SIX EARN ALL-AMERICAN STATUS AT NCAA TRACK & FIELD
Four women and two men grabbed All-American honors as the Track & Field teams finished 18th (women/13 pts.) and 33rd (men/8 pts.) respectively at last week’s NCAA Division II Championships in Emporia, KS...Lincoln (MO) was the women’s team champion, scoring 93 points and Abilene Christian (TX) was the men’s title winner with 80 points.
Senior Briana Hinga had the top individual finish for Coach Tony Salerno’s squad, taking third in the javelin despite a heave of 159-1, an incredible seven feet further than her school record...She was just over a foot short of the gold medal...Sophomore Laiah Blue got off to a rough start when she didn’t qualify for the finals of the 400 hurdles, but bounced back nicely in the 100 hurdles to set a school record (13.86) in the prelims and finish fifth in the finals with a time of 13.88...Senior Mimi Hodgins, last year’s runner-up at 800 meters, had to settle for seventh this time, clocking 2:16.63...The fourth All-American for the women was standout freshman Sarah Hendy who claimed eighth in the discus with a toss of 147-1...UCSD non-scorers included freshman Jillian Sola, 17th in the discus, sophomore Diane Dunn, who was thirteenth in the 1,500 prelims (4:52.28), one slot short of the finals, sophomore Emily McGregor, 10th in the 5,000 (18:27.59), junior Madeleine Flint, who cleared 11-10.5 in the pole vault, good enough for ninth, one tantalizing spot away from All-American territory, and the 4x400 relay quartet which had the 10th-fastest heat time (3:48.22).
For the men, it was the senior hurdle duo of Mike Cunningham and Jon Patton again leading the way...Cunningham snared All-American status for the second consecutive year, finishing fourth in the 400 intermediate hurdles (51.52)...Teammate Patton was sixth in the same race, posting a time of 51.99...Patton failed to make the final in the short hurdles and UCSD's two other male qualifiers were seniors Brad Libuit, who was 16th in the javelin (197-0), and Carl Lostrom, 16th in the 3,000 steeplechase (9:53.68).
WOMEN’S CREW FOURTH OVERALL AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
In its second consecutive trip to the NCAA Division II Championships, Coach Pattie Pinkerton’s Women’s Crew team showed that it belonged with the best in the nation, finishing third in the fours, fifth in the eights and fourth overall at the FinnCaspersenRowingCenter in West Windsor, NJ.
In Friday’s heat races, from which the winners advanced to the grand final and the next two went to Saturday’s repechage competition, UCSD finished third but turned in the fourth fastest time of the day, meaning a similar performance Saturday would lift the Tritons into Sunday’s grand final...Alas, Pinkerton’s charges wound up third in a four-boat blanket finish where the difference between first and fourth was a mere two seconds... The Tritons displayed solid focus in rebounding Sunday to capture the petite final and finish fifth overall.
In the fours, the Tritons were second in a Friday heat race that couldn’t have been any closer, falling short by just .01 seconds to Barry (FL)...UCSD came back Saturday to win its semi-final race and Sunday placed third behind Western Washington and Barry in the grand final.
In related news, senior Cara Kuebert and junior Leah Llach were named to the College Rowing Coaches of America (CRCA) Division II Pocock All-America team last week... Additionally, Kuebert along with fellow senior Arianna Pilram and junior Megan Hatlen gained National Scholar-Athlete status in their sport.
RECOGNITION DINNER SET FOR WEDNESDAY
The annual UCSD Athletics Recognition Dinner will be held Wednesday night at the Price Center Ballroom on campus...More than 600 are expected to attend the event which starts at 7:00 PM and honors student-athletes, coaches and supporters of the UC San Diego Athletic program...Channel 8 sportscaster John Howard will serve as master of ceremonies...This year’s dinner is being sponsored for the first time by the UCSD Athletic Board.
WOMEN’S SOCCER FUND-RAISER TO FETE McMANUS
The UCSD Women’s Soccer team will host a fund-raiser, Saturday, June 10, at the Hotel La Jolla, honoring Head Coach Brian McManus on the occasion of his 60th birthday and start of his 20th season at the helm of the Triton program...Dubbed “An Evening With Brian McManus,” the affair will be a cocktail party from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on the hotel’s panoramic top floor...Complimentary hors d’ouevres will be served and there will be a short program, silent auction and raffle...Tickets are $25 per person and all proceeds will benefit UCSD Women’s Soccer which has won seven NCAA Championships under McManus...For more information call the UCSD Athletic Dept. at (858) 534-8460.
TRITON ATHLETES HONORED FOR ACADEMIC PROWESS
Four UCSD student-athletes were selected to the ESPN the Magazine District VIII Academic All-American (at-large category) team it was announced last week...The honorees were Flynn LaRochelle (Water Polo/3.93 GPA/Biology), Chelsea Ambort (Fencing3.52/Political Science), Chris Finegold (Water Polo/3.65/Management Science) and Daniel Gordh (Diving/3.78/Theater).