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Eight Tritons Selected to Inaugural Hall of Fame Class
Release: Thursday 08/22/2013 

LA JOLLA, Calif. - The UC San Diego Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is proud to announce the selection of eight outstanding individuals to its inaugural Hall of Fame class. The announcement was made Thursday by Director of Athletics Earl W. Edwards.

"Establishing an Athletics Hall of Fame is another important milestone for UC San Diego," said Edwards. "In so many aspects, this is an exciting time for our program and to be able to honor a group of individuals who played such key roles in its development is extremely significant. Their names are synonymous with excellence and even when stacked up against the plethora of great student-athletes who have passed through UCSD, they stand out."

Entering the UC San Diego Athletics Hall of Fame as the class of 2013 are Tritons Christine Behrens (Almeida) (tennis, 1987-90), Doug Dannevik (volleyball coach, 1979-96), Ele Johnson (Jones) (soccer, 1993-96), Bill Kazmierowicz (swimming & diving/water polo, 1983-87), Diana Klintworth (Felker) (volleyball, 1986-89), Travis Miller (swimming & diving, 1990-94), Julie Swail (Ertel) (water polo, 1992-95) and Judy Sweet (Director of Athletics, 1975-2000).

"It is truly an honor to be selected as part of the inaugural class of the UC San Diego Athletics Hall of Fame alongside seven other individuals of this caliber," said Swail Ertel, a four-time All-American, two-time Olympian and the youngest inductee of the 2013 group. "I congratulate all of them and feel very fortunate to be included in this group.

"I had a fantastic experience at UCSD and when I think of all the great athletes who have come through the program, to be recognized in this way is very special," continued Swail Ertel. "UCSD helped launch my Olympic career. If it wasn’t for the experience and coaching I received at UCSD, I don’t think I would have had the kind of Olympic success I was able to enjoy."

An official induction ceremony will take place during Homecoming Weekend at the Hall of Fame Brunch on Sunday, Oct. 20 (10 a.m.), at the Price Center East Ballroom on the UCSD campus. The event is open to the public but seating is limited. Cost is $25 per person. Please email or call (858) 534-8460 to RSVP or for more information.

In addition, the eight inductees will be introduced at the All-Sport BBQ on Saturday, Oct. 19 (12 p.m.) and prior to that evening's women’s volleyball match against Cal State L.A. (7 p.m.). Hall of Fame banners will be unveiled at RIMAC Arena that night as well.

To nominate an individual for future Hall of Fame consideration, please fill out either an electronic form or a printable mail-in form. Student-athletes may be considered for Hall of Fame induction 10 years after the completion of their eligibility. Coaches and staff qualify following three years of separation from UC San Diego or 25 years of consecutive service.

For more information, please visit the UCSD Athletics Hall of Fame site.

Throughout its history of athletic and academic excellence, UCSD has won 30 team national championships and 136 individual titles. A remarkable 1,169 student-athletes have been named to All-America teams and over 150 have earned Academic All-America status.



Women's Tennis, 1987-90
Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
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• Two NCAA D-III team national championships (1987, 1989)
• NCAA D-III national champion in singles (1990)
• NCAA D-III national champion in doubles (1989, w/Nancy Calhoun)
• NCAA D-III national runner-up in singles (1988)
• NCAA D-III national quarterfinalist in singles (1989)
• Member of UCSD’s NCAA D-III national runner-up team (1990)
• Member of UCSD’s NCAA D-III national third-place team (1988)
• Qualified for NCAA Championship in singles and doubles all four years
• Four-time All-American
• Four-time UCSD Athlete of the Year
• Ranked No. 1 in singles and No. 4 in doubles nationally (1990)
• Ranked No. 1 in doubles and No. 4 in singles nationally (1989)
• Ranked No. 2 in singles and No. 10 in doubles nationally (1988)
• Along with husband Gil, has a daughter named Sophia (6)
• Currently the Director of Marketing and Community Relations for TEAM Physical Therapy in Rancho Cucamonga


