San Jose, Calif. - San Jose State University turned in the top marks in 13 of 16 events in handily defeating visiting area foes UC Davis and Pacific in a women's swimming and diving double-dual meet on a rainy Senior Day at The Aquatics Center on Sunday, January 17.
With the two victories in its 2009-10 home finale, San Jose State improves to 8-3 on the season. UC Davis and fellow Big West Conference member Pacific are now 3-6 and 4-6, respectively. The Aggies and Tigers were not scored against each other, having just faced off in Davis, Calif., the day before, with UCD taking a 187-107 decision.
Prior to the meet's start, senior tri-captains Erin Garcia and Hannah Tringham were recognized for their contributions to the program during their standout college careers. Both swimmers were winners on the day, with Tringham turning in the fastest time in the 200 fly, and Garcia handling the 100-yard butterfly third leg of the triumphant 200 medley relay, as well as the second leg of the top 200 free relay to put a cap on the afternoon.
Multiple individual event winners for San Jose State included sophomore Heather Denman, who swept the backstroke races and won the 100 fly, and freshman Amy Kilby, who registered maximum points for her team off the two diving boards.
Under a steady rain through much of a chilly day in the Bay Area, San Jose State took command early by beating both UC Davis and UOP in each of the first eight events ahead of the initial break. By then, the Spartans held significant advantages of 107-42 over the Aggies, and 107-32 over the Tigers.
Kilby started things off with a dominant first-place effort on the one-meter springboard over seven Aggie challengers. Coached on the day by sophomore teammate Jessica Holden, who was out through injury but filling in for diving coach Brian Tanner, Kilby compiled a score of 254.78, falling just short of her fourth NCAA qualifier (255.00) in the event this season. The next-closest competitor was fellow freshman Jen Meyer for UC Davis, at just 217.80.
The display ignited the Spartan swimmers. Denman, junior tri-captain Kirsten Trammell, Garcia and junior freestyle anchor Meghan McCurley sped 1:45.90 to easily take the 200 medley relay. Julia Craddock then shaved over five full seconds off of her best collegiate time in the 1000 free, going 10:25.82 in just her second appearance in the event as a Spartan. The freshman from Arizona had timed 10:30.90 in a triumphant debut in the race against Cal State East Bay last Saturday, also at home. Her new mark moves her up from eighth to seventh all-time at SJSU.
Another first-year swimmer, Marisa DeWames, followed with a winning mark of 1:54.57 in the 200 free ahead of Denman in the 100 back (55.23), Caitlin Macky in the 100 breast (1:05.66) and Tringham in the 200 fly. Her time of 2:05.76 was a lifetime best unshaved. Denman's effort in the 100 back earned her a fourth NCAA consideration qualifier for this season.
McCurley closed the incredible run by leading a 1-2-3 Spartan sweep in the 50 free, sprinting 24.17 ahead of freshman Kiley Foster (24.50) and fellow junior Daphne Yeung (24.55).
Ashley Chandler finally touched first for UC Davis in the 100 free (52.25), though McCurley (52.39), DeWames (52.80) and Foster (53.47) went 2-3-4.
Denman saved her best for the 200 back, going two minutes flat to out-distance sophomore teammate Kristin Yamaguchi (2:10.07) by over 10 seconds and fall just .42 short of her then-school-record, gold-medal-winning time of 1:59.58 at the 2009 Western Athletic Conference Championship. Yamaguchi's time was a career best by more than a full second.
Trammell went 2:23.39 to win the 200 breast, and Denman 55.75 in the 100 fly. In between, Kilby earned a career-best three-meter score of 268.05, coming up only .15 shy of Holden's six-dive school standard.
DeWames, Garcia, McCurley and Foster's time of 1:36.85 was fastest in the 200 free relay.
Other season-best performances by the Spartans included Megan Mills (10:40.05) and Ashley Krisman (10:54.56) in the 1000, Julie Wynn (24.99) and Danielle Smyth (25.53) in the 50 free, Smyth again in the 100 free (55.20), and Craddock in the 500 free (5:08.51).
On the day, Spartan swimmers accounted for no worse than the second-fastest times in all 14 races. San Jose State posted 1-2-3 sweeps over UOP in three events, and UCD in two.
The Spartans travel to Stockton, Calif., next Saturday, January 23, to take on the Pacific Tigers once again. The dual meet at UOP's Chris Kjeldsen Pool is set to begin at 12:00 p.m.
