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Freshman Sierra Gage is in the top three on the 2013-14 UCSD list in all three distance events.
No. 6 UCSD Wraps Dual Season at USD Saturday
Release: Tuesday 01/28/2014 

at University of San Diego (women only)
Saturday, Feb. 1 • 11 a.m.
Sports Center Pool • San Diego

The UC San Diego women's swimming and diving team wraps up its dual-meet schedule against crosstown rival University of San Diego this Saturday, Feb. 1. The first of 14 swimming races against the Division I Toreros is slated for 11 a.m. at the Sports Center Pool on the USD campus. The two diving events will be held at UCSD's Canyonview Aquatic Center beginning at 10:30 a.m. The sixth-ranked UCSD women are 7-6 in dual meets this season. The USD women are 1-5. The eighth-ranked Triton men completed their dual schedule at 3-4. USD does not sponsor a men's swimming and diving program. Saturday's competition will mark the regular-season finale for the UCSD women, who will then join the men in focusing their full attention toward the 2014 Pacific Collegiate Swimming & Diving Conference (PCSC) Championships taking place Feb. 12-15 in La Mirada.

USD is a current member of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF). The Toreros are 1-5 in duals, their lone win coming at home over LMU back in November. They most recently dropped a 144-126 decision at San Diego State on Jan. 25. USD placed ninth at November's Arena Invitational with 533.5 points, just ahead of the 10th-place Tritons (508.5). Multiple-time individual MPSF champion Keenan Lineback is a standout junior for head coach Mike Keeler, now in his 16th season at USD.

UCSD is 10-1-1 against USD over the last 12 meetings, with the programs having met in dual contests once at least for each of the past 12 seasons. The Tritons most recently won at home last Feb. 2, 156.5-143.5, with the meet coming down to the final relay for the third time in five seasons. UCSD took a four-point edge into the 400 free relay, and closed out the Toreros as Katherine Tse, Colleen Daley, Anji Shakya and Amber Tan placed first in 3:29.31.

The teams previously swam to a thrilling and rare 149-149 deadlock on Nov. 12, 2011, at USD's Sports Center Pool. Heading into the meet-ending 400 free relay, the Tritons held a narrow 143-138 advantage. A UCSD win in the race would have meant a meet victory, but the Torero foursome touched out Sierra Robbins, Shakya, Tse and former Triton national champion Alex Henley by the narrowest of margins, .01 seconds, and pulled even for the tie.

The Tritons had topped the Toreros nine consecutive times prior to a 172-122 defeat at USD on Nov. 13, 2010. The 2009 match-up at Canyonview also went down to the wire, as UCSD overturned a seven-point deficit to earn a 152-146 triumph after a 1-2 finish in the 400 free relay.

Saturday's meet will feature a standard collegiate 16-event format, with two breaks after the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly. The full schedule should be as follows: 200 medley relay, 1000 free, 200 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 200 fly, 50 free, 100 free, 200 back, 200 breast, 500 free, 100 fly, 200 IM and 200 free relay. The Triton and Torero divers will be in action on the one-meter and three-meter springboards at UCSD's Canyonview Aquatic Center beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Individual events on Saturday 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 can not take part in more than four races total (maximum of three individual races).

Shakya was recently named by the San Diego Hall of Champions as one of seven amateur Stars of the Year for 2013. The senior captain won her first individual national title in the 200 freestyle at the 2013 NCAA Division II Championships in Alabama last March. She was a six-time All-American in all during the four-day meet after having won three individual conference titles. Shakya will be recognized at the 68th Annual Salute to the Champions at the Town and Country Convention Center on Thursday, Feb. 13, though she will not be able to be present due to the PCSC Championships.

Triton captain Nicholas Korth finished his senior campaign a perfect 12-0 in breaststroke races in dual meets. Korth was 7-0 in the 200-yard breaststroke and 5-0 in the 100. Out of seven duals for the No. 8 UCSD men, he swept the two events five times. The only two occasions in which he didn't, was when he did not enter the 100, vs. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (10/26) in the season opener and vs. Grand Canyon (1/4). For his college career, Korth was 20-8 in the 100 and 18-9 in the 200.

Thirteen Tritons were recognized prior to the season's final home meet on Senior Day at Canyonview on Jan. 5. UCSD's 13 seniors are Korth, Shakya, Luke Calkins, John Chang, Sandy Hon, Katie McBride, Reid McCallum, Alex Merrill, Natalie Mouzooni, Lindsay Oosterhouse, Erika Rodman, Ahiram Rodriguez and Megan Zeeb.

The UCSD men and women have both faced challenging dual-meet schedules in 2013-14. Ten of the 14 opponents for the women are members of the NCAA Division I, with former Division II rivals Grand Canyon and Incarnate Word in their first transition year. For the men, five of their seven dual meets were against Division I programs.

