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Riding on the results of a survey on last Spring Quarter’s A.S. election ballot, A.S. president Utsav Gupta said a referendum to create a student-funded UCSD football team is currently in the works. Gupta aims to have the referendum on this Spring Quarter’s student ballot. According to Gupta, the survey showed that students not only want a football team, but also are more than willing to pay for its creation. Asked if they would support the creation of a Division-II Intercollegiate Football team, 72.65 percent of the 5,174 students who voted in the election said ‘Yes,’ 17.75 percent voted no and 9.6 percent abstained. Along with assessing the student body’s interest, the survey asked how much students would be willing to pay in additional fees to support the creation of a football team. 35.59 percent of students said they were not willing to pay any money at all. The remaining students expressed — on average — that they would be willing to take on an extra $19.46 per quarter to create a Triton football program. Gupta said he has taken the current University of California budget crisis into consideration in planning the football referendum. “Things are tough, and you’re forced to prioritize,” Gupta said. “I think that if a football referendum can survive in this market, then it does show support within the student body. Sure, there’s more likelihood for it to fail than it probably would have three years ago, but I think that students can make value judgments as to where their money wants to go. This is not us forcing a fee on the student body — this is us asking students what they want.” Gupta said a UCSD football team could provide students with a necessary and missing component of the traditional college experience. “When people think of big schools, they think of football teams,” Gupta said. “We have a super majority saying that they would actually pay to support a team.” In researching the feasibility of a football team, Gupta worked with Vice Chancellors Steven Relyea and Penny Rue to come up with an estimated budget. He produced an estimated figure of $1 million to 2 million a year — a total that Gupta sees as compatible with what students are willing to pay, based on last spring’s survey. While Senior Associate Athletic Director Ken Grosse said he would support a UCSD football team, he also expressed concerns about its logistics. “There are all the start-up costs that we’d be looking at: the equipment, the additional people that are working here,” Grosse said. “We don’t even have room now to store what we need to. It’d be great to have a team, [but] I just don’t see it working.” UCSD currently plays at the NCAA Division-II level. Because Humboldt State University is the only other D-II school in California, the UCSD football team would have to travel to other states in order to play games — adding additional travel costs to basic program needs. “There are only a dozen D-II schools west of the Mississippi, so you’re talking about some pretty heavy travel costs,” Grosse said. Grosse added that in the past decade, only a few colleges have successfully created a football team. According to Grosse, these examples cannot be compared to UCSD, because two of the schools — the University of Connecticut and the University of South Florida —already ran powerhouse Division-I athletic programs beforehand, and had existing funds and facilities to support the new team. Another obstacle in a UCSD football team’s future would be Title IX, a national law created in 1972 that requires men and women’s athletic teams at the high-school and collegiate levels must remain in equal balance. As stipulated by Title IX, there must be an even number of male and female athletes at any one institution. This means that if UCSD were to add a men’s football team — which would require anywhere from 60 to 90 student athletes according to Grosse — the university would have to add the same number of female athletes or subtract from the men’s total. Grosse sees Title IX as an impossible obstacle. “We’re in compliance with Title IX right now,” Grosse said. “So if you add a football team, we’d have to do one of two things: You either make an equivalent addition on the women’s side or cut the equivalent on the men’s side. For how much football is going to cost, you’re talking about decimating the men’s program. At least four or five teams would have to go.” Gupta said he is aware of Title IX, but remains optimistic. “The idea that we’d want to cut men’s teams to make room for football is simply not true,” Gupta said. “What we’d be after is creating women’s teams.” Gupta does not currently include any such details in his planned referendum. In terms of home-game location, Gupta’ envisions the use of the Triton Track and Field Stadium. “The track and field was actually constructed with the foresight of allowing a regulation football field,” Gupta said. “All you’d have to do is get rid of the inner jogging track and make a small adjustment to the track, and you’d have a regulation football stadium.” Men’s track and field coach Tony Salerno said that adding a football team to the space would present several problems. [caption id="attachment_12055" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Erik Jepsen/Guardian"][/caption] “The stadium is not configured for football, so there’s no goalposts or a scoreboard,” Salerno said. “We have just over 100 [athletes] in track. Facility issues would be complex.” If students pass the referendum this Spring Quarter, Gupta believes that the football team could officially begin play by Fall Quarter of 2011. “It would take time to get coaches, to start training players and recruiting,” Gupta said. “I think that that would take about a year to do.” Readers can contact Jake Blanc at [email protected] ...

