Spartans Host Bakersfield In Home Debut

San Jose, Calif. - After seven dual meets and two invitationals, the San Jose State swimming and diving team will host its first home meet on Friday, January 28 against the Roadrunners of Cal State Bakersfield.  The dual meet gets underway at 1 p.m. at The Aquatics Center on the SJSU campus.
 
The Spartans enter the event with a 6-1 overall record in dual meets this season. Cal State Bakersfield enters the competition with a 3-10 record.
 
Spartans Notes:  This is the second meeting of the season for these two teams.  On January 3, the Spartans traveled to Bakersfield and took home an impressive 182-92 victory.  Darcie Anderson, Julia Craddock and Rudie Guerrero each won two individual races and combined with Kiley Foster for another victory in the 200 medley relay.  Overall, an SJSU athlete swam the fastest time in 13 of the 14 races.  The Spartans had the top-two scoring finishers in 10 races and the top-three scorers in seven.
Craddock earned WAC Swimmer of the Week for her performance and joined Anderson, Heather Denman and diver Jessica Holden as Spartans who have been honored this season.
 
After falling, 100-187, No.1-ranked Stanford to open the season, the Spartans have ripped off six straight victories.  They defeated Cal State East Bay (182-67) and UC Santa Cruz (176-91) in a three-way dual in Santa Cruz.  They followed that up with a 99-68 win over Western Athletic Conference-foe Nevada at the George Haines Invitational.  UC Davis was up next and San Jose State earned its tightest win of the season 156-144. 
 
The Spartans finished up 2010 with what head coach Sage Hopkins described as "one of the top team performances in San Jose State history".  They came away from the Arena Invitational with an eighth place finish among 20 teams.  Darcie Anderson (100 and 200 breast), Marisa DeWames (100 free) and Heather Denman (100 back) all swam NCAA 'B' Cut times.  The three teamed up with Guerrero in the 400 medley for San Jose State's fifth 'B' Cut time of the meet.  In addition, school records were set in the 400 IM, 800 free relay, 100 free and 200 breast.
 
SJSU opened the 2011 portion of the schedule with its dual win over Cal State Bakersfield and then took a second place finish at the USD Relay meet and defeated Cal State East Bay 164-76 two weeks ago. 
 
With the win over East Bay, head coach Sage Hopkins earned his 50th victory at SJSU.  He is the only coach in Spartan history to have reached the 50-win plateau and his .685 winning percentage in dual meets is by far the programs best.  His overall dual meet record is now 50-22-1.  It is believed that no other SJSU coach has as many as 20 dual meet victories.
 
Roadrunners Notes: Cal State Bakersfield is coming off a 93-200 defeat at the hands of the Aggies of UC Davis in Davis, Calif., last Saturday, January 22. The Runners are led by co-captains Rachel McCall, a junior, and Stephanie Donnelly, a senior. This season McCall swam a 'B' Cut time in the 100 free and has set school records in the 100 and 200 breast.  CSUB is led by head coach Pat Skehan who is in her 21st season leading the Roadrunners. 
           
Upcoming: San Jose State concludes its 2010-11 season next Saturday, February 5 with a Western Athletic Conference dual against Fresno State. The meet is slated for a 12:00 p.m. start, after Senior Day ceremonies honoring Rudie Guerrero, Julia Koch, Ashley Krisman, Caitlin Macky and Julie Wynn who will be competing for the final time at The Aquatics Center.  Admission is free.