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Twenty-Three Swimmers, Four Divers Earn NCAA Championships Selections

UC San Diego

INDIANAPOLIS – Twenty-three swimmers and four divers of the No. 4/10 University of California San Diego women’s and men’s swimming and diving teams have been selected to compete at the 2019 NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Indianapolis. The NCAA released its list of qualifiers on Wednesday afternoon. 

Four Triton divers have been chosen to take part in the qualification meet. Senior trio Brooke Abrantes, Delainey Carlin, and Patty Sullivan are no strangers to the competition, as they have all previously been NCAA qualifiers. They will be joined by Jasmyn Cheng, who is in her first year with the Tritons. The divers who qualify at the meet will advance to the main draw of the championships.

Also on the women’s side, 13 swimmers were selected to compete, with six of them taking part in multiple events. A pair of seniors earned the nod, as Reagan Eickert (500 free, 1650 free) and Emily Lambert (100 fly) swim at their final collegiate meet. Eickert looks to add to her two All-American titles, while Lambert makes her championships debut.

Juniors Amanda Rios (50 free) and Kaitlyn Ritchey (1650 free) will both compete in freestyle events, with Rios handling the sprint and Ritchey handling the distance.

The sophomore trio of Lindsay Clark (200 fly), Ciara Franke (200 free, 500 free), and Grace Murphy (50 free, 100 breast, 200 breast) are all returning for their second NCAA Championships of their careers.

The freshman class has quickly made an impact while at UC San Diego, and has earned six selections. Tina Reuter (200 IM, 400 IM, 100 free, 200 back) will race in the most individual events of any Triton. The freshman standout has qualified for four events.

Cody Hargadon (50 free, 100 free) and Brittney Miles (50 free) will both be joining Murphy and Rios in the 50 free. Ellie Whitney (1000) was also selected for a freestyle event, as she will participate in the 1000 free.

First-year Tritons Olivia Parks (100 back) and Jordan Phillips (100 fly, 100 back) will compete together in the 100 back. 

On the men’s side, 10 swimmers were invited to the championships, while one other will serve as an alternate. Three seniors were selected, as Will Knox (100 fly), Garrett Tse (100 fly, 200 breast), and William Wihanto (100 breast) will take part in their final collegiate competition. This will be Tse’s third consecutive appearance at the NCAAs, while four-year Triton Knox and first-year Triton Wihanto make their debuts. Edgar Chin (100 breast) is another upperclassman veteran, and will race in his third championships.

The underclassmen will also be well represented at the competition. Ivan Kurakin (200 free, 500 free, 200 back) and Graham Hauss (200 free, 500 free) will compete together in a pair of freestyle events. Freshman Mitchell Stoddard (500 free) will join them in the 500 free. Classmate Spencer Daily (50 free, 100 fly) will also make his NCAAs debut, participating in the 50 free and 100 fly.

Sophomore Zack Reuter (400 IM) will return to the NCAAs for the second time. In his debut as a freshman, Reuter took home an All-American honorable mention in the 800 free relay. Classmate and Reigning UC San Diego Athlete of the Week Tyler James (200 back) will look for continued success as he also represents the Tritons at the championships.

Freshman Hayden Johnson has been picked as an alternate in the 500 free.

The Triton men and women are both eligible for all five relays: the 200 free relay, 400 free relay, 800 free relay, 200 medley relay, and 400 medley relay.

Last year, the Triton women placed seventh at the championships, while the men earned 21st. This year’s competition will take place from March 13-16 at the Indiana University Natatorium.

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