UC San Diego Tritons
|UC San Diego Tritons|
|University||University of California, San Diego|
|Conference||California Collegiate Athletic Association
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (D-I)
Western Water Polo Association
Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association
|Athletic director||Earl W. Edwards|
|Location||San Diego, California|
|Baseball stadium||Triton Ballpark|
|Softball stadium||Triton Softball Stadium|
|Soccer stadium||Triton Soccer Stadium|
|Fight song||Triton Fight Song|
|Colors||Blue and Gold
The UC San Diego Tritons are the athletic sports teams for the University of California, San Diego. UC San Diego has 23 varsity sports teams and offers student participation in a wide range of sports including swimming, water polo, soccer, volleyball, crew, track and field, fencing, basketball, golf, cross country, softball, baseball, and tennis. UC San Diego participates at the NCAA's Division II (DII) level in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), although water polo, fencing, and men's volleyball compete at the Division I level. Since their move to Division II starting in the 2000–01 season, UCSD has placed in the top 5 in the Division II NACDA Directors' Cup standings five times, including two 2nd-place finishes. NCSA Athletic Recruiting has ranked the Tritons as the nation's top Division II program for eight consecutive years. In May 2016, UCSD students voted to transition all sports teams to the NCAA Division I level.
- 1 Teams
- 2 Boosters
- 3 Move to Division I
- 4 National championships
- 5 Teams (Division II era)
- 6 Football
- 7 References
- 8 External links
|Swimming & Diving||Swimming & Diving|
|Track & Field||Track & Field|
|Water Polo||Water Polo|
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UC San Diego recognizes two external organizations of athletic boosters: the Triton Athletic Associates is a booster group of parents, alumni and friends who have each donated between US$50 and $2,500; and the UCSD Athletic Board is made up of donors who have given US$10,000 or more to athletic programs. On campus, booster groups comprise the UCSD Pep Band, Tritons Rising, the Triton Tide (a student booster club), the UCSD Cheerleaders, the Triton Twirl Flag Squad and the UCSD Dance Team. King Triton occasionally appears as a costumed character mascot. Further opportunities for athletic involvement are available to students interested in team staffing and management.
Move to Division I
In 2011, UCSD considered elevating its athletics to NCAA Division I for all sports. They were looking to join the Big West Conference. However, there were several problems. After the Big West added the University of Hawaii in 2010, they would have 10 teams, meaning any extra member would require more conference games in basketball, upsetting the current schedule balance. In addition, in order to meet the minimum Division I scholarship requirements, the student body would need to vote for a fee increase sometime during the 2011–2012 academic year. After the Big West elected not to invite UCSD in May 2011, plans were put on hold and UCSD remained a Division II team. However, a student-led movement resulted in a vote on a fee increase for UCSD students in the hopes to enhance the school's chances of becoming a Division I school. In March 2012, the UCSD student body rejected an increase in activity fees to support the move to Division I. The vote fell 11,407 to 6,470 (51% of the student body voted).
In January 2016, Associated Students UC San Diego unanimously approved the wording of a new Division I referendum. In May, UCSD undergraduates voted to increase athletic fees by $480 per year and transition UCSD athletics to Division I. The fee increase will fund the athletic scholarships required for NCAA Division I schools. The move was approved by the UCSD Academic Senate in December 2016. UCSD's move remains contingent upon an invitation to join the Big West Conference.
In a separate move by the Big West Conference to sponsor men's volleyball, Big West teams from the MPSF will split to join their own conferences that will include UC San Diego as an affiliate member starting in the 2017–18 school year (2018 season). The Tritons' joining the Big West as an affiliate for men's volleyball was not an indicator that the Tritons will be accepted as a full member yet since UC San Diego had long played the sport in the MPSF at a Division I level and was part of the original coalition talks with the Big West to split from MPSF men's volleyball.
Early in April 2017, the San Diego Tribune reported that the Big West had rejected UCSD's application to join the conference. The Big West commission overseeing new members into the conference consists of the Presidents and Chancellors of every member school. There has not been a formal public confirmation of the rejection, but UCSD may still attempt to make moves to join the Big West or another conference until its 2018 deadline set by the referendum.
