Birmingham, Ala.—The University of California San Diego completed the 2017 NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships Saturday at the CrossPlex. The city of Birmingham and the University of Alabama in Huntsville are co-hosts.
The UC San Diego women placed 16th as a team with 91 points through the 21 events, while the men were 19th with 94.5. Queens of Charlotte, N.C., cruised to a third straight crown in both the women's (467) and men's (563.5) competitions. Drury of Springfield, Mo., was second (385, 350) in each.
Seniors Jaimie Bryan and Michael Cohn turned in a pair of All-America fifth-place performances in their specialties, the 200-yard breaststroke and 200 backstroke, respectively. Bryan timed a season-best 2:14.35 in her championship final, having gone 2:15.25 to sneak into that final in eighth during morning preliminaries.
Cohn (Solana Beach/Grossmont College) went 1:45.90 in his last race as a Triton, having touched in 1:45.68 in prelims for the No. 4 seed. Cohn finished fourth in the event in his first go-around in 2015, and was the national runner-up a year ago.
Junior Julia Toronczak (Santee/West Hills HS) was sixth in the consolation final and 14th overall in the 200 back in 2:01.20. She was 11th (2:00.43) after the morning.
In the final race of his first and only season for UCSD, Gabriel Hernandez placed third in the consolation final of the 200 breast in 1:57.85, good for 11th overall. His prelim time was 1:57.95, also 11th fastest.
Two more All-America honorable mentions went to a pair of sophomores in Brooke Abrantes in three-meter diving (16th, 387.50) and Reagan Eickert in the 1650 freestyle (15th, 17:05.23). Abrantes thus became the program's first female diver to earn a point at the NCAA Championships since Jennie Margrave in 2006. Eickert's time was a personal record as she won her heat during the morning.
The women's 400 free relay of juniors Haley Murphy, Jayna Wittenbrink and Sarah Yao, and senior anchor Natalie Tang, also garnered All-America honorable mention in 15th (3:27.51). The foursome combined to go 3:26.38 in prelims for 11th.
Remaining prelim swimmers for UCSD on the meet's final day included Tang (34th, 51.67) and junior Kevin Wylder (31st, 45.62) in the 100 free, Alex Rodman (Coronado/Coronado HS) in the 200 back (19th, 2:01.99), sophomore Lily Maxfield (17th, 2:17.12) and junior Angie Phetbenjakul (24th, 2:19.55) in the 200 breast, and sophomore Garrett Tse (21st, 2:01.33) and senior Zach Yong (22nd, 2:02.12) in the 200 breast. That was the last race in Yong's four-year career. Two-time captain Tang rounded out her days as a Triton in the evening's relay.
Freshman Kaitlyn Ritchey (28th, 17:18.81) and junior Haley Hamza (31st, 17:31.20) joined Eickert in the longest event of the four-day compeititon, the 1650.
Triton Notes: Through four days in Alabama, the Tritons compiled 10 All-America awards, three school records and 34 All-America honorable mentions ... First through eighth placements at the NCAA meet constitute All-America, with ninth through 16th good for All-America honorable mention ... All three UCSD school records at this meet belonged to Gabriel Hernandez, in the 200 IM Wednesday, 400 IM Thursday and 200 fly Friday ... Hernandez lowered his own school standards in all three of those events, and posted seven school-record swims this season.
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Release courtesy Doga Gur, UCSD Athletics