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 on Dec. 19. The UCSD women appeared in a tie with Simon Fraser University at No. 6, down from No. 2 on Nov. 15, while the men were No. 8, down from No. 6.

In the most recent Endless Pools/ Division II Top 25 from Jan. 22, accounting for teams' top performances for the previous month, the UCSD women remained in the No. 1 spot, while the men fell from No. 1 to No. 3. A third ranking system released on Dec. 23, the Endless Pools/ Mid-Season Power Rankings, had the Triton men and women each at No. 7 in Division II.

Calkins and Garet Webster became the first two Tritons to qualify for the 2014 NCAA Division II Championships, to be held in Geneva, Ohio in March. They achieved qualifying scores in winning the one-meter (311.92) and three-meter (314.70) springboard diving events, respectively, in the season opener with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps back on Oct. 26. Korth and Shakya joined the two divers with automatic qualifying marks during the Arena Invitational. 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 Calkins, Korth and Shakya, while Webster has earned his NCAA debut.

Aside from Korth and Shakya, 10 Triton swimmers on the men's side 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 consideration qualifiers.

According to rankings on, Korth has the best times nationally in Division II in the 100 breast (53.59) and 200 breast (1:56.26). Those marks put him in a tie for No. 15 in the 100 among all NCAA divisions, and No. 23 in the 200. Korth also ranks sixth (tied) in the 50 free (20.36) and seventh in the 200 IM (1:49.60). Shakya currently has the top time in Division II in the 500 free (4:50.30), as well as the second-fastest in the 200 free (1:50.00) and 12th in the 200 back (2:02.83).

The Triton women have Division II's top times in the 200 free relay and 400 free relay. Shakya anchored Austine Lee, Daley and 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 fifth in the 800 free relay (7:34.98), seventh in the 200 medley (1:44.88) and 13th in the 400 medley (3:51.38). The Triton men are seventh in the 800 free relay (6:42.42), 10th in the 200 medley (1:31.11), 11th in the 400 medley (3:20.69), 14th in the 200 free (1:22.54) and 14th (tied) in the 400 free (3:02.72).

Other high-ranking marks for the UCSD women include Rodman (15th, 10:25.44) in the 1000 free, Sierra Gage (eighth, 4:42.82) and Rodman (11th, 4:45.38) in the 400-meter free, Gage (fourth, 9:35.03) and Rodman (10th, 9:44.36) in the 800-meter free, and Naomi Thomas in the 100 fly (seventh, 55.93) and 200 fly (sixth, 2:03.11). For the men, Paul Li in the 500 free (sixth, 4:27.62) and 400 IM (eighth, 3:57.10), Kyle Nadler (10th, 9:25.24) in the 1000 and Sasha Mitrushina in the 1650 (eighth, 15:47.10). Sophomore Alex Moshensky is 11th in the 200 back (1:48.18).

Korth and Shakya have earned Counsilman Hunsaker Division II Swimmer of the Week recognition two times each this season. Korth won his first award on Nov. 15 after the dual at UC Santa Barbara, while Shakya was initially named on Nov. 27 following the Arena Invitational. The Triton duo then swept the Jan. 8 honors after a pair of home competitions to begin the new year. Korth and Shakya both now have three career selections.

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 13 All-Americans on its 2013-14 roster. Topping the list are Korth and Shakya, each as 13-time All-Americans. Also back are Merrill (6), McCallum (5), Robbins (4), Jaclyn Amog (3), Daley (3), Thomas (2), Dari Watkins (2), Eva Chen (1), Hon (1), Li (1) and Jessica Norgaard (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, Oosterhouse and Shakya 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.

On Jan. 4, a total of 18 Canyonview Aquatic Center records were broken with Grand Canyon and the women of Boise State and San Diego State, all Division I programs, on hand. One of those marks came courtesy of a Triton as freshman Julian Jacobs' 50-yard backstroke split to lead off the meet-opening 200 medley relay timed 23.86 and eclipsed the previous Canyonview record of 24.67 set by former UC Davis standout and 2012 U.S. Olympian Scott Weltz. Weltz achieved that time on Nov. 5, 2006, making it tied for the oldest remaining Canyonview standard.

The UCSD men and women returned from Riverside with mixed results against nationally-ranked Division II foe California Baptist on Jan. 18. The Triton men handed No. 17 CBU its first defeat of the year, 178-122, while the women fell to the No. 14 Lancers for the first time ever by the final score of 174-126.

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Following Saturday's finale to the regular-season schedule, the Triton men and women will await the 2014 PCSC Championships in La Mirada, Feb. 12-15. Both squads enter that competition as five-time defending conference champions.


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