Spartans Travel To Fresno Seeking Seventh Straight Dual Win

The San Jose State women’s swimming and diving team heads to Fresno State Friday for its final competition before the Western Athletic Conference championship meet Feb. 22-26.   SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (6-1, 1-0 WAC)
SCHEDULE Saturday, Feb. 4 at Fresno State, Noon
ABOUT SAN JOSE STATE The Spartans won its sixth straight dual meet of the season by defeating CSU Bakersfield on Jan. 20 for the second time in the Roadrunners’ own pool, winning 11 of 16 events en route to a 156-104 victory.
Briana Swinney was a three-time winner, swimming a leg on the Spartans’ winning 200 medley relay before taking the 50 backstroke (28.25) and the 100 backstroke (1:00.04). Darcie Anderson also grabbed a trio of victories with a part in the 200 medley relay win and first-place finishes in the 50 breaststroke (29.73) and 100 breaststroke (1:04.10).
Marisa DeWames won both the 100 (51.36) and 200 (1:52.13) freestyles, while in diving, Jessica Holden was the Spartans’ top finisher in both the 1- and 3-meter springboard events. Holden notched a six-dive score of 243.95 to win the 1-meter competition and bested all competitors in the 3-meter competition with an exhibition score of 233.00.
ABOUT FRESNO STATE The Bulldogs (4-5, 0-2 WAC) are coming off a second-place finish at the USD Beach Cup Jan. 20-21, which included Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount, and host University of San Diego. Fresno State shares four opponents with the Spartans this season, having defeated CSU Bakersfield (206-87) and Cal State East Bay (233-47) on Jan. 14, while falling to UC Davis (106-194) and Nevada (141.5-158.5).
SERIES HISTORY The Spartans are 6-0 versus Fresno State dating to 2008-09. San Jose State has defeated the Bulldogs twice in Fresno during that stretch, twice in a neutral location and twice at the SJSU Aquatics Center. Last season the two teams met on Feb. 5, with the Spartans taking a 197-100 win at the Aquatics Center.
FAST TIMES AT SAN JOSE STATE Entering this week, the Spartans hold nine of the fastest times in the WAC in individual events this season. San Jose State is also the only team in the conference with any swimmers ranked in the nation’s top-50 of their respective events. Marisa DeWames’ mark of 49.41 seconds in the 200 freestyle is 33rd in the country. Kirsten Trammell and Darcie Anderson both rank in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. Trammell is 27th (1:01.07) in the 100 breaststroke and Anderson is 37th (1:01.65). Trammell stands at 29th in the nation (2:12.88) in the 200 breaststroke and Anderson is 33rd (2:13.07).
TOP-RANKED TEAM For the first time in school history, the San Jose State women’s swimming team is ranked No. 1 in Women's Mid-Major Division I Rankings, released Dec. 15.
"We have had a tremendous first-half of our season, and it is great to see our ranking among mid-major Institutions continue to improve,” said San Jose State head coach Sage Hopkins. “We have big, big goals for this team over the coming years and we are very focused upon being more competitive on a national level.”   Rounding out the top-10 women’s teams were Harvard, Miami-OH, Princeton, Towson, Denver, North Texas, Oakland University, Florida Gulf Coast and UC Santa Barbara.
HEAD COACH SAGE HOPKINS Sage Hopkins begins his seventh year at the helm of the San Jose State women’s swimming and diving program in 2011-12. In seven seasons, Hopkins’ dual meet record is 58-23-1 (.713), with an even better 21-6-1 (.768) mark against WAC teams. He is the first Spartans swimming and diving coach to reach the 50-win plateau in the program's 47-year NCAA history.
During Hopkins' tenure, SJSU swimmers have set 14 of the 16 all-time individual program records and his relay teams hold every school mark. His student-athletes have earned 11 College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) All-America awards and 75 Academic All-WAC honors. In the same time frame, San Jose State athletes have produced 37 first-team and 119 second-team All-WAC performances at the conference meet.
UP NEXT The Spartans will travel to San Antonio, Texas, for the 2012 WAC swimming and diving championship, to be held Feb. 22-26.