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The UC Irvine Anteaters is the nickname used for the official sports teams of the University of California, Irvine (also known as UCI and UC Irvine). They participate in the NCAA's Division I, as members of the Big West Conference and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. The University of California, Irvine is a public research university primarily situated in suburban Irvine, California; a significant portion of the campus falls into the neighboring community of Newport Beach. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A ) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... The Big West Conference (BWC) is an NCAA-affiliated Division I major college athletic conference that formerly sponsored Division I-A American football. ... The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation is a College Athletic Conference whose member teams are located in the western United States. ...

UCI sign at Crawford Hall - the athletic complex.
UCI sign at Crawford Hall - the athletic complex.

UCI fields nationally competitive teams in basketball, baseball, water polo, swimming, rowing, and sailing. Download high resolution version (1984x1488, 709 KB)  ©  This image is copyrighted. ... Download high resolution version (1984x1488, 709 KB)  ©  This image is copyrighted. ...




The UCI Men's basketball team has had three twenty-win seasons in recent years and four total. They have made it into the Division II NCAA Tournament twice, and the Division I NIT tournament four times. In 1986, they swept UNLV. The UC Irvine Women's basketball team has had one Division I NCAA Tournament appearance in 1995, when they were champions of their conference, and won the conference tournament; however, they lost in the first round. NCAA Mens Basketball Division I Championship - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins/monobook/IE50Fixes. ... NIT or Nit or nit can refer to:- A common name for various types of lice eggs. ... The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) is a public, coeducational university located in Las Vegas, Nevada. ...


Since the return of baseball in 2002 (the sport was eliminated in 1992 due to state budget cuts), UC Irvine has been ranked as high as #7 in the country and has been at the top of the Big West Conference standings, which is one of the top Division I Baseball Conferences in the country.


UC Irvine Anteaters
UC Irvine Anteaters

UCI fields both a men's and women's crew, that both practice in the Newport Harbor. Image File history File links UC_Irvine_rowing_blade. ... Image File history File links UC_Irvine_rowing_blade. ...


Both Men's and Women's Volleyball have seen success in the past few years. The women's team has made it to the NCAA Tournament the past two years and the men's team was ranked #1 in the country at one point during the 2003 Season and traditionally is in the top #15 every year. The Men's team finished the 2006 Season ranked #1 in the nation.

Water polo

The most successful athletic program at UCI has been the mens water polo team coached by Ted Newland. Newland is 714-345-5, a collegiate record, as the Anteaters’ head coach from 1966-2005. In his 39 years at the helm, the Anteaters won NCAA Div I championships in 1970, 1982 and 1989. Moreover, the team has been a consistent contender among the nation's top 5 teams in the 40 years UCI has existed and more even more impressivly 'The Old Man' has coached men about commitment, dedication & responsibility during his tenure.

Newland became Coach Emeritus in August 2005, and Marc Hunt, former UCI All-American, has been charged with continuing the UCI legacy.


Anteater basketball and volleyball teams compete at the on-campus Bren Events Center. The baseball team plays in Anteater Stadium, which is located behind the Mesa Parking Structure. Anteater Stadium itself is part of UCI's Crawford Athletics Complex, which houses UCI's track and swimming facilities. The men's and women's crew launch out of a boathouse in the Newport Back Bay, and practice in the Newport Harbor. College basketball most often refers to the American basketball competitive governance structure established by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, or NCAA. // The game of basketball was devised by Dr. James Naismith 1891. ... Volleyball is an Olympic sport in which two teams separated by a high net use their hands, arms, or (rarely) other parts of their bodies to hit a ball back and forth over the net. ... The Universitätscampus Wien, Austria ( details) Campus (plural: campuses) is derived from the (identical) Latin word for field or open space. English gets the words camp and campus from this origin. ... The Bren Events Center is the on-campus multipurpose indoor arena in Irvine, California, just south of Anaheim. ... Boathouse Row on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, USA. Rowing boats stored inside a boathouse in Israel. ... The Colliquial term for the inland delta in Newport Beach, California. ... Location of Newport Beach within Orange County, California. ...

Student Traditions

A student spirit squad known as the Completely Insane Anteaters is the largest student group on campus and is the second largest student spirit group on the West Coast. An incentives-based club, the more games CIA Members attend, the more prizes they receive.

A more recent annual event is Midnight Magic, which occurs on the first day the UC Irvine basketball teams begin official practice. The second Friday of every October, the athletics department hosts a big party for the UCI Students with food, music and games at the Bren Events Center. Then, at midnight, both the men's and women's basketball teams are introduced to the crowd and partake in scrimmages, three-point shooting contests and a slam-dunk contest. Midnight Magic is the one of the biggest student events on campus, with over 1,500 people in attendance. College basketball most often refers to the American basketball competitive governance structure established by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, or NCAA. // The game of basketball was devised by Dr. James Naismith 1891. ... The Bren Events Center is the on-campus multipurpose indoor arena in Irvine, California, just south of Anaheim. ...

A popular chant among UCI students during athletic events is "Zot, Zot, Zot!" Zot is the sound made by the tongue of the anteater in the comic strip B.C. as it flicks out to catch an ant. This is usually accompanied by the "Rip 'em Eaters" hand sign which is similar to the "Hook 'em Horns" hand sign of the University of Texas at Austin. One of the on-campus eateries is named "B.C.'s Cavern on the Green", named in honor of the comic strip B.C. The Anteater mascot was promoted by 3 students in UCI's founding year, Bob Ernst and Pat Glasgow of the water polo team, and rowing team member Schuyler Bassett. The mascot name was brought to a vote to the student body where irregularities were suspected in the voting process. B.C. logo in a 2005 comic strip. ... The University of Texas at Austin, often called UT or Texas is a nationally recognized doctoral/research university located in Austin, Texas. ... B.C. logo in a 2005 comic strip. ...

Prior to 1985, UCI used UC's fight song. From 1985 to 2000, UCI used Anteaters Go! (by class of 1985 alumni Lori White). In 2000, Marketing Director Blake Sasaki required the Pep Band to use the UC Fight Song as their main fight song, rebranded as "The Big C", which supposedly commemerates UCI's historical rivalry with the California State University, Long Beach. It continued in that format until he left in 2006. Currently, the two campus fight songs, often sung at athletic or spirit events, are Anteaters Go! as the main fight song, and the UCI Fight Song as the alternate: UC can refer to: University of California: Berkeley Davis Hastings College of Law Irvine Los Angeles Merced Riverside San Diego San Francisco Santa Barbara Santa Cruz University of Cincinnati (Official Site) University of Coimbra, Portugal (Official Site) University of Connecticut (Official Site) University College, an affiliated college with the University... California State University, Long Beach (also known as Long Beach State, Cal State Long Beach, CSULB, LBSU or The Beach) is the second largest campus of the California State University system and the third largest university in the state of California in terms of enrollment. ...

Anteaters Go! The Big C

Go Mighty Anteaters Go
Beat Each Opposing Foe
Oh We'll Win The Battle Tonight
U-C-I , Fight!

We [a]'re Marching To Victory
Colors Aloft, For All To See
Oh How Faithful We'll Always Be
Oh True To The Blue and Gold

U-C-I-Fight, Fight...

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