2019-20 ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Nov. 11, 2019

Aren Johnson – Men’s Cross Country

Aren Johnson led the No. 19 men’s cross country team to a seventh-place finish at the NCAA West Regional in Monmouth, Ore. Individually, he crossed the line in third place of the men’s 10K with a time of 29-minutes, 57.4-seconds. His efforts earned him All-West Region recognition for the second time in his career, as well as an automatic berth to the NCAA Championship that will take place two weeks from now. Johnson’s time was just 3.4 seconds off from Cal State San Marcos’ individual winner. It was also an all-time best UC San Diego finish on the men’s side in the institution’s Division II era. 


 

Trinity Castaneda - Women's Volleyball 

Trinity Castaneda had a match high 16 kills, one short of her career best, in sweep of No. 24 Cal State LA that clinched Tritons a CCAA Tournament berth. She hit .625 against the Golden Eagles. The next night, she totaled 14 kills, 3 blocks, 2 digs while hitting .433 in sweep of Cal State Dominguez Hills. For the week, she led team in kills (30), points (32), and hitting percentage (.519).

Nov. 4, 2019

Hayden Hui - Men's Golf

Hayden Hui finished fourth in an 87 player field, helping the Tritons tie for second place at the 16 team Dennis Rose Intercollegiate in Hawai’i. Hui carded a 214, 2 under par, with rounds of 74, 71, and 69 on the par 72, 7,074 yard Waikoloa Kings’ Course layout. Over the three days Hui steadily elevated his position on the leaderboard, moving from a tie for 13th to a tie for fifth before settling in fourth. Hui was UC San Diego’s top finisher in two of the team’s three tournaments this fall.


 

Katja Pavicevic - Women's Swimming and Diving

Katja Pavicevic - On the first day of the quad meet, Pavicevic won the 400-yard Medley Relay and 200-yard breaststroke. On day two, Pavicevic won the 200-yard medley relay, 100-yard Breaststroke, 200-yard breaststroke and 400-IM. Her performance on day two helped the Tritons defeat UC Davis, one of the top teams in the conference.

Oct. 28, 2019

Kyland Parenti - Men's Swimming and Diving

Kyland Parenti - Won the 1-meter with a score of 278.17 and placed second in 3-meter with a score of 302.10 when the Tritons went up against CMS. Presenti’s score in the 3-meter punched his ticket to NCAA’s. 


 

Samantha Rocke - Women's Cross Country

Samantha Rocke - led No. 17 UC San Diego to a fourth-place finish at the CCAA Championships in Arcata, Calif. Individually, she crossed the line in 22-minutes, 41.7-seconds, sufficient for 11th place and All-CCAA honors (top-15 finishers). The last time a Triton freshman from the women’s side was named All-Conference was in 2015. Five of the women’s teams were well-ranked nationally heading into the meet in which Rocke held her own. She trailed five No. 5 Chico State participants who contributed to the Wildcat’s 12thstraight CCAA team title. 

Oct. 21, 2019

Ziad Khayat - Men's Fencing

Ziad Khayat placed 14th out of 256 fencers in Division I Epee at the ultra-competitive North American Cup in Kansas City, Mo. Competing against top NCAA and club fencers, as well as Olympic hopefuls, Khayat entered the event seeded 134th. He went 9-3 in pool action. In the direct elimination Round of 128, Khayat defeated World Cup medalist Ryan Lee. He then bested Timmy Frank of Brown University in the Round of 64 and Hector Maisonet-Guzman of IFAO Dallas in the Round of 32. In the Round of 16, Khayat faced U.S. National Team member Yeisser Ramirez and fell by a score of 15-6. Ramirez went on to win the gold medal in the event.  

Jessica Rieble - Women's Volleyball 

Jessica Rieble led the women’s volleyball team to 2-0 week at home with team highs in kills (29), kills/set (4.1), hitting percentage (.591), blocks (9), blocks/set (1.3), points (34), and points/set (4.9). The senior middle blocker set new career-highs with 19 kills and 23 points against Stanislaus State. She hit .692, the best by any Triton this season, and added six blocks versus the Warriors. The night prior, Rieble had 10 kills and three blocks with a .444 hitting percentage against Chico State. She entered the weekend ranked fifth nationally in hitting percentage (.407) and is now hitting .433, third in the country.

Oct. 14, 2019

Sam Blake - Men's Cross Country

Sam Blake guided the No. 14 Tritons to a championship on home turf at the 2019 Triton Classic. As a pack, UC San Diego accumulated 27 points total in the men’s 8K. Blake’s individual time of 25-minutes, 41.7-seconds broke a UC San Diego participant record, placing him 2nd overall. On top of becoming the fastest Triton to complete the challenging course, it was also a personal record for the Campbell native. 

