Runner-Up Finish for Franke, Nine All-Americans, Seven All-America Honorable Mentions on Day Two of NCAAs
INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 3/9 University of California San Diego women’s and men’s swimming and diving teams captured nine All-America accolades and seven All-America honorable mentions on the second day of competition at the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships in Indianapolis. Both the women and men hold slots in the top-10, as the women rank fifth with 110 points and the men rank eighth with 98 points.
Ciara Franke had the top finish of the day, finishing as the runner-up in the 200 freestyle and setting a new program record in the process. The sophomore’s time of 1:47.53 dethrones Anji Shakya’s mark of 1:47.95, which has stood for the past six years.
Two-sport standout Franke has had a phenomenal week. The San Diego native also helped the No. 14 women’s water polo team to three victories in their four contests at the Aztec Invitational, contributing three goals to their efforts. Franke then traveled by herself on Monday to meet her fellow swimmers in Indianapolis.
Not only did Franke have individual success in the second day of the NCAA Championships, but she also helped her relay team to an All-American finish. In the 200 freestyle relay, underclassmen Brittney Miles, Franke, Grace Murphy, and Cody Hargadon earned fourth place with their time of 1:32.31. The relay squad captured 30 points for the women.
On the men’s side of the same event, the Tritons earned All-America honorable mentions with a runner-up finish in the consolation final, for 10th overall. Spencer Daily, Garrett Tse, Sawyer Farmer, and Graham Hauss put together a time of 1:20.89 to rack up 14 points for their team.
Zack Reuter had the men’s top individual finish. Touching the wall in 3:51.35, Reuter took fifth to garner All-America status. The sophomore moves into second in UC San Diego history with his mark.
Ivan Kurakin also moved up in the Triton record books, as his preliminary time of 1:36.92 in the 200 free is the top time in program history. In the championship final, Kurakin’s mark of 1:37.52 was good for seventh place and All-America honors.
Teammate Daily added to the trophy case as well, placing seventh in the 100 butterfly to earn an All-America award in the event. Daily clocked in at 47.30 to gain 12 points for his team.
A trio of Tritons raced to All-America honorable mentions in their individual events. Reagan Eickert placed 12th with a time of 1:50.14 in the 200 free, while Hauss took 14th in the same event on the men’s side with a mark of 1:38.90. Hauss’ relay companion Tse finished 13th in the 100 fly with a time of 47.81.
In the preliminaries of the 400 medley relay, the Tritons set a new program record. Olivia Parks, Murphy, Lindsay Clark, and Hargadon teamed up for a time of 3:42.00. The mark bested the Tritons’ previous top time of 3:42.37, which was set last month.
UC San Diego also came away with an All-America accolade on the diving board. Senior divers Brooke Abrantes and Patty Sullivan took part in the preliminaries of the one-meter diving action, and Abrantes advanced to the evening’s finals, as she placed eighth with an 11-dive score of 411.90. The San Diego native placed eighth in the finals as well, compiling a score of 424.20. This is the second-straight year that Abrantes earned an All-America award on the one-meter board.
Sullivan finished 22nd in the preliminaries, turning in a score of 328.70. The highlight for the Sacramento native was her Inward 1 ½ Somersault Tuck, as she earned 41.80 points for her top score of the day.
This marks the halfway point of the NCAA Championships. The competition resumes tomorrow morning, with preliminaries beginning at 7 a.m. PST and finals starting at 3 p.m. PST. Tomorrow will feature the 500 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 200 fly, 800 free relay, and the men’s one-meter diving.
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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 80 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 36 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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