Denver, Colo. - San Jose State University’s Heather Denman and Jo Thibodaux have been named the Western Athletic Conference Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively, for the week of January 5-11.
Denman, a true freshman, and Thibodaux, a sophomore, have both earned selection four times this season and for their college careers. Thibodaux was last honored a week ago. This is also the third time this season, and the second straight week, that San Jose State has swept the two awards. The Spartans have now been recognized with weekly distinction by the conference 10 times this year, by far a program high.
San Jose State defeated host UC Davis and WAC rival Fresno State in a double dual in Davis, Calif., on Saturday, January 10, to improve to 12-1 on the season, now with a 12-meet win streak. The victory over the Aggies was the Spartans’ first in four tries since 2004-05.
Denman, a native of Brookeville, Md. (Sherwood HS), took first-place in all three individual events in which she was entered, against both opponents, timing 2:03.95 in the 200 butterfly, 2:08.72 in the 200 backstroke and 57.34 in the 100 fly. She also swam the 50-yard butterfly third leg of the 200 medley relay to begin the meet, which topped Fresno State but narrowly lost to UC Davis by a mere .05 seconds, 1:47.28 to 1:47.23.
Denman now has 25 individual victories in dual meets this season, including a remarkable 23 straight. She has not been beaten as an individual in dual competition since getting edged out by Nevada's Courtney Eads by .60 seconds in the 200 fly on the second day of the inaugural WAC Shootout in Las Cruces, N.M., on October 11.
Thibodaux, out of Alvin, Texas (Alvin HS), won the one-meter springboard competition with a score of 252.40 points over freshman teammate Jessica Holden. She posted the second-best score behind Holden from three meters, at 234.30 points.
San Jose State makes the relatively short trip to Hayward, Calif., this Friday, January 16, rounding out the road portion of its regular season with a straight dual meet at Cal State East Bay beginning at 12:00 p.m.