Volleyball Coach, 1979-96
San Diego, Calif.
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• Six NCAA D-III national championships (1981, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990)
• Won UCSD’s first NCAA national title in any sport (1981)
• Won inaugural NCAA D-III Volleyball Championship (1981)
• Four NCAA D-III national runner-up finishes (1982, 1983, 1991, 1992)
• Two NCAA D-III national quarterfinal appearances (1993, 1994)
• Tritons qualified for NCAA postseason play in every season they were eligible under Dannevik
• Winningest coach in UCSD women’s volleyball history at 448-199 (.692)
• Two-time Volleyball Monthly Coach of the Year (1987, 1990)
• Four-time West Region Coach of the Year (1986, 1990, 1993, 1994)
• 20+ wins in 14 of his 17 seasons
• 30+ wins five times
• 42 wins in 1986 is a program record
• Coached six national Players of the Year and 31 All-Americans
• One of just four coaches among all NCAA divisions to win five or more national titles in women’s volleyball
• Coached the UCSD men’s volleyball team for three seasons (1994-96)
• Currently the Executive Director of First Tee of Contra Costa


Soccer, 1993-96
Altadena, Calif.
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• Two NCAA D-III national championships (1995, 1996)
• NCAA D-III national runner-up (1994)
• NCAA D-III national semifinalist (1993)
• NCAA D-III National Player of the Year (1996, first in program history)
• Two-time All-American (1995, 1996)
• Two-time Academic All-American (third team 1995, first team 1996)
• Two-time UCSD Athlete of the Year (1996, 1997)
• NCAA Woman of the Year nominee (1997)
• Four-time NCAA D-III Championship All-Tournament Team
• NCAA D-III Championship Most Outstanding Offensive Player (1995)
• NCAA D-III Championship scoring leader (1995)
• Nine NCAA D-III Championship career goals was a record at the time she graduated
• Tritons unbeaten in her first 39 regular season contests
• Ranked among top two on UCSD's total points chart all four seasons
• Tritons were 71-5-4 during her career
• Chosen to participate in Umbro Senior Select All-Star Game following senior season
• UCSD top 10:
      - No. 3 career goals (53)
      - No. 3 career points (134)
      - No. 10 in career assists (28)
• Married to Donald, they have two children - Audrey (2) and Riggs, who was born August 1, 2013
• A former patent litigation attorney in New York, she currently owns a candle business in Hawaii named Ele Kauai


Swimming & Diving/Water Polo, 1983-87
Mission Viejo, Calif.
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• NCAA D-III national champion in 200 freestyle (1984)
• NCAA D-III national champion in 500 freestyle (1984)
• NCAA D-III national champion in 100 backstroke (1985)
• NCAA D-III national champion in 1650 freestyle, 200 individual medley and 400 medley relay (1986)
• NCAA D-III national champion in 200 individual medley (1987)
• Never finished lower than fourth in any National Championship event
• Swimming & diving team placed third at the NCAA D-III Championship in each of his four seasons
• Four-time swimming & diving All-American
• Four-time UCSD Athlete of the Year
• At one point, held 10 UCSD individual records and three relay records
• Held four NCAA records in swimming & diving (200/500 freestyles in 1984; 100 backstroke in 1986 and 200 IM in 1987)
• Three-year swimming & diving team captain
• Made cut for U.S. Olympic Trials (1984)
• Two-time water polo D-I Honorable Mention All-American (1984, 1985; first for UCSD)
• Two-year water polo team captain (1983, 1984)
• UCSD top ten:
      - No. 5 100 freestyle
      - No. 5 200 freestyle
      - No. 5 200 individual medley
      - No. 6 500 freestyle
• Married to Ade, children are Carina (20), Scott (17), Sophia (14), Ellen (11) and Mark (8)
• Currently a Software Manager at SAIC/Leidos


Volleyball, 1986-89
Torrance, Calif.
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• Three consecutive NCAA D-III national championships (1986, 1987, 1988)
• Two-time All-American (1988, 1989)
• All-NCAA D-III Tournament Team (1988)
• Two-time UCSD Athlete of the Year (1989, 1990)
• Graduated as UCSD’s career leader in kills (1,172) and attacks (3,026)
• Led team in kills and attacks (1988, 1989)
• Led team in attack percentage (1989)
• Tritons were 127-31 overall and 12-1 in postseason matches during her career
• Two-time team MVP
• Played in NCAA postseason as a member of the soccer team in 1990 (team went 14-3-2 with 13 shutouts)
• Member of the Triton Athletes Council (TAC)
• UCSD top 10:
      - No. 4 career kills (1,172)
      - No. 4 career attacks (3,026)
      - No. 10 career digs (891)
      - No. 4 single season kills (422, 1988)
      - No. 7 single season attacks (1,067, 1988)
• With husband Ezra (also a UCSD grad), has two children - Maxine (14) and Miles (12)
• Currently a Tennis Professional at Radnor Racquet Club and the Head Volleyball Coach at Conestoga High School, both located in Pennsylvania


