Bakersfield, Calif. --- Taking the top spot in 12 of the 16 events, the San Jose State Spartans women’s swimming and diving team defeated the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners 155.5-133.5 at the Hillman Aquatics Center on Thursday, December 31.
“I am very happy with how the team performed today,” said San Jose State Head Coach Sage Hopkins. “The team has been training very hard and it was in the low 30's when we started warming up this morning.
The Spartans had four swimmers earn first place finishes in two individual events. “The ladies did a fantastic job of ignoring the weather and performed exactly how we had hoped,” Hopkins said.
Finishing first in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle, senior Brynne Beneke posted a time of 24.55 in the 50 freestyle and 52.97 in the 100 free. Junior Taylor Solorio swam to a first place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke with a mark of 1:07.06 and in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:26.95.
Sophomore Colleen Humel had two first place finishes against CSU Bakersfield, earning top marks in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 58.27 and 200-yard backstroke with a touch in 2:05.76.
“It is great seeing the team coming together and getting stronger each week. We are looking forward to a couple of hard days of training leading into our Sunday meet and Tuesday scrimmage with Boise State and San Diego State,” Hopkins said.
In the 200-yard medley relay, Humel, Beneke and Solorio were joined by sophomore Brenna Bushey to comprise the Spartans’ first place relay team. The first place relay team finished with a mark of 1:47.40. San Jose State also placed second in the relay with a time of 1:50.24 with the team of sophomore Taylor Lehr, senior Amanda Buxbaum, freshman Marley Maluafiti and sophomore Angel Van Hofwegen.
Sophomore diver Cari Reiswig scored a season best mark, 302.43, and finished first in the 3-meter springboard for the Spartans. Reiswig qualified for the NCAA Zone Championships with a previous season high of 289.95 in the season opener at California.
Senior Alli Davis finished first in the 200-yard freestyle and fourth in the 100-yard freestyle. Senior distance swimmer Riley Spitser was uncatchable in the 500-yard and 1000-yard freestyle. Spitser finished with a 9.89 second lead, posting a mark of 5:05.79, in the 500 freestyle and a 6.20 second lead, with a time of 10:31.11, in the 1000 freestyle.
Also picking up first place finishes were freshman Marley Maluafiti in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 2:08.01. Maluafiti finished with a 13.64 second lead over the Roadrunners’ Alexis Cannon.
by Brian S. Stanley, SJSU athletics media relations student assistant
Team Score – San Jose State 155.5, CSU Bakersfield 133.5
200 Medley Relay – 1, San Jose State A (Collen Humel, Taylor Solorio, Brenna Bushey, Brynne Beneke), 1:47.40. 2, San Jose State B (Taylor Lehr, Amanda Buxbaum, Marley Maluafiti, Angel Van Hofwegen), 1:50.24. 3, CSU Bakersfield, 1:51.54. Exhibition – San Jose State C (Lisa Ellis, Natasha Moffitt, Alyssa Cable, Alli Davis), 1:52.95.
1000 Freestyle – 1, Riley Spitser, San Jose State, 10:31.11. 2, Sabrina Zavala, CSU Bakersfield, 10:37.31. 3, Allyson Fellows, San Jose State, 10:49.88. Other San Jose State Finishers – 6, Kendal Guy, 11:11.06.
200 Freestyle – 1, Alli Davis, San Jose State, 1:54.51. 2, Michaela Paige, CSU Bakersfield, 1:55.35. 3, Kelsey Lange, CSU Bakersfield, 1:55.42. Other San Jose State Finishers – 4, Taylor Lehr, 2:00.37. 6, Brittany Heng, 2:01.15.
100 Backstroke – 1, Collen Humel, San Jose State, 58.27. 2, Paola Hernandez, CSU Bakersfield, 59.44. 3, Nicolette Goncalves, CSU Bakersfield, 1:00.50. Other San Jose State Finishers – 5, Lisa Ellis, 1:01.41.
200 Butterfly – 1, Marley Maluafiti, San Jose State, 2:08.01. 2, Alexis Cannon, CSU Bakersfield, 2:21.65. 3, Dylana Milobar, CSU Bakersfield, 2:25.94.
50 Freestyle – 1, Brynne Beneke, San Jose State, 24.55. 2, Kelsey Lange, CSU Bakersfield, 24.96. 3, Meghan Van Raalte, CSU Bakersfield, 25.03. Other San Jose State Finishers – 4, Kimberlee Giggey, 25.04. 6, Angel Van Hofwegen, 25.38.
3-Meter Springboard – 1, Cari Reiswig, San Jose State, 302.43. 2, Carlee Burks, CSU Bakersfield, 282.15. 3, Melissa Gore, CSU Bakersfield, 240.83. Other San Jose State Finishers – 4, Megan Au, 222.15. 6, Eri Tamada, 149.93.
100 Freestyle – 1, Brynne Beneke, San Jose State, 52.97. 2, Kelsey Lange, CSU Bakersfield, 53.38. 3, Michaela Paige, CSU Bakersfield, 54.43. Other San Jose State Finishers – 4, Alli Davis, 54.70. 5, Kimberlee Giggey, 55.14. Exhibition – Brittany Heng, 55.58. Kendal Guy, 55.74.
200 Backstroke – 1, Colleen Humel, San Jose State, 2:05.76. 2, Paola Hernandez, CSU Bakersfield, 2:08.56. 3, Nicolette Goncalves, CSU Bakersfield, 2:10.83. Other San Jose State Finishers – 4, Taylor Lehr, 2:14.30. 6, Lisa Ellis, 2:15.93.
100 Butterfly – 1, Michaela Paige, CSU Bakersfield, 58.67. 2, Marley Maluafiti, San Jose State, 59.43. 3, Angel Van Hofwegen, San Jose State, 1:00.99. Other San Jose State Finishers – 4, Alyssa Cable, 1;01.65.
1-Meter Springboard – 1, Carlee Burks, CSU Bakersfield, 279.53. 2, Melissa Gore, CSU Bakersfield, 232.05. 3, Hannah Chernabaeff, CSU Bakersfield, 185.85. San Jose State Exhibition – Cari Reiswig, 248.93. Megan Au, 205.80. Eri Tamada, 152.03.
200 Individual Medley – 1, Paola Hernandez, CSU Bakersfield, 2:11.16. 2, Nicolette Goncalves, CSU Bakersfield, 2:13.50. 3, Felicia Zamora, CSU Bakersfield, 2:15.79. San Jose State Exhibition – Alli Davis, 2:12.15. Amanda Buxbaum, 2:14.68. Allyson Fellows, 2:19.31.
400 Freestyle Relay – 1, CSU Bakersfield A, 3:35.91. 2, CSU Bakersfield C, 3:50.51. San Jose State Exhibition – San Jose State A (Brynne Beneke, Riley Spitser, Colleen Humel, Taylor Solorio), 3:33.35. San Jose State B (Lisa Ellis, Marley Maluafiti, Taylor Lehr, Angel Van Hofwegen), 3:40.21. San Jose State C (Brittany Heng, Kendal Guy, Kimberlee Giggey, Alli Davis), 3:45.47.