UCSD Wins 23 of 32 Events at First Home Meet

[caption id="attachment_12052" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Both the men’s and women’s teams defeated Harvey-Mudd-Scripps in UCSD’s first team home meet. (Erik Jepsen/Guardian)"][/caption] SWIMMING & DIVING — The Tritons inaugurated the newly repaired Canyon View Aquatic Center with a victory against their visiting Claremont-Mudd-Scripps opponents at the UCSD swim team’s Oct. 24 2009-10 season-opening meet. “I am very happy where we are at as far as racing,” head coach Scott McGihon said. “This was an outstanding first meet.” The Triton women emerged with a dominant 180-115 win, while the men’s team scored an equally impressive 197-97 victory over the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps swimmers. Collectively, the UCSD swimmers and divers won 23 of the day’s 32 events. The Tritons had multiple winners in several individual events. Freshman Katherine Tse and senior Daniel Perdew both took the 50- and 100-yard freestyle heats for the Tritons, while junior Anju Shimura won the 100- and 200-yard backstroke events. Additionally, freshman Bethany Dong and senior Jereme Barnett-Woods both won the 500- and 1000-yard distance events. The relay teams on both sides were equally successful. Shimura partnered with teammates Tse, sophomore Mercedes O’Brien and junior Jessica Ferguson to win the 200-medley relay with a time of 1:48.87. The men’s team — which included Perdew, freshman Julius Espiritu, seniors Juan Pablo Carillo and Todd Langland — took the same event on the men’s side with a time of 1:34.05. The meet marked the first official competition for the diving team. Freshman diver Tyler Runsten wasted little time making an impact in his first NCCA competition, winning the men’s one-meter and three-meter diving events. He scored an impressive 290.85 in the latter event — despite the fact that the diving team has been unable to practice their full repertoire, because Canyon View had been closed for about a month. “I wasn’t even sure what dives we were going to do,” Runsten said. “We haven’t been diving three meters due to the pool situation, so I just went for big dives. I have no regrets. I am proud and happy.” McGihon was particularly pleased with Runsten’s performance. “He was outstanding,” McGihon said. “Considering it’s his first meet as a first-time freshman, [it was] very impressive.” Runsten said his performance expectations can be credited to his team’s cohesion heading into the season. “The team thus far has been a great experience,” Runsten said. “I love this team. We hang out every night.” McGihon said he would like to continue developing the team’s dynamic, and is keeping his eye on of the long-term goal of making the NCAA National Competition. “We need to work on our level of focus,” McGihon said. “With the pool open, it’s better for everyone. We can enjoy some continuity and flow to training. We want to win these league meets, but preparing for the NCAA is the longer-term plan.” The UCSD swim and diving team will look to build on last Saturday’s results when they visit San Diego State on Nov. 6, where the Tritons will compete against hosts Aztecs and Texas Christian University. Readers can contact Vishal Natarajan at [email protected] ...

