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BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — The Women’s Collegiate Club Division Spotlight series moves across the nation to the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Southwest Division of Arizona State University, San Diego State University “A”, San Diego State University “B”, the University of Arizona, the University of California-Irvine, the University of California-San Diego “A”, the University of California-San Diego “B” and the University of San Diego which competed during the Coronavirus shortened 2020 season.

HISTORY: The second oldest women’s collegiate club division behind only the Midwest (1996), the Southwest Division was founded in 1997 with a radically different line-up compared to its current makeup.  Consisting of schools spanning the Rocky Mountains to Texas when it was created, the 2020 line-up retains some of the longstanding programs (Arizona), while also possessing several teams that were added upon the reformation of the Rocky Mountain Division in 2015.

Historically, Arizona rates as the most dominant program in the Southwest Division’s history with seven championships (1998, 2000, 2001, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013) and a quartet of runner-up spots (1999, 2004, 2011, 2012, 2014).  Arizona State holds three titles (2011, 2012 2014) and a runner-up mark (2013), while San Diego State has been the predominant program over the past five seasons with four championships (2015, 2016, 2017, 2019) and a second place finish (2018).

UC-San Diego took home the division’s big plaque in 2018 with second place marks in 2016 and 2019, while UC-Irvine garnered runner-up awards in 2015 and 2017.

Former division member Northern Arizona University went 1-2 in title games during span of 1999-to-2001 with a title (1999) and a pair of second place marks (2000, 2001).

Similarly, former division members/current Rocky Mountain Division programs the University of Utah (Champion: 2002, 2004, 2006, 2019 / Second Place: 2003, 2005, 2007), the University of Colorado (Champion: 1997, 2003 / Second Place: 1998, 2008, 2010) and the United States Air Force Academy (Champion: 2005 / Second Place: 2002, 2006, 2009) along with current Texas Division member the University of Texas (Second Place: 1997) also appeared in the Southwest Division title game between 1997 and 2019.

A Southwest Division champion/representative has never competed in the Women’s National Collegiate Club Championship title game.  However, San Diego State moved to the Southwest Division in 2015, one year after downing the University of Michigan for the 2014 Women’s National Collegiate Club Championship at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

Southwest Division Champion/Runner-Up

  • 1997 – University of Colorado / University of Texas
  • 1998 – University of Arizona / University of Colorado
  • 1999 – Northern Arizona University / University of Arizona
  • 2000 – University of Arizona / Northern Arizona University
  • 2001 – University of Arizona / Northern Arizona University
  • 2002 – University of Utah / United States Air Force Academy
  • 2003 – University of Colorado / University of Utah
  • 2004 – University of Utah / University of Arizona
  • 2005 – United States Air Force Academy / University of Utah
  • 2006 – University of Utah / United States Air Force Academy
  • 2007 – University of Arizona / University of Utah
  • 2008 – University of Arizona / University of Colorado
  • 2009 – University of Arizona / United States Air Force Academy
  • 2010 – University of Utah / University of Colorado
  • 2011 – Arizona State University / University of Arizona
  • 2012 – Arizona State University / University of Arizona
  • 2013 – University of Arizona / Arizona State University
  • 2014 – Arizona State University / University of Arizona
  • 2015 – San Diego State University / University of California-Irvine
  • 2016 – San Diego State University / University of California-San Diego
  • 2017 – San Diego State University / University of California-Irvine
  • 2018 – University of California-San Diego / San Diego State University
  • 2019 – San Diego State University / University of California-San Diego

THE TEAMS: The Southwest Division consists of teams from two states – Arizona (Arizona, Arizona State) and Southern California (San Diego State “A”, San Diego State “B”, UC-Irvine, UC-San Diego “A”, UC-San Diego “B”, San Diego).

Arizona State University

A three-time Southwest Division Champion (2011, 2012, 2014) and past runner-up (2013), the Sun Devils of Arizona State University were the lone team guaranteed a spot at the Women’s National Collegiate Club Championship in 2020 due to being slated to host the event.

