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Program Records Fall as Current and Future Tritons Compete at LA Invite

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LOS ANGELES – Sixteen members of the University of California San Diego men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams, as well as four incoming freshmen, competed at the LA Invite from Thursday through Sunday. The competition took place at the USC’s Uytengsu Aquatics Center. View the full results here.

Triton Women Break Records

A pair of UC San Diego records were broken during the meet. On the first night of action, rising sophomore Ellie Whitney topped the previous fastest Triton time in the 800 LCM freestyle. Whitney shaved over 10 seconds off of her previous best mark to record a time of 9:17.72, coming in under Haley Hamza’s mark of 9:20.04 from 2018. 

Whitney’s classmate Tina Reuter also replaced a Triton record with a time of her own. Competing in the D final of the 200 LCM IM, Reuter posted the top time of her final with a mark of 2:21.76. Reuter’s time was the Tritons’ fastest in the event since 2011, when Triton great Alex Henley turned in a time of 2:22.40. 

The IM specialist also qualified for the C final of the 400 LCM IM. Touching the wall at 5:08.46, Reuter finished 22nd of 83 competitors.

Grace Murphy advanced to a pair of finals as well. In the C final of the 100 LCM breaststroke, Murphy finished the race with a time of 1:15.72, and in the D final of the 200 LCM breast, she swam to a mark of 2:42.65. 

Triton Men Qualify for Seven Finals 

On the men’s side, four Tritons earned spots in the finals of their respective events. Ivan Kurakin represented UC San Diego in three finals, including the A final of the 200 LCM backstroke. Finishing eighth out of 68 swimmers, Kurakin recorded a time of 2:06.36 in the finals. The rising sophomore also took part in the B final of the 200 LCM free, turning in a mark of 1:54.80 to place 14th.

Kurakin’s last final was the 200 LCM IM, and he was joined by Triton teammates Jack Spitser and Zack Reuter. Kurakin notched a time of 2:15.78 in the B final, Spitser recorded a mark of 2:11.01 in the B final, and Reuter touched the wall at the 2:10.28 mark in the D final.

Spitser also competed in the D final of the 200 LCM free. Placing 26th out of 161 swimmers, he set a new personal best with his time of 1:55.87. 

Lastly, racing in the C final of the 400 LCM free, Mitchell Stoddard recorded a time of 4:07.17 to finish 20th of 110 competitors.

Incoming Tritons Show Promise

Four incoming Tritons also raced at LA Invite, as Juli Arzave, Will Blake, Miranda Renner, and Davis Taylor showcased their talent ahead of arriving in La Jolla. Each of the future Tritons qualified for at least one final, and combined to compete in seven individual finals. San Diego native Arzave recorded the highest-ranking finish of the day among the incoming Tritons with her third-place finish in the 1500 LCM free and a time of 17:01.17.


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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 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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