History of the Tritons
The UC San Diego Tritons are the athletic teams representing the University of California, San Diego. UC San Diego has 23 varsity sports teams and offers student participation in various sports. As of July 1, 2020, all UC San Diego teams participate in the Big West Conference at the NCAA Division I (DI) level. 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 would begin transitioning to NCAA Division I and join the Big West Conference on July 1, 2020.
College Sports Established
San Diego, California
University of California San Diego
2020 - Present / NCAA Division I
2020 - Present / Big West Conference
Tritons - The Triton is described as the offspring of Poseidon and Amphitrite, a demigod of the sea with a lower part of the body like that of a fish. It is known as a mighty and fierce sea warrior.
Given UC San Diego's close proximity to the Pacific Ocean and its connections with the world-famous Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the Triton became our appropriate mascot in 1964.
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