Sports

David Dunbar Has Made His Mark

When cross country head coach Ted Van Arsdale was looking at recruits for last year’s squad, one local athlete in particular caught his eye. “”I thought [David Dunbar] would be advantageous to the school,”” Van Arsdale said. Dunbar was enthusiastic to come to UCSD. “”I really liked the area and I really like the coach,”” Dunbar said. “”I knew a number of guys on the team and I knew the program here was strong.”” Fast forward to this year and Van Arsdale looks like a genius. Dunbar recently became the first male in UCSD history to make it to nationals for the Tritons in Division II. His time of 33:19 placed him 52nd out of over 90 runners and ninth among West Region runners. What makes this achievement even more commendable is that the national championship is comprised of top runners from about 400 Division II schools. To top it all off, Dunbar is only a sophomore. “”By the time [Dunbar] is gone, he’ll have established himself with the other running legends from UCSD,”” Van Arsdale said. Dunbar appears to be well on his way to doing just that. “”I just liked running,”” he said of his decision to join his high school’s cross country team five years ago. “”And I was good at it. It was fun.”” Coming into this season, Dunbar set three goals for himself: to place in the top 15 at the conference championships, to be named All-Region, and to make nationals. A good performance in nationals assures strong consideration for All-Region honors. Dunbar came in 16th in conference, just short of his goal, but still respectable considering he ran while he was ill. “”It was a big race; we have a pretty big rivalry with the other schools in our conference,”” Dunbar said. “”I just took one for the team.”” Van Arsdale sees Dunbar as more than just a physical specimen. “”His mentally competitive attitude is an important strength,”” Van Arsdale said. “”He has the desire to see how good he can be.”” Dunbar’s determination is an example for the other runners, including his younger brother, Jonathon. “”He’s shown the way [for the young runners],”” Van Arsdale said. Dunbar downplays his leadership role to his brother. “”I help him out a little,”” he said. “”But usually I let him do his own things.”” He is also modest about his championship run. “”I think it was pretty good, although I wanted to run a little faster,”” he said. Van Arsdale has a different impression. “”He was absolutely fantastic at nationals,”” he said. “”It would be tough to improve on this particular race.”” They both attribute Dunbar’s performance to a grueling training plan, in which Dunbar ran over 80 miles per week from the beginning of summer until late October. “”The difference between this year and last year is a result of [Dunbar] sticking to the training plan,”” Van Arsdale said. “”It allowed him to complete the season strong.”” This was vital, since this was Dunbar’s first year in Division II and his first year of running 10,000 meters. Division III meets were only 8,000 meters. Dunbar is far from finished. Next year, his goals are to finish higher in nationals, as well as make the Division II All-American team. He has started to train for the track team, in which he competes in the 1,500-meter and 5,000-meter races, as well as the steeplechase. “”My main goal is to make it to nationals, which is harder in track,”” Dunbar said. Dunbar has no intention of slowing down after school, either. “”I’ll definitely be running after college,”” he said. “”He’s a hardcore runner,”” Van Arsdale said. For Dunbar, there appears to be no end in sight and that seems to be just fine with him. ...

