Swimming & Diving Rolls On Against 'Runners

San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State University women’s swimming and diving team took 12 of 16 events in extending its win streak now to 14 meets with a 171-109 victory over Cal State Bakersfield in non-conference action at The Aquatics Center on Saturday, January 24.

Fourth-year head coach Sage Hopkins needed just 12 active swimmers and two divers for the Spartans to move their dual meet record to 14-1, the best in known program history. Cal State Bakersfield, an independent member of the NCAA Division I, fell to 2-7. San Jose State had already defeated the Runners, 166.5-109.5, in Bakersfield back on January 3, and now improves to a perfect 5-0 against them over the past three seasons. Hopkins is a 1997 cum laude graduate of Cal State Bakersfield.

Senior Lauren Mar, sophomore Rudie Guerrero and freshman Amy Friedhoff all provided a pair of individual victories for the Spartans, with Julia Koch, Katey Nelson, Daphne Yeung and Beste Erener contributing the others. Spartan swimmers took the top two spots in three of the first four events, to take a commanding lead early. The lone exception was the 1000 free, in which Friedhoff was the only San Jose State entry.

Mar sprinted 24.20 to take the 50 free, before touching first in the 200 back in her first appearance of the season in the event. She posted a lifetime-best mark of 2:07.97. The fourth-year Spartan from San Francisco, Calif., also aided in a pair of relay triumphs for her team. The A’ 200 medley relay of Mar on the leadoff 50-yard backstroke leg, Erener, Guerrero and Meghan McCurley on the freestyle anchor, timed 1:50.78 for first to begin the meet. In the last event of the afternoon, Mar swam the second leg behind McCurley and before Yeung and Erin Garcia on the winning A’ 200 free relay in 1:38.53.

Guerrero swept the butterfly events, first taking the 200 in a collegiate-best 2:10.81 in her first appearance of the season at that distance. She then raced 59.72 to win the 100.

Friedhoff, a native of Federal Way, Wash., in turn swept the distance freestyle events with first-place performances in the 1000 by over a full minute in 10:29.48, and later the 500 in 5:08.75. She also placed second in her first-ever collegiate 200 IM, in 2:15.22 behind Erener (2:13.49).

Koch won the 200 free in 1:57.67 ahead of fellow sophomore Julie Wynn (2:01.43), and Yeung the 100 free in 54.75, also ahead of Wynn (56.21). Koch also was second behind Friedhoff in the 500 (5:15.44).

McCurley (Fair Oaks, Calif./Bella Vista HS) turned in a lifetime-best 1:01.26 for second-place behind Nelson’s (1:00.57) in the 100 back. Sophomore tri-captain Ashley Ladd timed a collegiate-best 1:03.25 for third-place in the 100 fly. Nelson’s 50-yard lead backstroke leg of 29.99 on the second-place B’ medley relay was her season best by almost a full second. Freshman Kristin Yamaguchi swam the anchor legs on both the second-place B’ foursomes.

With the diving events behind held during the swimming breaks on the new boards at The Aquatics Center, Spartan sophomore Jo Thibodaux placed second in both. Her mark of 273.00 from one meter was just 3.75 points off her career high. She scored 256.20 on three meters, less than three points off her season best. Freshman teammate Jessica Holden (Fair Oaks, Calif./Roseville HS) was third on three-meter (243.45) and fourth on one-meter (212.33).

Junior diver Victoria Kreutz, who spent her freshman season at San Jose State, was the lone Runner with multiple victories, on both the one-meter (278.48) and three-meter (265.35) boards. Rachel McCall (1:08.39) and Tessa Brown (2:30.23) won the 100 and 200 breaststroke races, respectively.

“We’re happy with the performances today,” remarked Hopkins. “We decided to run kind of a combination of girls in traditional events and some in some non-traditional events. Overall, I was very pleased with the swims, especially with where we are in our training cycle leading to the WAC Championship.

“I’d like to single out Lauren Mar as really one of our top performers. Lauren’s having an amazing finish to her senior year on the team here. She’s been a great teammate, a great student in the classroom and a great worker both in the water and out of the water in the weight room. She has really stepped up as a leader by example, as well as a vocal leader, and has been performing great every single meet through here. She stepped up again and had some nice swims (today). We put her in the 200 backstroke, which isn’t a usual event for her, and she stepped up and won it. We are real happy with her.

Rudie Guerrero stepped up and had a couple of good races, with one in her first 200 fly of the season. She stepped in there and won that. We needed her to be in that role. Amy Friedhoff had two strong distance races. We had a lot of really great relay performances as well.”

The Spartans continue their final stretch of the regular season at home with a critical test against two-time defending Western Athletic Conference champion Nevada next Saturday, January 31. The first of 16 events at The Aquatics Center on campus is slated for a 11:00 a.m. start. San Jose State has already defeated the Wolf Pack twice this season, at the inaugural WAC Shootout in Las Cruces, N.M., in October, and again at the UCI/Nike Cup in November.

