LA JOLLA, Calif. - The nationally-ranked UC San Diego Tritons are geared up for the Pacific Coast Swimming and Diving Championships, which will be held Feb. 8-11 at the Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatic Center in La Mirada, Calif.
UCSD's No. 1 women and No. 3 men will be gunning to bring home their fourth consecutive PCSC titles as well as qualify more individuals for the upcoming NCAA Championships.
At the 2011 PCSC Championships in Long Beach, Calif., the UCSD men won with 1548.5 points. Cal Baptist placed second with 1386 and Fresno Pacific came in third with 1105.5 points. The women earned their three-peat by scoring 1635 points. Again, the Lancers finished second with 1261 points, while UC Santa Cruz was third with 970.
Senior Alex Henley, along with former Triton Samuel Duimovich, were named Swimmers of the Meet.
Over the four days, Henley won three individual events including the 200 backstroke and the 200 and 400 individual medleys. She won the 400 IM by over nine seconds. The two-time defending national champion in the 200 butterfly was also part of three winning relay squads.
Henley heads into this season's PCSC's with the country's top times in the 200 free (1:48.73), the 100 backstroke (54.98), the 200 backstroke (1:57.11) and the 400 IM (4:18.67).
Emily Adamczyk set a new PCSC record with a winning time of 2:14.40 in the 200 breaststroke on the final day of competition. Adamczyk also took the league crown in the 100 breast and was on the winning 800 free and 400 medley relay teams.
Currently, Adamczyk owns the best time in the nation in the 200 breaststroke with a 2:14.42.
Gabby Rossbach also won three events, taking the 100 butterfly, the 200 butterfly and the 1650 free. Anji Shakya won the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle.
The Triton women won a total of 15 events, including all five relays. UCSD went 1-2-3 in the 200 IM (Henley, Adamczyk and Neda Nguyen), the 100 breaststroke (Adamczyk, Nguyen and Michelle McCadden) and the 200 breaststroke (Adamczyk, Nguyen and McCadden).
Nick Korth was the big winner for the Triton men. The reigning national champion set a PCSC record in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 1:58.56 on the last day of the championships. Korth also won the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke. Along with Eric Owens, Adam Yen and Blake Langland, he was part of the winning 200 and 400 medley relay teams.
Korth enters this year's PCSC's as the country's top time holder in the 100 breast (53.70) and the 200 IM (1:47.92).
Owens was victorious in the 100 backstroke and Langland took the 50 free to go along with their relay wins.
Besides Korth, Duimovich was the other Triton that logged more than one victory as he touched first in the 500 freestyle and the 400 IM.
Matt Herman, who would go on to win two national titles at NCAA's, won the 1650 free on the last day of competition. Currently, Herman tops all Division II swimmers with a time of 15:26.69 in the 1650 freestyle.
Adam Rice recorded a win in the 100 butterfly, while Alex Merrill, Kyle Begovich, Julius Espiritu and Michael Lorch combined to win the 800 free relay and Tyler Runsten placed first in the three-meter dive.
This season, UCSD owns the best 800 free relay time in the country with a 7:29.45.
Overall, the men won 13 events and swept the podium positions in the 500 free (Duimovich, Herman and Lorch) and the 100 breaststroke (Korth, Griffin Bracke and See Han Lee).
The Tritons last competed on Jan. 21 when they swept Cal Baptist in Riverside. In the championship season preview, Adamczyk, Henley and Shakya each won two events for the women. Herman, Lee and Owens all won a pair of events as well. UCSD swimmers were victorious in 21 of the 32 contests.
The PCSC Championships are the final chance to qualify for the NCAA Championships, which will be held Mar. 14-17 in Mansfield, Texas. UCSD heads into the PCSC's with the expectation that nine men and 12 women are already qualified for the NCAA's. The Tritons hope to have the NCAA maximum of 17 on each side.
For more on the 2012 PCSC Championships, including ticket info, daily schedules and results, go to http://www.pacificswimanddive.org/champresults.html.
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