LA JOLLA, Calif. - Another successful year at the NCAA Division II level was celebrated Thursday as UC San Diego held its annual Athletics Recognition Night at the Price Center's West Ballroom on campus.
With a capacity crowd of over 600 in attendance, the event honored Triton student-athletes for their athletic achievements, excellence in the classroom and outstanding community service efforts. The end of the year banquet also recognized exemplary coaches, staff, donors and alumni.
Sixteen of UCSD's 23 teams competed in NCAA postseason play in 2013-14.
UC San Diego squads earned a total of seven conference regular season or tournament championships. Baseball won the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Championship, the fencing teams picked up Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California (IFCSC) titles, men's and women's swimming and diving won Pacific Collegiate Swim and Dive Conference (PCSC) crowns and men's and women's water polo topped the fields at the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Tournament.
It was the baseball team's sixth CCAA Championship title, the most of any league team in the 16-year history of the event. In addition, it was the 10th consecutive year that fencing won the IFCSC titles and the sixth straight season that the swimmers and divers finished atop the PCSC.
On the individual front, a pair of UCSD swimmers won NCAA national championships - senior Anji Shakya in the 500 freestyle and senior Nicholas Korth in the 200 breaststroke. The team captains won two national titles during their Triton careers.
Five Triton coaches garnered league coach of the year accolades, including Michelle Casillas (diving), Corrie Falcon (swimming and diving), Denny Harper (men's water polo), Matt Macedo (swimming and diving) and Jon Pascale (men's soccer).
Led by the evening's emcee, Senior Associate Athletics Director Ken Grosse, the Athletics Department honored 37 All-Americans as well as 115 all-conference selections and 72 four-year letterwinners.
Men's tennis player Max Jiganti and softball infielder Emily McQuaid were named the Outstanding Senior Student-Athletes for 2013-14. The award is given to one male and one female graduating senior who not only found success athletically, but also in the classroom and in the community.
A total of 12 Tritons were tabbed UCSD Athletes of the Year. Joining Korth and Shakya were Alec Arsht (men's soccer), Andisheh Bagheri (men's soccer), Josh Cohen (men's soccer), Troy Cruz (baseball), Danielle Dahle (women's volleyball), Callie Grant (softball), Nick La Face (baseball), Sarah Lizotte (women's water polo), James McCann (men's basketball) and Cameron Ravanbach (men's water polo).
Korth is a four-time Athlete of the Year, while Lizotte has won the award for three consecutive seasons. Arsht, Dahle and Shakya earned the honor in 2012-13.
Corrie Falcon and Matt Macedo each took home an Excellence in Coaching Award after leading the swimming and diving program to the NCAA Championships and producing a pair of national titlists in Korth and Shakya. The Triton women placed fifth overall, while the men were seventh.
Softball was honored with the Leon T. Roach Spirit Award, given to the team that demonstrates the greatest spirit and support of fellow UCSD athletics programs, as well as department, campus and community service.
Caitlin Brown of the softball team and women's rower Olivia Knizek each won a Karen E. Reis Award for leadership skills and commitment to campus and community service. Brown is a two-time winner of the honor.
The Team GPA Award went to men's tennis as it recorded a 3.43 for the year.
Six Tritons earned Chancellor's Scholar-Athlete Awards for having the highest GPAs among graduating seniors including Lizzy Andrews (women's volleyball), Luke Calkins (swimming and diving), Amanda Horowitz (women's track and field), Helen Liang (women's crew), Rachel Marty (women's basketball) and Benjamin Rich (cross country).
Former Triton men's tennis player Ping Yeh picked up the Distinguished Alumni Athlete Award. Yeh is the co-founder and CEO of Stemonix, which customizes cancer treatment and drug discovery for patients. He won the Husar Family/TAA Award (now the Karen Reis Award) for his leadership skills and campus and community involvement as a senior in 1999.
Finally, Samuel and Denise Arsht, parents of Alec, earned the 2013-14 Parent Recognition Award.
2013-14 Athletics Recognition Night Award Recipients
Athletes of the Year
Alec Arsht, Men's Soccer
Andisheh Bagheri, Men's Soccer
Josh Cohen, Men's Soccer
Troy Cruz, Baseball
Danielle Dahle, Women's Volleyball
Callie Grant, Softball
Nicholas Korth, Swimming and Diving
Nick La Face, Baseball
Sarah Lizotte, Women's Water Polo
James McCann, Men's Basketball
Cameron Ravanbach, Men's Water Polo
Anji Shakya, Swimming and Diving
Leon T. Roach Team Spirit Award
Team GPA Award
Chancellor's Scholar-Athlete Award
Lizzy Andrews, Women's Volleyball
Luke Calkins, Swimming and Diving
Amanda Horowitz, Women's Track and Field
Helen Liang, Women's Rowing
Rachel Marty, Women's Basketball
Benjamin Rich, Men's Cross Country
Distinguished Alumni Athlete
Ping Yeh, Men's Tennis '99
Parent Recognition Award
Samuel and Denise Arsht