Spartan Shorts: With today's results, San Jose State has now won three straight dual meets over both UC Davis and Pacific...the Spartans had lost three meets in a row against UC Davis after Sage Hopkins first took charge of the program...today's two wins give Hopkins 40 now for his head coaching career, all coming at San Jose State, with a current dual meet record of 40-21-1 (.653)...the Spartans have gone 32-8 over their last 40 dual meets...San Jose State is 19-7-1 (.722) at home under Hopkins, and 3-1-1 in Senior Day meets...inactive for San Jose State this afternoon were Amy Friedhoff, Jessica Holden, Ashley Ladd, Caitlin Lipton and Megan Lomazzi...fourth-year assistant coach Chris Michelmore celebrates a birthday on Monday, January 18.
San Jose State vs. UC Davis, Pacific
January 17, 2010
Final Team Scores
San Jose State (7-3) 208, Pacific (4-6) 71
San Jose State (8-3) 195, UC Davis (3-6) 103
Results (Top marks plus all San Jose State competitors)
200 Yard Medley Relay
1. San Jose State 'A' (Heather Denman, Kirsten Trammell, Erin Garcia, Meghan McCurley), 1:45.90; 3. San Jose State 'B' (Kristin Yamaguchi, Caitlin Macky, Rudie Guerrero, Kiley Foster), 1:49.05.
1000 Yard Freestyle
1. Julia Craddock, SJSU, 10:25.82; 4. Megan Mills, SJSU, 10:40.05; 6. Ashley Krisman, SJSU, 10:54.56.
200 Yard Freestyle
1. Marisa DeWames, SJSU, 1:54.57; 3. Julia Koch, SJSU, 1:55.02; 8. Taylor Stoddard, SJSU, 2:01.27.
100 Yard Backstroke
1. Heather Denman, SJSU, 55.23B; 4. Kristin Yamaguchi, SJSU, 59.38.
100 Yard Breaststroke
1. Caitlin Macky, SJSU, 1:05.66; 2. Kirsten Trammell, SJSU, 1:06.18; 4. Erin Garcia, SJSU, 1:07.69.
200 Yard Butterfly
1. Hannah Tringham, SJSU, 2:05.76; 4. Julia Craddock, SJSU, 2:11.54; 5. Rudie Guerrero, SJSU, 2:11.66.
50 Yard Freestyle
1. Meghan McCurley, SJSU, 24.17; 2. Kiley Foster, SJSU, 24.50; 3. Daphne Yeung, SJSU, 24.55; Elana Faria, SJSU, 24.56; Julie Wynn, SJSU, 24.99; Danielle Smyth, SJSU, 25.53.
1. Amy Kilby, SJSU, 254.78.
100 Yard Freestyle
1. Ashley Chandler, UCD, 52.25; 2. Meghan McCurley, SJSU, 52.39; 3. Marisa DeWames, SJSU, 52.80; 4. Kiley Foster, SJSU, 53.47; Danielle Smyth, SJSU, 55.20; Taylor Stoddard, SJSU, 55.64.
200 Yard Backstroke
1. Heather Denman, SJSU, 2:00.00; 2. Kristin Yamaguchi, SJSU, 2:10.07.
200 Yard Breaststroke
1. Kirsten Trammell, SJSU, 2:23.39; 3. Caitlin Macky, SJSU, 2:24.41.
500 Yard Freestyle
1. Bridget Bugbee, UCD, 5:05.63; 2. Julia Craddock, SJSU, 5:08.51; 5. Julia Koch, SJSU, 5:10.79; 7. Megan Mills, SJSU, 5:15.08.
100 Yard Butterfly
1. Heather Denman, SJSU, 55.75; 4. Erin Garcia, SJSU, 1:00.05; 5. Rudie Guerrero, SJSU, 1:00.99.
1. Amy Kilby, SJSU, 268.05.
200 Yard Individual Medley
1. Melissa McGhee, UOP, 2:09.56; 2. Caitlin Macky, SJSU, 2:11.08; 6. Kristin Yamaguchi, SJSU, 2:13.95; 7. Kirsten Trammell, SJSU, 2:14.12.
200 Yard Freestyle Relay
1. San Jose State 'A' (Marisa DeWames, Erin Garcia, Meghan McCurley, Kiley Foster), 1:36.85; 3. San Jose State 'B' (Daphne Yeung, Elana Faria, Rudie Guerrero, Julie Wynn), 1:39.31.