Although the season was cut short due to the pandemic to prevent the team from returning to the National Championship event, fun is the way of life at ASU per member Erin Bascom who notes, “One of the things that resonated with me the most when I joined this team my freshman year, was how fun and welcoming the other girls were. It sounds cliche, but we really are a family. From post-practice taco runs, to polo prom, sleepy Saturday morning practices followed by team brunch and lazy pool days, and all the bonding and memories from travel tournaments- this team has been the highlight of my college career.”

“The ultimate goal of our program has always been to provide a space for collegiate women to play and learn to play the sport of water polo in a supportive environment where lifelong friends can be made. As our team has grown, we sought to increase competitiveness and, this past season, were hopeful to win the national title while hosting the national championship on home turf.  In addition, we are planning to introduce a “B” team which will allow for athletes of all calibers to find a home on our team.”

This year head coach AJ Grucky, who founded both the men’s and women’s club water polo programs at the school, returned to the bench this year following a hiatus with the goal of leading the Sun Devils back to the top of the Southwest Division.

However, to get there, ASU will need to stick a fork in its primary rivals.  One of two women’s collegiate club teams in the state, Arizona State has a log-running rivalry with the seven-time Southwest Division Champion Wildcats of the University of Arizona leading to the slogan “#nopittyforthekitty”. San Diego State University, which has stood as the team to beat in the division with four titles (2015, 2016, 2017, 2019) and a runner-up finish (2018) over the previously completed five seasons, also rates as a problem on ASU’s title quest.

Among the roster, Lindsey Torgerson served as captain for ASU in 2020. The team’s new captain, Madison Jacks, is another well respected member of the team who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the program. Further, Sally Summersgill – the only graduating senior of 2020 – served as co-president of the club for two years alongside Bascom who returns in 2021 for a fifth year.  The remainder of the team is relatively young with high expectations a promise – not a desire – over the next several seasons.

Located in Tempe, Arizona, ASU is one of the largest public universities by enrollment in the U.S.  As of Fall 2019, the university had nearly 90,000 students attending classes across its metro campuses, more than 38,000 students attending online, including 83,000-plus undergraduates and more nearly 20,000 postgraduates. The university is organized into 17 colleges, featuring more than 170 cross-discipline centers and institutes. ASU offers 350 degree options for undergraduates students, as well as more than 400 graduate degree and certificate programs.

ASU’s charter, approved by the board of regents in 2014, is based on the “New American University” model created by ASU President Michael M. Crow upon his appointment as the institution’s 16th president in 2002. It defines ASU as “a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom it excludes, but rather by whom it includes and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.”

Since 2005, ASU has been ranked among the top research universities in the U.S., public and private, based on research output, innovation, development, research expenditures, number of awarded patents and awarded research grant proposals. The 2019 university ratings by U.S. News & World Report rank ASU No. 1 among the Most Innovative Schools in America for the fourth year in a row. U.S. News & World Report shows 83% of the student applications get accepted.

A diverse faculty of more than 4,700 scholars includes four Nobel laureates, six Pulitzer Prize winners, four MacArthur Fellows Program “Genius Grant” members and 19 National Academy of Sciences members. Additionally, among the faculty are 180 Fulbright Program American Scholars, 72 National Endowment for the Humanities fellows, 38 American Council of Learned Societies fellows, 36 members of the Guggenheim Fellowship, 21 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 3 members of National Academy of Inventors, nine National Academy of Engineering members and three National Academy of Medicine members.

ASU was established as the Territorial Normal School at Tempe on March 12, 1885, when the 13th Arizona Territorial Legislature passed an act to create a normal school to train teachers for the Arizona Territory.  Classes began with 33 students on February 8, 1886. The curriculum evolved over the years and the name was changed several times; the institution was also known as Tempe Normal School of Arizona (1889–1903), Tempe Normal School (1903–1925), Tempe State Teachers College (1925–1929), Arizona State Teachers College (1929–1945), Arizona State College (1945–1958) and, by a 2–1 margin of the state’s voters, Arizona State University in 1958.

