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Swimming and Diving Look to Make a Splash in Final Season of Division II

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LA JOLLA, Calif. – The UC San Diego men’s and women’s swimming and diving team embarks on their final season in Division II. Their first meet of the season is the USC Invite from Oct. 4-5. The meet will be a swimming only meet.

COACHING CHANGES

Marko Djordjevic was named the Head Coach of the men’s and women’s swimming and diving program July 2019. Djordjevic has been with the program since 2013, served as the top assist since 2014 and most recently served as the Associate Head Coach this past season. For more from Djordjevic, see the attached video.

Also new on staff this season are Kayla McCormick and Keely Costello. McCormick will serve as an assistant coach for the swim team while Costello will be the diving coach.

MPSF

The Tritons enter year two of competing in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) conference. UC San Diego will compete in this conference once they transition into Division I. The conference features all Division I schools including BYU, Cal Poly SLO, Hawaii, University of Pacific, UC Davis (women), UC Santa Barbara and University of San Diego (women).

LAST SEASON RECAP

In their first season as a member of the MPSF, the Tritons finished sixth on both the men’s and women’s sides. At the Division II NCAA Championship, the men finish 10th and the women finished sixth. In total, the Tritons had 31 All-America accolades and 23 All-America honorable mentions.

FRESHMEN

UC San Diego welcomes a diverse group of 18 freshmen to the program. The incoming class features athletes from California, Michigan, Minnesota, Washington, North Carolina, France, Canada, Hong Kong and Malta.

CAPTAINS

The team will be led by seniors Amanda Rios and Jack Spitser, juniors Grace Murphy and Zack Reuter and sophomores Tina Reuter and Graham Hauss.

USC INVITE

The Tritons will kick-off the season against several top ranked Division I opponents at the USC Invitational. The meet will feature University of Virginia, CSU Bakersfield, USC and two professional swim clubs. Virginia’s men and women both finished in the top 10 at NCAA’s last season while USC’s men and women finished 20th and 10th respectively last season.

UP NEXT

The Tritons return home for their annual blue and gold scrimmage on Oct. 12 at 8:00 am.

About UC San Diego Athletics
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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