Photo by: Ken Grosse/UCSD Athletics
Erika Rodman sports UCSD's top 1000 free and 1650 free marks, both NCAA consideration qualifiers.
No. 6 UCSD Hosts East Bay for Saturday Dual
Release: Wednesday 12/18/2013 

vs. RV Cal State East Bay (women only)
Saturday, Dec. 21 • 2 p.m.
Canyonview Pool • La Jolla

The UC San Diego women's swim team hosts a Division II dual meet this Saturday, Dec. 21, against visiting Cal State East Bay. The first of 11 swimming events at the Canyonview Aquatic Center is slated for a 2 p.m. start. CSUEB does not field a diving program, nor men's swimming. The UCSD women are 1-1 in dual meets this season and ranked sixth nationally in Division II. East Bay is 2-2 and receiving votes just outside of the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) poll. Admission to all meets at Canyonview is free. Parking is also free on the UCSD campus on weekends.

Cal State East Bay is from Hayward, and like UCSD, is a member of the Pacific Collegiate Swimming & Diving Conference (PCSC). The Pioneers finished a program-best second at the 2013 PCSC Championships, 410.5 points behind the Tritons. CSUEB is an even 2-2 in dual meets, having most recently dropped a 119-84 decision against Division I Fresno State on Dec. 7 prior to a first-place showing at the La Verne Winter Invitational in Commerce this past Sunday. The Pioneers have remained in Southern California all this week since that meet. The East Bay head coach is Ben Loorz, now in his fourth season. He was the 2013 PCSC Coach of the Year.

In the only previous dual meeting between these schools, UCSD topped East Bay in La Jolla on Jan. 5 of this year by the final score of 132-67.

Saturday's women's dual meet against Cal State East Bay will feature a standard collegiate 13-event format, without diving, meaning 11 swimming races. The program is as follows: 400 medley relay, 800 free, 200 free, 50 free, 200 IM, 100 fly, 100 free, 100 back, 400 free, 100 breast and 400 free relay. Two short breaks will be taken after the 200 IM and 400 free.

Individual events during Saturday's dual meet will be scored to five places (1st-9; 2nd-4; 3rd-3; 4th-2; 5th-1). Relays will be scored to three places (1st-11; 2nd-4; 3rd-2). No more than three individuals or two relay foursomes per team can accumulate points in a given event. Swimmers are permitted to compete in a maximum of three events (in any combination of individual and/or relay).

The second of three College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) NCAA Division II team rankings, voted on by seven CSCAA member coaches and one member of the media, was released late Thursday, Dec. 19. The UCSD women appear in a tie with Simon Fraser University at No. 6, down from No. 2 on Nov. 15, while the men are No. 8, down from No. 6. This Saturday's opponent for the women, Cal State East Bay, was receiving votes just outside of the top 25 for the second straight poll.

In the most recent Endless Pools/ Division II Top 25 from Dec. 10, accounting for teams' top performances from Nov. 11-Dec. 8, the UCSD men and women are both at No. 4, each down from No. 2.

Luke Calkins and Garet Webster became the first two Tritons to qualify for the 2014 NCAA Division II Championships in Geneva, Ohio, in March, winning the one-meter (311.92) and three-meter (314.70) springboard diving events, respectively, with qualifying scores in the season opener with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Oct. 26. Team captains Nicholas Korth and Anji Shakya joined the two divers with automatic qualifying marks during the Arena Invitational last month. Korth punched his ticket with a time of 1:56.26 in the 200 breaststroke on Nov. 23. Shakya went 4:50.30 in the 500 freestyle on Nov. 21 to send her on her way. It will be a fourth straight trip to nationals for seniors Calkins, Korth and Shakya, while Webster has earned his NCAA debut.

On the men's side, 11 Triton swimmers have at least one B cut, while that number is at nine for the UCSD women. All five relays for the men and women have achieved a consideration qualifier.

According to rankings on, Shakya currently has the top time nationally in Division II in the 500 free (4:50.30), as well as the second-fastest in the 200 free (1:50.00) and seventh in the 200 back (2:02.83). Korth has the best times in the 100 breast (53.59) and 200 breast (1:56.26). He also ranks fifth in both the 50 free (20.36) and 200 IM (1:49.60).

