Program Record-Setting Relays Earn All-America Accolades on Day One of NCAA Championships
INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 3/9 University of California San Diego women’s and men’s swimming and diving teams completed their first day at the 2019 NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships on Wednesday. The competition is hosted by Indiana University and the Indiana Sports Corporation at the Indiana University Natatorium. At the end of day one, the women rank fifth with 47 points, while the men hold ninth with 39 points.
The Triton women’s and men’s relay teams both excelled, earning All-America status in the 200 medley relays. Coming off of program record-setting performances in the preliminaries, both squads dropped even more time in the championship finals.
The UC San Diego women, comprised of underclassmen Olivia Parks, Grace Murphy, Jordan Phillips, and Brittney Miles, turned in a time of 1:40.00 to place second. It was truly a team effort, as the Tritons shaved time off of each leg of the event between the preliminaries and finals. They trailed only Queens (NC) in the finals, whose time of 1:38.58 was a new meet record.
For the men, it was Tyler James, William Wihanto, Garrett Tse, and Spencer Daily who claimed a new program record. They compiled a mark of 1:27.15 to place fourth and capture 30 points for their team.
In addition to earning an All-America accolade in the relay, Miles came away with All-America status in the 50 freestyle. The freshman touched the wall in 23.24, taking sixth at her first NCAA Championships.
The 50 free was a highlight on the men’s side as well. Daily had the top time in the consolation final, posting a mark of 19.85 to nab an All-America honorable mention. That time, which is a new career best for the Danville native, is good for second place in UC San Diego history.
Daily’s teammates also recorded personal bests. In the 1000 free, Zack Reuter touched the wall in 9:21.68 for a new top mark in his career. On the women’s side of the same event, Kaitlyn Ritchey’s time of 10:16.56 was a personal best as well. Also for the women, Ciara Franke’s mark of 23.67 in the preliminaries of the 50 free was a career best.
"I'm very excited about the first day -- especially the relays," said Head Coach David Marsh. "We take pride in Tritons swimmers bringing out their best in the relay events. The men's and women's relays broke the school records not once, but twice today! Special kudos to our four freshmen women who pushed the Queens relay and finished in a very solid second position. Olivia, Brittney, Jordan, and Cody helping us qualify in the morning proved to embrace the intense NCAA atmosphere here in Indianapolis."
"We should be heading into tomorrow with some strong momentum," Marsh added. "Also, we named Emily Lambert and Garrett Tse NCAA captains because of their extraordinary leadership throughout the year. They join our other captains to lead us to the finish line."
As a team, the Tritons have taken home nine All-America accolades and one All-America honorable mention after the first day of competition. The action will resume tomorrow morning at 7 a.m. PST for the preliminaries, and 3 p.m. PST for the finals. Follow the action via live stream or live results here.
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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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