The school is unique as in 2016 the Mayo Clinic and ASU formed a new platform for health care education and research: the Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University Alliance for Health Care. Beginning in 2017, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine students can earn a certificate in the Science of Health Care Delivery, with the option to earn a master’s degree in the Science of Health Care Delivery through ASU.

For Fall 2017, ASU admitted 82% of all freshman applicants.  Further, Barrett, The Honors College is ranked among the top honors programs in the nation. Although there are no set minimum admissions criteria for Barrett College, the average GPA of Fall 2017 incoming freshmen was 3.78, with an average SAT score of 1380 and an average ACT score of 29. The Honors college has 7,236 students, with 719 National Merit Scholars.

ASU enrolls 10,268 international students, 14.3% of the total student population.  The international student body represents more than 150 nations. The Institute of International Education ranked ASU as the top public university in the U.S. for hosting international students in 2016–2017.

ASU offers over 350 majors to undergraduate students, and more than 100 graduate programs leading to numerous masters and doctoral degrees in the liberal arts and sciences, design and arts, engineering, journalism, education, business, law, nursing, public policy, technology and sustainability. These programs are divided into 16 colleges and schools which are spread across Arizona State’s six campuses.  The school also offers the 4+1 accelerated program, which allows students in their senior year to attain their master’s degree the following year. However the 4+1 accelerated program is not associated with all majors, for example in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College the 4+1 accelerated program only works with Education Exploratory majors.

ASU is currently ranked among the top 10 universities—without a traditional medical school—for research expenditures. It shares this designation with schools such as the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Purdue University, the University of California-Berkeley and the University of Texas at Austin.  The university is one of the fastest growing research enterprises in the United States, receiving $618 million in fiscal year 2018.  Arizona State is a National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) designated national space-grant institute and a member of the Universities Research Association. The university is currently in the top 10 for NASA-funded research expenditures.

Further, ASU is one of the nation’s most successful universities in terms of creating start-up companies through research. The university has raised more than $700 million in external funding, and 126 companies based on ASU innovations have been launched through the university’s exclusive intellectual property management company, Skysong Innovations. The Sun Devils rank No. 2 in the nation for proprietary start-ups “created for every $10 million in research expenditures.” ASU is in the top 10 of all universities worldwide for U.S. patents awarded in 2018, tied with the University of Michigan. ASU jumped to 10th place from 17th in 2017, according to the U.S. National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association.  Since its inception, Skysong Innovations has fostered the launch of more than 120 companies based on ASU innovations, and attracted more than $700 million in venture funding.

For more information on the Arizona State women’s collegiate club team, contact either Erin Bascom (erin.bascom@gmail.com) or head coach AJ Grucky (aj.grucky@gmail.com).

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San Diego State University

The 2014 Women’s National Collegiate Club Champion, the Aztecs of San Diego State University have advanced to the Southwest Division Championship game every year the team has been in the group.

Previously a member of the Pacific Coast Division with a runner-up finish in 2012 prior to claiming the division title in 2014 on the way to the National Championship, San Diego State holds three Southwest Division crowns (2015, 2016, 2017, 2019) to sandwich a runner-up mark in 2018.

Led by head coach Jamie Cassidy, SDSU fielded both “A” and “B” teams during the 2020 season.

“We have so many things that make our team unique, but something that we take a lot of pride in is having enough girls each year to make two teams for competing,” notes club President Sara Cuttrell. “The fact that we have so many interested girls each year who want to play is something we are very proud of, and it’s so awesome how we can really get girls from any kind of background into the pool practicing and improving together. We also have a history of fun traditions that we hold dear, like the yearly team froyo trip after the preseason meeting, or pasta parties before big tournaments.”

