Swimming & Diving Continues Road Stretch

The San Jose State University women's swimming and diving team continues a three-week road stretch with a return engagement in Bakersfield, Calif., this Saturday, January 30. The Spartans take on the host Roadrunners of Cal State Bakersfield, and UC Santa Cruz, in a double-dual meet at the Hillman Aquatics Center beginning at 1:00 p.m. San Jose State will head south in three vans on Friday, January 29. This trip will mark the team's second appearance at the Hillman Aquatics Center this season. The Spartans began the 2010 calendar year there, posting a 160-135 dual victory over the 'Runners on Saturday, January 2. San Jose State enters this Saturday's double-dual meet with a 9-3 record and on a streak of five straight victories. Cal State Bakersfield is 1-6, while UC Santa Cruz is 1-3. The Spartans have faced off against CSUB in dual action at least once each year for the past four seasons under Hopkins, a 1997 cum laude graduate of the school. San Jose State is a perfect 6-0 against the 'Runners during this stretch. This is the third straight year in which they will have met twice. The Spartans return to San Jose immediately after the meet.

vs. UC SANTA CRUZ (1-3)

Cal State Bakersfield is in the final year of a five-year reclassification process from the NCAA Division II level up to Division I. The 'Runners, currently considered a Division I independent, placed seventh out of eight teams at the 2009 Conference-USA Championship, and will end their season at that event again next month in Houston, Texas.

Last Saturday, January 23, the 'Runners fell to UC Davis at home, 153-140. CSUB previously dropped a 183-114 decision at Fresno State on Saturday, January 16, and has lost three straight duals.

CSUB is led by sophomore breaststroke specialist Rachel McCall and junior backstroker Stephanie Donnelly. Victoria Kreutz, who spent her freshman season at San Jose State, still leads the diving contingent for the 'Runners as a senior. All three Canadians won a pair of individual events against UC Davis. The 'Runners are led by Pat Skehan, now in her 20th season in charge. She is the only head coach the CSUB women's swim program has ever had.

San Jose State won the earlier meeting with Cal State Bakersfield this season, 160-135, on the road on January 2. The Spartans swept both meetings in each of the past two campaigns. Last year, they defeated the 'Runners at the Hillman Aquatics Center, 166.5-109.5, on January 3, and again in San Jose, 171-109, on January 24. The Spartans previously topped Cal State Bakersfield on the road on back-to-back days the year before, on January 4 and January 5, 2008, by the final scores of 149-61 and 128-82, respectively. On January 6, 2007, the Spartans edged the 'Runners, 188-160, also in Bakersfield.

Sage Hopkins, a 1997 cum laude graduate of Cal State Bakersfield, is a perfect 6-0 in dual meets against his alma mater as a head coach. As a member of the 'Runners, Hopkins was a team captain and seven-time All-American. He was also an assistant coach for the CSUB men's squad from 1995-97.

UC Santa Cruz competes as part of the Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference (PCSC) and the NCAA Division III. The Banana Slugs are coming off of a 174-114 loss at Cal Poly last Saturday, January 23. Their lone dual victory came at Fresno Pacific in November. UCSC has also lost to UC Davis and Pacific. The long-time UC Santa Cruz head coach is Kim Musch. The divers are guided by Joan Newby.

San Jose State has beaten UC Santa Cruz five straight times since Sage Hopkins took the program over as head coach. The teams have met at least once in each of his five seasons. The Spartans last topped UC Santa Cruz, 169-100, during a double-dual meet in Santa Cruz, Calif., on October 18, 2008. They previously won 227-60 at home on October 13, 2007, 170-95 in Davis, Calif., on October 14, 2006, 234-64 in Santa Cruz on October 22, 2005, and 234-63 at home on December 3, 2005.

The day will follow a standard collegiate 16-event double-dual format. The meet will begin with the 400 medley relay, and end with the 200 freestyle relay. The full order of swimming 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, 400 IM and 200 free relay. There will be two breaks, after the 50 free and 100 fly. Both the one-meter and three-meter springboard diving events will also take place.

Individual events during this Saturday's double-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.

San Jose State won eight out of 14 events to win a swimming-only dual meet against host Pacific in Stockton, Calif., on Saturday, January 23. Sophomore Heather Denman led the way once again with three individual wins. Marisa DeWames placed first in both the 100 and 200 freestyle races, while Meghan McCurley sped to a top finish in the 50 free, and the Spartans swept the 400 medley and 400 free relays. It was a second victory this season and fourth in a row for San Jose State over area rival UOP.

The Spartans conclude the 2009-10 regular season with a dual meet against Western Athletic Conference rival Fresno State on Saturday, February 6. The action at Clovis North Aquatics Center is set to begin at 12:00 p.m.

Heather Denman has turned in the fastest times in the Western Athletic Conference this season in the 100 back, 200 back and 100 fly, while Meghan McCurley has the second-best mark in the 50 free. Freshman diver Amy Kilby is second-best on the platform, fifth-best on one meter and 10th-best from three meters. The Spartans have the top performances in four of the five relay events, the 200 and 400 free, and 200 and 400 medley relays.