Here We Aren't Now, Entertain Us

The role of athletics, as associated with school spirit, should be one of importance. That is not to say sports should be of more importance than academics or quality of life at the school attended, but it should be of some importance. Sky Frostenson/ Guardian UCSD boasts a top-notch athletic program, full of national champions and All-Americans, and with its move to Division II, the Tritons are showing that they have no problem adjusting to the new level of competition and that they will continue to produce A-list athletic teams. If both these assertions are to be believed, then the question must be posed, where do athletics stand in relation to school spirit at UCSD? The answer to this question is simple: There’s no relation. Triton Assistant Athletic Director Ken Grosse said “”Athletics do not play as much of a role in school spirit as we, meaning the athletic department, wish it would.”” David Pilz/ Guardian Athletics, outside of the athletic community at UCSD, plays no role in the UCSD student body’s conception of itself as Tritons. “”As an athlete on the volleyball team, the other guys on the team and I make an effort to go out and support the other teams,”” said Marshall sophomore Bill O’Connor. “”For instance, we went to the State game last week. I just don’t see that effort from most students here at UCSD.”” If athletics play little or no role in school spirit, then what forms the core of a Triton? It seems as if the focus of the administration at UCSD is on the academic aspect of student life. This creates an atmosphere in which it is very hard for students to come together outside of the stressful arena of the quarter system. There seems to be an invasive malaise that has seeped into the very pores of this La Jolla campus that makes it impossible to have fun while attending school here. Is it really impossible, are classes that hard, or is the student body just apathetic? Now, going to a basketball game or a water polo game is not a cure-all for this elusive malaise, but at the same time, it does give students something to do and it brings students together in a community that fosters unity. There is a purpose to being at that game and the purpose is to cheer on UCSD, to support YOUR school. “”Athletic events create a critical mass, a place where students can be brought together,”” said men’s basketball coach Greg Lanthier. “”Bringing students together is what creates school spirit. The chance to become a part of this campus is there and is provided for students. All they have to do is get up and take advantage of it.”” Why sit around and complain about how boring life is as a Triton, as many UCSD students have been known to do, when there are usually between one and four home games a week featuring one or more of UCSD’s 23 NCAA teams? One group that certainly does care about Triton athletics is the pep band. The pep band is made up completely of volunteers, as opposed to most schools of comparable size and athletic stature, where the band is fully funded by the music department and is offered as an actual class. Even though they are volunteers, the band still manages to make it to at least one game a week where they play anything from jazz to rock to pep band classics like “”Louie Louie.”” The pep band makes a deliberate decision to go to the games, and the student body could do the same thing, so why don’t they? For some, the choice to go or not to go is hamstrung by their schoolwork. “”I would love to check out a basketball game or go to a soccer match,”” said Muir freshman Kirk Miller. “”But half the time I’m either too tired or too busy with a job and schoolwork to go.”” However, this is not the only reason students don’t go to the games. For many, sports are obscured in anonymity. “”Most of the time I just don’t hear about the games. If the advertising for the games was better, and I knew when and where they were, I would definitely show more often,”” said Roosevelt junior Adam Taylor. The move to Division II could alleviate this problem. “”In the CCAA, we play doubleheaders and it makes it much easier to advertise and much more spectator-friendly since in Division III, many of our games were played during the break,”” Grosse said. Athletics can offer an outlet for the student body, and it can help form UCSD’s vision of itself. Events present times and places for students to come together and, if even just for the hour it takes to play a water polo match, feel like they are part of something more than a study group for their Chem 6A class. How to make this happen is a hard question to answer, but the tools are there. We have a great athletic program and students who want to get out and be a part of something, but do students want athletics to be that something? UCSD cyclist Pete Knudsen said “”One of the reasons I came to UCSD was because we didn’t have the rah-rah attitude of other schools, and I like the balance we strike here between athletics and academics.”” Students need to realize that UCSD is lacking in school spirit. In order to make this campus a better place to go to school and in order to foster a sense of school spirit and unity, both the students and the administration need to let athletics or another aspect of campus life rise up and become equals with that masterful slave-driver, academia. ...

Diving Goes to USC Invitational

The UCSD diving team made a sojourn to USC this weekend to compete in the three-day Trojan Diving Invitational. The invitational ran from Nov.16 to Nov. 18 and showcased 13 different teams. From California were UCLA, UC Irvine, UCSD, Redlands, San Diego State, Fresno State, San Jose State, UC Berkeley and Stanford. From outside the state were Arizona, BYU and Colorado State. The Tritons only had two people competing in the meet, Tare Van Arsdall and Emily Quon. Each competed in the 1-meter springboard and faced stiff competition at this meet, as many of the top divers in the nation were there. Diving in the meet were USC two-time All-American Kellie Brennan, and Trojan standout freshmen Raymond Vincent and Nicci Fusaro. Additionally, UCSD was diving against Division I-level competition. Considering the fact that UCSD has only just moved up from Division III, this is a huge jump. UCSD’s two divers competed on the first day of the Invitational in the women’s 1-meter springboard. Despite strong performances, neither one was able to advance past the preliminary rounds. Fusaro ended up taking the 1-meter by a slim margin over Erin Sones of Stanford, 281.95 to 266.30. Omar Ojeda took the men’s 3-meter on the first day by demolishing the rest of the field by over 100 points. He finished with 609.90 points to beat Justin Wilcock of BYU, whose final tally was 503.95. Ojeda dominated not only the 3-meter springboard but the rest of the Invitational as well. He took the 1-meter on the second day of the competition by making the rest of the field look ridiculous, as not a single diver was within shouting distance of his 376.50 points. On the third day of competition, he did not win the 10-meter platform event but finished second to teammate Rubin Vaca. USC’s Fusara also took the 3-meter event. ...