Fourth-Straight Loss Sinks Tritons

MEN’S SOCCER — The UCSD men’s soccer team continued its slide last weekend, falling in a pair of one-goal games at home against Cal State San Bernardino and Cal Poly Pomona on Oct. 23 and Oct. 25, respectively. The Tritons’ losing streak now stands at four games, leaving them 7-7-4 overall and 4-7-3 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association play. The Tritons made a late-game push but lost 2-1 against Cal State San Bernardino. Two days later, they couldn’t notch a single point against Cal Poly Pomona, and lost 1-0. Despite a strong defensive effort for two-thirds of the match, the Tritons swallowed a tough loss after allowing two Coyote goals over the final 20 minutes. A thick fog engulfed the field and made it difficult for players to see the turf and for goalies to track shots on goal. The Coyotes’ first goal came in the 69th minute. The Tritons answered back a quick five minutes later, when junior midfielder Shane Micheil nailed his fourth goal of the season from 30 yards away. Despite UCSD’s comeback, a game-winning Coyote goal sealed the Triton defeat. In their Oct. 25 game against Cal Poly Pomona, the Tritons’ offense had no answer to the superior Bronco defense. The Broncos managed to eek out the game’s lone point for a narrow victory. “[It was] a bit of an uninteresting game,” senior midfielder Jonathan Sawyer said. Pomona’s only score came just after halftime, in the 47th minute, as senior forward Kevin Ramirez knocked a rebound shot past senior goalkeeper Peter Akman into the lower left corner of the net. Each team notched six shots apiece in the first half. Triton junior midfielder Shane Micheil and senior forward Tony Choi led the way with two attempts each. The Tritons have dealt with a frustrating year, all seven losses have been decided by a single goal. The team’s annual Senior Day will take place at a Nov. 1 home game against Cal State Dominguez Hills. Seven graduating student athletes will be honored for their accomplishments on and off the field before a final home game in Triton uniforms. The graduating seniors are Akman, Choi, Sawyer; midfielders Scott Gressard and Kyle Parton; and defenders Chris Guitierrez and Daniel Pavitt. The Tritons will be back in action Friday to host No. 7 Cal State University Los Angeles at 4:30 p.m. The Golden Eagles boast an impressive 15-2-1 overall record and an 11-2-1 mark in the CCAA. Readers can contact Cameron Tillisch at [email protected] ...

Two Conference Road Wins Evens Water Polo’s Record at 11-11

The No. 11 Tritons suffered a disappointing second-half loss against No. 7 UC Irvine on Oct. 23, narrowly missing a three-game sweep and forcing UCSD to settle for a 2-1 weekend. The Anteaters scored four goals in the third quarter to erase the Tritons’ commanding halftime lead, handing the team a tough 7-6 loss. UCSD recovered the next day and executed a quick turnaround in its Oct. 24 doubleheader, posting conference victories over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Pomona-Pitzer in Claremont to even the Tritons’ record at 11-11. UCSD’s road trip continues this weekend when the team faces off against Loyola Marymount University and Cal State Long Beach. Both teams have dealt the Tritons defeats this season. The Tritons finished off last weekend on a high note, defeating Pomona-Pitzer 10-6. Junior driver Bryce Madsen, junior driver Ryan Allred and senior driver Sean Roberts each scored two goals apiece, while sophomore goalkeeper David Morton blocked 12 Pomona-Pitzer shot attempts. Allred has been on an offensive roll since scoring his first six goals of the season against Chapman University on Oct. 9. The transfer now has 20 scores on the season. “Ryan is a great player with one of the quickest shots I’ve ever seen,” Roberts said. “We knew that, coming from a [junior college], Ryan was going to have to step up and play intense on defense and offense. Overall, he’s a very sound player and his quickness is probably his best attribute.” Coming off their loss to UC Irvine, the Tritons faced CMS for the first time this year. The last time these two teams met, UCSD demolished CMS 24-8 in the 2008 Western Water Polo Association Tournament. This time around, UCSD wasn’t able to run up the score as high, but still came away with an 11-8 win. The Tritons jumped ahead to a 4-1 lead after the first period and extended their lead to 7-2 at halftime. UCSD stayed strong in the third period, scoring three times for a 10-4 advantage going into the fourth quarter. Senior two-meter defender Steven Donohoe led UCSD with three goals, while Madsen and senior two-meter defender Peter Gresham netted two scores. Four other Tritons got on the board with one goal each. “We wanted to bring the same intensity that we brought against Irvine and we knew Claremont wouldn’t be able to handle counterattack and our press,” Roberts said. “In the end, it paid off.” Friday night, the Tritons faced off against a streaking Anteater squad — UC Irvine came into the contest having won six straight, including an Oct. 11 victory against UCSD. The Tritons came out strong, holding the Anteaters to one goal in the first half and scoring three in the second period to lead 4-1 at halftime. UC Irvine entered the second half with renewed strength, jumping on UCSD for two scores in the first three minutes and cutting the Tritons’ lead to one goal. Madsen got the Tritons back on track, converting on a six-on-five opportunity with just under five minutes left in the third quarter. The Anteaters took advantage of Triton defensive miscues, closing out the period with two man-up goals to even the score heading into the final period. “During the first half we had really strong intensity on defense and on the counterattack,” Roberts said. “We came out with same intensity in the second half but we weren’t as consistent.” Junior driver Sean Cruz regained the lead with a six-on-five conversion two minutes in. UC Irvine’s Tom Kruip tied it up with a goal one minute later, and the Anteaters scored again with 2:28 left in regulation to claim their first scoring advantage of the game. The Tritons were unable to fight back, falling to the Anteaters by one goal for the second time this season. “Overall, we showed good effort in the game,” Roberts said. “We knew going into it that this was going to be a physical game and we brought physicality to it. They just made one more goal than we did.” UCSD now prepares for a face off at Cal State Long Beach on Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. and an away match against WWPA rival Loyola Marymount University on Oct. 31 at noon. The Tritons look to reverse a recent string of losses to the No. 1 Lions, which include three defeats to the team earlier this season. “We want to show them that we belong in the top 10,” Roberts said. “We know we have to have no mental mistakes against these teams.” Readers can contact Janani Sridharan at [email protected] ...

