Swimmers Win Fifth Straight At Pacific, 148-113

Stockton, Calif. - The San Jose State University women's swim team won eight of 14 events to defeat the University of the Pacific, 148-113, in a non-conference dual meet at UOP's Chris Kjeldsen Pool on Saturday, January 23.

With its fifth straight victory without a loss to begin the 2010 calendar year, San Jose State improves its season record to 9-3. Pacific, of the Big West Conference, drops to 4-7 with a fifth consecutive loss. The Spartans also defeated the Tigers during a double-dual meet in San Jose just last Sunday, January 17, by the final score of 208-71.

Multiple individual event winners for San Jose State were sophomore Heather Denman, the reigning Western Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Week, with three more first-place efforts, and freshman Marisa DeWames, who won both the 100 free and 200 free on the day. Junior Meghan McCurley sped to a time of 24.32 to take the 50 free, while aiding in both relay wins. Denman led off the victorious 400 medley relay to begin the meet, with DeWames starting off the 400 free relay to end it.

Denman and the junior trio of Caitlin Macky, Rudie Guerrero and McCurley as the freestyle anchor, timed 3:55.00 to get the Spartans off on the right foot in the longer medley relay. McCurley dove in slightly after Devonie Migues, but overtook the UOP senior on the first turn at 25 yards, and held her off the rest of the way.

DeWames went 1:53.83 ahead of junior teammate Julia Koch (1:56.38) in the 200 free to break an 18-18 deadlock, and the Spartans took it from there. Denman stepped in for her first individual event, the 100 back, and won handily in 56.46. Teammate and fellow sophomore Kristin Yamaguchi, the only other Spartan entrant, went 1:01.33 for second-place.

Senior tri-captain Hannah Tringham was narrowly edged for first in a close 200 fly, swimming 2:06.56 to Tiger senior Melissa McGhee's 2:06.06, with freshman Julia Craddock (2:10.44) and junior tri-captain Kirsten Trammell (2:10.55) following her in third and fourth. It was Trammell's first 200 butterfly race of the season, and her fastest as a Spartan.

A 1-2-4 finish in the 50 free gave San Jose State a commanding 22-point advantage at 76-54 heading into the first of two breaks, with McCurley leading freshmen Kiley Foster (24.70) in second and Elana Faria (25.08) in fourth.

After the intermission, the only 1-2-3 sweep of the afternoon clinched it for the Spartans in the 100 free. DeWames sprinted 53.30, with Foster (53.70) and McCurley (54.14) close behind. Faria, in fact, was fourth in 55.31.

Denman won the 200 back by over seven and a half seconds in 2:02.76, and the 100 fly by more than two seconds in 56.21, both ahead of UOP foes. In between, Garcia timed 2:29.63, her best as a Spartan, for third-place in the 200 breast, behind Macky in second (2:23.30).

DeWames, Garcia, McCurley and Foster turned in a mark of 3:34.39 in taking the 400 free relay, with the 'B' foursome of junior Daphne Yeung, Faria, Guerrero, and Koch second in 3:39.95.

Danielle Smyth swam 2:01.22, her collegiate best by over a second and a half, to place fifth in the 200 free. She also went a career-best 55.12 in the 100 free. Fellow freshman walk-on Megan Lomazzi timed 1:00.92 in the first 100 freestyle race of her college days.

San Jose State had 18 swimmers active for the meet, which marked its fourth consecutive dual success over area rival Pacific and second in a row in Stockton dating back to 2007.

Sophomore Jayme Swalin was one of two Tigers with multiple wins, as she swept the distance free events in 5:05.95 and 10:26.00, respectively. Migues won the 200 breast (2:20.83) and 200 individual medley (2:08.90).

The Spartans continue a three-week road stretch to conclude the 2009-10 regular season in Bakersfield, Calif., next Saturday, January 30. The double-dual meet against the host 'Runners of Cal State Bakersfield and UC Santa Cruz is slated for a 1:00 p.m. start at CSUB's Hillman Aquatics Center. San Jose State will take three vans south on Friday, January 29.

San Jose State at Pacific
January 23, 2010

Final Team Score
San Jose State (9-3) 148, Pacific (4-7) 113

Results (Top times plus all San Jose State swimmers)
400 Yard Medley Relay
1. San Jose State 'A' (Heather Denman, Caitlin Macky, Rudie Guerrero, Meghan McCurley), 3:55.00; 3. San Jose State 'B' (Kristin Yamaguchi, Erin Garcia, Kirsten Trammell, Kiley Foster), 3:59.10.

1000 Yard Freestyle
1. Jayme Swalin, UOP, 10:26.00; 2. Julia Craddock, SJSU, 10:31.00; 5. Megan Mills, SJSU, 10:42.00; 6. Ashley Krisman, SJSU, 11:00.00.

200 Yard Freestyle
1. Marisa DeWames, SJSU, 1:53.83; 2. Julia Koch, SJSU, 1:56.38; 5. Danielle Smyth, SJSU, 2:01.22.

100 Yard Backstroke
1. Heather Denman, SJSU, 56.46; 2. Kristin Yamaguchi, SJSU, 1:01.33.

100 Yard Breaststroke
1. Mallory McGowan, UOP, 1:05.37; 2. Caitlin Macky, SJSU, 1:06.38; 3. Erin Garcia, SJSU, 1:09.30; 7. Megan Lomazzi, SJSU, 1:18.32.

200 Yard Butterfly
1. Melissa McGhee, UOP, 2:06.06; 2. Hannah Tringham, SJSU, 2:06.56; 3. Julia Craddock, SJSU, 2:10.44; 4. Kirsten Trammell, SJSU, 2:10.55; 6. Rudie Guerrero, SJSU, 2:11.65.

50 Yard Freestyle
1. Meghan McCurley, SJSU, 24.32; 2. Kiley Foster, SJSU, 24.70; 4. Elana Faria, SJSU, 25.08; 5. Danielle Smyth, SJSU, 26.24.

100 Yard Freestyle
1. Marisa DeWames, SJSU, 53.30; 2. Kiley Foster, SJSU, 53.70; 3. Meghan McCurley, SJSU, 54.14; 4. Elana Faria, SJSU, 55.31; Danielle Smyth, SJSU, 55.12; Megan Lomazzi, SJSU, 1:00.92.

200 Yard Backstroke
1. Heather Denman, SJSU, 2:02.76; 3. Kristin Yamaguchi, SJSU, 2:11.79.

200 Yard Breaststroke
1. Devonie Migues, UOP, 2:20.83; 2. Caitlin Macky, SJSU, 2:23.30; 3. Erin Garcia, SJSU, 2:29.63.

500 Yard Freestyle
1. Jayme Swalin, UOP, 5:05.95; 2. Julia Koch, SJSU, 5:09.10; 4. Julia Craddock, SJSU, 5:15.26; 5. Megan Mills, SJSU, 5:16.46.

100 Yard Butterfly
1. Heather Denman, SJSU, 56.21; 5. Rudie Guerrero, SJSU, 1:00.40; 6. Kirsten Trammell, SJSU, 1:00.79.

200 Yard Individual Medley
1. Devonie Migues, UOP, 2:08.90; 3. Caitlin Macky, SJSU, 2:12.67; 4. Kristin Yamaguchi, SJSU, 2:13.80.

400 Yard Freestyle Relay
1. San Jose State 'A' (Marisa DeWames, Erin Garcia, Meghan McCurley, Kiley Foster), 3:34.39; 2. San Jose State 'B' (Daphne Yeung, Elana Faria, Rudie Guerrero, Julia Koch), 3:39.95.