Sport Club News
The Rugby club team has been a very active and competitive for the month of March. The team began the month by defeating UC Santa Barbara 25-13. This was followed by a home match against Santa Clara. Many games in the past have come down to the wire between the Aztecs and Santa Clara, but the Aztecs took care of business and won 59-44. The Rugby team then traveled to play UCLA who is one of the top varsity teams in the nation. In the last minute of the game senior Kalei Konrad had a 48 meter penalty kick to beat UCLA 42-41. The game was won through exceptional play as the Aztecs fought until the last second, and were rewarded with a much deserved win. The Aztec Rugby team looks forward to volunteering at the local High School Girls Rugby All-American tryouts in the next few weeks. They will also be training to play Cal Poly and to make a playoff run.
The month of March has been successful and busy one for the Dance Team. To start month off, the team performed and cheered at all home men and women’s basketball games. The team had the honor of traveling with both the men and women’s basketball teams to the Mountain West Conference Tournament in Las Vegas and the NCAA Men’s basketball tournament in Charlotte, NC. The team continues participate in numerous events throughout the San Diego community to include cheering on runners at the annual Chelsea King 5k run and performing at the Aztec Dance Marathon to raise money for a children’s hospital.
The team recently competed at the USA Collegiate Dance Nationals March 22nd- 23rd. Due to travel commitments for the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament, the team was not able to compete in the preliminary rounds the competition. The team was allowed to perform both of their routines on for both preliminary and finals on the last day of competition. They danced a total of four times on the last day and took first place for both Jazz and Hip-Hop. The Dance team will hold their first Dance Team Showcase on April 13th in the Aztec Student Union Theatre. The showcase will consist of new routines, competition sets, and performances by special guest.
The V8 holds their freshly earned tanks and Gruenberg Cup Men’s Crew is excited to finally be in the heart of the spring racing season. They started off the season strong by capturing commanding wins in nearly every heat of the Gruenberg Cup against USC and Long Beach State. With a 1st place finish by the Varsity 8, the Aztecs were able to take the Gruenberg Cup back to San Diego for the second consecutive year. A week later they took on a much broader range of competition at the SoCal Opening Day Regatta. The Aztecs took on Loyola Marymount, USC, Long Beach State, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, and Orange Coast College. The Varsity 8 placed in the Petite Final and won by a significant margin, with its recorded time being faster than the bottom two finishers in the Grand Final. The JV8 took a solid 3rd place in the Grand Final, finishing behind only UCSB, a west coast powerhouse. The 3V boat trialed in the same category and placed 4th in the Petite Final. The Novice 8 and second Novice 8 both took fifth place finishes but rowed well and showed significant improvement. Novice and Varsity also each put out a 4. The Novice 4 took 4th place, and the Varsity 4 made a huge statement by taking 1st place over very strong LMU and UCSB boats.
The third race was the Parker Cup against Loyola Marymount and UC Irvine. Orange Coast College joined the races as well. Most of the boats took third place behind OCC and UCI, however most boats managed to finish within seconds of the two head boats. This was an enormous improvement over last year, and considering OCC and UCI are two of the best teams on the west coast, the Aztecs definitely turned some heads. With the first three races under their belts, the Aztecs continue to train hard with their eyes on San Diego Crew Classic at the end of March, and later WIRAs at the end of April.
Cycling and Triathlon
The racing seasons are underway and in full swing for both the Cycling and Triathlon teams. The Triathlon team has just finished four straight weekends of racing at UC Irvine, UCSD, UC Davis and Stanford, having their largest and strongest showings at all of their races in the team’s history. Sophomore Kevin Clack placed 3rd overall at Davis, while also breaking the sub-1 hour mark for his race. Triathlon regionals the will take place at the end of March at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and the Triathlon team is expecting to continue their stellar turnout.
The Cycling team has been busy in their own right as well. They have competed in races at Stanford and UCLA. As part of a race weekend, the Cycling team hosted their first race (San Diego Omnium-Aztec Classic) in many years in conjunction with UCSD and the local San Diego Bicycle Club (SDBC). Despite the rare adverse weather conditions. The inaugural “Aztec Classic” was a huge success, bringing in collegiate cyclists from across California, and Arizona. The race could not have been possible without the tremendous efforts of the Cycling and Triathlon Club President David Jantz. David took first place in his race, the Aztec Classic, and followed it up the next day by taking 4th at UCSD. The Cycling team’s season will continue throughout the semester, with targeted races being UC Merced, UCSB, and Conference Championships at UC Berkeley.
Anyone with any interest in the Cycling and Triathlon Club is encouraged to reach out to the team via social media or email, as both teams do not turn anyone down.