“We got a great meet coming up on Saturday against Nevada,” concluded Hopkins. “We kind of wanted to use this as a little road check with where we are given the training we’ve been going through. We want to make sure that we’re tuned up and ready to go that day.”

San Jose State vs. Cal State Bakersfield
January 24, 2009

Final Team Score
San Jose State (14-1) 171, Cal State Bakersfield (2-7) 109

Complete Results

200 Yard Medley Relay
1. San Jose State A’ (Lauren Mar, Beste Erener, Rudie Guerrero, Meghan McCurley), 1:50.78. 2. San Jose State B’ (Katey Nelson, Daphne Yeung, Erin Garcia, Kristin Yamaguchi), 1:55.17. 3. Cal State Bakersfield A’ (Stephanie Donnelly, Rachel McCall, Lexie Kelly, Tessa Brown), 1:55.38. 4. Cal State Bakersfield B’ (Keri Naffziger, Jennifer King, Lacey Payne, Katrina Thomas), 2:04.61.

1000 Yard Freestyle
1. Amy Friedhoff, SJSU, 10:29.48. 2. Renee Roy, CSUB, 11:43.96. 3. Macie Hammond, CSUB, 12:06.27.

200 Yard Freestyle
1. Julia Koch, SJSU, 1:57.67. 2. Julie Wynn, SJSU, 2:01.43. 3. Leah Felber, CSUB, 2:03.01. 4. Katrina Thomas, CSUB, 2:07.18.

100 Yard Backstroke
1. Katey Nelson, SJSU, 1:00.57. 2. Meghan McCurley, SJSU, 1:01.26. 3. Stephanie Donnelly, CSUB, 1:03.06. 4. Keri Naffziger, CSUB, 1:11.85.

100 Yard Breaststroke
1. Rachel McCall, CSUB, 1:08.39. 2. Tessa Brown, CSUB, 1:09.95. 3. Beste Erener, SJSU, 1:10.68.

200 Yard Butterfly
1. Rudie Guerrero, SJSU, 2:10.81. 2. Lexie Kelly, CSUB, 2:21.53. 3. Lacey Payne, CSUB, 2:28.83.

50 Yard Freestyle
1. Lauren Mar, SJSU, 24.20. 2. Rachel McCall, CSUB, 25.28. 3. Ashley Ladd, CSUB, 25.85. 4. Jennifer King, CSUB, 26.73. 5. Erin Garcia, SJSU, 26.79.

One-Meter Diving
1. Victoria Kreutz, CSUB, 278.48. 2. Jo Thibodaux, SJSU, 273.00. 3. Hannah Yoder, CSUB, 231.00. 4. Jessica Holden, SJSU, 212.33.

100 Yard Freestyle
1. Daphne Yeung, SJSU, 54.75. 2. Julie Wynn, SJSU, 56.21. 3. Leah Felber, CSUB, 58.32. 4. Jennifer King, CSUB, 59.64. 5. Katrina Thomas, CSUB, 1:00.74.

200 Yard Backstroke
1. Lauren Mar, SJSU, 2:07.97. 2. Katey Nelson, SJSU, 2:10.92. 3. Stephanie Donnelly, CSUB, 2:12.34.

200 Yard Breaststroke
1. Tessa Brown, CSUB, 2:30.23. 2. Beste Erener, SJSU, 2:31.26. 3. Lexie Kelly, CSUB, 2:39.13.

500 Yard Freestyle
1. Amy Friedhoff, SJSU, 5:08.75. 2. Julia Koch, SJSU, 5:15.44. 3. Leah Felber, CSUB, 5:21.81. 4. Renee Roy, CSUB, 5:39.39. 5. Macie Hammond, CSUB, 6:04.08.

100 Yard Butterfly
1. Rudie Guerrero, SJSU, 59.72. 2. Stephanie Donnelly, CSUB, 1:02.40. 3. Ashley Ladd, SJSU, 1:03.25. 4. Lacey Payne, CSUB, 1:08.68. 5. Keri Naffziger, CSUB, 1:10.81.

Three-Meter Diving
1. Victoria Kreutz, CSUB, 265.35. 2. Jo Thibodaux, SJSU, 256.20. 3. Jessica Holden, SJSU, 243.45. 4. Hannah Yoder, CSUB, 208.05.

200 Yard Individual Medley
1. Beste Erener, SJSU, 2:13.49. 2. Amy Friedhoff, SJSU, 2:15.22. 3. Lexie Kelly, CSUB, 2:22.59. 4. Lacey Payne, CSUB, 2:28.73.

200 Yard Freestyle Relay
1. San Jose State A’ (Meghan McCurley, Lauren Mar, Daphne Yeung, Erin Garcia), 1:38.53. 2. San Jose State B’ (Julie Wynn, Ashley Ladd, Julia Koch, Kristin Yamaguchi), 1:42.91. 3. Cal State Bakersfield A’ (Rachel McCall, Tessa Brown, Jennifer King, Leah Felber), 1:43.63. 4. Cal State Bakersfield B’ (Katrina Thomas, Keri Naffziger, Macie Hammond, Renee Roy), 1:52.79.