Volleyball Loses in the First Round

The UCSD women’s volleyball team knew it had its work cut out for it heading into the first round of the 2000 NCAA Division II Women’s Volleyball Pacific Regionals, held at Cal State Los Angeles. The team had been mired in a rotten slump as the season slowly squeaked to a halt, dropping its final two regular season matches and looking uninspired on the floor. The two losses dropped the team from sole possession of second place in its division to fourthbehind Cal State Los Angeles, which finished in first, and Cal State San Bernardino and Cal State Bakersfield, which tied for second. The Tritons were then given the sixth seed in the tournament and were slated to face their dreaded rival, Cal State Bakersfield, in their first-round game. The Bakersfield squad had taken home the first two meetings between the two teams in four sets apiece, so things were looking dark indeed for the Triton side. The team traveled to the tournament site, the Eagles’ Nest in Los Angeles, on Thursday night with hopes of changing the tide by breaking out of its late-season rut with a victory over Bakersfield and advancing to the next game. These hopes were dashed, however, by a pumped-up and impressive Bakersfield performance. Cal State Bakersfield came out strong early, connivingly winning the first set 15-7 in front of the 400-person crowd at the Nest. The Tritons did fire back in the second set, showing a lot of heart and grit to overcome an early deficit and taking the set 15-13. It was all downhill from this point, though, as the Tritons would not win another set this night in November. In the end, they were ousted from the tournament after exhibiting feeble third and fourth-set performances, and losing by scores of 15-3 and 15-6, respectively The night was not without its highlights for the blue and gold, as many of its key players once again gave solid performances. The team’s sole first-team All-CCAA selection, Laura Santerre, once again excelled on the hardwood. She led the Tritons with 18 kills while picking up 9 digs. Leslie Punnelli, a second team All-CCAA selection, along with teammate Christine Kueneman, had an impressive night defensively for UCSD, compiling a game-high 25 digs while adding 9 kills. Kueneman also stood out with 17 digs. Jamie Woods stepped up with 15. Jennie Wilson was another bright spot for the Tritons, with 15 kills and 7 digs. But these quality performances were just not enough to stop Cal State Bakersfield, which, led by Amy Wade’s 22 kills and 22 digs, continuously kept the momentum throughout the night, quickly quelling most would-be Triton rallies. Stephani McNaughton also had an outstanding night for Cal State Bakersfield, notching 18 kills and 12 digs in the win. Brooke Jolley had a hand in the victory, contributing 15 kills and 12 digs, as did Jessica Slayton with 10 kills and 17 digs. The Tritons, despite the loss, should have few regrets about their first Division II season, as they put together an impressive inaugural record of 15-7 in conference play and 21-20 overall. Laura Santerre led the team with 346 kills for the season. Jennie Wilson had more notches in the block category than any other Triton, compiling 104 over the duration of the season, and Leslie Punnelli was the team’s dig maestro, with a whopping 397 on the season. These performances, as well as the team’s overall season-long effort, should be applauded by all, as the team made the jump to Division II with typical aplomb, and once there, established the UCSD women’s volleyball team as a powerhouse competitor and a force to be reckoned with in the coming years. ...

