LA JOLLA, Calif. - The UC San Diego men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams open the 2006-07 season at home with a dual meet against Utah at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 28 in Canyonview Pool. UCSD will look to build on its third-consecutive top-five national finish on the men’s side and four consecutive third-place national finishes on the women’s side. Other highlighted meets for the Tritons include Nov. 11 at home against Cal State Bakersfield, Nov. 16-18 at the Speedo Cup, Feb. 7-10 at the Pacific Coast Swimming Conference Championships and March 14-17 at the NCAA Championships.
Emily Harlan led the Tritons in the 50 Free with a time of 23.44 at the NCAA Championships. Harlan also led the team in the 100 Free with a time of 51.36 at the Speedo Cup. Harlan currently holds 2nd place all-time in both the 50 Free and 100 Free with times set during the 2004-05 season. The senior was also an important part of the 200 Medley Relay team that finished with a school record time of 1:45.53.
Andrea Lippin will be looked to as the leader in distance swimming after the graduation of Sophie Levy. Lippin entered the UCSD record books in both the 500 Free (4:58.41) and 1000 Free (10:15.13) at the NCAAs, finishing with the 3rd and 3nd best times, respectively. Lippin also posted a strong time of 17:15.13 in the 1650 Free at the NCAAs and was part of the UCSD all-time best 800 Free Relay team.
Susan Bell had an impressive season last year, notching personal bests and entering the all-time UCSD top ten in five different events. Bell swam a 26.94 in the 50 backstroke at the NCAA Championships, a new UCSD record. She also had times of 57.44 in the 100 Back and 4:25.69 in the 400 IM good for second all-time in both categories. The senior also placed times good enough for third in both the 200 Back (2:05.39) and 200 IM (2:05.63) at the NCAAs. Bell added to her impressive year as part of the all-time best 800 Free Relay team.
Jennifer Sims had a strong inaugural campaign at UCSD last year. Sims rose to the top of the UCSD all-time ranks in both the 100 Butterfly and 200 Butterfly with times of 57.63 and 2:04.07, respectively, at the NCAA Championships. The sophomore was also part of the UCSD all-time best 200 medley relay team.
Shannon Simonds also made an impact during her freshman year. Simonds led the team in the 200 free at the NCAA Championships with a time of 1:52.34, good for 4th in UCSD history. The sophomore also posted top ten times in the 500 Free (4:59.71), 100 Free (52.02), and 200 IM (2:06.32). Simonds was also a member of the 800 Free Relay that set a UCSD record with a time of 7:32.77.
Kendall Bohn will be another returning Triton looking to improve on her freshman year. Bohn was impressive at the NCAA Championships with a time of 2:18.50 that placed her 4th in UCSD history. Bohn finished behind departing senior Louisa Salisbury with a season best time of 1:05.57 at the PCSC, a spot still good enough for 7th all-time in the event. The sophomore finished with a time of 1:00.55 in the 100 Butterfly at the Speedo Cup.
Joel Tourtellotte had an outstanding season for the Tritons in 2005-06. Posting team leading and personal best times in four events, Tourtellotte continued to cement his status in the UCSD record books after only his second season. In the 200 Free, Tourtellotte moved to 3rd-place in UCSD history with a time of 1:39.57. The junior moved to 5th in the 500 Free with a time of 4:30.75. Tourtellotte would post two more top-ten times at the NCAA Championships, with a time of 9:20.98 in the 1000 Free and a time of 15:57.18 in the 1650 Free.
Tim Fuller also had a strong showing at the NCAA Championships, finishing the 100 Free in 45.79. The time was good enough to place Fuller 7th all-time in UCSD record books. Fuller also swam well at the Speedo Cup, posting a time of 21.57 in the 50 Free. The senior will be looked to as a leading member of the sprint events during the season.
Steven Hardy made quite an impact during his first year at UCSD. The sophomore from Salt Lake City, Utah was the top finisher for the Tritons in the 50 Back (24.06), 100 Back (51.84), and 200 Back (1:52.63) at the NCAA Championships. His 100 and 200 Back times were good enough for to rank respectively 9th and 8th all-time in those events. Hardy also was strong in the 200 IM at the NCAA Championships, posting a time of 1:54.74. At the Speedo Cup, Hardy posted his best time in the 400 IM at 4:06.22. He will be looked to as a leader in both events after the graduation of Michael Baier and Ben Falcioni last year.
Junior Evan Hsiao made his biggest splash last year at the NCAA Championships in the 100 Breast event. With a time of 56.26, Hsiao took his place as 2nd all-time in UCSD history for that event. Hsiao was also strong in the 200 Breast, posting a top time last season of 2:08.89 at the Speedo Cup. His time was .27 seconds slower than that of junior Derek Pettit, who scored his top time of 2:08.62 at the PCSC Championships.
Sophomore Jason Korotkin and senior Jesse Marin both posted top times last year in the 200 Butterfly that qualified for UCSD record books. Korotkin’s time of 1:51.43 at the Speedo Cup was good for 4th while Marin’s 1:53.22 ranks 8th. Marin also posted the top time of UCSD swimmers in the 100 Butterfly, finishing in 51.24 at the PCSC Championships.