“Our team is unique because we have the history of being a really high attended team,” adds Naomi Jenkins. “We have such a wide variety of experience level which creates a great welcoming environment. This past season we were able to have two teams and a total of 40 girls. Having such a big team is great because then we are always seeing each other on campus.” Naomi Jenkins

Per Olivia Busch, “I love playing for state because not only is everyone committed and loves playing polo, but they also are so invested in the social aspect of it all. I believe that everyone’s efforts to get to know each other well greatly benefits us when we play.”

Being part of the Southwest Division for the past four plus seasons, SDSU needs look no further than to the University of California-San Diego for a primary rival.  Since 2016, the Aztecs and Tritons have met three times for the Southwest title with San Diego coming out on the positive end in both 2016 and 2019 with a loss to UC-San Diego in 2018.  In addition, both programs field both “A” and “B” teams to provide equal competition for both squads.

“Our biggest rival would probably have to be UCSD, not only because we’re both San Diegans, but because in recent years they have also furnished a second team for competitions; but we also love when (the University of) Notre Dame comes to town for their spring break and plays, we always have such a great time playing and learning with them,” contributes Cuttrell.

“We are a team of key players.  But some of our favorites who have stood out and made a name for themselves would have to be Erin Fink, Marissa Wyan and Kyra Sheeper. They are all such great role models in and out of the water, and their individual athletic achievements pale in comparison to their intellectual achievements, and we have been so lucky to have these seniors help shape our program in the past years.”

A public research university in San Diego, California San Diego State was founded in 1897 as San Diego Normal School.  The third-oldest university in the 23-member California State University (CSU) system, SDSU had a Fall 2019 student body of 35,081 and an alumni base of more than 300,000.

SDSU sponsors the second-highest number of Fulbright Scholars in the State of California, just behind the University of Californa-Berkeley. Since 2005, the university has produced over 65 Fulbright student scholars.

The majority of San Diego State alumni stay in the area as 60 percent of Aztecs graduates remain in San Diego.  Committed to serving the diverse San Diego region, SDSU ranks among the top ten universities nationwide in terms of ethnic and racial diversity among its student body, as well as the number of bachelor’s degrees conferred upon minority students.

The university awards 190 bachelor’s degrees, 91 master’s degrees, 25 doctoral degrees including Doctor of Education (EdD), Doctor of Physical Theraphy (DPT), Juris Doctorate (JD), Doctor of Audiology (AuD), Doctor of Nursing Practic (DNP) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs in collaboration with other universities. SDSU also offers 26 different teaching credentials.  The university offers more doctoral degrees than any other campus in the entire California State University, while also enrolling the largest student body of doctoral students in the system.

San Diego State is consistently one of the most applied-to universities in the United States, receiving over 60,500 undergraduate applications (including transfer and first time freshman) for the Fall 2018 semester and accepting nearly 21,300 for an admission rate of 35.1 percent across the university, the third-lowest admission rate in the 23-campus California State University system.  For Fall 2018, SDSU received 23,051 applications for transfer admission and accepted 5,274 (an admission rate of 22.9 percent).

For more information on the San Diego State women’s collegiate club team, contact either Logan Kim (loganlovekim@gmail.com), Kyra Sheeper (kyrasheeper@gmail.com), Jordan Shoemaker (jordanshoemaker27@gmail.com) or Sammy Kretschmer (sammyrkretschmer@gmail.com).

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University of Arizona

The most successful team in the history of the Southwest Division with seven titles (1998, 2000, 2001, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013) and five second place marks (1999, 2004, 2011, 2012, 2014), the Wildcats of the University of Arizona are a consistent presence among the upper tier of the division standings.

A public research university in Tucson, Arizona, the school was founded in 1885 to rate as the first university in the Arizona Territory. As of 2019, the university enrolled 45,918 students in 19 separate colleges/schools, including the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix and the James E. Rogers College of Law, and is affiliated with two academic medical centers (Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix).

The University of Arizona offers bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional degrees. Grades are given on a strict 4-point scale with “A” worth 4, “B” worth 3, “C” worth 2, “D” worth 1 and “E” worth zero points.

