San Diego, Calif. - The San Jose State University women's swimming and diving team took eight of 12 events and placed first among three squads in the University of San Diego Relay Invitational at USD's Sports Center Pool on Sunday, January 3.
The Spartans scored 206 points to top Tulane University of New Orleans, La., and Conference USA, with 150 points, and Western Athletic Conference foe USD, with 132 points.
Freshman diver Amy Kilby contributed 28 points for the Spartans with a pair of wins in school-record fashion. The remaining 10 swimming events were all of the relay variety, with San Jose State taking six of them, including five of the last six to take control of the meet.
"It was a total team effort today," remarked San Jose State head coach Sage Hopkins. "We're very happy with how the entire squad performed. We got off to a slow start over the first couple of relays. We were in third-place after the second event, but really rallied well and had just a tremendous middle and last portion of the meet.
"The major highlight of both the afternoon and of the weekend was Amy Kilby's diving. She set two school records in one day, with a great performance in her first event on the one-meter board, and then surpassing that effort for another school mark the second time around. I was also very impressed with Kirsten Trammell's swimming this weekend."
With no ability at Sunday's facility to stage a three-meter event, Kilby competed twice from the one-meter springboard, easily out-pointing Tulane's Sarah McGoldrick both times to place first. She initially tallied 280.65 points for her second NCAA 'A' qualifier this season, a score which also gave her the modern-day six-dive school mark. The product of Oklahoma City, Okla., had already eclipsed San Jose State's modern-day five-dive standard in the platform event at the Arizona Invitational on November 22. In her second go-around Sunday from one meter, she improved on her own school record, compiling 286.05 points for yet another 'A' qualifier.
The Spartans' best event of the day featured a 1-3 finish in the 400 medley relay. The 'A' foursome of Rudie Guerrero Kirsten Trammell, Heather Denman and Meghan McCurley timed 3:56.92 to win, while the 'B' quartet followed in 4:06.34 to combine for 22 valuable points.
San Jose State's closest race of the day followed, with Kiley Foster, McCurley, Marisa DeWames and Denman sprinting 1:38.16 to narrowly out-touch the USD 'A' by .18 seconds (1:38.34) and take top honors in the 200 free relay.
A 1-3 finish was repeated in the 400 individual medley relay, as Denman, Caitlin Macky, Trammell and freshman anchor Julia Craddock went 4:04.11 for first-place, with Denman's 100-yard lead leg in a college-best 1:00.53, and the 'B' squad going 4:09.33 for third-place.
McCurley, Foster, DeWames and Macky provided the exclamation point with a triumphant display in the day's final event, the 400 free relay, in 3:35.33.
The meet's initial Spartan victory came from Trammell, senior tri-captain Erin Garcia and Macky in the 3x100 breaststroke relay (3:20.98). McCurley, Foster, Denman and DeWames then swam 50, 100, 150 and 200 yards respectively, for first-place points in the 500 free relay (4:37.42).
The Spartans are expected to return to San Jose on Tuesday, January 5. They will then host Cal State East Bay in a dual meet beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 9, at The Aquatics Center on campus. Admission is free of charge.
"We are excited to get back home for a great series of dual meets," concluded Hopkins. "We are really starting to look forward to the WAC Championship (in February)."
San Jose State at University of San Diego Relay Invitational
January 3, 2010
Final Team Standings
1. San Jose State 206
2. Tulane 150
3. University of San Diego 132
Results (Winners plus all San Jose State competitors)
3x100 Yard Butterfly Relay
1. University of San Diego 'A' (Jacquie Kimmel, Kelly Stone, Sarah Geerdes), 2:55.89; 2. San Jose State 'A', 2:56.46; 5. San Jose State 'B', 3:02.28.
3x100 Yard Backstroke Relay
1. Tulane 'A', 2:56.47; 2. San Jose State 'A', 2:57.19; 5. San Jose State 'B', 3:07.82.
3x100 Yard Breaststroke Relay
1. San Jose State 'A' (Kirsten Trammell, Erin Garcia, Caitlin Macky), 3:20.98; 5. San Jose State 'B', 3:41.28.
800 Yard Freestyle Relay
1. Tulane 'A', 7:47.53; 2. San Jose State 'A', 7:54.31; 4. San Jose State 'B', 8:01.93.
1. Amy Kilby, SJSU, 280.65A; 2. Sarah McGoldrick, Tulane, 208.43.
500 Yard Freestyle Relay (50-100-150-200)
1. San Jose State 'A', (Meghan McCurley, Kiley Foster, Heather Denman, Marisa DeWames), 4:37.42; 4. San Jose State 'B', 4:41.65; 6. San Jose State 'C', 4:53.57.
400 Yard Medley Relay
1. San Jose State 'A' (Rudie Guerrero, Kirsten Trammell, Heather Denman, Meghan McCurley), 3:56.92; 3. San Jose State 'B', 4:06.34.
200 Yard Freestyle Relay
1. San Jose State 'A' (Kiley Foster, Meghan McCurley, Marisa DeWames, Heather Denman), 1:38.16; 4. San Jose State 'B', 1:40.95; 7. San Jose State 'C', 1:44.34.
3x500 Yard Freestyle Relay
1. Tulane 'A', 15:45.96; 2. San Jose State 'A', 15:59.96; 6. San Jose State 'B', 17:25.08.
1. Amy Kilby, SJSU, 286.05A; 2. Sarah McGoldrick, Tulane, 231.90.
400 Yard Individual Medley Relay
1. San Jose State 'A' (Heather Denman, Caitlin Macky, Kirsten Trammell, Julia Craddock), 4:04.11; 3. San Jose State 'B', 4:09.33; 7. San Jose State 'C', 4:28.19.
400 Yard Freestyle Relay
1. San Jose State 'A' (Meghan McCurley, Kiley Foster, Marisa DeWames, Caitlin Macky), 3:35.33; 4. San Jose State 'B', 3:41.99; 7. San Jose State 'C', 3:45.65; 8. San Jose State 'D', 3:48.85.