UC San Diego Welcomes 14 Freshmen For 2020-21 Season

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August 01st, 2020 College, College Recruiting

Courtesy: UC San Diego Athletics

LA JOLLA, Calif. – The University of California, San Diego men’s and women’s swimming and diving team announces the addition of 14 incoming freshmen to the program for the 2020-21 season. The incoming class looks to build upon a successful season as it enters its first season as a Division I team.

“I am happy to welcome our incoming class of 2020,” Stated Head Coach Marko Djordjevic. “We are bringing 14 great young women and men to the Triton Family from California, Washington, Texas, Ohio, Colorado and Sweden. I believe they all will be  excellent additions, great fit to UC San Diego academically and as athletes, and will help us to keep building a great team culture and atmosphere for our future in Division I.”

Teagan Monroe

Hometown: Oxnard, CA

High School: Rio Mesa High School

Club Team: Buenaventura Swim Club

– Medaled at the California CIF Southern – Division 3 Section Championship all three seasons including a win the 100-butterfly and second place in the 100-backstroke in 2018

– Finalist in the SCS Race Series Champions in 2019

 Luke Pusateri

Hometown: Mount Vernon, WA

High School: Mount Vernon High School

Club Team: Skagit Valley Family YMCA 

– Ranked the ninth best swimmer in Washington according to CollegeSwimming.com

– Placed second in the 200-IM and fifth in the 100-breaststroke 2020 WIAA Boys 4A State Championship

– Won the 200-IM, 100-breast and 50 breast at the 2020 Northwest Region YMCA Championships

Andrew Bowman

Hometown: Oceanside, CA

High School: Oceanside High School

Club Team: San Clemente Aquatics

-Speedo Sectionals Qualifier

-CIF State Championships

-At the 2019 CA MVN Summer Junior Olympics, Bowman placed 1st in the 100 LCM Butterfly

Jack Grieshop

Hometown: Cedar Park, TX

High School: Saint Dominic Savio Catholic High School

Club Team: Nitro Swimming

– Competed in Speedo Sectionals, Speedo Summer Junior Nationals and Speedo Winter Junior Nationals

-TYR Pro Swim Series Qualifier

-Winter US Open Qualifier

-American Short Course Championships

-Arena Pro Swim Series Qualifier

Isaac Grinberg

Hometown: Sylvania, OH

High School: Southview High School

Club Team: Sylvania Tsunami Swim Club

-Ohio High School AA State Meet: OHSAA State Championship 5th place 100 Fly in 2018 & 2019

-Speedo Winter Junior Nationals Qualifier

-USA Swimming Future Qualifier

-Speedo Sectionals Qualifier

-NCSA Junior Nationals Qualifier

Justin Culetu

Hometown: Belmont, CA

High School: Saint Francis High School

 -Speedo Sectionals Qualifier

-TYR Pro Swim Series Qualifier

-Speedo Winter Junior Nationals Qualifier

-NCSA Junior Nationals Qualifier

-USA Futures Qualifier

-CIF State Championships

Gabriela Icheva

Hometown: La Crescenta, CA

High School: Crescenta Valley Senior High School

Club Team: Swim Pasadena

-Speedo Sectionals Qualifier

-North American Challenge Cup Qualifier

-CIF Section Qualifier

Mackenzie Lee

Hometown: Pleasanton, CA

High School: Amador Valley High School

Club Team: Pleasanton Seahawks

-Speedo Sectionals Qualifier

-CIF State Championships Qualifier

Madison Mitchell

Hometown:  Littleton, CO

High School: Heritage High School

Club Team: Aquawolves Swim Team

-Colorado 5A & 4A State Championships

-Speedo Sectionals Qualifier

Josette Odgers

Hometown: Aliso Viejo, CA

High School: Santa Margarita Catholic High School

Club Team: Irvine Novaquatics

 -USA Futures Qualifier

-Speedo Sectionals Qualifier

-CIF State Championships Qualifier

Natalie Oien

Hometown: Laguna Niguel, CA

High School: Santa Margarita Catholic High School 

Club Team: Irvine Novaquatics

-USA Futures Qualifier

-Speed Sectionals Qualifier

-CIF State Championships Qualifier

Bianca Yongyuth

Hometown: Cupertino, CA

High School: Monta Vista High School

Club Team: Santa Clara Swim Club

-Speedo Summer Junior Nationals Qualifier

-Speedo Winter Junior Nationals Qualifier

– TYR Pro Swim/Arena Pro Swim Series Qualifier

-USA Futures & Speedo Sectionals Qualifier

-CIF State Championships Qualifier.

Yuma Dugas

Hometown: San Diego, CA

High School: Cathedral Catholic High School

Club Team: Rancho San Dieguito

-Speedo Sectionals Qualifier

-Speedo Winter Junior Nationals Qualifier

-Speedo Summer Junior Nationals Qualifier

-CIF State Championships Qualifier

Johnathan Holmberg

Home Town: Vasteras, Sweden

High School: Upper Secondary School (Vasteras Stad, Rudbeckianska Gymnasiet)

Club Team: Västerås Simsällskap

– Swam personal bests in the 50- and 100-free in the NUSS Äldre in 2020

In July of 2020, the entire athletics program will begin a four-year transition to NCAA Division I, culminating in full DI status as a member of the Big West Conference for the 2024-25 academic year. At that time, all sports will be eligible for conference and NCAA postseason play.

About UC San Diego Athletics

After two decades as one of the most successful programs in NCAA Division II, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program begins a new era in 2020 as a member of the Big West Conference inNCAA Division I.  The 23-sport Tritons earned 30 team and nearly 150 individual national championships during its time in Divisions III and II and helped guide more than 1,300 scholar-athletes to All-America honors.  A total of 82 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 37 have earned prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships.  UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world’s preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent, one of the highest rates among institutions at all divisions.

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