Denver, Colo. - San Jose State University’s Meghan McCurley has been named the Western Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Week for the week of January 26-February 1.
This is the first career WAC Swimmer of the Week honor for McCurley, a sophomore out of Fair Oaks, Calif., and graduate of Bella Vista High School. Spartan swimmers and divers have been recognized with weekly distinction by the conference 11 times this year, by far a program high.
McCurley was the top Spartan swimmer during a comprehensive 170.5-129.5 dual meet victory at home over two-time defending Western Athletic Conference champion Nevada on Saturday, January 31. The result extended the Spartans’ dual run to 15 straight victories since a season-opening loss at No. 2 Stanford, and improved their overall mark to 15-1 on the season.
McCurley swept the two sprint freestyle events, as well as swimming on both winning relays on the afternoon, totalling 18 points individually and aiding in 22 more in relays. Her day began with arguably her best performance. McCurley entered the water as the 100-yard freestyle anchor leg of the Spartans’ A’ 400 medley relay, with San Jose State trailing Nevada’s A’ foursome by 2.26 seconds. She tracked down the Wolf Pack’s JayDee Huppert and then some, however, as the Spartans timed 3:51.45 to beat what was previously the WAC’s fastest 400 medley relay. Nevada turned in a 3:53.00. It was the second-best Spartan mark of the season. McCurley’s 50.3-second (22.87 over the first 50 yards) performance was her lifetime-best 100-yard relay split. It was one of the fastest relay swims in school history, and is believed to be the fastest relay swim at a dual meet (non-conference championship) in school history.
On either side of a break for the one-meter diving event, McCurley later sprinted 23.99 to win the 50 free, falling just .47 seconds shy of her best ever of 23.52, which is also the fastest in the WAC for 2008-09, and then went 52.47 to touch first in the 100 free to lead a 1-2-3-4 Spartan effort that essentially put the meet away.
With the result out of doubt by then, McCurley’s day finished as the second leg of the winning A’ 200 freestyle relay, in 1:36.51, also the Spartans’ second-fastest showing in the event this season. Her 50-yard split was 23.84.
Nevada senior Candice Minette earned WAC Diver of the Week honors for the third time this season after sweeping the two diving events against the Spartans. Jo Thibodaux was the San Jose State nominee. The sophomore out of Alvin, Texas (Alvin HS), placed third as the top Spartan finisher on the three-meter board to begin the meet, scoring a career-high 266.78 points. She later placed fourth on the one-meter board, right behind freshman teammate Jessica Holden, with 233.18 points.
Other swimming nominees included Nevada’s Summer Halwas-Morgan and Fresno State’s Jordan Morillo, while Fresno State’s Kendra Weeks and Northern Arizona’s Megan Collier were diving candidates.
San Jose State concludes the 2008-09 regular season on Senior Day at The Aquatics Center, this Saturday, February 7, against the rival Bulldogs of Fresno State. The first of 16 events is slated for an approximate 12:00 p.m. start, following a ceremony recognizing the tremendous accomplishments of the fourth-year senior quartet of Beste Erener, Lauren Mar, Katey Nelson and Tarolyn Robertson.