No. 3/9 Tritons Ready for NCAA Championships in Indianapolis
INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 3/9 University of California San Diego women’s and men’s swimming and diving teams are preparing for their final competition of the season: the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships. The championships will take place at the Indiana University Natatorium, hosted by Indiana University and the Indiana Sports Corporation. UC San Diego’s women finished the 2019 regular season with a 9-6 dual meet record, while the men ended with a record of 5-3.
The swimming portion of the championships will take place Wednesday through Saturday, with trials beginning at 7 a.m. PST each day and finals scheduled for 3 p.m. PST. Women’s events will take place before the men’s.
Divers will take part in the qualification meet starting at 7 a.m. PST on Tuesday, with the women competing on the 1-meter boards first. The women’s 3-meter action is slated for 11 a.m. PST. Those who qualify will compete Wednesday through Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. PST each afternoon.
Thirteen Triton women and 10 Triton men will be racing in individual events at the championships, with two relay additions for the men. The Tritons’ total individual selections for the men and women were each second of any team, behind only reigning national champions Queens (NC).
Spencer Daily is poised to make an impact for the Tritons, holding top-10 seeded times in two of his individual events. The freshman’s time of 47.16 in the 100 butterfly, which he recorded at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championships, is the fourth-best mark among the event’s competitors.
Tse will compete in the 200 breaststroke as well, and his time of 1:59.09 ranks 14th among the qualifying swimmers.
UC San Diego also holds a pair top-20 seeded times in two freestyle events. In the 200 free, Graham Hauss (1:37.30) ranks 15th and Ivan Kurakin (1:37.68) holds 19th. The underclassmen duo holds top-20 marks in the 500 free as well. Kurakin’s mark of 4:27.11 is good for 12th, while Hauss’ 4:28.19 mark is good for 20th. Mitchell Stoddard follows one slot behind, with a time of 4:28.44.
Like Daily, freshman Tina Reuter will be looking to contribute at her first championships, also holding a pair of top-10 seeded times. Reuter’s time of 2:00.65 in the 200 individual medley not only broke the UC San Diego program record, but is good for the fourth-best time heading into the championships as well. In the 400 IM, Reuter is seeded sixth with her mark of 4:18.16.
Reuter’s classmates Olivia Parks and Jordan Phillips will take part in the 100 backstroke. The Tritons’ times rank back-to-back, as Parks holds 11th with a mark of 54.90 and Phillips sits at 12th with a mark of 55.04.
Brittney Miles is another member of the strong freshman class, and she is seeded 10th in the 50 free with a mark of 23.16, which she recorded at the MPSF Championships.
Lindsay Clark is also coming off her best performance of the season, as her B cut of 2:02.11 at the MPSF Championships earns her the 12th seed entering the NCAA Championships.
The Triton men and women are eligible for all five relays. Sawyer Farmer and Jack Spitser will be competing solely as relay swimmers in Indianapolis. Farmer will be making his championships debut, while Spitser helped the Tritons to an All-America honorable mention in the 800 free relay last season.
All three senior divers will be representing the Tritons at the qualification meet, as Brooke Abrantes, Delainey Carlin, and Patty Sullivan look to earn spots in the championships. Each of the three veterans have taken part in the NCAA qualification meet multiple times during their four-year careers. They are joined by Jasmyn Cheng, who is making her qualification meet debut in her freshman year.
On the 1-meter board, the Tritons’ degrees of difficulty for their six dives are as follows: Abrantes, 14.30; Carlin, 14.00; Cheng, 14.30; and Sullivan, 13.40. For the 3-meter board, the divers’ degrees of difficulty are: Abrantes, 15.00; Carlin, 14.60; Cheng, 14.60; and Sullivan, 14.00.
“We’re coming off of a good conference meet, for our first time ever at MPSFs,” said Associate Head Coach Marko Djordjevic. “In my experience, when you qualify to go to nationals, you have a strong chance to make the podium over there. I think both of our teams, men and women, have a great chance to get some hardware.”
Scoring will be 16 places in both relays and individual events. Relays will be scored, 40-34-32-30-28-26-24-22-18-14-12-10-8-6-4-2; individual events will be scored, 20-17-16-15-14-13-12-11-9-7-6-5-4-3-2-1. Points for first through eighth place will be awarded solely on the basis of the championship final, except in timed final events. Points for ninth through 16th will be awarded solely on the basis of the consolation final.
Competitors who finish first through eighth in individual or relay events garner All-America accolades, while those who finish ninth through 16th are recognized with All-America honorable mentions.
FOLLOW ALONG FROM HOME
The championships program is available digitally here, and is free to download.
ATTENDING THE CHAMPIONSHIPS
All-session passes are $65 for adults and $30 for students and senior citizens when purchased online. Tickets can be purchased here.
At the door, all-session passes are $71 for adults and $36 for students and senior citizens. Single sessions passes will be $12 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens for preliminaries, and $14 for adults and $12 for students and senior citizens for finals. Children two and under are free of charge.
The Indiana University Natatorium is located at 901 West New York Street in Indianapolis.
The Triton women hold third in the final 2019 College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) TYR Top 25 Dual Meet Swimming and Diving Division II Poll, moving up from the fourth slot. The CSCAA poll was released on March 6. UC San Diego’s men also gained a slot in the rankings, jumping from 10th to ninth.
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With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country. The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in summer 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent. A total of 80 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 36 have earned prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships. In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.
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