Mika Celeste - Women's Soccer

Mika Celeste of the No. 2 University of California San Diego women’s soccer team picked up six points on the weekend as the Tritons went 2-0 to remain undefeated. Celeste was crucial in the Tritons’ victory against Humboldt State, netting the game-winner as the Tritons eventually went on to win 5-2. Celeste brought her best again in the Tritons’ win over San Francisco State, as she scored two goals in the team’s 3-0 shutout.

Oct. 7, 2019

Sreeganesh Manoharan

Sreeganesh Manoharan of the men’s tennis team excelled at the 2019 ITA Regional Championships over the weekend. In doubles, third-seeded Manoharan and his partner Zach Ermert won three consecutive matches to advance all the way to the finals before falling to their Azusa opponents. In singles, the senior won his first match, 6-2, 6-0, and his second 6-4, 6-4. He then grabbed an early lead over his fourth-seeded Sonoma State opponent who bowed out with an injury. Manoharan ultimately finished in the quarterfinals before narrowly falling to his teammate, Marc Isaia.

Ellie Whitney - Women's Swimming and Diving

Ellie Whitney set a school record in 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:50.71 at the USC Invite. She had B cut times for the 1650-yard free, 1000-yard free (based on splits), 500-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle. The 500-yard, 1000-yard and 1650-yard freestyle were all swam faster than the NCAA invite time from last season.

Sept. 30, 2019

Jack Turner - Men's Water Polo

Jack Turner had 59 saves, 4 assists and 3 steals last week as the Tritons went 3-2. UC San Diego picked up wins against No. 9 UC Davis, No. 10 UC Irvine and No. 20 San Jose State. His 23 saves in double sudden death against UC Davis was a new career high.

Delaney Whittet - Women's Soccer

Delaney Whittet was key for the No. 1 Tritons as the team remained unbeaten during their first conference road trip of the season. At Cal State East Bay, the Triton captain and her defensive counterparts held the Pioneers to just one shot across 110 minutes of play. Later in the weekend in the Tritons’ 2-0 win at Cal State Monterey Bay, Whittet helped hold the Otters to only two shots throughout 90 minutes of competition.

Sept. 23, 2019

Nick Cirrito - Men's Soccer

Nick Cirrito’s week was highlighted by his game-winning goal in the 88th minute on Saturday night, as the Tritons ultimately defeated Hawai’i-Hilo, 2-1, in front of a packed house. Across the week, as the Tritons defeated the Vulcans but narrowly fell to Point Loma in double overtime, Cirrito recorded eight shots, three of which were on-goal. With Cirrito’s goal against the Vulcans, he moves into a tie for the team lead with three on the season.

Gina Cortesi - Women's Volleyball

Gina Cortesi led the Tritons to a 2-0 CCAA start on the road. She averaged 4.0 points and 3.7 kills per set and had a hit percentage of .409. All of those numbers were team highs. She also averaged 2.2 digs, second best on the team. Had a match high 13 kills while hitting .435 at SF State and match high 9 kills at East Bay. Cortesi also added 8 digs and 2 aces vs. Pioneers.

Sept. 16, 2019

Sam Blake- Men's Cross Country

Sam Blake led the pack for the Triton men and overall at the Cougar Challenge hosted by San Marcos. Out of the 53 total participants, Blake placed first in a race that came down to the wire. He crossed the finish line nine-tenths of second faster than Queens (N.C.)'s runner-up (24:11.9). A time of 24-minutes, 11.0-seconds in the 8K marked Blake’s best-time yet, hence granting him individual champion. His performance assisted the UC San Diego men in locking up a third-place team finish ahead of three other competitive NCAA West Region opponents. 

Jessica Rieble - Women's Volleyball

Jessica Rieble led UC San Diego to a tourney-best 4-0 record at the six-team West Region Showcase in La Jolla. She hit .440 while averaging 3.7 points, 2.7 kills, 1.3 blocks, and 1.1 digs. Her hitting percentage and blocking average ranked second among all tourney players. Rieble's 16 points vs. Concordia Irvine and 10.5 points vs. Saint Martin's were match highs. Her 9 blocks vs. Concordia Irvine were 1 short of her career high. She was named to all-tournament team.

Sept. 9, 2019

Brett Jones - Men's Soccer

Brett Jones led the Tritons to a pair of victories to start the season, first against Concordia University Irvine and later against nationally-ranked No. 25 Fresno Pacific. Jones contributed a goal in each of the contests. The junior forward opened the scoring against the Sunbirds after a scoreless first half on Thursday, and gave the Tritons a 2-0 lead over the Eagles on Saturday. Jones was relentless, taking 11 shots across the two matches, five of which were on-goal.

Angelica Ramos - Women's Soccer

Goalkeeper Angelica Ramos was perfect in the net as the No. 3 Tritons recorded back-to-back shutout victories to open the season. Facing Concordia University Irvine on Thursday and Biola University on Saturday, Ramos stopped every shot she faced, picking up seven saves. The San Clemente native played all 180 minutes of the two contests, collecting her 23rd and 24th clean sheets of her Triton career.

 

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