UC San Diego was awarded the California Collegiate Athletic Association Robert J. Hiegert Commissioner’s Cup, given each year to the school with the best overall athletic performance.
UCSD finished with 98.48 points to win the campus’ eighth cup, the most of any of the league’s 13 schools. The Tritons were almost 10 points ahead of second-place Cal Poly Pomona.
“We are extremely excited and proud to win this year’s Hiegert Cup,” UC San Diego Director of Athletics Earl W. Edwards said. “This is a testament to the skills, determination, and hard work of our scholar-athletes and coaches, as well as the overwhelming support from our staff, campus community, and the entire Triton family.”
The Hiegert Cup, established prior to the 2005-06 academic year, assigns points to each team based on regular season standings, and finishes in a conference tournament or championship.
Each institution selects two fall sports, two winter sports, two spring sports and two additional sports to count towards the point total.
UC San Diego’s basketball figured heavily in the scoring as the men and women both won CCAA regular season and tournament titles, with the women posting a perfect 22-0 record in conference games.
The Tritons‘ women’s soccer team also won CCAA crowns, while the baseball and softball programs finished atop the conference’s regular season standings.
The baseball team was eliminated this week after going 1-2 at the NCAA Division II Baseball Championships.
The award is named after former CCAA Commissioner Robert J. Hiegert.
The 2019-20 academic year is UC San Diego’s final as a member of the CCAA and NCAA Division II. In 2020-21, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics begins a four-year reclassification period to NCAA Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference.
– Staff reports