton women are second in the 200 free relay (1:33.76), 400 free relay (3:24.52) and 800 free relay (7:28.23), and sixth in the 200 medley (1:44.41).

UCSD put together a perfect home weekend last Friday and Saturday as the Triton men went 4-0 and the women were 3-0 in their dual meets against nationally-ranked Division II foes Incarnate Word and Missouri S&T and Division I opponents CSU Bakersfield and Loyola Marymount. Beth Dong and Anji Shakya again led the way for the Triton women with multiple individual victories on each day. Erika Rodman and Dong broke pool records in the 1650 free (17:29.02) and 1000 free (10:18.93) on Friday and Saturday, respectively. For the men, Nicholas Korth was fastest in three individual races on Saturday, sweeping the breaststroke distances all weekend. Tyler Runsten posted an automatic NCAA qualifier in one-meter diving.

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 Senior Day meet, UCSD will head north the following Saturday, Jan. 26, for men's and women's dual meets at Division I Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, beginning at 11 a.m. The Triton women still face one last dual date, at home, against crosstown Division I rival University of San Diego on Saturday, Feb. 2, at noon.

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