The Triton women have Division II's top times in the 200 free relay and 400 free relay. Shakya anchored Austine Lee, Colleen Daley and Sierra Robbins to a mark of 1:33.72 in the shorter distance at the Arena Invitational on Nov. 21, and Daley, Robbins and Catherine Woo to 3:25.58 in the 400 two days later. UCSD is second in the 800 free relay (7:34.98), sixth in the 200 medley (1:44.88) and 11th in the 400 medley (3:51.38). The Triton men are fourth in the 800 free relay (6:42.42), fifth in the 400 free (3:02.72), sixth in the 200 medley (1:31.11) and seventh in the 200 free (1:22.54) and 400 medley (3:20.69).

Other top-10 marks for the UCSD women include Daley in the 100 free (t-10th, 51.48), Erika Rodman (fourth, 10:25.44) and Sierra Gage (10th, 10:32.75) in the 1000 free, and Naomi Thomas in the 100 fly (fourth, 55.93) and 200 fly (sixth, 2:03.11). For the men, Paul Li in the 500 free (fourth, 4:27.62) and 400 IM (fifth, 3:57.10), Kyle Nadler (fourth, 9:25.24) and Sasha Mitrushina (sixth, 9:29.99) in the 1000, Mitrushina in the 1650 (fourth, 15:47.10), and Alex Moshensky in the 200 back (fifth, 1:48.18).

So far this season, Korth and Shakya have each earned Counsilman Hunsaker Division II Swimmer of the Week distinction. Korth won the award on Nov. 15 after the dual at UC Santa Barbara, while Shakya was named on Nov. 27 following the Arena Invitational. They marked second career selections for both Triton standouts.

Korth and Shakya are the only two former national champions on the 2013-14 UCSD roster. Korth won the 200-yard breaststroke event as a freshman at the 2011 NCAA Division II Championships, while Shakya is the reigning champion in her specialty, the 200 freestyle. Both performances were in school-record times, with Korth having since lowered that standard in the 200 breast.

UCSD has 12 All-Americans on its 2013-14 roster. Topping the list are Shakya and Korth as 13-time and 12-time All-Americans, respectively. Also back are Alex Merrill (6), Reid McCallum (5), Robbins (4), Jaclyn Amog (3), Daley (3), Thomas (2), Dari Watkins (2), Eva Chen (1), Sandy Hon (1) and Li (1). Calkins and Michael Leung earned All-America honorable mention a season ago.

Team captains for the 2013-14 season were voted on at the conclusion of the prior year, with the senior quartet of Korth, Merrill, Shakya and Lindsay Oosterhouse earning that distinction. Korth and Shakya are now two-time Triton captains. Korth is also the vice president of the Triton Athletes' Council (TAC) for this academic year as a two-time member of the TAC Executive Board.

The UCSD swimming and diving program has exceptional leadership with top competitive pedigree on the pool deck in 2013-14. Co-head coaches Corrie Falcon and Matt Macedo are in their third season in charge. Falcon was a two-year team captain and national runner-up at USC, while Macedo was a two-time national champion and 20-time All-American at California. Daniel Perdew, a five-time national champion as arguably the greatest sprinter in the history of the UCSD program, is in his third season on the staff at his alma mater and first as the top assistant. Diving coach Michelle Casillas was a multiple-time all-conference performer first at Nevada and then at Florida State. Finally, first-year assistants Emmett Walling and Jamie Saffer were standout swimmers at USC and Tennessee, respectively.

The Triton men finished second out of five teams and the women were 10th of 11 among a full Division I field at the 2013 Arena Invitational in Monterey Park, Nov. 21-23. Korth won the 100 breaststroke (53.59) for a third straight year, shared top honors in the 50 freestyle in a lifetime-best 20.36 (third all-time at UCSD), and placed second in the 200 breast (1:56.26). Every swim by Korth and Shakya throughout the three days was at least a B standard, with A cuts coming in the 200 breast and 500 free, respectively.

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Following Saturday's dual meet for the Triton women, both UCSD squads will be in the water competitively one final time for the 2013 calendar year, across town at San Diego State on Monday, Dec. 30. The host SDSU women and fellow Division I Air Force men and women are the opponents for a meet set for a 2 p.m. start at the Aztec Aquaplex.


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