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|UC San Diego Tritons|
|University||University of California, San Diego|
|Conference(s)||California Collegiate Athletic Association|
|Athletics director||Earl W. Edwards|
|Location||San Diego, CA|
|Basketball arena||RIMAC Arena|
|Baseball stadium||Triton Baseball Stadium|
|Fight song||Triton Fight Song|
|Colors||Navy Blue, Royal Blue, and Gold
The UC San Diego Tritons are the athletic sports team for the University of California, San Diego. UC San Diego has 23 varsity sports teams and offers student participation in a wide range of sports including swimming, water polo, soccer, volleyball, crew, track and field, fencing, basketball, golf, cross country, softball, baseball, and tennis. UC San Diego participates at the NCAA's Division II (DII) level in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), although water polo, fencing, and men's volleyball compete at the Division I level. Since their move to Division II starting in the 2000-01 season, UCSD has placed in the top 5 in the Division II NACDA Directors' Cup standings five times, including two 2nd place finishes.
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, booster groups comprise the UCSD Pep Band, the Triton Tide (a student booster club), the UCSD Cheerleaders, the Triton Twirl Flag Squad and the UCSD Dance Team. King Triton occasionally appears as a costumed character mascot. Further opportunities for athletic involvement are available to students interested in team staffing and management.
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, a provost at Revelle College, 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." It's acknowledged by both sides 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.
Potential move to Division I
In 2011, UCSD considered elevating its athletics to 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 to the Big West in May 2011, plans have been put on hold and UCSD remains a Division II team. However, a student-led movement has 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). It means UCSD will remain at the Division II level for the foreseeable future.
- Women's Water Polo (5): 1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994
- Women's Volleyball (7): 1981, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1997
- Women's Soccer (5): 1989, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999
- Women's Tennis (4): 1985, 1987, 1989, 1994
- Men's Soccer (3): 1988, 1991, 1993
- Men's Volleyball (1): 2000
- Men's Golf (1): 1993
- Women's Soccer (2): 2000, 2001
- Softball (1): 2011
Seasonal Records by Team (Division II Era)
2005: 37-20 (CCAA Champions)
2007: 37-25 (NCAA West Regionals)
2008: 43-18 (NCAA West Regionals)
2009: 41-15 (College World Series 4th Place) (CCAA Champions) (CCAA Tournament Champions)
2010: 53-8 (College World Series Runner-Up) (CCAA Champions) (CCAA Tournament Champions)
2011: 42-15 (NCAA West Regionals) (CCAA Champions) (CCAA Tournament Champions)
2001: 34-17 (NCAA West Regionals)
2002: 35-25 (NCAA West Regionals)
2007: 35-27 (NCAA West Regionals)
2008: 32-24 (NCAA West Regionals)
2009: 30-25 (NCAA West Regionals)
2011: 45-13 (NCAA National Champions) (NCAA West Region Champions) (CCAA Champions)
2012: 45-23 (NCAA National Runners Up) (NCAA West Region Champions) (CCAA Tournament Champions)
2007-08: 18-12 (NCAA West Regional 1st Round) (CCAA Tournament Champions)
2003-04: 15-13 (NCAA West Regional 1st Round)
2005-06: 23-5 (NCAA West Regional 1st Round)
2006-07: 27-5 (NCAA Final Four) (CCAA Champions)
2007-08: 25-10 (NCAA West Regional 2nd Round)
2008-09: 27-5 (NCAA West Regional 2nd Round) (CCAA Champions)
2009-10: 25-5 (NCAA West Regional 1st Round) (CCAA Champions)
2003: 11-7-1 (NCAA West Regional 1st Round)
2000: 21-2-0 (NCAA National Champions) (CCAA Champions)
2001: 21-2-0 (NCAA National Champions) (CCAA Champions)
2002: 15-5-2 (NCAA West Regional 1st Round) (CCAA Champions)
2003: 18-3-1 (NCAA Final Four) (CCAA Champions)
2005: 18-4-0 (NCAA West Regional 2nd Round) (CCAA Champions)
2006: 20-2-2 (NCAA West Regionals) (CCAA Champions)
2007: 12-4-2 (NCAA West Regional 1st Round)
2008: 15-4-4 (NCAA West Regional 2nd Round) (CCAA Champions)
2009: 15-5-2 (NCAA West Regional 2nd Round)
2010: 19-3-4 (NCAA Runner-Up)
2011: 13-3-4 (NCAA West Regional 1st Round)
Though not technically a sports team, the UCSD Triton Robotix organization designed and built a 120 lb BattleBot. The robot competed at the BattleBots event in Vallejo, California late April 2009. The competition was recorded was to be aired on CBS College Sports in August 2009. However, there were licensing and advertisement issues that ultimately lead CBS to cancel the show before it aired. Now, footage of the 2009 Championship is due to air on FOX.
In Fall 2009, Triton Robotix merged to become a part of ASME UC San Diego. They worked on building a brand new 120 lb combat robot dubbed Kraken to compete in Robogames. They ultimately placed 5th out of 21 entries.
Triton Fight Song
Fight on, with mighty Triton spirit
Hail to the Triton name
Men and women march victorious
On to fame
Stand proud, the Triton host prevails
March on in unity
Bold and strong we fight to Triton
UCSD fight! Fight! Fight!
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