Senior Day Highlights Weekend Competition for Spartans

Seven seniors will be honored Friday before their final home meet as a Spartan as the San Jose State women’s swimming team hosts Cal State East Bay on Senior Day at the Aquatics Center. The Spartan divers head to Stanford Friday through Sunday for a six-team diving competition.
SCHEDULE Friday, Jan. 13 at Stanford Diving Invitational, Noon
Friday, Jan. 13 vs. Cal State East Bay (swimming), 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 14 at Stanford Diving Invitational, Noon
Sunday, Jan. 15 at Stanford Diving Invitational, 11:00 a.m.
ABOUT SAN JOSE STATE The Spartans (4-1, 1-0 WAC) showed no signs of rust last weekend, winning a dual meet and finishing third at an invitational on back-to-back days Friday and Saturday after not competing for 48 days.
Friday the team won eight events on its way to a 119-87 dual meet win at CSU Bakersfield. The Spartans grabbed the top spot in seven individual events with seven different athletes and also took first in the 200 medley relay. The team had not competed since Nov. 17-19, 2011, at the Arena Invitational.
The Spartans had two wins and eight other top-five finishes to help lift the team to a third-place finish in the University of San Diego Relay Meet Saturday. The Spartans’ strength in the breaststroke came through for the team’s first win of the day in the 300 breaststroke relay. Darcie Anderson, Kirsten Trammell and Karly Brown made up the squad that finished in a winning time of 3 minutes, 14.31 seconds.
Trammell returned later to help lead the 400 medley relay team to a win in 3:50.15. Heather Denman, Michaela McLean and Marisa DeWames were also part of the winning quartet. A variety of Spartan freestyle relay teams helped lift the team in the final meet standings, including a 3-4 finish by the 500 freestyle “A” and “B” teams. The 200 freestyle relay team of DeWames, Kiley Foster, Erika Harvey and Meghan McCurley finished third in 1:37.51, and that same foursome would later finish second in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:30.80.
ABOUT THE STANFORD DIVING INVITATIONAL The Cardinal will host six teams at the Avery Aquatic Center for a three-day diving event beginning Friday. The women’s 3-meter springboard preliminaries and finals take place Friday, with the 1-meter competition on Saturday and platform on Sunday. Stanford, Cal, UCLA, Cal Poly and Western Athletic Conference member Fresno State will all be in attendance along with San Jose State.
ABOUT CAL STATE EAST BAY The Pioneers (2-3) have competed in a variety of dual meets and invitationals this season, most recently finishing third at the Finis Invitational in Long Beach, Calif., on Dec. 10-12. The Pioneers have two other top-five invitational finishes with a third-place showing at the Mills Invitational Oct. 28-29, and a fifth-place finish at the Pacific Coast Swimming and Diving Conference Relays and Pentathlon meet on Oct. 7-8.
Cal State East Bay has dual meet wins over UC Santa Cruz (142-135) and Mills College, while falling to Nevada (152-94), Cal Baptist (200-87) and University of Redlands (148-144).
SERIES HISTORY The Spartans are 5-0 against Cal State East Bay since 2007-08. They are unbeaten (2-0) against the Pioneers at the Aquatics Center during that time. The two teams met twice last season, with the Spartans winning the first meeting 182-67, then beating Cal State East Bay in Hayward, 164-76.
SENIOR DAY A total of seven Spartan athletes will be honored in a pre-meet ceremony Friday before the start of the team's final home meet of the 2011-12 season. Christina Bergis, Brittney Boyd, Karly Brown, Heather Denman, Megan Mills, Kirsten Trammell and Meghan McCurley will all receive recognition as part of Senior Day.
As a group, the seven have totaled four All-American honors, two College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar All-American awards and 14 Academic All-WAC certificates. They have also pulled in 37 All-WAC awards (14 first team, 23 second team).
The seven have also done their part to re-write the San Jose State record books, setting 13 school records and swimming 56 top-10 all-time marks as a Spartan.
TOP-RANKED TEAM For the first time in school history, the San Jose State women’s swimming team is ranked No. 1 in 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 56-23-1 (.706), 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 head back to the Hillman Aquatics Center at CSU Bakersfield Friday, Jan. 20, to face the roadrunners for the second time this season.