|UC San Diego Tritons|
|University||University of California San Diego|
|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 teams that represent the University of California, San Diego. UC San Diego has 23 varsity sports teams and offers student participation in a wide range of sports. As of July 1, 2020, all UC San Diego teams participate at the NCAA Division I (DI) level in the Big West Conference. During their time in NCAA Division II and the California Collegiate Athletic Association starting in the 2000–01 season, UCSD placed in the top 5 in the Division II NACDA Directors' Cup standings nine times, including three 2nd-place finishes. NCSA Athletic Recruiting 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. On November 27, 2017, it was announced that UCSD will begin the transition to NCAA Division I and join the Big West Conference on July 1, 2020.
The UC San Diego official team nickname is the "Tritons."
Move to Division I
In 2010, 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 split to join their own conference that includes 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 would 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 (such as the Western Athletic Conference) until its 2018 deadline set by the referendum.
However, on November 27, 2017, UCSD was accepted and officially started the journey towards the Big West conference along with Cal State Bakersfield. UCSD's women's water polo team joined the Big West in 2019, and UCSD began the required four year transition period on July 1, 2020 to be a full member on July 1, 2024.
|Men's sports||Women's sports|
|Swimming and diving||Swimming and diving|
|Track and field||Track and field|
|Water polo||Water polo|
A member of the Big West Conference, UC San Diego sponsors teams in ten men's, eleven women's, and one coed NCAA sanctioned sports. The school also sponsors a varsity men's rowing team, but men's rowing is not sanctioned by the NCAA. The rowing teams are members of the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association. The men's water polo team is a member of the Western Water Polo Association. The fencing team is a member of the Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California. Men's volleyball and women's water polo both compete in the Big West Conference, with the former joining that league in 2017 and the latter in 2019, ahead of the school becoming a full member of the Big West on July 1, 2020 and beginning the transition to Division I.
From Fall 2000 to Spring 2017, 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) seven times—five consecutive years from 2006–2010 and again in 2016 and 2017. National champions are highlighted in bold and italicized.
The UC San Diego women's basketball team plays its home games at RIMAC Arena. It has won the CCAA five times, during the 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2012–13, and 2016–17 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.
The UC San Diego men's and women's fencing squads compete at Main Gym and RIMAC Arena. They competed 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. Under former Head Coach, Heidi Runyan, at least one Triton has qualified for the NCAA Division I Championships annually since 2005. The highest NCAA finish the Tritons have garnered was 13th in 2008 when six qualified to compete. In 2018, the men's and women's squads finished 14th in the NCAA circuit after sending five fencers to Penn State in State College, Pennsylvania where the competition was held.
The UC San Diego rowing team was established in 1966 and practices on Mission Bay in, roughly 10 miles from the main university campus. The rowing team is centered out of the Coggeshall Rowing Center on El Carmel Point in Mission Bay which houses the San Diego Rowing Club, the University of San Diego collegiate rowing program, and the UCSD collegiate rowing program.
|Tritons Men's Rowing|
|Head coach||Geoff Bond (1st season)|
|Facility||Coggeshall Rowing Center|
|NCAA Championship appearances|
|2009, 2011, 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019|
The Tritons are members of the Western Sprints Conference within the Intercollegiate Rowing Association. The Western Sprints conference has two automatic qualification positions for the IRA National Championship Regatta. The Tritons also have historic association with the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) conference prior to the establishment of the Western Sprints Regatta. The Tritons have made six appearances at the National Championship, having first qualified in 2009. The next appearances were in 2011, 2013, 2017, 2018, and 2019 with the 2017-2019 seasons having been the only consecutive appearances in program history.
Having never been nationally ranked prior to the 2007 season, UC San Diego has now spent time ranked in the top 25 of the U.S. Rowing Collegiate Poll in six of the last 11 seasons going into the 2020 season.
The Western Sprints conference includes UC San Diego, University of San Diego, Santa Clara University, and Gonzaga University. The Tritons secured a conference championship with a sweep of the event in both 2018 and 2019 with the Varsity 8, Junior Varsity 8, and Third Varsity 8 enjoying a first place finish.
UC San Diego has also enjoyed success at the WIRA Championship: a regional championship that takes places on Lake Natoma in Folsom, California. At WIRA's, the Triton's have always secured a position on the podium. The Tritons won the overall team championship in 2006, 2011, and 2019, including a monumental sweep of the Varsity 8, Second Varsity 8, and Third Varsity 8 races in 2019. Following the sweep, Zach Johnson, the head coach at the time, was named WIRA Coach of the Year.
|Tritons Women's Rowing|
|Head coach||Colin Truex (7th season)|
|Facility||Coggeshall Rowing Center|
|NCAA Championship appearances|
|2013, 2017, 2018, 2019|
The Triton Women's team is a part of the NCAA Division I. On March 26, 2021, UC San Diego and the Colonial Athletic Association jointly announced that the Triton's women's rowing team had joined the conference effective immediately.
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, 2016, and 2017, reaching the NCAA Final Four in 2003 and 2017 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 2007, when it was eliminated in the Final Four.
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 volleyball (Division I)
The UC San Diego men's volleyball team competes in the Big West Conference, having joined from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation for the 2018 season (2017–18 school year). The team's home matches against its Division I opponents are played at RIMAC Arena. The program's best finish in the new millennium came in 2009, when the team ended the season ranked ninth in the MPSF.
