Bakersfield, Calif. - San Jose State University won 12 of 16 events, including two individual first-place finishes by freshman phenom Heather Denman, in starting the 2009 calendar year in the same fashion as it ended 2008, defeating Cal State Bakersfield, 166.5-109.5, in a women’s swimming and diving dual meet at CSUB’s Hillman Aquatics Center on Saturday, January 3.
San Jose State improves to an impressive 10-1 with its 10th straight dual meet victory since a season-opening loss at No. 2 Stanford exactly three months ago. Cal State Bakersfield, in the fourth year of a five-year reclassification process from the NCAA Division II to Division I, falls to 1-6. Fourth-year Spartan leader Sage Hopkins, a 1997 graduate of CSUB, where he was a seven-time All-American, improves to 4-0 all-time against the Runners as a head coach.
The Spartans appeared at an all-time high of third-place in the second installment of this season’s CSCAA/CollegeSwimming.com Division I Mid-Major rankings last week.
Denman, out of Brookeville, Md., led off the triumphant A’ 200 medley relay which timed 1:51.30, with the sophomore trio of Caitlin Macky, Rudie Guerrero and Julie Wynn following her. She later touched first in both the 200 backstroke (2:07.70) and 200 individual medley (2:13.40).
Wynn also anchored the first-place Spartan A’ 400 freestyle relay to conclude the meet, for her first two dual-meet relay victories of the season. Senior Lauren Mar led that one off, followed by sophomores Meghan McCurley and Daphne Yeung, the foursome timing 3:38.76.
Megan Mills, like Denman a true freshman, earned her first collegiate dual-meet victory by taking the 500 freestyle in 5:13.50, ahead of sophomore teammate Ashley Krisman (5:24.10). A third true freshman, Amy Friedhoff, won the 1000 free by almost a full minute in 10:53.26.
Julia Koch (1:58.08), Macky (1:08.05), Hannah Tringham (2:10.71) and Mar (24.72) were other individual winners for the Spartans in the 200 free, 100 breast, 200 fly and 50 free, respectively, prior to the first break of the afternoon. Guerrero was first in the 100 fly in 59.12.
Hopkins tried out a handful of Spartans in their non-traditional events throughout the afternoon. A prime example was McCurley competing in her first collegiate backstroke race and actually winning the 100 back in 1:01.90. Junior Erin Garcia was right behind her in 1:01.95 in her first major college backstroke effort. Redshirt freshman Linzy Warkentin was fourth (1:06.41).
Kristin Yamaguchi, a true freshman and walk-on, placed second as the lone Spartan competitor in a close 200 breaststroke, swimming 2:35.39 in her first college breaststroke race to touch second behind Runner Tessa Brown (2:35.31).
Fourth-year seniors Katey Nelson and tri-captain Tarolyn Robertson each swam on the third-place B’ 200 medley relay for San Jose State (1:54.59), with Yamaguchi anchoring and Garcia also a member. Nelson was second behind Denman in the 200 back (2:10.54).
The only competitor besides Denman with multiple individual wins on the day, was CSUB junior Victoria Kreutz, a Canadian native who spent her freshman season at San Jose State. Kreutz swept the diving events, winning both the one-meter (273.15) and three-meter (278.63) springboard competitions. Sophomore Jo Thibodaux was second for the Spartans in both, at 245.33 and 246.38 points, respectively, while freshman Jessica Holden was third in the one-meter (220.80) and fourth in the three-meter (227.78).
Remaining Spartans to swim against the Runners were Krisman (3rd, 2:02.43) in the 200 free, sophomore tri-captain Kirsten Trammell (2nd, 2:14.75) in the 200 fly, Wynn (2nd, 25.54) in the 50 free, and Yeung (2nd, 55.28) and Friedhoff (3rd, 55.88) in the 100 free. It was Friedhoff’s first collegiate 100 freestyle race. San Jose State’s second-place B’ 400 free relay (3:45.94) consisted of Koch, Yamaguchi, sophomore tri-captain Ashley Ladd and Mills as the anchor.
The Spartans continue further south on Saturday afternoon, to Irvine, Calif., where they will spend the next two nights and take part in the second and final day of the annual UC Irvine/Ayres Invitationals on Sunday, January 4. San Jose State is set to compete in the relay and diving meets, beginning at approximately 10:00 a.m. at the Anteater Aquatics Complex. The Spartans are the defending champions of the relay meet.
San Jose State at Cal State Bakersfield
January 3, 2009
Final Team Score
San Jose State (10-1) 166.5, Cal State Bakersfield (1-6) 109.5
Results (Winners plus all San Jose State competitors)
200 Yard Medley Relay
1. San Jose State A’ (Heather Denman, Caitlin Macky, Rudie Guerrero, Julie Wynn), 1:51.30. 3. San Jose State B’ (Katey Nelson, Erin Garcia, Tarolyn Robertson, Kristin Yamaguchi), 1:54.59.
1000 Yard Freestyle
1. Amy Friedhoff, SJSU, 10:53.26.
200 Yard Freestyle
1. Julia Koch, SJSU, 1:58.08. 3. Ashley Krisman, SJSU, 2:02.43.
100 Yard Backstroke
1. Meghan McCurley, SJSU, 1:01.90. 2. Erin Garcia, SJSU, 1:01.95. 4. Linzy Warkentin, SJSU, 1:06.41.
100 Yard Breaststroke
1. Caitlin Macky, SJSU, 1:08.05.
200 Yard Butterfly
1. Hannah Tringham, SJSU, 2:10.71. 2. Kirsten Trammell, SJSU, 2:14.75.
50 Yard Freestyle
1. Lauren Mar, SJSU, 24.72. 2. Julie Wynn, SJSU, 25.54.
1. Victoria Kreutz, CSUB, 273.15. 2. Jo Thibodaux, SJSU, 245.33. 3. Jessica Holden, SJSU, 220.80.
100 Yard Freestyle
1. Rachel McCall, CSUB, 54.87. 2. Daphne Yeung, SJSU, 55.28. 3. Amy Friedhoff, SJSU, 55.88.
200 Yard Backstroke
1. Heather Denman, SJSU, 2:07.70. 2. Katey Nelson, SJSU, 2:10.54.
200 Yard Breaststroke
1. Tessa Brown, CSUB, 2:35.31. 2. Kristin Yamaguchi, SJSU, 2:35. 39.
500 Yard Freestyle
1. Megan Mills, SJSU, 5:13.50. 2. Ashley Krisman, SJSU, 5:24.10.
100 Yard Butterfly
1. Rudie Guerrero, SJSU, 59.12.
1. Victoria Kreutz, CSUB, 278.63. 2. Jo Thibodaux, SJSU, 246.38. 4. Jessica Holden, SJSU, 227.78.
200 Yard Individual Medley
1. Heather Denman, SJSU, 2:13.40.
400 Yard Freestyle Relay
1. San Jose State A’ (Lauren Mar, Meghan McCurley, Daphne Yeung, Julie Wynn), 3:38.76. 2. San Jose State B’ (Julia Koch, Kristin Yamaguchi, Ashley Ladd, Megan Mills), 3:45.94.