Pair Of Senior Swimmers Bid Farewell

The San Jose State University women's swimming and diving program will honor two veteran members this Sunday afternoon, January 17, on Senior Day at The Aquatics Center on campus. The first of 16 events in a double-dual meet against area rivals UC Davis and the University of the Pacific is slated for approximately 1:00 p.m., following a special ceremony recognizing tri-captains Erin Garcia and Hannah Tringham for their contributions. Admission is free.

The duo has aided the Spartans to consecutive program-best finishes in the Western Athletic Conference, as well as the most successful dual season in school history a year ago with a 16-meet win streak and a 16-1 record overall. Tringham is a three-year letterwinner, a three-time All-WAC and three-time Academic All-WAC honoree, and a three-time San Jose State University Scholar-Athlete who is in the top six all-time on the school chart in two events. Garcia, a San Jose native in her third season as a Spartan, ranks sixth all-time in the San Jose State record book in the 100 breaststroke.

SJSUSpartans.com had these two swimmers reminisce about their fondest memories in the Spartan Blue and Gold, discuss what they take away from their experience as San Jose State University student-athletes, and look ahead to what's next. In addition to their collective athletic and academic accolades, both are scheduled to complete their undergraduate degree requirements by December.

Erin Garcia
Strokes: Breaststroke, Freestyle, Individual Medley, Butterfly
Hometown: San Jose, Calif.
Major: Business Administration, Concentration in Marketing
Expected Graduation Date: December, 2010

Spartan Memories
"Winning the WAC Shootout in 2008, or beating Nevada at home later on that season."

The San Jose State Experience
"I have learned a lot about devoting myself to something wholeheartedly. Swimming in college has made me much more of a team player, as opposed to being a very individual club swimmer. I have made a lot of amazing relationships and memories. I know what it is like to work for a common goal, and have a lot of love for each and every one of the girls I have swum with over my three years at San Jose State."

2010 WAC Championship
"My goal is to make a top-eight final in at least one event, and to make it into the top 16 in the other two. As a team, I would love to see us break into the top three. I also think it would be cool for all of our relay records to be broken again. I have 100 percent faith that the girls will better the majority of their times, if not all. I think (freshman diver) Amy Kilby will be able to make a big final on her boards, too."

What's Next?
"I'll probably coach somewhere until I graduate, and would like to work as a buyer in the fashion industry some day. I'll probably stay in the area, because it's where my family is located. However, moving to the beach wouldn't be half bad. I've always wanted to pick up and move to Hawaii. As long as I'm near a body of water, pool/ocean/lake, I'm a happy camper."

Hannah Tringham
Strokes: Butterfly, Individual Medley
Hometown: Cameron Park, Calif.
Major: Interior Design
Expected Graduation Date: December, 2010

Spartan Memories
"My favorite memory as a Spartan swimmer would have to be the feeling of pride our entire team had after we won WAC shootout in the fall of 2008. Hearing the final score at the end of the meet in New Mexico was exciting and then having the other teams and coaches congratulate us made us feel as though we were unstoppable! All the hard work paid off that day, and set the tone for the rest of our amazing season. I was never more proud to be a part of the SJSU swim team as I was that day, and that pride has carried on ever since, because that day we saw what we were capable of."

The San Jose State Experience
"Being a student-athlete at San Jose State has been an amazing experience. I have had the greatest times with my team, and couldn't have been happier when selected to be a team captain for my senior year. I have performed better in college swimming than I could have ever dreamed, and will never forget all of the great memories I have had with my friends. Swimming in college was a life-long dream. It has had its ups and downs, but I wouldn't take back one second of the last four years as a Spartan!"

2010 WAC Championship
"My individual goals are to be top three in the 200 fly and top eight in my other events, and to enjoy my last WAC! As a team, I hope that we place in the top three, break as many team records as possible, and have a lot of fun!"

What's Next
"I want to graduate next fall, and work at an architecture firm as an interior designer."