No. 17 Tritons Start Fresh, Senior Maddy Wieseler Nears End
LA JOLLA, Calif. — It’s sort of a new beginning for the Tritons.
The No. 17 University of California San Diego women’s water polo team will play its first games in exactly 20 days this weekend, hitting the road to Riverside, Calif., for two contests on Saturday, March 30, against Brown at 2 p.m. and No. T-25 California Baptist at 6 p.m.
However, senior Maddy Wieseler is well aware her end is near.
The Highland, Calif., native has completed all of her undergraduate requirements and is set to graduate in June with a bachelor's in psychology. With an ultimate goal of working as a Fire Department Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Wieseler was preparing to work her last shift ever at Canyonview Aquatic Center in her final week as an official student.
Soon, Wieseler will join women's water polo alumna that includes her older sister, Alexis Wieseler, who was UC San Diego standout from 2013-17. The two will also be joined by Maddy’s twin sister, Allison, who is currently at senior playing for No. 3 UCLA.
“It’s crazy that I’ll be transitioning into that in a few weeks,” said Maddy. “My twin sister will also be done in May — then we’ll all just be retired Masters (club) players.
“It’s a little weird for it to come to an end. We’ve been involved with the sport so long. It’s been a really great ride to all be involved in this community.”
Alexis Wieseler’s name is all over the Tritons' record book, standing second all-time in goals scored for the program (297), first in shot attempts (770) and was a two-time ACWPC All-America First-Team selection.
Along with Allison, the three were able to team up for one season of water polo at Redlands East Valley High School.
“The best memories were playing with both of them in high school,” said Maddy. “There was nothing like it. We grew up playing sports all together always.”
Maddy believes Alexis’ path directly led to her own decision to attend UC San Diego.
“When (Alexis) got recruited to play here, it was the first time I’ve heard of UC San Diego,” Maddy recalled. “She had an amazing career here and really made a name for herself. I saw how much she enjoyed her experience and I wanted to be part of that.”
But just as Wieseler's career is coming to an end, it sets up new beginnings for the program next year in its first season in the Big West Conference.
“I’m so proud to be a part of the program at this stage and see it transition to the highest level it can get to,” said Wieseler. “It will be nice being an alum and being part of that legacy. It’s a great step for the school and athletics.
“We’ve worked really hard for it, so we want to be up there with those top-tier teams. It’s going to be awesome to come back and see what they’re going to accomplish.”
UC SAN DIEGO VITALS
National Rank: 17 (CWPA)
BIG (WEST) NEWS FOR UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETICS
On Nov. 27, UC San Diego was officially invited to become a member of the NCAA Division I Big West Conference. The Tritons will begin a four-year reclassification period starting in the fall of 2020 and will play a full Big West schedule. However, UC San Diego women's water polo will join the Big West Conference in the spring of 2020 and immediately resume its eligibility to compete in the NCAA Championship. For the 2024-25 academic year, all sports will be eligible to compete in Big West and NCAA Division I championships. Read the full press release here.
- The Tritons are ranked No. 17 in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Top 25.
- UC San Diego has won six-consecutive Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) championships en route to six-straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
- The Tritons have won 29-consecutive WWPA regular-season contests and four of their last five games overall.
- UC San Diego went 3-1 during San Diego State's Aztec Invitational on March 9-10. The Tritons earned victories over No. 20 CSU, Azusa Pacific and No. 24 Bucknell.
- The Tritons won their WWPA opener against Fresno Pacific, 11-5, at home on March 8.
- The Tritons have already faced six teams this season ranked in the top-10 of the CWPA Top 25 (USC, Cal, Hawai'i, Pacific, Michigan and UC Santa Barbara twice).
- UC San Diego has also played and six other opponents ranked in the top 25 (Loyola Marymount twice, Indiana, San Jose State, Wagner, Long Beach State twice, CSUN and Marist).
- Sophomore Grace Pevehouse leads the Tritons with 39 goals and 49 total points
- Sophomore Taylor Onstott leads the Tritons with 12 assists and is second on the team with 33 goals and 45 total points.
- Sophomore Ciara Franke is third on the team with 26 goals and and 32 total points.
- Junior goalkeeper Reilly Gallagher is 5-4 in the net as a starter this season with 84 saves and a .488 save percentage.
1. UC San Diego: 1-0, 11-12
2. Gannon: 0-0, 7-6
3. Cal State East Bay: 0-0,10-10
4. McKendree: 0-0, 6-9
5. Sonoma State: 0-0, 6-9
6. Cal State Monterey Bay: 0-0, 7-11
7. Mercyhurst: 0-0, 1-13
8. Salem: 0-1, 9-12
9. Fresno Pacific: 0-1, 6-17
UC SAN DIEGO NATIONAL RANKINGS
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• Preseason: 15
• Week 1: 21
• Week 2: 21
• Week 3: 20
• Week 4: T-17
• Week 5: T-17
• Week 6: 14
• Week 7: 14
• Week 8: 17
• Week 9: 16
• Week 10: 17
MEET THE 2019 TRITONS
The Tritons return five starters and 17 players total from last season’s squad, including All-WWPA First-Team selections senior Chanel Schilling, senior Krista Schneider and junior goalkeeper Reilly Gallagher. Sophomore Grace Pevehouse earned All-WWPA Honorable Mention in 2018, while Taylor Onstott was named WWPA Newcomer of the Year and joined Ciara Franke on the WWPA All-Freshman Team. In addition, sophomore goalkeeper Bennett Bugelli was named WWPA Championship MVP.
2019 WWPA Preseason Coaches Poll (first-place votes)
1. UC San Diego - 64 points, (8)
2. Cal State East Bay - 57 points, (1)
3. Sonoma State - 44 points
4. Fresno Pacific - 42 points
5. Cal State Monterey Bay - 40 points
6. Mercyhurst - 28 points
7. McKendree - 21 points
8. Gannon - 15 points
9. Salem - 13 points
2018 YEAR IN REVIEW
UC San Diego is coming off a 24-12 campaign in 2018 and a berth in the NCAA Opening Round. The Tritons defeated 11 ranked opponents and won their sixth-consecutive WWPA Championship en route to a sixth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Five Tritons received ACWPC All-America accolades last season, including first-team selections Kayla Fedler and Chanel Schilling, second-team choices Krista Schneider and Reilly Gallagher, and honorable mention Taylor Onstott. Head coach Brad Kreutzkamp was named WWPA Coach of the Year for the fourth time in nine seasons at the helm, as he also moved up into second place all-time in coaching victories for the program.
HEAD COACH BRAD KREUTZKAMP
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