Cincinnati, Ohio----- Three event winners, five pool records, and three qualifiers for the 2018 National Invitational Championships highlighted a big day for San Jose State University on the second day of the Bearcat Midseason Invitational women's swimming meet.
Brenna Bushey in the 100 butterfly and Colleen Humel in the 100 backstroke won their events with pool records in their morning qualifying swims and did not give record board monitor at the Keating Aquatic Center pool time for virtual paint to dry with faster times in the championship final. Bushey and Humel also qualified for the 2018 National Invitational Championships in Annapolis, Md.
"This has been our best performance at a fall championships since 2012. I am very encouraged by our progress and performance," said San Jose State University women's swimming and diving head coach Sage Hopkins.
Bushey won the 100 butterfly with a record-setting 53.86 time after setting a pool record with the fastest preliminary round time of 54.86.
Humel did the same in the 100 backstroke as the top qualifier with a new Keating Aquatic Center record of 54.70. The senior from Chicopee, Mass., was faster in the evening final with a winning time of 54.08.
San Jose State started the second night of finals winning the 200 medley relay with a pool record time of 1:41.64. Humel opened for the Spartans in the backstroke and Bushey swam the butterfly portion of the relay.
Senior Gabby Heng of Walnut Creek, Calif., will be joining Bushey and Humel in Maryland after swimming the 50 free in a morning time trial and posting a lifetime best 22.88.
"The fact that we have six student-athletes who have punched their way to the post-season is huge for us," Hopkins added. He was referring to divers Cari Reiswig, Kylie Fonseca and Natasha Sondeno who are qualifiers for the 2018 NCAA Zone Diving Championships.
In the team scoring, San Jose State remained in second place with 508.5 points. Host Cincinnati maintained its lead with 721. The Spartans have first-place finishes in four events after two days of action.
The three-day meet concludes on Saturday, November 18.
Bearcat Invitational women's swimming meet
Keating Aquatic Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
November 17 results
Day 2 of 3
Team scores -- 1, Cincinnati, 721; 2, San Jose State, 508.5; 3, Illinois State, 314.5; 4, Indiana State, 195; 5, Lindsey Wilson, 147.
200 medley relay -- 1, San Jose State A (Colleen Humel, Jenna Lloyd, Brenna Bushey, Brittany Heng), 1:41.64, new pool record; old record, 1:42.37. 2, Cincinnati A, 1:43.78. Other San Jose State finishers -- NP, San Jose State B (Madison Grimes, Shona Spikes, Violani Auva'a, Taylor Lehr), x1:43.21.
100 butterfly -- 1, Brenna Bushey, San Jose State, 53.86, new pool record; old record, 54.86. 2, Katir Gob, Cincinnati, 54.95. Other San Jose State finishers -- 7, Violani Auva'a, 57.24. 11, Victoria Fountain, 57.49. 13, Jacqueline Nisson, 58.08. 22, Jamie Dodd, 59.86.
200 freestyle -- 1, Rocky Laabs, Cincinnati, 1:49.26. San Jose State finishers -- 4, Taylor Lehr, 1:52.12. 5, Kendal Guy, 1:52.55. 6, Gabby Heng, 1:52.80. 7, Katie McIntee, 1:53.44. 10, Kate Hanf, 1:53.72. 11, Adie Collard, 1:54.34. 19, Katrina Slivkoff, 1:59.46.
100 breaststroke -- 1, Jensen Keck, Illinois State, 1:02.40, new pool record; old pool record, 1:02.42. San Jose State finishers -- 6, Jenna Lloyd, 1:04.56. 9, Shona Spikes, 1:04.60. 17, Maleah Schmidt, 1:08.04. 22, Claire Hultin, 1:14.60.
100 backstroke -- 1, Colleen Humel, San Jose State, 54.08, new pool record, old record, 54.70; 2, Katie Gob, Cincinnati, 55.23. Other San Jose State finishers -- 4, Madison Grimes, 55.76. 13, tie, Violani Auva'a, 58.77. 17, Victoria Fountain, 58.38. 18, Erin Wayman, 59.12.
800 freestyle relay -- 1, Cincinnati A, 7:22.22. 2, San Jose State A (Taylor Lehr, Katie McIntee, Gabby Heng, Kendal Guy), 7:30.58. Other San Jose State finisher -- NP, San Jose State B (Kate Hanf, Adie Collard, Erin Wayman, Madison Grimes), x7:43.71.
50 freestyle -- NP, Gabby Heng, San Jose State, 22.88.
100 butterfly -- NP, Adie Collard, San Jose State, 57.27.