Swimming & Diving, 1990-94
Pasadena, Calif.
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• NCAA D-III national champion in 100 and 200 backstroke (1991)
• NCAA D-III national champion in 200 backstroke (1992)
• NCAA D-III national champion in 200 backstroke, 100 butterfly, 200 individual medley, 400 free relay, 800 free relay and 400 medley relay (1993)
• NCAA D-III national champion in 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke, 200 individual medley, 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay (1994)
• 14 NCAA national championships are the most by any UCSD athlete
• 14 NCAA national championships are just two less than the UCSD men have won in the 19 years since he graduated
• Six NCAA national championships in 1993 are the most by an individual at any one NCAA Championship event
• Three-time UCSD Athlete of the Year (1991, 1993, 1994)
• UCSD Outstanding Senior Student-Athlete (1994)
• Former school record holder in three events plus 400 individual medley
• UCSD top ten:
      - No. 1 200 backstroke
      - No. 4 200 individual medley
      - No. 6 100 backstroke
      - No. 9 100 butterfly
      - No. 10 100 freestyle
• Married to Cindy Van Dam (a 1994 UCSD grad), they have three children - Max (12), Paul (10) and Evelyn (5)
• Currently the Director of the Allergy Diagnostics and Therapeutics Division at the Capital Allergy & Respiratory Disease Center in Sacramento


Water Polo, 1992-95
Placentia, Calif.
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• Captained the U.S. Water Polo team to a silver medal at the Sydney Olympics (2000)
• Captain of the U.S. Olympic Triathlon team in Beijing, China (2008)
• Played on the U.S. National Water Polo Team from 1993-2001
• Won a gold medal in triathlon at the Pan Am Games (2007)
• Won world triathlon championship (2002)
• Three-time U.S. triathlon champion
• Two national championships at UCSD (1992, 1994)
• Team finished third and fourth her other two seasons
• Four-time All-American
• Two-time UCSD Athlete of the Year (1994, 1995)
• UCSD Outstanding Senior Student-Athlete (1995)
• UCSD Distinguished Alumni Award (2002)
• Three-year team captain (1993, 1994, 1995)
• Tritons were 89-17 during her career
• UCSD top-10:
      - No. 1 career goals (245)
      - No. 1 career shooting percentage (.460)
      - No. 4 career ejections drawn (201)
      - No. 5 career penalties drawn (21)
      - No. 6 career assists (110)
      - No. 3 (tied) single season goals (84, 1995; was No. 1 when she graduated)
• Lives in Irvine with husband, Greg, and twin three-year-olds - Catherine and Jackson
• Currently the Aquatics Director and Girl's Water Polo Coach at JSerra High School in San Juan Capistrano
• Also a water polo and triathlon commentator for NBC and Universal Sports


Director of Athletics, 1975-2000
Milwaukee, Wis.
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• UC San Diego's Director of Athletics for 24 years (1975-00)
• During her career, the program moved from NAIA to NCAA D-III status and prepped for the transition to NCAA D-II, which happened a year after her departure
• UCSD won 26 of its 30 national championships during her tenure
• First female president of the NCAA (elected in 1991)
• NCAA Senior Vice President of Championships (2001-06)
• Served on more than 20 NCAA committees
• NACDA and NACWAA Board of Directors
• U.S. Sports Academy Board of Trustees
• Helped found and was Co-Director of Alliance of Women’s Coaches
• NACDA D-III Athletics Director of the Year (1998-99)
• Honda Award for Outstanding Achievement in Women’s Athletics (1998)
• NACWAA Administrator of the Year (1992)
• Named one of the NCAA’s 100 most influential student-athletes (2006)
• Won NACDA’s James J. Corbett Memorial Award for service (2006)
• Named as one of the world’s most influential sports educators by the Institute for International Sports (2007)
• Member of the University of Wisconsin Athletics Hall of Fame (1969 graduate)
• UCSD Meritorious Service Award (1994)
• Currently the Co-Director at the Alliance of Women Coaches


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