- Women's water polo (5): 1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994
- Men's volleyball (1): 1970
- Women's volleyball (7): 1981, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1997
- Women's soccer (5): 1989, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999
- Women's tennis (4): 1985, 1987, 1989, 1994
- Men's soccer (3): 1988, 1991, 1993
- Men's volleyball (1): 2000
- Men's golf (1): 1993
- Women's soccer (2): 2000, 2001
- Softball (1): 2011
Individual NCAA championships
UC San Diego athletes have won a total of 138 individual NCAA championships at the Division I, II, and III levels. Individual Division II champions are listed below:
|2014||men's swimming||200m breaststroke||Nicholas Korth|
|2014||women's swimming||500m freestyle||Anji Shakya|
|2013||men's swimming||200m butterfly||Dane Stassi|
|2013||women's swimming||200m freestyle||Anji Shakya|
|2012||women's swimming||200m breaststroke||Emily Adamczyk|
|2011||men's swimming||1000m freestyle||Matt Herman|
|2011||men's swimming||1650m freestyle||Matt Herman|
|2011||men's swimming||200m breaststroke||Nicholas Korth|
|2011||men's track and field||Javelin throw||Nick Howe|
|2011||women's swimming||200m butterfly||Alex Henley|
|2010||men's swimming||50m freestyle||Daniel Perdew|
|2010||men's swimming||100m freestyle||Daniel Perdew|
|2010||men's track and field||javelin throw||Nick Howe|
|2010||women's swimming||200m butterfly||Alex Henley|
|2009||men's swimming||100m freestyle||Daniel Perdew|
|2009||women's swimming||200m breaststroke||Kendall Bohn|
|2009||women's swimming||200m medley relay||Shimura, O'Brien, Ferguson, Panis|
|2009||women's track and field||400m hurdles||Christine Merrill|
|2009||women's track and field||high jump||Linda Rainwater|
|2009||women's track and field||hammer throw||Danielle Thu|
|2008||men's swimming||50m freestyle||Daniel Perdew|
|2008||men's swimming||100m freestyle||Daniel Perdew|
|2008||women's swimming||200m breaststroke||Kendall Bohn|
|2008||women's track and field||triple jump||Whitney Johnson|
|2008||women's track and field||heptathlon||Linda Rainwater|
|2007||men's swimming||100m breaststroke||Evan Hsiao|
|2006||women's swimming||1650m breaststroke||Sophie Levy|
|2005||men's swimming||200m individual medley||Kurt Boehm|
|2005||men's swimming||200m freestyle||Kurt Boehm|
|2005||men's swimming||200m butterfly||Kurt Boehm|
|2005||women's swimming||100m breaststroke||Rosanna Delurgio|
|2005||women's swimming||200m breaststroke||Rosanna Delurgio|
|2005||women's swimming||400m medley relay||Bell, Delurgio, Tran, Harlan|
|2004||women's swimming||100m breaststroke||Rosanna Delurgio|
|2004||women's swimming||200m breaststroke||Rosanna Delurgio|
|2004||women's swimming||200m individual medley||Denise Bogard|
|2004||women's swimming||200m free relay||Kwok, Harlan, Delurgio, Whiteley|
|2003||women's swimming||100m breaststroke||Rosanna Delurgio|
|2003||women's swimming||200m breaststroke||Rosanna Delurgio|
|2001||women's swimming||200m individual medley||Jennifer Watanabe|
|2001||women's swimming||400m individual medley||Jennifer Watanabe|
|2001||women's swimming||200m backstroke||Jennifer Watanabe|
|2001||women's swimming||100m breaststroke||Sandra Lopez|
|2001||women's swimming||200m breaststroke||Sandra Lopez|
|2001||women's swimming||400m individual medley||Watanabe, Lopez, S. Brainard, Wong|
Teams (Division II era)
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From 2000–2016, UC San Diego teams competed primarily in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. The school was awarded the Hiegert Commissioner's Trophy (awarded to the CCAA school with the highest aggregate ranking in eight sports) six times—five consecutive years from 2006–2010 and again in 2016.
The UC San Diego baseball team plays its home games at Triton Ballpark, which was renovated in 2014. In 2005, the Tritons were the CCAA league champions. In 2007 and 2008, they reached to the NCAA West Regionals. In 2009, after winning the CCAA league and CCAA tournament, they advanced to the NCAA Division II College World Series under the leadership of Dan O'Brien and infielder Vance Albitz, where they placed fourth. In 2010, they were the College World Series runners-up and the CCAA league and tournament champions. In 2011 and 2012, they repeated as CCAA league and tournament champions, again reaching the NCAA West Regionals. Their most recent CCAA championship came in 2014.
The UC San Diego men's basketball team plays its home games at RIMAC Arena. At the end of the 2007–08 season, they won the CCAA Tournament and advanced to the first round of the NCAA West Regionals. In 2015–16, they were the NCAA West Region runners-up.