The UC San Diego women's volleyball team plays its home matches at RIMAC Arena. The program has made the postseason every year except 2005 and 2014 as well as the NCAA West Regional every year except 2005, 2014, 2015, and 2017. In 2001, the Tritons reached the NCAA Division II Final Four. The team won the CCAA regular season in 2004 with an undefeated league record.
Men's water polo
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.
Women's water polo
|Final National Ranking||13th||12th||9th||12th||17th||17th||17th||14th||16th||-||18th||14th||-||12th||12th||20th||T-9th||T-10th||16th||14th|
Former varsity sports
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.
The UC San Diego Tritons competed in the NCAA Tournament across 20 active sports (1 co-ed, 9 men's, and 10 women's) 222 times at the Division II level.
The Tritons of UC San Diego earned 3 NCAA championships at the Division II level.
|2000–01||Women's soccer||Northern Kentucky||2–1|
|2001–02||Women's soccer||Christian Brothers||2–0|
UC San Diego won 20 national championships at the NCAA Division III level.
- Men's golf: 1993
- Men's soccer: 1988, 1991, 1993
- Women's soccer: 1989, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999
- Women's tennis: 1985, 1987, 1989
- Women's volleyball: 1981, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1997
Below are twenty-four national club team championships:
- Co-ed badminton (4): 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006 (ABA)
- Men's badminton (3): 2003, 2005, 2006 (ABA)
- Women's badminton (4): 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006 (ABA)
- Men's rugby – Division II (2): 1998, 1999 (USA Rugby)
- Co-ed surfing (7): 1970, 1983, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2003 (NCSA)
- Women's triathlon (2): 2008, 2009 (USA Triathlon)
- Women's ultimate (2): 2002, 2019 (USA Ultimate)
- Co-ed water skiing – Division II (1): 2004 (NCWSA)
Note: Those with no denoted division is assumed that the institution earned a national championship at the highest level.
UC San Diego had 47 Tritons win NCAA individual championships at the Division II level.
|NCAA individual championships|
|1||1992–93||Koren Pollock||Women's swimming and diving|||
|Women's swimming and diving|||
|3||2000–01||Sandra Lopez||Women's swimming and diving|||
|4||2000–01||Sandra Lopez||Women's swimming and diving|||
|5||2000–01||Jennifer Watanabe||Women's swimming and diving|||
|6||2000–01||Jennifer Watanabe||Women's swimming and diving|||
|7||2000–01||Jennifer Watanabe||Women's swimming and diving|||
|8||2002–03||Rosanna Delurgio||Women's swimming and diving|||
|9||2002–03||Rosanna Delurgio||Women's swimming and diving|||
|Women's swimming and diving|||
|11||2003–04||Denise Bogard||Women's swimming and diving|||
|12||2003–04||Rosanna Delurgio||Women's swimming and diving|||
|13||2003–04||Rosanna Delurgio||Women's swimming and diving|||
|Women's swimming and diving|||
|15||2004–05||Kurt Boehm||Men's swimming and diving|||
|16||2004–05||Kurt Boehm||Men's swimming and diving|||
|17||2004–05||Kurt Boehm||Men's swimming and diving|||
|18||2004–05||Rosanna Delurgio||Women's swimming and diving|||
|19||2004–05||Rosanna Delurgio||Women's swimming and diving|||
|20||2005–06||Sophie Levy||Women's swimming and diving|||
|21||2006–07||Evan Hsiao||Men's swimming and diving|||
|22||2007–08||Kendall Bohn||Women's swimming and diving|||
|23||2007–08||Whitney Johnson||Women's outdoor track and field|||
|24||2007–08||Dan Perdew||Men's swimming and diving|||
|25||2007–08||Dan Perdew||Men's swimming and diving|||
|26||2007–08||Linda Rainwater||Women's outdoor track and field|||
|Women's swimming and diving|||
|28||2008–09||Kendall Bohn||Women's swimming and diving|||
|29||2008–09||Christine Merill||Women's outdoor track and field|||
|30||2008–09||Dan Perdew||Men's swimming and diving|||
|31||2008–09||Lisa Rainwater||Women's swimming and diving|||
|32||2008–09||Danielle Thu||Women's outdoor track and field|||
|33||2009–10||Alexandra Henley||Women's swimming and diving|||
|34||2009–10||Alexandra Henley||Women's swimming and diving|||
|35||2009–10||Nick Howe||Men's outdoor track and field|||
|36||2009–10||Dan Perdew||Men's swimming and diving|||
|37||2009–10||Dan Perdew||Men's swimming and diving|||
|38||2010–11||Alexandra Henley||Women's swimming and diving|||
|39||2010–11||Matthew Herman||Men's swimming and diving|||
|40||2010–11||Matthew Herman||Men's swimming and diving|||
|41||2010–11||Nick Howe||Men's outdoor track and field|||
|42||2010–11||Nicholas Korth||Men's swimming and diving|||
|43||2011–12||Emily Adamczyck||Women's swimming and diving|||
|44||2012–13||Anjali Shakya||Women's swimming and diving|||
|45||2012–13||Dane Stassi||Men's swimming and diving|||
|46||2013–14||Nicholas Korth||Men's swimming and diving|||
|47||2013–14||Anjali Shakya||Women's swimming and diving|||
At the NCAA Division III level, UC San Diego won 84 individual championships.
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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, spirit and support groups consist of the UCSD Pep Band, Triton Tide (a student engagement group), the UC San Diego Cheerleaders, and the UCSD Dance Team. Further opportunities for athletic involvement are available to students interested in team staffing and management.
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