UA students hail from all states in the U.S. While nearly 69% of students are from Arizona, nearly 11% are from California, and 8% are international, followed by a significant student presence from Texas, Illinois, Washington, Colorado and New York.

Arizona is the fourth most awarded public university by National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) for research.  The UA was awarded over $325 million for its Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL) to lead NASA’s 2007–08 mission to Mars to explore the Martian Arctic, and $800 million for its OSIRIS-REx mission, the first in U.S. history to sample an asteroid. The LPL’s work in the Cassini spacecraft orbit around Saturn is larger than any other university globally. The Arizona laboratory designed and operated the atmospheric radiation investigations and imaging on the probe.  The UA operates the HiRISE camera, a part of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. While using the HiRISE camera in 2011, Arizona alumnus Lujendra Ojha and his team discovered proof of liquid water on the surface of Mars—a discovery confirmed by NASA in 2015.

UA receives more NASA grants annually than the next nine top NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory-funded universities combined.  As of March 2016, the UA’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory is actively involved in ten spacecraft missions: Cassini VIMS; Grail; the HiRISE camera orbiting Mars; the Juno mission orbiting Jupiter; Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO); Maven, which will explore Mars’ upper atmosphere and interactions with the sun; Solar Probe Plus, a historic mission into the Sun’s atmosphere for the first time; Rosetta’s VIRTIS; WISE; and OSIRIS-REx, the first U.S. sample-return mission to a near-earth asteroid, which launched on September 8, 2016.

For more information on the Arizona women’s collegiate club team, contact either Billie Lubis (uawomenswaterpolo@gmail.com, billielubis@email.arizona.edu) or head coach Ty Elder (ty.elder@me.com).

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University of California-Irvine

A two-time Southwest Division runner-up (2015, 2017), the University of California-Irvine is one of the 10 campuses in the University of California system. UC-Irvine offers 87 undergraduate degrees and 129 graduate and professional degrees. The school is considered to be one of the “Public Ivies,” meaning that it is among those publicly funded universities thought to provide a quality of education comparable to that of the Ivy League.

Founded along with the University of California-San Diego and the University of California-Santa Cruz in the 1960s under the California Master Plan for Higher Education, UC-Irvine was not named for the city it was built in; at the time of the university’s founding (1965), the current city of Irvine (incorporated in 1971) did not exist. The name “Irvine” is a reference to James Irvine, a landowner who administered the 94,000-acre (38,000 ha) Irvine Ranch. In 1960, The Irvine Company sold 1,000 acres (400 ha) of the Irvine Ranch to the University of California for one dollar, since company policy prohibited the donation of property to a public entity.

UC-Irvine was the third-most selective University of California campus for the freshman class entering in the fall of 2019, as measured by the ratio of admitted students to applicants (behind University of California-Berkeley and University of California-Los Angeles).  UC-Irvine received 95,566 applications for admission to the Fall 2019 incoming freshman class and 25,394 were admitted, making UC Irvine’s acceptance rate 26.6% for Fall 2019.  The incoming 2018 freshmen were predominantly from Los Angeles County, followed by Orange County, the Bay Area counties, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, and San Diego County.

The choice to offer admission is based on the University of California’s comprehensive review program. It considers a candidate’s personal situation, community involvement, extracurricular activities, and academic potential in addition to the traditional high school academic record, personal statement, and entrance examination scores.  While residency is not a factor in admission, it is a factor in tuition expenses, with out-of-state residents spending more annually than California residents.

The school’s mascot of the Anteater is unique.  The anteater was chosen in 1965 when students were allowed to submit mascot candidates, which would be voted on in a campus election. Three undergraduates named Pat Glasgow, Bob Ernst, and Schuyler Hadley Basset III were credited with choosing the anteater and designing a cartoon representation, having been disappointed with other candidates such as a roadrunner, unicorn, seahawk and golden bison.

