Release: Sunday 05/24/2009 
Coach Darcy Ahner led the UCSD Women's Track & Field team to a third place finish at the NCAA Championships.
Coach Darcy Ahner led the UCSD Women's Track &...
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Tue., May 26---Baseball---UCSD at D-II College World Series---3:00 PM (EST)

Wed., May 27 - Sat., May 30---Baseball---UCSD at D-II College World Series---TBD

Twelve athletes, eight school records and three individual national champions added up to a best-ever third place finish for the UCSD women at the NCAA Division II Track & Field Championships held last weekend in San Angelo, TX...Coach Darcy Ahner’s Tritons piled up 56 points to finish behind only Lincoln (85) and host Angelo State (82) in the team standings.

Junior hammer thrower Danielle Thu grabbed UCSD’s first national crown, obliterating the field with a school record toss of 198-8...The heave was the fifth best in D-II history and more than 16 ft. better than her closest competitor...Junior Linda Rainwater, the defending NCAA titlist in the heptathlon, finished third behind Angelo State’s Aisha Adams in that event, despite posting a school record 5,303 points...The versatile Rainwater was not to be denied, however, and earned her second national title by knocking off No. 1 seed Adams, among others, to capture the high jump...She cleared 5-9.75, topping her own UCSD standard by an inch...Another junior, Christine Merrill got her title and snapped her own school record in the 400 hurdles, taking the lead from the omnipresent Adams at the eighth and final hurdle and then gutting it home in 58.59.

The national champions were hardly the only luminaries for UCSD...Senior hurdler Laiah Blue capped an auspicious career with a fifth place run in the 100 hurdles and came back to get eighth behind Merrill in the 400 sticks...She clocked 13.70 in the 100 hurdle finals after bettering her own school record with a 13.63 in the prelims...Blue also anchored the record-setting (46.42) 4x100 relay squad, teaming with Merrill, Katie Skorupa and Kelly Fogarty to place fifth...The 4x400 quartet of Merrill, Skorupa, Anna Lee McGregor and Deyna Roberson registered a fourth place finish and established a new UCSD record of 3:43.66 in the prelims...Other point scorers included senior Sarah Hendy, fifth in the discus at 152-11, and sophomore Bre Schofield whose 4:34.20 was good for seventh in the1,500...Fogarty accounted for the final record of the meet with her 11.85 time in the 100 prelims...Although she ran 0.7 seconds faster than her all-time Triton best, it was still not enough to reach the finals in this ultra-quick NCAA field.

The best performance on the men’s side was Casey Ryan’s 10th place finish in the high jump (6-9.25)...Freshman Nick  Howe was 11th in the javelin.

The 2009 NCAA Division II College World Series in Cary, NC got off to a rocky start for the No. 1 ranked Baseball team as the Tritons were defeated, 3-1, by No. 21 Dowling Sunday, stymied on three hits by Daktronics National Pitcher of the Year Gabriel Duran...The three hits matched UCSD’s lowest single game total of the year and Duran had a no-hitter going for five and two-thirds...The loss dropped UCSD to 39-15 on the season.

Dowling scored two runs off sophomore right hander Tim Shibuya in the fourth, but the Tritons cut the lead in the half in the sixth...Catcher Kellen Lee started the frame with a walk, advanced to second on a two-out error and scored on third baseman Josh Tanner’s double off the top of the left field wall...That would turn out to be all teh offense UCSD could muster on this afternoon... Shibuya went seven and two-thirds, scattering nine hits in a very serviceable outing... Tanner had two of the Tritons’ three hits...Coach Dan O’Brien’s club is back in action Tuesday, facing West Chester (PA) in an elimination game at 3:00 PM (EST)...The Golden Rams are 46-10 after losing Sunday's second game, 7-3, to Lynn (FL).

Earlier in the week, Albitz and Shibuya were selected to the 2009 Daktronics All-American team... Meanwhile, nine Tritons were chosen to the ABCA/Rawlings All-West Region team and O’Brien was tabbed Regional Coach of the Year...First team All-Region picks were Albitz, Shibuya, anner, Evan Kehoe, Gujido Knudson and Matt Rossman...Making the second team were Brandon Gregorich, Garrett Imeson and Matt Cantele...After leading the nation in fielding percentage in back-to-back years, five Tritons---Albitz, Imeson, Tanner, Kehoe and Shibuya---got the nod as national Rawlings Gold Glove winners.

Sophomore right fielder Kristyn Lesovsky added to her haul of post-season honors when she was named first team Lousiville Slugger/NFCA and Daktronics All-American... Lesovsky hit .446 for the year, helping the Triton Softball team to a 30-25 mark and a third straight NCAA West Regional berth.

On the heels of its sixth conference crown in a row, Coach Liz LaPlante’s Women’s Tennis team placed half a dozen players on the 2009 All-CCAA squad...First teamers included Natalie Varnay, Taskeen Bains and Valerie Tang...Anita Athavale Ina Dan and Tessa Tran earned second team recognition...Athavale was the CCAA Newcomer of the year and LaPlante was  honored as CCAA Coach of the Year for the sixth straight time...LaPlante also garnered ITA Coach of the Year accolades for the West Region.

Dan, a senior from La Canada, was also chosen as the West Region and national winner of the ITA’s Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship.

Steve Donohoe of the Men’s Water Polo team and swimmer Jessica Ferguson were named to ESPN the Magazine’s Academic All-District At-Large team last week... Donohoe, a junior, has been a two-year starter for Coach Denny Harper and sports a 3.88 GPA in Bioscience & Cell Biology...Ferguson, a sophomore who was part of UCSD’s 2009 NCAA championship 200 medley relay team, boasts a 3.78 GPA in Molecular Biology.

The annual UC San Diego Athletics Recognition Dinner will be held Thursday at the Price Center Ballroom... The event starts at 7:00 PM...For more information call (858) 534-8460.

The first annual Memorial Day DodgeBall Classic, sponsored by the Triton Athletes’ Council and benefiting the Make-a-Wish Foundation, drew 18 teams to RIMAC Arena Friday night...”Shake n Bake,” featuring freshmen members of the men’s and women’s basketball teams, knocked off Underbridge Troll (?), made up primarily of players from the Triton women’s soccer squad...Also making the semi-finals were Charity on the Reg (baseball) and the UCSD Fencing team.

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