Fok Brings UCSD Back From the Brink

Last Friday at the Golden Gymnasium in Point Loma, the Triton women’s basketball team outshined the Crusaders of Point Loma Nazarene University with a thrilling last-second 58-56 victory. David Pilz/ Guardian The UCSD women capped off an exciting first game in NCAA Division II with a baseline jumper by junior Maya Fok with 0.8 seconds left. “”[The game] was a war,”” commented head coach Judy Malone. “”It was almost the same game as last year.”” With this victory, the Tritons added another chapter in their history with Point Loma. UCSD has been closely matched against the Crusaders, including a 78-74 victory last year, until Friday’s victory gave them the 4-3 edge in the overall series. The women’s team began the game strong and cruised to a 35-24 halftime lead, despite the height advantage the Crusaders possessed. “”I think being as young as we are, we showed a lot of confidence and strength,”” said senior Genevieve Ruvald, the Tritons’ leading scorer against Point Loma, with 17 points. The Tritons displayed their tenacity by battling for every rebound and loose ball, which gave them a 32-22 shots-taken advantage in the first half. The second half was another story, however, as Point Loma came out with all pistons firing. Corey Zimbelman, who led all scorers with 18 points, opened the half with a three-pointer, and it was downhill for UCSD from there. After a few minutes of anemic offense, the Tritons called a timeout and proceeded to give the Crusaders an uncontested basket due to UCSD’s tardiness in getting back onto the court after the timeout. However, the Tritons were kept in the game by their gritty defense and several big offensive plays, which included Ruvald scoring off a steal, Fok penetrating inside to get to the line, and a nice drive to the hoop by freshman Kimberly Hong. Despite its offensive efforts, Point Loma crept to within 2 points eight minutes into the second half. Neither team was helped by the referees, who blew their whistles so frequently and enthusiastically that their faces started to turn blue due to lack of oxygen. Due to the frequency of the refs stopping the game, the teams were unable to establish a rhythm offensively. All in all, they called a total of 37 fouls and numerous traveling violations. “”There were some questionable calls,”” Ruvald said.. “”However we can’t blame the game on the officials,”” she added. The crowd, which grew louder as the game progressed, also appeared to affect the young Triton team. The UCSD women seemed to have trouble at the free-throw line in the second half, with the raucous Point Loma throng drowning out the few loyal UCSD fans. With the second half winding down, the Tritons’ rawness was visible during one offensive series in which freshman Ali Ginn was passed the ball while she was attempting to tie her hair back, though no harm resulted as she nonchalantly caught the ball and flipped it back with one hand. “”We have a lot of young kids,”” Malone said. “”We still have some growth to do.”” “”I thought our young players really stepped up and kept their poise,”” Ruvald praised. With less than two minutes left in the game, Point Loma pulled to within one when freshman Tammy McCoy scored on a breakaway to make the score 50-51. With 32.7 seconds left and a one-point lead, Ruvald drew a foul and coolly sank both free throws to stretch UCSD’s lead to three. However, in the next possession, Zimbelman ignited the Crusader crowd by burying a three-pointer to tie the game with 23.2 seconds left. In the end, Zibelman’s heroics were for naught, as Fok found herself wide open on the right wing and calmly stepped up and nailed the game winner. The UCSD women, seeking to improve upon last year’s stellar 20-6 record, will next square off against Christian Heritage on Thursday, Nov. 30. ...

Does Anyone Else Smell Like Team Spirit?

Yours truly ventured away from UCSD to watch a pair of our athletic teams compete this weekend. OK, so I did not even get out of San Diego, but I did leave the confines of La Jolla to watch our teams in action. I got to see the women’s basketball team pull out a last-second win over Point Loma Nazarene University on Friday, and I saw the men’s basketball squad get crushed by the Division I San Diego State Aztecs. Both games showed me something that is not often seen by this gent — school spirit. Sure, there is some school spirit here. Thumbs up to all of those Triton faithful who come out to games. Special props to those few whom I saw at the two road games I attended. But shame on those who never go and support the athletes and just plain don’t give a damn. At the State game, where our guys were severely outmatched but still tried their best, they played in the beautiful Cox Arena. This place is first class. There were over 4,000 people in attendance. Can you imagine having that many here to see a game? At the Point Loma game, there were over 500 students. Now, this is a small number of people. But further research makes this that much more impressive. The school has a little over 2,000 undergraduates. That means roughly one-fourth of the school’s population attended the game. That is like 5,000 people heading to the next UCSD men’s basketball match. Amazing. This is a call for people to get out there and watch a game. We have some excellent athletics teams — take a look at women’s soccer. The games are fun, and they make you more of a part of the school. Another thing got me thinking: The Point Loma Nazarene University gym is called the Golden Gym. It is nowhere near the size of our RIMAC Arena but it is really nice looking. It glows, it rocks and it has a nice name that gives the station some spice That is what we need here. We need to rename RIMAC something that makes opponents shake in their boots, something that pertains to the Tritons. Other schools have names like “”The Eagles’ Nest”” or “”The Lions’ Den.”” How about calling RIMAC “”Atlantis”” or “”The Watery Tomb?”” OK, maybe not, but help me out. Send suggestions to me or to the athletic department. I’m sure the name can be better than “”Intramural Recreational Arena Auditorium with a Complex that is a Place to Play and Work Out Stadium Arena Thing,”” or whatever RIMAC is. This is just a call for everyone to get some school spirit into their systems and support the hard working UCSD athletic teams a little bit more. ...

