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This is the seventh class to be inducted.

Three Tritons to be Inducted into Athletics Hall of Fame

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LA JOLLA, Calif. - Three outstanding scholar-athletes have been selected for induction into the UC San Diego Athletics Hall of Fame in 2019 including women's basketball star Leora Juster, Mike Nalu from the men's water polo program, and national champion diver Sheri Takeuchi.

Juster, Nalu, and Takeuchi have collected a combined 12 All-America honors as well as numerous regional and conference accolades. Takeuchi won three national titles during her time as a Triton diver. In addition, Juster and Takeuchi earned Academic All-America recognition.

One of the best to ever take the court for UC San Diego, Juster is the program's all-time leading scorer with 2,049 career points. The two-time All-American netted at least 30 points 12 times during her career, which spanned from 2003 until 2007. Juster left UC San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Secondary Education.

Nalu, who played the 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1995 seasons, is the team's all-time leader in goals and assists. A three-time All-American, he graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

A seven-time All-American, Takeuchi won two national championships on the 3-meter board and one on the 1-meter board. Between 1993 and 1996, she twice broke the national record on the 3-meter. She earned a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Engineering from UC San Diego.

The trio, which comprises the seventh class named to the UC San Diego Athletics Hall of Fame, will officially be inducted on Sunday, Oct. 20, during a ceremony on campus as part of the institution's Homecoming/Hall of Fame Weekend.

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LEORA JUSTER
Women's Basketball • 2003-07
Venice, Calif. • Venice High School

B.A. Mathematics/Secondary Education • Software Engineer
• All-America First Team (2006-07)
• All-America Second Team (2005-06)
• CCAA Athlete of the Year (2006-07)
• Two-time West Region Player of the Year (2005-06, 2006-07)
• Two-time CCAA Player of the Year (2005-06, 2006-07)
• Two-time UC San Diego Athlete of the Year (2005-06, 2006-07)
• Two-time All-CCAA First Team (2005-06, 2006-07)
• All-CCAA Second Team (2004-05)
• UC San Diego Outstanding Senior Student-Athlete (2006-07)
• CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team (2006-07)
• Two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District (2005-06, 2006-07)
• Led team in scoring for three seasons
• Led team in assists for two seasons
• 12 games with at least 30 points
• Team went 82-33 (.713) during her time
• Team was national semifinalist her senior year
• Team made NCAA postseason in three of her four years
• UC San Diego top 10
      - No. 1 career points (2,049)
      - No. 1 career scoring average (17.8)
      - No. 1 career field goals (742)
      - No. 1 career free throws (476)
      - No. 1 single season points (717, 2006-07)
      - No. 1 single season scoring average (22.4, 2006-07)
      - No. 1 single season field goals (255, 2006-07)
      - No. 1 single season free throws (170, 2006-07)
      - No. 1 single season free throws attempted (212, 2006-07)
      - No. 1 single game free throws (17, 12/30/06)
      - No. 2 career field goals attempted (1,508)
      - No. 2 career 3-point field goal percentage (.424)
      - No. 2 career free throws attempted (583)
      - No. 2 career steals (216)
      - No. 2 career games started (113)
      - No. 2 single season points (616, 2005-06)
      - No. 2 single season scoring average (22.0, 2005-06)
      - No. 2 single season free throws (165, 2005-06)
      - No. 2 single season minutes played (1,120, 2006-07)
      - No. 3 career assists (397)
      - No. 3 career minutes played (3,573)
      - No. 3 single season field goals (210, 2005-06)
      - No. 3 single season field goals attempted (482, 2006-07)
      - No. 4 career free throw percentage (.816)
      - No. 4 career assists average (3.5)
      - No. 4 career minutes average (31.1)
      - No. 4 single season 3-point field goal percentage (.463, 2006-07)
      - No. 4 single season free throws attempted (191, 2005-06)
      - No. 4 single season steals average (2.6, 2005-06)
      - No. 4 single season minutes average (35.0, 2006-07)
      - No. 5 single season free throw percentage (.864, 2005-06)
      - No. 6 career field goal percentage (.492)
      - No. 6 career steals average (1.9)
      - No. 6 single season 3-point field goal percentage (.456, 2005-06)
      - No. 6 single season assists (138, 2006-07)
      - No. 7 singles season assists average (4.3, 2006-07)
      - No. 7 single season steals (72, 2005-06)
      - No. 8 single season assists (117, 2005-06)
      - No. 8 single season assists average (4.2, 2005-06)
      - No. 8 single season steals (68, 2006-07)
      - No. 10 career games played (115)
      - No. 10 single season field goals attempted (422, 2005-06)

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MIKE NALU
Men's Water Polo • 1991-93, 1995
El Cajon, Calif. • Valhalla High School

B.A. Political Science • Attorney
• Three-time ACWPC All-American (1992, 1993, 1995)
• Three-time WWPA Player of the Year (1992, 1993, 1995)
• Four-time All-WWPA First Team (1991, 1992, 1993, 1995)
• Team captain (1995)
• Led Tritons to a 77-50 (.606) overall record in four seasons
• UC San Diego top 10
      - No. 1 career goals (372)
      - No. 1 career steals (206)
      - No. 1 single season goals (107, 1992 and 1993)

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SHERI TAKEUCHI
Women's Diving • 1993-96
Upland, Calif. • Upland High School

B.S. Computer Science and Engineering • P.E. Teacher/Fitness Instructor
• Three NCAA DIII National titles
      - 1-meter (1996)
      - 3-meter (1995, 1996)
• Recorded a score of 467.80 on the 3-meter board at the NCAA Championships to break the national record (1995)
• Recorded a score of 483.20 on the 3-meter board at the NCAA Championships to again break the national record (1996)
• Seven-time All-American
      - 1-meter (1993, 1995, 1996)
      - 3-meter (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996)
• Diver of the Meet at NCAA Championships (1995)
• Two-time UC San Diego Athlete of the Year (1994-95, 1995-96)
• Two-time UC San Diego Diver of the Year (1995, 1996)
• Swim Coaches Association All-Academic Team (1996)
• Academic All-American (1994-95)

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About the UC San Diego Athletics Hall of Fame
The UC San Diego Athletics Hall of Fame was established in 2013. Its intent and purpose is to recognize and honor student-athletes, teams, coaches, staff, and others who have made exceptional contributions to the tradition and heritage of UC San Diego Athletics. Any student-athlete who has competed, met the eligibility of his/her time, and graduated from UC San Diego is eligible for consideration once 10 years have passed since completion of his/her eligibility. Student-athletes must have competed for a minimum of two years at UC San Diego, unless there is unanimous agreement from the selection committee to waive this requirement. Former coaches and staff members are eligible three years after separation from UC San Diego Athletics, or following 25 consecutive years of service. No coach on the current UC San Diego staff is eligible for the Hall of Fame.

About UC San Diego Athletics
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 the summer of 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 pre-eminent 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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