The Women’s Lacrosse team has had a busy six weeks. With eight games in just six weekends, the team battled to keep a winning record. At the Santa Barbara Shootout, the Aztec’s finished 3-1 defeating the University of Washington, Western Washington and Northeastern. The team lost to Cal Poly finishing the weekend 4 – 1 overall. With just three days of recovery, the Aztec’s defeated league rival, University of Arizona. This was a big win and put the Aztec’s 2-0 in the Southwest Conference. Moving forward the team had three big games to round out the month of March. Losing to UCSB, UCLA and UC Davis, the Aztec’s finished off the month 5-4 overall. Over a much deserved break, the Aztec’s will have three weeks to recover and focus on their next opponents Santa Clara and UC Berkeley March 28-April 1. The team is looking forward to the remaining games left in the season and has their eyes on the upcoming championships.
Men’s soccer has been in excellent form in the 2015 spring season. With five games gone and three remaining, men’s soccer finds themselves sitting at the top of the league. The team has collected 13 points out of a total 15 possible, and have conceded a mere 2 goals all season. The stellar defense has been led by senior center defender, Cahner Mazolewski. Mazolewski has also contributed on the offense, putting away two goals in two games.
Men’s soccer’s best performance of the season has been against UC Irvine. The final score was 4-1. After allowing an early goal, the team responded with 4 unanswered goals, and completely dominated possession of the ball. The team captain, Ross Holden, orchestrated the victory from the center midfield position, as well as scoring 2 goals. One goal included an unstoppable shot from 30 yards out, which earned him Man of the Match. The team’s next game was against SDSU “B” team and was played on Sunday March 22nd at SDSU.
Men’s Ultimate (the Federalis) has been relatively for the month of March. The Federalis have been primarily focused on their final regular season tournament in St. Louis March 27-April 1. This tournament will be important in determining the final rankings before Sectionals and Regionals begin in April. There will be several top ranked teams at this tournament, and a successful weekend could help boost the national recognition of the Southwest region. Men’s Ultimate, along with the other SDSU Sports Clubs, recently tabled at the Explore SDSU event on March 14th. They were able to gather a handful of incoming freshmen interested in playing Ultimate in the fall. It was a positive experience and gave promise to what they will expect for next year.
During the month of February the Women’s Ultimate Team (the Gnomes) competed in two tournaments. The Gnomes had both an A team and a B team compete in the Vegas Invitational. Both teams did very well. The B team continues to improve as they competed in the Irvine Invite. The next event for the Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team will be sectional April 18-19 in San Diego, followed by regionals soon after, the first weekend in May in Sacramento. Currently, the Gnomes are preparing for the biggest tournaments of the year and focusing on staying in peak shape.
Women’s Volleyball has been working hard and reaching many goals this spring 2015 season. The team had back to back tournaments over the past couple weekends and each one of them was a great success! In February, women’s volleyball finished 8th out of 40 teams at UC Davis. The Davis tournament is one of the biggest tournaments of the season. The team has competed in a Southern crossover tournament hosted by the University of Irvine and League Championships at Seal Beach, which resulted in being ranked 9th in the nation and 1st in the Southern League. This is the Lady Aztec’s highest ranking in many years. The Aztecs are currently 26-8 as they head into Regional competition at the end of March.
Ski and Snowboard
This March the SDSU Ski & Snowboard Team traveled to Bend, Oregon to compete in the USCSA National Championship. This is the first time the San Diego State Snow Team has had the opportunity to send members of the team to Nationals. Six members took the 15-hour drive to spend a week practicing, competing, and meeting skiers and snowboarders from all over the country. The teams very own Rebecca Burrola was ranked as 11th Overall US Collegiate Freestyle Skier in the nation. Four of these six athletes were granted funding from the Southern California League (SCCSC) to represent them in the national competition. They competed in many events to include Giant Slalom, Slopestyle, Boarder/Skier Cross, and a railjam. All of the events were broadcasted live and can be found on the USCSA website. To finish out the season, the team will participate in a few race clinics in Mammoth.
Waterski and Wakeboard
With tournaments starting at the end of the March, the Waterski/Wakeboard club team has been putting in a lot of water time to make sure that every competitor is ready for the spring opener that was held in Barstow, California on March 28th and 29th. New members have become comfortable on skis as they had never tried before and returning athletes have begun to see some great improvements. The team is very excited for competitions to start to show off their new skills as well as see their friends from other waterski teams. The club also just had a successful fundraiser at Oggi’s Pizza that brought in funds and attention to the team. The team hopes to have another great fundraiser in the near future. Waterski club also participated with other sports club teams at Explore SDSU, introducing themselves to many incoming students.
The Club Tennis team has had a busy past month. They have had two scrimmages – one against UCSD and one against USD, and they also participated in the Southern California Sectionals Tournament hosted at Claremont McKenna College. At the Claremont McKenna Sectionals tournament the Aztecs took home the bronze draw title. They beat UC Riverside in a close match, winning by just one game overall. The team is preparing to travel to The University of Arizona in April for the annual Spring Invitational Event where they will play teams from all over the nation.
Off the court, the team volunteered at Feeding America where they helped sort through 7,260 pounds of produce, which will help feed our community. They also look forward to hosting a fundraiser at Applebee’s on April 12th and hosting their first ever Alumni event in the next couple of weeks.