The Tritons Learn a Division I Lesson

In its first Division II game, the UCSD men’s basketball team was unable to net a victory against cross-town rivals Division I San Diego State University Saturday night at Cox Arena. David Pilz/ Guardian The 80-48 UCSD loss ended a 17-game losing streak for the Aztecs, and it was the first time the teams had met since 1981, when the Tritons were also defeated. Ten of UCSD’s 15 players are freshmen, and the Tritons are slated to finish 11th out of 12 teams in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, according to a recent pre-season CCAA Coaches’ Poll. SDSU captured the tip-off and began the game with a lay-up at 18:44 by Aztec Karlo Koviac. UCSD was unable to halt a six-point, two-and-a-half-minute-long streak, until freshman forward Ryan Swed sank a three-point shot from the corner at 16:27, which set a pattern for the rest of the half. The Aztecs retaliated with an outside shot for themselves seconds later, bringing the score to 9-3. The ball rallied back and forth, with State adding several lay-ups, one free throw and a dunk. The Tritons’ only scores in the first half came from three pointers. They made six of 23 attempts, shooting a .261 three-point field goal percentage. In the second half, with two more attempted baskets, the percentage was .214. “”It was one of our first games for this season, and we do have a lot of young guys,”” said UCSD head coach Greg Lanthier. “”The timing was a little off, and I think we shot a little quicker than we should have. We didn’t shoot as well as we are capable of.”” In the last 10 minutes of the half, the Tritons missed 10 straight field goals before Swed assisted senior forward Sam Higgins, who sunk a three pointer with 2:22 left in the half. While UCSD was quiet in the field, SDSU made three turnovers, all by junior Randy Holcomb, and also made a few baskets. Higgins’ score brought the score to a 33-18 Aztec lead, but SDSU added another lay-up less than two minutes before the buzzer, to end the half at 35-18. SDSU enjoyed a 48 percent field goal percentage in the first half, and it ended the game with 55 percent overall. “”I liked this game,”” Fisher said. “”I was very happy to look around and see a respectable crowd. I thought we played hard and defended efficiently.”” When asked why the season opener matched a Division I team with one of Division II, Fisher answered that all over the country this type of match up is occurring, and the difference in rankings only serves to help both teams see what each needs to focus on. Lanthier agreed. “”We were outmatched physically, but this was the first time in a collegiate situation for a lot of our players. It shows them how things can be, and what needs work.”” Thirty seconds into the second half, SDSU scored a three pointer, which the Tritons answered with a trio of lay-ups, bringing the score to 43-24 SDSU. The Aztecs almost doubled the score at 61-32 with 9:08 left in the game. The Tritons, unable to pull ahead for the remainder of the game, threw in a basket and another trio of threes against four foul shots and five points off baskets for SDSU. “”We really had nothing to lose by going into this game against a Division I team,”” said freshman guard Roger Curtis. “”Most of us were stepping out onto the college game court for the first time. You just have to take the experience and keep going.”” Overall, UCSD shot .321 from the field, with Higgins and senior forward Cole Miller leading in points, with 11 each. Higgins was also strong on the boards, with a game high seven rebounds. SDSU’s top scorer, Randy Holcomb, poured in 15 points. UCSD will meet Cal Poly San Louis Obispo Nov. 20, and the next home game will be held after Thanksgiving on Nov. 29 against Christian Heritage at 7 p.m. ...

