Swimming Travels to CSU Bakersfield For A Second Time

The San Jose State women’s swimming and diving team faces CSU Bakersfield Friday for the second time this season looking for its sixth-straight dual meet victory.
SCHEDULE Friday, Jan. 20 at CSU Bakersfield, 1:00 p.m.
ABOUT SAN JOSE STATE Seniors ruled the day for the Spartans on Jan. 13, playing a part in seven of the Spartans’ 10 wins to defeat Cal State East Bay 137-81 on Senior Day at the SJSU Aquatics Center. Spartan divers also had success in day one of the Stanford Diving Invitational at Stanford.
A quartet of seniors started off the dual meet against the Pioneers with a 200 medley relay win. Heather Denman, Karly Brown, Kirsten Trammell and Meghan McCurley finished in 1:50.13 for the win. All four of them would win individual events as well later in the meet. Denman was a double winner as an individual, taking first in the 100 backstroke (57.60) and the 500 freestyle (5:06.49).
The Spartans honored seven seniors before the Jan. 13 meet.Christina Bergis, Brittney Boyd, Megan Mills, Brown, Denman McCurley and Trammell all swam their final meet as a Spartan at the Aquatics Center.
In diving, Amy Kilby had three top-10 finishes as the Spartans’ top finisher in three diving events last weekend at the Stanford Diving Invitational. Friday, Kilby won the 3-meter springboard consolation with a finals score of 248.85. Saturday, the junior was a fifth-place overall finisher in the 1-meter springboard competition, coming in behind four Pac-12 conference divers. Kilby wrapped up the three-day event on Sunday with a seventh-place showing in the platform competition. Her score of 201.10 was just four points short of her own San Jose State school record of 205.50.
ABOUT CSU BAKERSFIELD The Roadrunners (2-6) also defeated Cal State East Bay last week, winning 177-83 a day after the Spartans beat the Pioneers 137-81. On the same day, however, CSU Bakersfield fell to San Diego State and WAC member Fresno State in the quad-meet hosted by the Bulldogs. The Roadrunners will host defending MPSF champion UC Davis on Saturday.
SERIES HISTORY This is the second time this season the Spartans and Roadrunners have met. San Jose State defeated CSU Bakersfield 119-87 on Jan. 6 in Bakersfield. The Spartans are a perfect 10-0 against CSU Bakersfield dating to the 2006-07 season. The two teams have faced each other twice each season since 2007-08. San Jose State is 8-0 at the Roadrunners’ Hillman Aquatics Center during the streak.
TOP-RANKED TEAM For the first time in school history, the San Jose State women’s swimming team is ranked No. 1 in CollegeSwimming.com 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.
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 57-23-1 (.710), 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 to Fresno State to take a dip in the Bulldogs’ new pool for a dual meet on Saturday, February 4 at noon.