Senior Day Meet Up Next For Swimming & Diving

The San Jose State University women's swimming and diving team concludes the home portion of its 2009-10 schedule on Senior Day this Sunday, January 17. The Spartans play host to a pair of Northern California rivals in UC Davis and the University of the Pacific in a non-conference double-dual meet. The first of 16 events is slated to get started at The Aquatics Center on campus at approximately 1:00 p.m., following a special ceremony recognizing the contributions to the program of tri-captains Erin Garcia and Hannah Tringham. Admission is free.
 San Jose State enters Sunday's meet with a 6-3 record. UC Davis is 2-5, while Pacific is 4-3, but both are involved in competition prior to coming to San Jose, including against each other in Davis on Saturday.


SAN JOSE STATE (6-3) vs. UC DAVIS (2-5)
UC Davis is making its second trip to San Jose this season. The Aggies went 0-3 on the second and final day of the 2009 Western Athletic Conference Shootout at The Aquatics Center back on October 10. Those results included a 162-67 loss to the Spartans. UC Davis plays host to Pacific in a dual meet on Saturday, January 16. The Aggies are coming off of a ninth-place showing at the three-day Texas Invitational in Austin, Texas, December 3-5. Freshman Bridget Bugbee finished 10th in the 1650 free. The long-time UC Davis head coach, in her 34th season, is Barbara Jahn. The divers are guided by Phil Tonne.

SAN JOSE STATE (6-3) vs. PACIFIC (4-3)
Pacific travels to San Jose State's WAC foe, Fresno State, on Thursday evening, January 14, before swimming at UC Davis on Saturday and coming to San Jose the following day. UOP last fell at powerhouse Stanford, 154-97, on Saturday, January 9, after taking part in its first action of the 2010 calendar year at the Maui Masters on Tuesday, January 5. Jayme Swalin placed first in the 500 free at Stanford. Freshman Mallory McGowan has performed well during her first season of college swimming, while senior KC Albiston was named the Big West Conference Swimmer of the Week in December. The Tigers, who do not have a diving program, are led by second-year head coach Adam Kennedy.

San Jose State has already defeated UC Davis in San Jose once this season, 162-67, on day two of the 2009 WAC Shootout on October 10. The Spartans have won twice in a row against both of this Sunday's opponents. They posted victories over UC Davis and Pacific a year ago during its program-record 16-meet dual win streak to close out the season. The Spartans topped Pacific at home, 152-104, on December 6, 2008, and were triumphant in Davis, Calif., 170-129, on January 10, 2009. Previously, San Jose Stated edged Pacific by a single point and by virtue of the meet-concluding 200 freestyle relay in an absolute thriller in Stockton, Calif., 131-130, on December 8, 2007.

The day will generally follow a standard collegiate 16-event double-dual meet format, but will begin with the one-meter diving event, before ending with the 200 freestyle relay. The full 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 200 free relay. The three-meter springboard event will be held following the 50 free, with a second and final break scheduled for after the 100 fly.

Individual events during this Sunday's double-dual meet will be scored to five places (1st-9; 2nd-4; 3rd-3; 4th-2; 5th-1). Relays will be scored to three places (1st-11; 2nd-4; 3rd-2). No more than three individuals or two relay foursomes per team can accumulate points in a given event. Swimmers can not take part in more than four races total (maximums of three individual, two relay) on the day.

Prior to the scheduled 1:00 p.m. start time of the double-dual meet with UC Davis and Pacific this Sunday, January 17, tri-captains Erin Garcia and Hannah Tringham will be recognized on Senior Day at The Aquatics Center. Garcia, the lone San Jose native on the 2009-10 roster, and Tringham, a fourth-year Spartan who is a three-time All-WAC and three-time Academic All-WAC honoree, have been instrumental in leading the squad to consecutive program-best finishes at the WAC Championship.

The University of the Pacific was just recently added to the San Jose State home schedule for this Sunday, January 17, making the event a double-dual meet with UC Davis. The start time remains 1:00 p.m. Earlier, an extra road date was added at Pacific on Saturday, January 23. The Spartans will make the trip to Stockton, Calif., that afternoon, for a dual meet set to begin at 12:00 p.m.

After the double-dual meet against UC Davis and Pacific this Sunday, January 17, the Spartans will travel to Stockton, Calif., to face the UOP Tigers for a second straight weekend, on Saturday, January 23. The action at Chris Kjeldsen Pool is set to begin at 12:00 p.m.

San Jose State won all 11 events in taking a dual meet decision at home over Cal State East Bay, 129-57, on Saturday, January 9. Kristin Yamaguchi and Julia Craddock each won a pair of individual events, with both of Craddock's coming in her collegiate debuts in the 1000 freestyle and 100 breaststroke events. The freshman's winning time of 10:30.90 was eighth-fastest all-time at San Jose State. Yamaguchi touched first in the 200 IM and 100 backstroke events. Fellow sophomore Heather Denman went 10:32.46 to place second behind Craddock in her second collegiate 1000. The mark is 10th-best all-time in program history.