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Four Tritons Earn IRA All-Academic Team Honors

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BOSTON, Mass. – Four scholar-athletes of the University of California San Diego men’s rowing team have earned Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) All-Academic Team honors for the 2018-19 academic year. Seniors Victor de Cos and Adrian Dinescu are repeat selections, while sophomores Tazio Capozzola and Noa Kerner earn their first career accolades. The IRA Board of Stewards announced the award recipients on Tuesday.

In order to qualify, a student-athlete must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.35 or higher, be a sophomore in standing and have completed one full year at his or her institution, be an institutional letter winner, and have competed at the 2019 IRA National Championship.

Academic standout de Cos comes away with his third IRA All-Academic Team award at the close of his Triton career, earning the accolade every year he was eligible. The Triton Athletes’ Council president recently graduated with a degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, and will look to pursue a career in pediatric surgery. De Cos, who earned a 3.50 GPA, was at the bow of the Third Varsity 8 boat at the IRA National Championship.

Like de Cos, Dinescu is no stranger to academic recognition. This is his second career honor, as he was also named to the IRA All-Academic Team as a sophomore in 2017. Dinescu recently obtained his bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering with a 3.43 GPA, and plans on getting his master’s en route to working as a mechanical engineer. At the IRA National Championship, Dinescu rowed with the Third Varsity 8 crew.

In their first year eligible, sophomores Capozzola and Kerner join de Cos and Dinescu as All-Academic Team honorees. Capozzola is a Human Developmental Sciences major at Warren College with a 3.73 GPA. The Sacramento native aspires to attend medical school after graduating from UC San Diego. Taking part in the IRA National Championship, Capozzola competed in the Tritons’ Varsity 8 boat for the second-straight season. 

Capozzola’s classmate Kerner rowed with the Varsity 8 crew at the championship as well, sitting in the second seat. Kerner is a Structural Engineering major at Marshall College, and he plans to become an engineer after graduating from UC San Diego and returning to his home state of Hawaii. The second-year Triton currently holds a GPA of 3.70.

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With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country.  The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in summer 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference.  UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent.  A total of 82 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 37 have earned prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships.  In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.

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