The UC San Diego women's basketball team plays its home games at RIMAC Arena. It has won the CCAA four times, during the 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10, and 2012–13 seasons. The Tritons advanced to the NCAA West Regional 1st Round in 2003–04, 2005–06, and 2009–10, and reached the 2nd Round in 2007–08 and 2008–09. They were the NCAA West Region runners-up in 2011–12 and 2015–16. In 2006–07, they reached the NCAA Final Four.
Fencing (Division I)
The UC San Diego men's and women's fencing squads compete at Main Gym and RIMAC Arena. They compete in the Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California at the NCAA Division I level. The Tritons won this league's championship every year between 2005 and 2016.
The UC San Diego men's soccer team hosts its opponents at the Triton Soccer Stadium at RIMAC Field. In 2003, 2013, and 2014, it advanced to the first round of the NCAA West Regional. In 2013, they were the CCAA tournament runners-up. The best season in team history occurred in 2016, when the team advanced to the NCAA Division II Semifinals after claiming the CCAA league championship, CCAA tournament championship, and the NCAA West Region title.
The UC San Diego women's soccer team plays its home matches at the Triton Soccer Stadium at RIMAC Field. In its first two seasons of Division II play, 2000 and 2001, the team was crowned CCAA Champions and NCAA National Champions. The Tritons again won the CCAA in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2016, reaching the NCAA Final Four in 2003 and being named NCAA Runners-Up in 2010 and 2012. They reached the NCAA West Regional 2nd Round in 2005, 2008, and 2009 and were named the regional runners-up in 2016, but were eliminated in the first round in 2002, 2007, 2011, and 2015. Since its promotion to Division II in 2000, the team has failed to reach the NCAA playoffs only three times, in 2004, 2013, and 2014, and has posted an undefeated CCAA record once, going 12-0 in league play and winning the tournament and division in 2016.
The UC San Diego softball team plays its home games at Triton Softball Stadium, adjacent to RIMAC Arena. The Tritons advanced to the NCAA West Regionals in 2001, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2009. 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. In 2011, they were the NCAA National Champions, having won the NCAA West Region and the CCAA. In 2012, they won the CCAA tournament and repeated as NCAA West Region Champions, and were eventually crowned the NCAA National Runners-Up. They won their second CCAA tournament in 2016.
The UC San Diego men's tennis team competes in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and plays its home games at the Northview Tennis Courts. The team advanced to the NCAA Division II National Championships each year between 2001 and 2007, and returned there in 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014. The team's best finish at the NCAA tournament came in 2013, when it was eliminated in the quarterfinal round.
The UC San Diego women's tennis team competes in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and plays its home matches at the Northview Tennis Courts. They were undefeated CCAA champions every season between 2004 and 2009, advancing to the NCAA West Regional each year. They again won the CCAA in 2010, advancing to the regional championship with a 9–1 conference record.
Men's water polo (Division I)
The UC San Diego men's water polo team competes in the Western Water Polo Association against Division I opponents. They host their opponents at Canyonview Aquatic Center in Warren College. The Tritons have reached the NCAA Final Four in 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2006, 2011, 2014, and 2015. They were the NCAA National Runners-Up in 2000.
UC San Diego has not fielded a football team except in Fall 1968 when a newly formed pigskin organization turned in a winless season and then folded for lack of interest. Since then, the subject of bringing NCAA football back to UC San Diego has been a recurring topic. Tom Ham, a local restaurateur and a supporter of UCSD football since the 1960s, has said that UCSD would have no future in San Diego without "big-time" football. Proponents of a major football team have projected benefits that include greater school spirit and a more well-rounded school experience for students as well as enhancing the school's national profile. Opposition to "big-time" football comes from a wide range of school faculty and administrators such Daniel Wulbert, Revelle College provost, who says that any boost to school spirit wouldn't be worth the sacrifice, and that he wants UC San Diego to "have a life for reasons other than watching hired athletes come and play." Both sides acknowledge that adding an 80- to 100-man football team would not only cost some US$1–1.5M annually, but that the initial outlay in equipment and facilities would be in the tens of millions. Furthermore, in order to comply with Title IX's requirement for equal sports opportunities for both sexes, some three women's teams (80–100 athletes) would have to be added, or three existing men's teams disbanded. Without the expense of football, UC San Diego has been characterized as having "the best all-around program, with the most success by the most student-athletes" in San Diego.
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