Swimming Hosts Cal State East Bay On Senior Day

The San Jose State University women’s swim team closes out the 2007-08 regular season with a home dual meet against Cal State East Bay on Senior Day this Saturday, January 26, at The Aquatics Center. The first event of the afternoon is slated to begin at around 1:00 p.m., following a ceremony recognizing the five seniors who will be making the final home appearance of their Spartan careers. Those seniors are Amanda Carr, Jillene Golez, Sara Riley and co-captains Nikki Chapman and Brie Marhenke.

The dual meet with Cal State East Bay will follow a standard 16-event format, but will consist of just 14 swimming events, with the one-meter and three-meter diving omitted because the Pioneers do not have a diving program. The order of events will be as follows: 200 medley relay, 1000 free, 200 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 200 fly, 50 free, break, 100 free, 200 back, 200 breast, 500 free, 100 fly, break, 200 IM and 400 free relay. Scoring will be the usual 9-4-3-2-1 for individual events and 11-4-2 for relays.

Under the direction of third-year head coach Sage Hopkins, San Jose State enters Saturday’s action on a three-meet dual win streak, with successive triumphs at Pacific on Saturday, December 8, and twice at Cal State Bakersfield on Friday, January 4, and Saturday, January 5. The Spartans also won their first-ever UC Irvine/Ayres Hotel & Suites Invitational title on Sunday, January 6, capping a very successful weekend to begin the new year by taking the relay portion of the event over seven other competing teams.

The Spartans’ second victory in Bakersfield assured them of a winning dual record for the season, now at 7-4, with just the meeting with Cal State East Bay remaining.

Marhenke remains a perfect 9-0 in the 50 freestyle and 8-0 in the 100 freestyle in dual meets this season. As the top-rated sprinter in the Western Athletic Conference, she is an undefeated 21-0 in the 50 and 17-1 in the 100 for her San Jose State career. Marhenke has a team-leading 34 combined individual and relay wins to her credit for the 2007-08 campaign, and the only two NCAA B’ standards by a Spartan thus far of 23.09 in the 50 and 50.60 in the 100, both achieved at the 2007 Nike Cup in Long Beach, Calif., in November.

The Cal State East Bay meet will serve as San Jose State’s final tuneup for the 2008 WAC Championship, which will take place once again in San Antonio, Texas, February 20-23.


San Jose State seniors Amanda Carr, Jillene Golez, Sara Riley and co-captains Nikki Chapman and Brie Marhenke will be appearing for the final time at The Aquatics Center this Saturday, January 26, against Cal State East Bay. Carr, Chapman and Golez are all fourth-year Spartans, while Marhenke and Riley are each in their third year in the program. All five swimmers were key components of back-to-back fourth-place efforts for San Jose State at the Western Athletic Conference Championship the past two years, the highest finishes in program history. With their leadership, the Spartans will look to ascend to a first-ever top-three placement at this year’s WAC Championship next month. Marhenke currently holds two individual school records and is a part of two relay school marks. In 2006, she became the first Spartan swimmer since 2000 to compete at the NCAA Championships.

San Jose State and Cal State East Bay, formerly Cal State Hayward, have not faced off in dual competition since Hopkins took charge of the Spartan program for the 2005-06 campaign, and not in at least six seasons. The Pioneers, members of the NCAA Division III and the Pacific Collegiate Swimming Conference, are a non-scholarship program.

Cal State East Bay lost a close dual meet at Colorado School of Mines 103-96 on January 18. Laura DeMeneces captured the 1650 free in 20:54.33, while Jeanette DeMeneces won the 100 breast in a time of 1:14.65. Melissa Grottkau took the 200 free in 2:11.91, while teammate Allison Edminster was second with a time of 2:12.01. Sami Hernandez was second in the 50 free (26.78) and 100 free (59.01). Colby Haarz finished second in the 100 breast in 1:23.22. The foursome of Hernandez, Grottkau, Edminster and Mattie Pinon captured the 400 free relay in a time of 4:13.56. Anthony Garcia is the Cal State East Bay head coach.

San Jose State produced a stellar three-day weekend its last time in the water, posting back-to-back dual victories at Cal State Bakersfield on Friday, January 4 (149-61), and Saturday, January 5 (128-82), before a first-ever title at the UC Irvine/Ayres Hotel & Suites Relay Invitational to cap the performance on Sunday, January 6. Spartan athletes won 10 of the 12 events on Friday and eight of 12 on Saturday against the Runners, before taking five of the 10 relay events on Sunday to top seven other teams, including host UC Irvine, with 336 total points.

Highlights during the first meet in Bakersfield included Lauren Mar’s lifetime-best time of 2:08.27 in winning the 200 backstroke, and a pair of wins by freshman Caitlin Macky, in the 200 IM (2:13.24) and 200 breast (2:29.97). Mar and Macky, along with Jillene Golez and Daphne Yeung, made up the 200 medley relay that took first to begin the meet, in 1:51.03. Erin Garcia (1:58.64) and Meghan McCurley (54.72) earned their first collegiate dual wins in the 200 and 100 free, respectively, with McCurley leading a 1-2-3-5 Spartan charge. Brie Marhenke remained perfect in the 50 free, taking the event in 23.67, while Kirsten Trammell won in her first collegiate appearance in the 200 fly in a lifetime-best 2:14.03. Amanda Carr was the remaining individual winner in the 1000 free (10:49.24). Marhenke, Rudie Guerrero, Julia Koch and Sara Riley made up the first-place 200 free relay to close the meet (1:41.44).

In the second meet at Cal State Bakersfield, Macky was again the lone double individual event winner for the Spartans, this time winning the 400 IM (4:46.51) and the 100 breast (1:09.16). Golez won the 100 fly (59.89) and was also on the first-place 400 medley relay with Mar, Macky and McCurley (4:05.10). Mar’s opening backstroke split of 58.18 bettered her previous best performance over 100 yards this season of 58.39. McCurley won the 100 free (55.53) for the second day in a row, while Koch won the 200 free (1:59.89) and Carr the 500 free (5:18.79). Yeung, Garcia, Koch and Hannah Tringham made up the winning 400 free relay (3:43.73). Jo Thibodaux finished second on the one-meter and three-meter diving boards on each day.

In Irvine, San Jose State won the first two and last two events of the day, and five in all among the 10 contested, in edging UC Irvine for first place, 336-277. The Spartans also finished second in four events. Individually, Marhenke, Mar and Macky were each a part of three winning relays. McCurley, Trammell and Yeung were each on two winners, with Tarolyn Robertson, Garcia and Tringham a part of single victories.

The 200 free relay of Marhenke, Mar, McCurley and Yeung matched the meet record of 1:36.93. The 400 free relay to close the event of Mar, Yeung, Marhenke and McCurley narrowly missed another meet mark by just .66 seconds, timing a season-best 3:32.06. Mar concluded a remarkable weekend for the junior, adding a second lifetime-best mark in three days with her 50 backstroke leadoff split of 26.74 on the first-place 200 medley relay to begin the meet.

Three current Spartans appear among the top 117 in the latest CollegeSwimming.com national charts as of Thursday, January 24. Brie Marhenke is tied for 43rd in the 50 freestyle (23.09) and 79th in the 100 free (50.60). Freshmen Kirsten Trammell (2:19.78) and Caitlin Macky (2:20.48) are 105th and 117th, respectively, in the 200 breaststroke.

San Jose State is ranked 45th in the 200 free relay (1:35.60), 46th in the 200 medley relay (1:46.44), 52nd in the 400 medley relay (3:53.65) and 59th in the 800 free relay (7:51.22).