SOMERS, Wis. - UC San Diego senior captains Anji Shakya and Nicholas Korth were named Wednesday by CollegeSwimming.com as women’s and men’s selections, respectively, for Counsilman Hunsaker Division II Swimmer of the Week.
Shakya helped guide the sixth-ranked Tritons to an even 3-3 record during a busy three-competition week, all against NCAA Division I opponents. She was second-fastest (1:51.43) only to San Diego State freshman standout Anika Apostalon (1:49.35) in the 200 free at SDSU on Monday, Dec. 30. She also achieved the second-best time in the 500 free, swimming 5:01.70, and fifth-best in the 200 back (2:10.25). On Saturday at home against Boise State and Grand Canyon, the Davis product was second in the 200 free (1:51.54), fifth in the 200 back (2:07.66) and fourth in the 500 free (5:04.52). Finally Sunday on Senior Day at Canyonview, Shakya won the 200 free (1:51.40) and was third in the 100 free (52.61) against San Jose State and Incarnate Word. For the week, she grabbed eight individual dual-meet wins and was a member of four top-two relay placements with four wins.
Korth was his usual dominant self as No. 8 UCSD dropped three meets to Division I counterparts. The Santa Clarita native was the lone multiple-event winner for the Triton men in sweeping his specialty breaststroke races against Air Force at San Diego State on Dec. 30. He first went 56.02 in the 100 before turning in a time of 2:03.39 to run away with the 200 by over three and a half seconds. At home Saturday against Grand Canyon, Korth touched third in the 50 free (21.10) before taking the 200 breast in 2:03.60 and placing third in the 200 IM (1:56.74). On Senior Day Sunday in La Jolla, Korth again swept the breaststroke races, timing 55.90 in the 100 to miss the pool record by .79 seconds, and 2:03.38 in the 200. For the week, he collected five individual wins and was a part of five top-three relays with one win.
Wednesday’s awards mark the third career Counsilman Hunsaker distinctions for both Shakya and Korth, and the second for each this season. Shakya garnered the honor on Feb. 19, 2013, as one of three Tritons recognized a season ago, as well as back on Nov. 27, 2013. Korth was chosen as a freshman on Feb. 23, 2011, and again two months ago on Nov. 15, 2013.
Shakya and Korth have already assured themselves of a fourth straight trip to the NCAA Division II Championships, and will lead their respective women’s and men’s contingents into Geneva, Ohio, this March. They are each one-time national champions in the 200 free and 200 breast, respectively, and 13-time All-Americans.
The UCSD men and women continue their dual-meet seasons at CSU Bakersfield this Saturday, Jan. 11, with the women of No. 12 Alaska and Loyola Marymount also present. The action at the Hillman Aquatics Complex gets under way at 12 p.m.