For more information on the UC-Irvine women’s collegiate club team, contact either Jasmine Silva (womenswaterpoloclub@uci.edu, silvaj6@uci.edu) or Sophia Cimino (scimino@uci.edu).

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University of California-San Diego

The 2018 Southwest Division Champion, the Tritons of the University of California-San Diego finished second in 2016 and 2019 as the team has been part of a San Diego domination of the division over the past four seasons.

Since joining the Southwest Division along with San Diego State University before the 2015 season, the Tritons and SDSU Aztecs have combined for all four division championships (2015-to-2019) along with runner-up placements in 2016, 2018 and 2019.  The University of California-Irvine – which also joined the Southwest Division during the past five seasons – accounts for second place marks in 2015 and 2017.

A public research university located in located in the residential neighborhood of La Jolla of northern San Diego, UC-San Diego was established in 1960 near the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.  The seventh-oldest of the 10 University of California campuses, the school offers over 200 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, enrolling approximately 30,800 undergraduate and 8,000 graduate students.

UC-San Diego is organized into seven undergraduate residential colleges (Revelle, John Muir, Thurgood Marshall, Earl Warren, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sixth and Seventh), four academic divisions (Arts and Humanities, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences), and seven graduate and professional schools (Jacobs School of Engineering, Rady School of Management, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, School of Global Policy and Strategy, School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and the newly formed Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science).

The university operates 19 organized research units (ORUs), including the Center for Energy Research, Qualcomm Institute (a branch of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology), San Diego Supercomputer Center and the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind, as well as eight School of Medicine research units, six research centers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and two multi-campus initiatives, including the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation.

UC-San Diego is also closely affiliated with several regional research centers, such as the Salk Institute, the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, and the Scripps Research Institute.

UCSD is considered one of the country’s Public Ivies with UC-San Diego faculty, researchers and alumni holding 27 Nobel Prizes and three Fields Medals, eight National Medals of Science, eight MacArthur Fellowships and three Pulitzer Prizes.

For more information on the UC-San Diego women’s collegiate club team, contact Kinsey Van Deynze (kvandeyn@ucsd.edu).

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University of San Diego

A private Roman Catholic research university in San Diego, California, the University of San Diego was founded in July 1949 as the San Diego College for Women and San Diego University, the academic institutions merged from the California school system into University of San Diego in 1972. Since then, the university has grown to comprise nine undergraduate and graduate schools, to include the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and School of Law.

The only private university in the Southwest Division, the Toreros offer more than 89 degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels for a student body of approximately 9,073 undergraduate, paralegal, graduate and law students. . USD is divided into six schools and colleges. The College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Law are the oldest academic divisions at USD; the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies is the university’s newest school. USD offers an honors program at the undergraduate level, with approximately 300 students enrolled annually.

The school is renowned for its campus as the school’s location in Alcalá Park sits atop the edge of a mesa overlooking Mission Bay and other parts of San Diego. The philosophy of USD’s founder Reverend Mother Rosalie Hill and her fellow religious relied on the belief that studying in beautiful surroundings could improve the educational experience of students. Thus, the university’s buildings are designed in a 16th-century Plateresque architecture, a style of the Spanish Renaissance, paying homage to both San Diego’s Catholic heritage and the Universidad de Alcalá in Spain. In September 2011, Travel+Leisure named it as one of the most beautiful college campuses in the United States.

The campus is located approximately two miles north of downtown San Diego, on the north crest of Mission Valley in the community of Linda Vista. From the westernmost edges of Alcalá Park the communities of Mission Hills, Old Town, Point Loma, Ocean Beach, Bay Park, Mission Beach and Pacific Beach can be seen. Also, the Pacific Ocean, San Diego Harbor, the Coronado Islands and La Jolla are visible from the campus.

For more information on the San Diego women’s collegiate club team, contact either Meg MacGregor (mmacgregor@sandiego.edu) or Emma Valdiserri (evaldiserri@sandiego.edu).

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