Swimming and Diving Travels to Southern California

The San Jose State women’s swimming and diving team competes again for the first time in 48 days when they hit the road for two meets this weekend. Friday the Spartans face CSU Bakersfield in a dual meet and Saturday the team heads to San Diego for the USD Relay Meet.
SCHEDULE Friday, Jan. 6 at CSU Bakersfield, 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, Jan. 7 at University of San Diego Relay Meet
ABOUT SAN JOSE STATE The Spartans (3-1, 1-0 WAC) have not competed since November 2011 at the Arena Invitational, where they broke six school records and had seven top-three finishes. San Jose State’s fourth-place finish at the prestigious event earned the school its first-ever No. 1 ranking in the CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Poll on Dec. 15.
The Spartans have swum 11 NCAA “B” standard qualifying marks this season and hold the top time in the Western Athletic Conference in 12 of 14 individual events. Four Spartans hold position in the top-50 nationally. Kirsten Trammell and Darcie Anderson are ranked 28th and 36th, respectively, in the 100 breaststroke, and 28th and 32nd, respectively, in the 200 breaststroke. Marisa DeWames is 29th (49.41) in the 100 freestyle and 49th (22.89) in the 50 freestyle. Heather Denman is 48th (54.14) in the 100 backstroke.
ABOUT CSU BAKERSFIELD Like San Jose State, the Roadrunners (1-3) last competed in November at the Arena Invitational. The team finished 16th out of 17 teams with 166 points. The Roadrunners have turned in eight times that are ranked in the top five in school history through the early portion of the 2011-12 schedule. Rachel McCall's 200 freestyle time (1:48.02) is the second quickest in school history. Lily Donohue has turned in two of the top-five fastest times in CSUB history. Her 200 backstroke (2:01.21) at the Arena Invitational is the second best in school history.
CSU Bakersfield lost three dual meets in the 2011 portion of its schedule, falling twice to Pacific (160-119, 160-83) and once to future WAC member Seattle (167-93). The Roadrunners defeated UC Santa Cruz 183-101 for their lone dual meet win so far this season.
SERIES HISTORY The Spartans are a perfect 9-0 against CSU Bakersfield dating to the 2006-07 season. The two teams have faced each other twice each season since 2007-08. San Jose State is 7-0 at the Roadrunners’ Hillman Aquatics Center during the streak.
ABOUT THE USD RELAY MEET The University of San Diego hosts seven teams Saturday in its annual relay meet, which features 10 different relay events of different lengths and strokes. Defending meet champion Boise State joins host San Diego, Colorado College (men and women), Rice, Tulane, UCLA and the Spartans to compete at the USD Sports Center Pool.
The meet will feature 10 relays in the following order: 300 fly relay, 300 back relay, 300 breast relay, 800 free relay, 50-100-150-200 free relay, 400 medley relay, 200 free relay, 3x500 free relay, 400 IM relay (4x100 IM), 400 free relay.
TOP-RANKED TEAM For the first time in school history, the San Jose State women’s swimming team is ranked No. 1 in CollegeSwimming.com Women's Mid-Major Division I Rankings, released Dec. 15.
"We have had a tremendous first-half of our season, and it is great to see our ranking among mid-major Institutions continue to improve,” said San Jose State head coach Sage Hopkins. “We have big, big goals for this team over the coming years and we are very focused upon being more competitive on a national level.”   Rounding out the top-10 women’s teams were Harvard, Miami-OH, Princeton, Towson, Denver, North Texas, Oakland University, Florida Gulf Coast and UC Santa Barbara.
RECOGNITIONS ABOUND Senior Kirsten Trammell has already received five different individual honors halfway through this season for her performances. She has been named the Verizon WAC Swimmer of the Week on three occasions (Oct. 10-16, Oct. 24-30, Nov. 29-Dec. 4) and was named the San Jose State Spartan Foundation Women’s Athlete of the Month for October and November. Before this season, Trammell had never earned either of the awards, and has now earned them both multiple times in her senior season.
HEAD COACH SAGE HOPKINS Sage Hopkins begins his seventh year at the helm of the San Jose State women’s swimming and diving program in 2011-12. In seven seasons, Hopkins’ dual meet record is 55-23-1 (.703), with an even better 21-6-1 (.768) mark against WAC teams. He is the first Spartans swimming and diving coach to reach the 50-win plateau in the program's 47-year NCAA history.
During Hopkins' tenure, SJSU swimmers have set 14 of the 16 all-time individual program records and his relay teams hold every school mark. His student-athletes have earned 11 College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) All-America awards and 75 Academic All-WAC honors. In the same time frame, San Jose State athletes have produced 37 first-team and 119 second-team All-WAC performances at the conference meet.
UP NEXT The Spartans will host Senior Day at the Aquatics Center, Friday, Jan. 13th, in their final home meet of the season when Cal State East Bay visits. Seven seniors will be honored before swimming in their final home meet as a Spartan.