Tritons Overpower Okies

What should have been a high-pressure playoff game turned out to be a walk in the park as the UCSD women’s soccer team downed Central Oklahoma University 6-2 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II playoffs. David Pilz/ Guardian “”I think they were a much better team than 6-2,”” said Triton head coach Brian McManus. “”They were young at the back, and that’s where they made the most mistakes. I think that midfield, forwards, they turned us more today than we’ve been turned by a lot of teams. “”They create quite a few chances,”” he continued. “”They have two very good forwards. At midfield, they changed the ball in transition great.”” The Tritons scored early on in the match when Erika Alfredson scored off a Julia Cuder pass in the fourth minute for a 1-0 lead. David Pilz/ Guardian “”I saw they left a hole at the near post, which helps a lot because Julia serves great ball from there,”” Alfredson said. “”As soon as I saw it kicked in, I knew I could get my head on it.”” The Bronchos answered quickly with a goal from Sally Holmes in the 14th minute to knot the score at 1-1. “”We got scored on earlier and seemed to rebound quite well, I thought,”” said Oklahoma head coach Mike Cook. “”We made a couple of mistakes. They’re a good team, put a lot of pressure on us and we made some mistakes.”” From then on it was all Tritons. Kristin Jones and Molly Carlson found the back of the net before the half ended to send UCSD into the break up 3-1. The second half was more of the same. Cindy Dostalek booted a goal early in the second half, and Christy Abizaid added another off of a Alfredson pass. “”I saw her in the corner with the ball, and I was kind of far back,”” Abizaid said. “”Erika spotted it perfectly between two players and I just did my job. Erika did a lot of work.”” Kristin Conahan added on the sixth goal for the Tritons. The Bronchos scored a second goal, but it was during garbage time and too little, too late. “”A lot of it I think, was nerves,”” Cook said. “”We’re an extremely young team, only 3 years old. Our inexperience showed a little bit this game. They’ve got a good team and they came out strong. They caught us a little bit off guard. We’re just an inexperienced team and we were here for the first time. I’m a little bit disappointed in that but chock it up to a good learning experience.”” The game was very physical, with bodies banging everywhere on the field. “”We knew they were going to be physical,”” Alfredson said. “”We were ready for it and luckily that didn’t affect our game too much.”” Six goals in a playoff game is uncommon. It seems the Tritons are firing on all cylinders. “”Right now we’re all playing really well,”” Alfredson said. “”Every single person on the team — subs, starters, everyone. Our level never drops. Hopefully we can continue that way.”” Alfredson finished with a goal and two assists. Dostalek had a pair of assists and goalkeeper Kami Poma made seven saves. “”I think there’s always room for improvement,”” Abizaid said. “”That win was so amazing because we were ready to play. They were turning us a little too much. Those two goals could have been stopped. There is, of course, room for improvement, but how can you beat six goals?”” UCSD will next face Franklin Pierce in the semifinals. Franklin Pierce is the defending Division II champion. The Final Four will take place Dec.1 and Dec. 3, time and location to be announced. “”We’re just going to play like we know how to play,”” Abizaid said. “”If we play our best, it’s going to be really hard to beat us. We’re just going to do what we always know how to do and see how far we can go with it. I think we can go far.”” ...

