Five Tritons Earn Google Cloud Academic All-District Recognition
LA JOLLA, Calif. - Five student-athletes from the University of California San Diego were named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District® At-Large First Team as the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced the selections Thursday.
On the men's side, three Tritons were honored including Hayden Hui (golf), Marius Ruh (tennis), and Collin Shannon (volleyball). For the women, two fencers were recognized in Emily Beihold and Miya Coimbra (San Diego/Canyon Crest Academy).
To be considered, a student-athlete must have strong athletic credentials as a starter or important reserve, hold at least a 3.30 GPA, and be of sophomore standing or above. Sports included in the At-Large category are women's beach volleyball, women's bowling, fencing, women's field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, women's rowing, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, men's volleyball, water polo, and men's wrestling.
Hui is a junior Structural Engineering major with a 3.55 GPA. He holds a team-best 72.4 stroke average and has been UC San Diego's top finisher in 10 of 12 tournaments season. Most recently, Hui placed second at the NCAA Division II West/South Central Regional, pacing the Tritons to a second-place showing and a berth in the upcoming NCAA Championships. He was named to the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) PING All-West Region Team and the All-California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) First Team.
Ruh is a junior Aerospace Engineering major who holds a 3.84 GPA. A 2016-17 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar-Athlete, he was the team's academic captain as a junior this year. The native of Tokyo, Japan, went 7-2 in singles (Nos. 4-6), was the team leader in win percentage (.778), and ended the campaign with five straight wins. Ruh was 8-7 in doubles (2-4 at No. 2 and 6-3 at No. 3). He is now 14-20 for his career in singles in dual matches, and 10-9 in doubles. Ruh aided UC San Diego to back-to-back NCAA Championship appearances as a freshman and sophomore, with the Tritons narrowly missing out on a fourth successive berth this season, finishing an even 10-10 overall.
Shannon is a sophomore Cognitive Science major with a 3.85 GPA. Over 25 matches, he was second on the team in kills/set (2.68), points/set (3.13), service aces (14), and blocks (38) and was third in digs/set (1.18). Shannon established career-highs with 21 kills and 23.5 points in a match against nationally third-ranked UC Irvine and was tabbed the Big West Conference Player of the Week in February. Shannon is the first-ever Academic All-District® selection from the men's volleyball program.
A sophomore Mechanical Engineering major with a 3.96 GPA, Coimbra is the 2019 Western Fencing Conference saber champion. She qualified for the NCAA Championships, where she placed 22nd. In addition, Coimbra won gold in Senior Women's Saber at the San Diego Open.
Beihold is a sophomore Communication major with a 3.89 GPA. The epeeist ended her season with All-America accolades after placing 12th at the NCAA Championships. She also earned All-Western Fencing Conference recognition for a fourth-place showing at the West Regional and took gold in Senior Women's Epee at the San Diego Open. Beihold recorded an impressive 12-1 record during the Western Invitational.
Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® ballot and those winners will be announced in June.
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 81 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.