The school's sports teams are called the Tritons. UCSD's perennial strengths are in water sports (Swimming and Water Polo),
soccer, volleyball, and tennis. UCSD participates in the NCAA's Division II and in the
California Collegiate Athletics Association. Prior to its move to Division II,
UCSD competed in the NCAA's Division III and was considered one of the best programs there. Like most younger UC campuses, UCSD
does not have a football team, and so some students joke of
UCSD's "undefeated" record. Their newly-formed roller hockey team is 6th in the nation.UCSD prides itself on ranking Academics above all, and is the only Division II school that doesn't give athletic scholarships. In 2005 NCAA will create a rule that will make it mandatory for
Division II programs to award athletic grants; UCSD will be granted an exception.