Early Registration Irks Some Students at Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Every semester, a number of Iowa students find themselves nervously waiting for the moment when the university will allow them to register and find out if there are any seats left in their desired classes. But while they wait, student athletes are already signed up. For the 2001 spring semester, as with every semester, student athletes will receive priority registration beginning on Nov. 20. All athletes are given the opportunity to register during the first three days of registration, along with professional students, graduate students and any undergraduates who have earned 90 hours or more semester hours. What has some students concerned is that any athlete, regardless of year or credits earned at the university, may have the chance to enroll before a student who has earned more semester hours. UI freshman Patrick Drouin watches as athletes fill up seats up to 11 days before he is allowed to register. “”It’s not fair that athletes have the priority above the other students who are here for the academics,”” he said. “”If anything, the students who are academically successful should be given the priority above the others.”” But in fact, students on academic scholarship from the UI do receive priority registration. These students are an example of those on campus who receive as much priority as a student athlete, said Carol Gruber, the director of student services in the Athletics Department. UI senior Jessica Smith said she has experienced some problems enrolling in classes because they were typically crowded with athletes. “”I think it is a problem,”” said Smith, who splits her time between three jobs and her classes. “”I think the university should consider the people who have to work and the people who are paying for their own tuition with their personal money. I’ve had a hard time getting into popular classes such as Relaxation Techniques and Health for Living because they were usually full, and I had to wait two or three semesters to get those classes. “”I’ve ended up getting the classes I wanted, but it was because I was running around and talking to the teachers and my counselor. It hasn’t been because of anything the university has done.”” Gruber said that although she certainly empathizes with students such as Smith who are required to put in long work hours as well as study hours, a student athlete’s commitment to the university is more formal. “”Those students are not responsible to the university,”” she said. “”They have not made or signed a contract with the university as the student athlete has. Student athletes sign a contract that has them agree to represent the university and meet all the requirements they face to be successful in athletics and academics.”” UI senior Jake Wilson, who competed this fall as the No. 1 singles player for the men’s tennis team, said most students have the wrong idea about the registration rules. “”I think it’s pretty fair because our practice times are set in stone,”” he said. “”While other students may have to schedule their classes around a job, they can ask their bosses to switch their schedule. But when you have to be at practice from noon to 5:30 p.m. every day, no matter what, it takes away your options for classes.”” Travel also comes into play when athletes register for classes, Gruber said. “”Student athletes are responsible for academics and athletics, and scheduling around traveling times helps them handle their responsibilities in both areas, which is very important to us,”” she said. Wilson, a psychology major, said he plans to focus on sports psychology because he has been exposed to sports his entire life, and this may be a reason that athletes have sports-related majors. “”Athletes may just have those majors because they are very familiar with athletics and it is a big part of their lives,”” he said. — Daily Iowan ...

Women Swim Team Trounces Bakersfield

In a full weekend of swimming, the UCSD women’s swimming and diving team dropped a duel meet versus the University of San Diego Toreros on Friday, but rebounded to beat Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday. The men’s team fell to Bakersfield. The women’s first meet, held at USD, consisted of 16 events: two diving events, the 400-meter medley relay, the 1000-meter freestyle, the 200-meter freestyle, the 100-meter backstroke, the100-meter breast stroke, the 2000-meter butterfly, the 50-meter freestyle, the 100-meter freestyle, the 200-meter backstroke, the 200-meter breast stroke, the 500-meter freestyle, the 100-meter butterfly, the 200-meter individual medley and the 400- and 200-meter freestyle relay. The match, which began with a hailstorm during warm-ups, did not get much better for the Tritons, as USD placed first in 13 out of the 16 events. “”We swam very poorly, and they swam well,”” summarized head coach Scott McGihon. “”That’s pretty much what the match came down to.”” However, there was a silver lining, as sophomore Jennifer Watanabe continued her excellent swimming with a first-place finish in the 200-meter freesyle event and the 200-yard backstroke, winning with times of 29.86 and 32.76, respectively. The other top finisher for the women’s team was junior Lindsey Meeks in the 100-yard breaststroke with a winning time of 31.80. Fortunately for the women, Saturday was a new day, as they dominated Bakersfield, 149-82. Junior Molly McCorkle placed first in both the 100- and 200-yard backstroke, while Watanabe and Sharon Smith were individual winners. At the end of the day, four freshmen had qualified for the NCAA meet at the end of the year. The men’s swimming team was unfortunately unable to come up with a victory, as it was beaten 134-86 by Cal State Bakersfield. However, the men’s 400-yard freestyle relay team, composed of junior Christian Deck, sophomore Luke Seed, sophomore Danny Fischer and senior Rusty Jones impressed. “”I don’t think [the relay team has] ever be that fast at this point in the year,”” McGihon said. Another bright spot was Triton Ryan Long’s victory in the 200-yard individual medley. “”His time was exceptionally fast,”” McGihon said. Not only was it fast, it was also good enough to qualify Long for the NCAA finals. While both the men’s and women’s teams ended up with losses after the weekend was over, McGihon was still optimistic. “”I think that the NCAA finals are more important than winning dual meets,”” he said. “”And the way both the men and women are swimming right now, we should do good [in the finals].”” “”[In order to improve] we need to keep fine tuning, and work on starts and turns,”” McGihon said. “”However, we are swimming very well for this time of the year.”” The Tritons will have plenty of opportunities this weekend to improve, as they send their divers to the USC Invitational on Friday, and then square off against Claremont College and UC Santa Cruz on Saturday in Claremont. ...