Busy Weekend Features Home Opener with Special Exhibition, Blue vs. Gold Meet, and Road Diving Invite
LA JOLLA, Calif. – The University of California San Diego No. 6 men’s and No. 4 women’s swimming and diving teams are prepared for a busy weekend. The action starts on Friday, as the women’s swimming and diving team hosts their home opener that afternoon at Canyonview Aquatic Center. On Saturday, the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams split, as the swimmers remain at home to host their Blue vs. Gold Exhibition and the divers travel to Riverside for Cal Baptist’s Lancer Dive Invite.
WOMEN’S MEET DETAILS
On Friday at 2 p.m., the Triton women welcome Boise State, San Diego State and UC Davis to La Jolla. UC San Diego has faced all three of these Division I teams before, but this is the first time it will compete against UC Davis as a fellow member of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF). Crosstown rival San Diego State and Boise State – in its first year under new Head Coach Christine Mabile – are both members of the Mountain West Conference.
Midway through the meet, fans will have a chance to see swimmers from Team Elite, a professional team coached by Triton Head Coach David Marsh, compete head-to-head with top Chinese swimmers Wang Shun, Liu Xiang, and Zibei Yan. The Chinese swimmers, along with their head coach Xinzhong He, will be available for a meet-and-greet and autograph signing session after they swim.
If you are unable to attend the meet, @ucsd_swimanddive will have behind-the-scenes coverage on Instagram Live.
BLUE VS. GOLD DETAILS
The men’s and women’s swimmers will host their annual Blue vs. Gold Exhibition at Canyonview Aquatic Center on Saturday as part of UC San Diego’s Homecoming Weekend. They begin their team scrimmage at 7 a.m., with alumni joining in for races later in the morning. This is the first year in over a decade that the Blue vs. Gold Exhibition is not the Tritons’ first event of the season, as they will have competed at the Trojan Invite and the women’s home meet prior to this.
Be aware that traffic and parking may be impacted by events during Homecoming Weekend. The UC San Diego cross country team will be hosting their Triton Classic at 8 a.m. on Saturday, and traffic will be stopped intermittently by campus police due to the race.
LANCER DIVE INVITE DETAILS
While the swimmers host the Blue vs. Gold Exhibition, the divers will compete at 10 a.m. at Cal Baptist’s Lancer Dive Invite. Lancer Aquatics Center is familiar territory for the Tritons, as they have competed there numerous times before. The 2016-17 Lancer Dive was a highlight for UC San Diego, as all five of the divers that competed at that meet recorded scores that qualified them for the NCAA Championships. Among that group were current senior divers Brooke Abrantes, Delainey Carlin, and Patty Sullivan.
“We’re very excited to have UC Davis back on the schedule now that we’re in their conference,” Head Coach David Marsh said about the women’s meet. “The meet should have a great variety of performances because all of these teams have strengths and weaknesses, including us.”
“This is going to be a high-level meet,” Head Diving Coach Liz Sanchez said about the Lancer Dive Invite. “We’re hoping to hit our dives early in the season so we can make progress each meet. This conference is very competitive compared to what [the divers] are used to. It’s going to be all about gaining experience and finishing strong.”
“It’s traditionally a meet that brings a lot of energy,” Associate Head Coach Marko Djordjevic said about the Blue vs. Gold Exhibition. “We’re happy to combine it with Homecoming Weekend, and with the alumni there, there’ll be even more energy. Since we’ve already started the season, I’m hoping we can break some of the meet records."
CANYONVIEW AQUATIC CENTER INFORMATION
Admission is free for meets at Canyonview Aquatic Center. Keep in mind that when parking on UC San Diego’s campus from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays, you must display a valid parking permit or pay at a parking meter.
LAST TIME OUT
The Triton men’s and women’s swimming teams previously competed at the Trojan Invite on Oct. 5 and 6. UC San Diego excelled as it faced Division I competitors Cal State Bakersfield, UNLV, and USC, recording multiple B cuts on both the men’s and women’s sides. Two newcomers, freshman Tina Reuter and redshirt freshman Graham Hauss, earned the UC San Diego Athlete of the Week awards for their performances.
The Tritons return to action in a week, as they host Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 27. The event will mark a decade since the Tritons began hosting the Athenas and Stags for their annual dual meet. Since that 2008-09 season, both the men’s and women’s Triton teams are undefeated against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
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