Swimming & Diving Meets UC Davis, Fresno State

The San Jose State University women’s swimming and diving team heads to Davis, Calif., on Saturday, January 10, for a double dual meet against the host Aggies of UC Davis, and Western Athletic Conference rival Fresno State. The first of 16 events at the Schaal Aquatics Center is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. The Spartans will take three vans to Davis , departing San Jose early Saturday morning, and returning to campus immediately after the meet.

The day will follow a standard collegiate 16-event dual format, beginning with the 200 medley relay and ending with the 400 freestyle relay. The complete order of swimming events is as follows: 200 medley relay, 1000 free, 200 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 200 fly, 50 free, 100 free, 200 back, 200 breast, 500 free, 100 fly, 200 IM and 400 free relay. There will be two breaks, after the 50 free and 100 fly. The one-meter and three-meter diving events will also be held. The UC Davis men’s team will be involved in exhibition swimming and diving throughout the day.

San Jose State currently boasts a dual meet record of 10-1, having reeled off 10 straight victories since a season-opening loss at No. 2 Stanford on October 3. UC Davis enters Saturday’s meet at 6-7 overall, while Fresno State is 0-4 in its first year back in existence as a women’s swimming and diving program since 2003-04. This will mark the fourth straight year under head coach Sage Hopkins, that the Spartans have met UC Davis in a dual meet. San Jose State already topped Fresno State this season, 198-80, in a double dual at UC Santa Cruz back on October 18, and is still set to host the Bulldogs in San Jose on Senior Day on Saturday, February 7.

Following Saturday’s activity, the Spartans will have one final road competition remaining for the 2008-09 regular season, as they make the short trip to Hayward , Calif. , on Friday, January 16, for a straight dual with Cal State East Bay , beginning at 3:00 p.m.

vs. FRESNO STATE (0-4, 0-2 WAC)

SAN JOSE STATE (10-1, 5-0 WAC) at UC DAVIS (6-7, 1-0 BWC)
UC Davis, a member of the Big West Conference, begins the 2009 calendar year with its home opener for the season in Saturday’s double dual. The Aggies’ women’s team last placed seventh out of 12 squads at the Husky Invitational over a month ago, December 4-6, in Federal Way, Wash. UC Davis, now at 6-7 in dual meets, made its first-ever appearance in the CSCAA/CollegeSwimming.com Division I Mid-Major rankings at the No. 16 spot in late December.

San Jose State and UC Davis have faced three common opponents this season, with both losing to Stanford, and both defeating UC Santa Cruz. San Jose State defeated two-time defending Western Athletic Conference champion Nevada , 127-115, in Las Cruces , N.M. , while UC Davis lost to the Wolf Pack, 157-105, in Reno . The Aggies also beat two of the Spartans’ other league foes, Hawai’i (60-53) and San Diego (90-32), at the Anteater Shootout in Irvine , Calif.

UC Davis was led at the Husky Invite by junior Heidi Kucera, sophomore Amanda Holman and freshman Kayleigh Foley.

The Spartans and Aggies have faced each other in double duals in each of the past four seasons, with UC Davis coming up on top over the last three in a row. San Jose State last beat UC Davis during the 2004-05 season. The Aggies have since won 163.5-134.5 in Santa Cruz , Calif. , in 2005-06, 169-131 at home in 2006-07, and 166-132 in San Jose last season.

Long-time UC Davis women’s swimming head coach Barbara Jahn is now in her 34th year. The Aggies’ fifth-year diving coach is Phil Tonne.

SAN JOSE STATE (10-1, 5-0 WAC) vs. FRESNO STATE (0-4, 0-2 WAC)
Fresno State is also beginning the 2009 calendar year with Saturday’s meet after a second-place performance at the Cal Poly Invitational, December 5-6. The Bulldogs are still searching for their first dual triumph of the season, now at 0-4.

The 2003-04 season was the most recent year of Fresno State women’s swimming and diving, before the program was cut.  It was brought back on January 7, 2007, with Jeanne Fleck being appointed head coach after spending nine years at Ohio State . The Bulldogs have 16 swimmers on their 2008-09 roster. Taryn Ignacio, a former national champion in the platform event at Kentucky , leads a group of four Fresno State divers.

In its last WAC Championship appearance in 2004, Fresno State placed sixth out of six competing teams, with 166 points. San Jose State was fifth that year with 329 points. The Bulldogs finished ahead of the Spartans at the meet in the seven years prior to 2004.

The Spartans and Bulldogs will meet a total of three times in dual activity this season, ahead of the 2009 WAC Championship in Texas in late February. San Jose State already raced past Fresno State , 198-80, in a double dual at UC Santa Cruz back on October 18. The rivals face each other one last time on Senior Day at The Aquatics Center on the San Jose State campus on Saturday, February 7.

Prior to October 18, the teams last met in dual competition on February 7, 2004, with the Spartans coming away with a 158.5-125.5 victory on Senior Day in San Jose . Fresno State won at home, 180-120, on February 8, 2003, with San Jose State winning in another home finale the year before, 171-129, on February 9, 2002.

“We were generally pleased with the weekend’s results. We got great performances from several of the girls. Lauren Mar was the clear standout from the weekend. Meghan McCurley, Kirsten Trammell and Hannah Tringham all had very solid swims as well, and Kristin Yamaguchi was very impressive with her performance on Sunday in particular.”

“We’re looking forward at this point, to a great meet up in Davis . We’ve never beaten them since I’ve been here, and it would certainly be nice to get a win up there. I’m sure they are going to be ready to go, as will we.”

San Jose State won its 10th straight dual meet, 166.5-109.5, at Cal State Bakersfield at the Hillman Aquatics Center on Saturday, January 3.

San Jose State won 12 of the 16 events, with Heather Denman taking both of her individual ones while also leading off the first-place 200 medley relay to begin the meet. She was first in the 200 backstroke (2:07.70) and 200 individual medley (2:13.40).

Following Denman on the 200 medley relay, in order, were sophomores Caitlin Macky, Rudie Guerrero and Julie Wynn, as the foursome timed 1:51.30 to win. Wynn later anchored the fastest 400 free relay, ahead of Lauren Mar, Meghan McCurley and Daphne Yeung, in 3:38.76.

Mar won an individual event of her own, sprinting 24.72 in the 50 freestyle, as did Guerrero (100 fly, 59.12), Macky (100 breast, 1:08.05), McCurley (100 back, 1:01.90), Julie Koch (200 free, 1:58.08), Megan Mills (500 free, 5:13.50), Amy Friedhoff (1000 free, 10:53.26), Hannah Tringham (200 fly, 2:10.71). Mills’ was her first collegiate dual meet victory.

On Sunday, January 4, San Jose State fell just 23 points shy of defending its first title at the UC Irvine/Ayres Hotels Relay Invitational in Irvine , Calif. , with Nebraska out-pointing the Spartans, 423-400. San Jose State won three of the 10 events on the day and placed second to the Huskers in the remaining seven with its A’ foursomes.