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Weekly Awards for Freshman Swimmers Tenny Chong and Ciara Franke
Release: Thursday 12/07/2017 

LA JOLLA, Calif. - University of California San Diego swimming standouts Tenny Chong and Ciara Franke, both true freshmen, have combined for three conference awards for the week of Nov. 27-Dec. 3.

Chong (Arcadia/Arcadia HS) swept the two available awards on the men's side, earning CollegeSwimming Pacific Collegiate Swimming and Diving Conference (PCSC) Men's Swimmer of the Week and PCSC Division II Male Athlete of the Week distinctions. Franke, a San Diego product out of La Jolla High School, is the CollegeSwimming PCSC Women's Swimmer of the Week.

Chong represented UC San Diego at USA Swimming's Winter National Championships in Columbus, Ohio. He made the C final of the 100-yard backstroke on Friday, Dec. 1, turning in back-to-back season-best performances of 49.87 and 49.75 to ultimately place fifth in that bonus consolation, for 21st overall, moving up to sixth all-time at UCSD. On Saturday, Chong advanced to and in fact won the C final in the 100 freestyle, sprinting 44.67, just .08 seconds off his personal record, for No. 3 in program history. That final effort came out of lane one after narrowly squeezing into the C final. His preliminary time of 49.13 in his college debut in the 100 butterfly, is ninth-fastest at UCSD and hit the exact B standard. Chong wound up with two C final appearances, including the win, five season-best swims and his first three NCAA B cuts, entering the top 10 in the program record book in three events.

Franke led the UC San Diego women (2-2), ranked No. 20 in the latest NCAA Division II poll, to the split of a double-dual meet against Division I foes last Friday afternoon in unbeaten host San Diego State (141-148) and PCSC rival Pepperdine (242-48). She placed second in both the 200 free (1:53.56) and 100 free (52.05), narrowly behind Aztec sophomore Peyton Wilson (51.99) in the latter. Both marks were under NCAA consideration qualifying standards, though Franke has been faster in both events earlier this season. She ended her meet by leading off the second-best 400 free relay in 3:33.66, with a 100-yard split of 52.71 seconds.

Chong and Franke are UC San Diego's second and third CollegeSwimming honorees for 2017-18, after junior Garrett Tse on Nov. 7. expanded its coverage ahead of the 2015-16 season, and the website now selects national swimmers of the week, as well as one male and one female standout for each and every conference, at all levels. Those awards are given not through nominations, but based on quality of swims, individual wins and team scores from all submitted meet results from the week in question.

The PCSC names one male and one female swimmer or diver from each of the divisions represented within the conference as Athlete of the Week. The Tritons have five of those, with Chong their first two-time selection (Oct. 30), alongside Tse (Nov. 6), junior Alejandro Ortiz (Nov. 20) and freshman Rachel Taylor (Oct. 30).

The UC San Diego men and women will return to action right after the new year, on Tuesday, Jan. 2. It will be Senior Day at Canyonview Aquatic Center in La Jolla, with 16 senior recognitions slated to start around 1:40 p.m., and the meet itself at 2 p.m. or shortly thereafter. The Tritons' Division I opponents will be the men and women of Incarnate Word, and the San José State women. Parking and admission on the UC San Diego campus are both free that day.


Saturday, October 27
Swimming & Diving vs. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
2:30 PM
UC San Diego (Canyonview Aquatic Center)
Friday, November 09
Swimming & Diving at Trojan Diving Invitational
All Day
Los Angeles (USC)
Saturday, November 10
Swimming & Diving at UCLA (W)/UC Santa Barbara
11:00 AM
Los Angeles (UCLA)
Wednesday, November 28
Swimming & Diving at Winter National Championships
All Day
Greensboro, NC (Greensboro Aquatic Center)
Thursday, November 29
Swimming & Diving at Day One
All Day
Las Vegas, NV (UNLV)
Friday, November 30
Swimming & Diving at Day Two
All Day
Las Vegas, NV (UNLV)
Saturday, December 01
Swimming & Diving at Day Three
All Day
Las Vegas, NV (UNLV)
Thursday, January 03
Swimming & Diving vs. UIW/San Jose State (W)/Wyoming
12:00 PM
UC San Diego (Canyonview Aquatic Center)
Saturday, January 05
Swimming & Diving vs. Cal State East Bay (W)/CSUB/LMU
12:00 PM
UC San Diego (Canyonview Aquatic Center)
Saturday, January 12
Swimming & Diving at Cal Poly
11:00 AM
San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly)
Friday, January 18
Swimming & Diving at Bruin Diving Invitational
10:30 AM
Los Angeles (UCLA)
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