Pair of 1-0 Wins Lands UCSD in First Place

WOMEN’S SOCCER — Bouncing back after losing an important conference game last week, the No. 11 UCSD women’s soccer team returned to its winning ways over the weekend. The Tritons sneaked past California Collegiate Athletic Association rival Cal State San Bernardino 1-0 on Oct. 23 at Triton Field. UCSD followed up with another 1-0 victory two days later against Cal Poly Pomona on Oct. 25. The victories improve the Tritons record to an impressive 14-3 (11-3 CCAA) giving them possession of first place in the CCAA South Division. UCSD got out to an early 1-0 advantage against Cal State San Bernardino and never looked back. The Tritons took command of the match in the seventh minute, when junior midfielder Lisa Bradley deflected a corner kick and headed it past the Cal State San Bernardino keeper. Bradley’s first goal of the year makes her the 13th player on the squad to score a goal this season. Unlike the Coyote offense — which shot very aggressively to overcome UCSD’s one goal advantage — the Triton offense was selective with their shots. San Bernardino outshot UCSD 12-3 in the game. “Yes they had a lot of shots,” head coach Brian McManus said, “But I don’t think [sophomore goal keeper] Kristin [Armstrong] was ever bothered, there was never a hard save to make.” UCSD’s defense played very efficiently and did an excellent job of disrupting the aggressive Cal State San Bernardino offense. Of the 12 Coyote shots, only three required a save. Armstrong maintained the Triton lead by making two saves — one in the first period and one in the second period. Bradley — who scored the game winning goal — also added a team save in the second period when she deflected a ball on a Coyote corner kick that was heading dangerously close to the UCSD net. “Give our girls credit, not one of their better games,” McManus said, “But lot of teams would have folded under the pressure and they stood up to it well.” After defeating the Coyotes, the Tritons aimed their sights on the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos. Freshman defender Haley Johnson netted her second goal of the season in the games 13th minute and UCSD’s defense held strong en route to the 1-0 final score. Armstrong’s second shutout in as many games gave the Triton’s their ninth win over their previous ten games. The victory assures the Tritons a spot in the CCAA Championships, a guarantee that will give the team some breathing room over the final two games of the regular season. “The pressure is starting to get to the younger players now,” McManus said. “We have to try to get that out of their heads and just get them concentrated to play one game at a time.” The Tritons next play at home on Friday, Oct. 30 against Cal State Los Angeles, who currently sits one place behind UCSD in the conference standings. Readers can contact John Beck at [email protected] ...