Women Place Sixth, Men Finish 10th to Close Out Season at NCAA Championships
INDIANAPOLIS – The University of California San Diego women’s and men’s swimming and diving teams completed their 2018-19 seasons at the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships today. The women finished sixth of 45 teams with 206 points, while the men collected 176 points to place 10th of 32 squads. UC San Diego’s women had their top finish since 2015-16, and the men recorded their best since the 2013-14 season. Overall, the Tritons came away with 31 All-America accolades and 23 All-America honorable mentions across the four days of competition.
“I’m very excited about moving up again in the rankings,” said Head Coach David Marsh about the result. “Two top-10 finishes is a good reflection of the hard work that the athletes put in this year. I’m especially pleased with the work that Liz has been doing with the divers, not only qualifying for the meet, but with Brooke coming through in two different events. We had a lot of young athletes blossom at this big venue and we have veterans that will learn and continue to get better, so overall this is a great situation and a great finish for us. We’re looking forward to getting better in the future.”
On the final day of action, the Tritons racked up six All-America awards and six honorable mentions. Four UC San Diego swimmers earned All-America accolades in the women’s 400 freestyle relay. In the championship final, the Tritons dropped almost two seconds off of their preliminary mark. Cody Hargadon, Ciara Franke, Brittney Miles, and Reagan Eickert teamed up to notch a time of 3:21.76 and capture third place. The mark is a new program best, coming in under the previous record of 3:22.04, which has stood since 2016.
The 400 free relay was a highlight on the men’s side as well. Spencer Daily, Ivan Kurakin, Garrett Tse, and Graham Hauss combined for a time of 2:58.33, placing 11th to collect 12 points for their team and garner All-America honorable mentions.
Multiple Triton seniors closed their careers with award-winning individual performances on the competition’s final day. In addition to taking home an honorable mention with the 400 free relay team, Tse captured an All-America award in the 200 breaststroke. Touching the wall in 1:59.18, the South Pasadena native placed sixth to gain 13 points.
Classmate Eickert also came away with relay and individual hardware on the final day. Eickert nabbed an All-America honorable mention in the 1650 free, her second of her career in that event. The Goleta native turned in a time of 17:03.42 to place 15th.
Like Tse and Eickert, Kurakin collected honors for his relay and individual performances. Individually, Kurakin placed 14th in the consolation final of the 200 back. The freshman clocked in at 1:46.11.
Fourth-year Triton diver Brooke Abrantes, who already earned an All-America accolade on the one-meter board this week, claimed All-America state on the three-meter board as well. Abrantes placed sixth in the finals, compiling a total score of 460.90. The local product’s top dive was her Back 2 ½ Somersault Tuck, as she received a score of 54.60.
Abrantes was joined in the preliminaries by classmate Patty Sullivan, who earned a trip to the NCAA Qualification Meet during all four years of her Triton career. Sullivan came away with a score of 411.10, finishing in 17th on the three-meter board at her final NCAA Championships.
“All of the UC San Diego divers competed their hearts out and gave it their all,” said Head Diving Coach Liz Sanchez. “Brooke did an amazing job performing in both the one-meter and three-meter finals. I am so proud of her work ethic and competitive drive. The entire Triton team is beyond proud of her achievements representing UC San Diego at the 2019 National Championships. Patty did a great job, as well as Delainey and Jasmyn. I am beyond proud of how they performed in Indianapolis!”
The NCAA Championships is the Tritons’ final competition of the 2018-19 season. Stay up-to-date during their offseason by visiting their team page here.
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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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