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Tritons Compete at National Level During Successful Summer

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LA JOLLA, Calif. – It was a busy summer for swimmers from the University of California San Diego swimming and diving teams, as they competed individually throughout the country. Three current and six incoming Tritons took the national stage, competing at the Phillips 66 Nationals and the Speedo Junior Nationals. 

Phillips 66 Nationals 

Rising second-year Tritons Spencer Daily and Graham Hauss took part in the Phillips 66 Nationals. Daily, who previously qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials with a new program record of 53.91 in the 100 LCM fly at the California-Nevada Speedo Summer Sectionals, topped his performance at Nationals. Daily shaved 0.15 seconds off his time, touching the wall at the 53.76 mark. 

During the 50 LCM free time trial, Daily recorded his second Olympic Trials qualifying mark. His time of 23.16 in the event came in under the 23.19 standard.

Classmate Hauss turned in a program-record setting time in the 200 LCM free. Touching the wall at the 1:51:40 mark, the Clovis native broke the UC San Diego record and was less than a second away from an Olympic Trials qualifying time. 

Speedo Junior Nationals

At the Speedo Junior Nationals, rising sophomore Mitchell Stoddard was joined by incoming freshmen Julissa Arzave, Will Blake, Lance Freiman, Josh He, George Liu, and Aneta Wyzga.

Stoddard turned in a trio of personal bests at the event. In the 50 LCM free, Stoddard turned in a time of 24.07, 0.2 seconds under his previous top mark. The San Diego native also recorded a pair of personal bests during each of the time trials he swam in. Stoddard nabbed a time of 52.40 in the 100 LCM free and 1:54.36 in the 200 LCM free.

Arzave excelled at Nationals, earning a pair of top-5 finishes and an Olympic Trials qualifying mark. She claimed third in the 1500 LCM free with a time of 16:45.09 to make the cut. The distance specialist also notched a fifth-place finish in the 800 LCM free, with a new personal best of 8:49.63.

Blake took part in two races individually, the 100 LCM free and 200 LCM free. The Rose Bowl Aquatics swimmer touched the wall at the 52.28 mark in the 100 free, which was just under a second faster than his previous top time of 53.24.

Freiman continued the trend of personal bests, as the butterfly specialist recorded multiple during Junior Nationals. During the 200 LCM fly time trial, Freiman obliterated his seed time of 2:16.42, touching the wall at the 2:08.29 mark.

In addition to competing in relays with his Rancho San Dieguito teammates, He participated in three races individually. He recorded times of 1:07:39 in the 100 LCM breast, 2:32.56 in the 200 LCM breast, and 2:15.67 in the 200 LCM IM.

Liu raced in two individual races, the 100 LCM fly and the 200 LCM fly. During the 100 fly, the San Jose native earned a time of 56.20, while in the 200 fly, Liu swam to a mark of 2:11.63. 

Coming down from Bellevue, Wash., Wyzga anchored the 4x200 LCM free relay for her club, and also competed in the 200 LCM free. Wyzga notched a time of 2:06.36 in her individual event.

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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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