There were winners, more pool records and national post-season qualifiers.
The 400 medley relay team left a lasting mark at the Keating Aquatic Center.
Five Spartans finished first in two or more individual events.
The Spartan senior was first in the 3-meter and third in the 1-meter diving events.
San Jose State is honored for the ninth consecutive semester.
Sage Hopkins is in his ninth season as the head coach of the San Jose State University women's swimming and diving program. He was named to the post full-time in April, 2006, after serving the 2005-06 season as the interim head coach.
Under Hopkins' leadership, the Spartans enjoyed several of its best seasons ever. In 2012-13, Hopkins lead the Spartans to their second conference win in a row and secured his 69th win as San Jose State's head coach and finished the season with a dual meet record of 9-1, improving his career record to 69-25-1. Hopkins was named Swimming Coach of the year for his second year in a row.
In 2011-12 team became the first to win a conference championship in school history. Individually, Hopkins was named the Wetsern Athletic Conference women's swimming Coach of the Year and Marisa DeWames was named the Athlete of the Year. DeWames and four other Spartans went on to compete in the 2012 U.S. Olympics team time trials in Omaha.
In 2008-09, Hopkins directed the Spartans to a best-ever dual record of 16-1 thanks to an incredible 16-meet win streak following an opening loss at perennial national power Stanford, which included San Jose State's first win over Western Athletic Conference foe Nevada in 23 years. The Spartans also posted a program-best runner-up finish at the annual Nike Cup in November, and matched its highest placement of fourth at the WAC Championship in San Antonio, Texas, in March, when Spartan swimmers broke 17 school standards in four days. A top-notch recruiting class by Hopkins and his staff netted the program's first WAC Freshman of the Year in two-time conference champion Heather Denman, who was previously named the Nike Cup Most Outstanding Female Swimmer.
That year, the Spartans totaled 26 school marks in swimming, eight individual NCAA 'B' cuts, the first relay NCAA 'B' qualifier in program history, seven first-team All-WAC and 21 second-team All-WAC performances, 15 WAC medals (2 gold, 10 silver, 3 bronze), seven WAC Swimmers of the Week, six WAC Divers of the Week, two CSCAA Scholar All-America honorable mention selections and 12 Academic All-WAC honorees.
Hopkins' 2007-08 team rallied to finish fourth on the final day of the Western Athletic Conference Championship, matching its program-best placement from the two previous years since his arrival. Among the Spartans' 19 medals were 10 golds, with 11 first-team All-WAC honors among a total of 33 all-conference distinctions, all program highs. Senior captain Brie Marhenke starred at the event for the second time, posting her second sweep of the sprint freestyle events while helping two relays to first-place finishes, participating in a trio of school-record swims and posting four NCAA `B' cuts. She and Hopkins made a return trip to the NCAA Championships.
Four straight victories allowed the Spartans to conclude the season with an 8-4 dual meet record, including a 3-1 mark against WAC foes and a first-ever win at the University of the Pacific in dramatic fashion by a single point on the meet's final relay.
In 2007-08, San Jose State made its first appearance in the CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Division I Power Ranking at No. 22. Hopkins also had two of his former swimmers, Marhenke and Ashley Vrieze, qualify for the 2008 USA Olympic Team Trials in the 50-meter freestyle and 100-meter backstroke, respectively. Fourteen Spartans picked up Academic All-WAC honors. A total of four school standards fell.
The 2006-07 Spartans wound up with three medals, three first-team and seven second-team All-WAC honorees, three school records, one NCAA `B' cut and two USA Swimming National Championships qualifiers while placing fourth at the conference meet. For the season, school records were broken five times, all by Vrieze in the three backstroke distances. Hopkins guided Vrieze to become the first Spartan swimmer in recent history to record points at a USA Swimming national championship event in New York in the spring. San Jose State also sent a diver to the NCAA Diving Zone E Meet in Oklahoma City, Okla. Twelve Spartans garnered Academic All-WAC distinction, while Vrieze was honored with an Associated Students 55 Award.
In 2005-06, Hopkins' squad posted a winning record of 6-5-1 during the dual meet season. In addition to a fourth-place finish at the WAC Championship, San Jose State placed fourth at the annual Speedo Cup to mark its best showing there. Hopkins produced a Spartan qualifier for the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2000 in Marhenke. The sprint freestyle specialist was the first Spartan individual WAC champion in a swimming event with a pair of gold medals in the 50 and 100 freestyle, while also anchoring the first-place 200 freestyle relay, the first winning San Jose State relay at a conference championship. The team totaled 15 medals, seven first-team and 22 second-team All-WAC performances, 10 school-record swims, one NCAA `A' cut, three `B' cuts and an all-time high of 14 Academic All-WAC honorees. All 23 student-athletes achieved lifetime-best times.
Hopkins came to San Jose State from the De Anza Cupertino Aquatics (DACA) club program, where he had served as the associate director and associate head coach since 2000. His duties included managing day-to-day operations of the corporation, as well as directing the DACA Saratoga High School programs. He was involved in daily coaching of national-level swimmers of high school and college ages. Hopkins has also served as an assistant coach at De Anza College in Cupertino, Calif.
Previously, Hopkins was the head coach and chief operating officer of the Bakersfield Swim Club between 1997-2000. He was an assistant coach of the men's swim team at his alma mater, Cal State Bakersfield, from 1995-97. In the 1995-96 season, Hopkins helped guide the Roadrunners to NCAA Division II national runners-up distinction. He was selected by USA Swimming in 1999 to be a staff coach of the girl's National Select Camp.
Hopkins has coached swimmers to dozens of world rankings over the years, as well as coaching four athletes onto the USA Swimming national team, including Gabe Woodward in 1999 and 2000 while with the Bakersfield Swim Club. Woodward went on to medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Hopkins holds American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Level 5 certification, the highest attainable. He has earned ASCA Fellow status (2000), been named Central California Swimming Coach of the Year (1999), served as meet director of the 1999 Speedo Junior National Championships, and was a speaker at the ASCA World Clinic in both 2000 and 2002.
In late January of 2008, Hopkins was presented with the 2007 Marie Samora Award by USA Swimming's Zone 1-North, in appreciation of his outstanding service to the athletes, coaches and volunteers of United States Swimming. He recently finished a two-year term as Chair of Zone 1-North, and has served on the board in various capacities for several years. He remains a member of Pacific Swimming's Senior Committee.
A 1997 cum laude graduate of Cal State Bakersfield with a bachelor's degree in English, Hopkins was a captain of the swim team and a seven-time All-American. As a club swimmer, Hopkins trained under U.S. Olympic team coach Mike Hastings. He and his wife, Tammy, reside in San Jose, Calif., with their son, Gunner, and two dogs, Marley and Tiger.