A Step Up for UC San Diego Swimming:

UC San Diego is saying goodbye to NCAA Division II and hello to Division I. By 2020, all Triton sports will compete in the Big West Conference. Or more accurately, most Triton sports.

The Big West has not had swimming and diving as a conference sport since 2010. So where does that leave UCSD? There is no indication that the Big West will bring swimming and diving back into the fold. But those Big West schools that have swim and dive programs currently compete in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. That looks to be where the Tritons will end up. Current members of the MPSF include Hawaii, UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, BYU, San Diego, Pacific, and Cal Poly.

The UC San Diego Swimming and Diving program dates back to 1977 when the men’s team competed for the first time. The first year for the women was in 1980. Both squads have a history of success at the National Meet, with the men finishing in the top four in NCAA III every year from 1982-1983 to 1993-1994, including five national runner-up finishes. The women had six straight national runner-up finishes from 1987-1988 to 1992-1993. More recently, the men finished 7th at NCAA II Nationals in 2012-2013 and 2013-2014, and between 2002-2003 and 2015-2016, the women placed third at Nationals 11 times. Your text to link…

UC San Diego currently competes in the Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference.