Swimmers Travel To Pacific For Dual Meet

Having concluded the home portion of the 2009-10 schedule this past weekend, the San Jose State University women's swimming and diving team hits the road for the final three weeks of the regular season. The Spartans first head to Stockton, Calif., this Saturday, January 23, for a dual meet against the Tigers of the University of the Pacific. The first of 14 events in the swimming-only match-up is slated to go off at Chris Kjeldsen Pool at approximately 12:00 p.m.

San Jose State enters Saturday's meet with an 8-3 record and on a streak of four straight dual victories to begin the 2010 calendar year. Pacific, a member of the Big West Conference, is 4-6. The two teams just met during a double-dual meet on Senior Day for the Spartans in San Jose on Sunday, January 17, with San Jose State posting a comprehensive triumph over the visiting Tigers, 208-71.


Contrary to San Jose State's current stretch of four straight dual-meet wins, Pacific has been on the short end of four contests in a row, all on the road. Those results have come against powerhouse Stanford (154-97), Fresno State (130-107), UC Davis (187-107) and San Jose State (208-71).

Against the Spartans last weekend, Melissa McGhee turned in the top time in the 200 individual medley (2:09.56). She also had the second-fastest mark in the 200 fly (2:06.50), while fellow senior and one-time Big West Swimmer of the Week KC Albiston was second-best in the 1000 free (10:31.45). The Tigers, who do not have a diving program, are led by second-year head coach Adam Kennedy.

San Jose State has already defeated Pacific once this season, 208-71, in San Jose as part of a double-dual meet last Sunday, January 17. In fact, the Spartans have won three times in a row against the Tigers. They posted a 152-104 victory at home a year ago on December 6, 2008, during a school-record 16-meet win streak to close out the season. Previously, San Jose Stated edged UOP by a single point and by virtue of the final 200 freestyle relay in an absolute thriller in Stockton, Calif., 131-130, on December 8, 2007.

The day will follow a standard collegiate 16-event dual format, but will feature just the 14 swimming events, because Pacific does not sponsor a diving program. The meet will begin with the 400 medley relay, and end with the 400 freestyle relay. The full order of events is as follows: 400 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 400 free relay. There will be two breaks, after the 50 free and 100 fly.

Individual events during this Saturday's 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.

In its 2009-10 home finale on Sunday, January 17, San Jose State posted a comfortable sweep of a double-dual meet over area rivals UC Davis and Pacific. Spartan swimmers had the top performances in 11 of 14 events, including both relays, with freshman diver Amy Kilby winning on both the one-meter and three-meter springboards.

Heather Denman out-touched each opponent in all three of her individual events (100 back, 200 back, 100 fly), while also leading off the first-place 200 medley relay. Her effort in the 100 back served as her fourth NCAA consideration qualifier of her sophomore campaign. Julia Craddock, Marisa DeWames, Caitlin Macky, Hannah Tringham, Meghan McCurley and Kirsten Trammell also swam to the meet's fastest times in their respective races on a rainy and cold afternoon in the Bay Area.

Heather Denman was named the Verizon Wireless Western Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Week for the week of January 11-17. Denman produced the top times in all three of her individual races, the 100 back (55.23), 200 back (2:00.00) and 100 fly (55.75). Her mark in the 100 back was her fourth NCAA consideration qualifier this season, with three coming in that event. She is now a two-time WAC Swimmer of the Week for 2009-10, and a six-time honoree for her young college career.