Denver, Colo. - San Jose State University’s Lauren Mar and Jessica Holden have been named the Western Athletic Conference Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively, for the week of February 2-8.
These are the second weekly conference awards this season for Mar, a fourth-year senior, and Holden, a true freshman. Mar is a three-time honoree for her career. This is also the fourth time this season that San Jose State has swept the two awards. The Spartans were recognized with weekly distinction by the WAC an incredible 13 times this year, by far a program high.
Mar was the top Spartan swimmer during a home victory over WAC foe Fresno State on Senior Day on Saturday, February 7. The win was San Jose State's 16th straight, as it concluded the regular season with a program-best dual record of 16-1, reeling off 16 straight triumphs following a season-opening loss at powerhouse Stanford.
Mar collected a pair of individual wins for 18 points, one of four Spartans to do so, while also aiding in two first-place relay finishes that contributed 22 more points.
She first anchored the Spartan A’ foursome to a come-from-behind victory in the 200 medley relay to open the swimming portion of the meet. All four San Jose State seniors swam on the relay. Mar hit the water with her team trailing by over one and a half seconds (1:27.86-1:26.16), but her best 50-yard freestyle relay split of 23.16 was too much for the Fresno State anchor to contend with. Mar essentially caught her opponent at the 25-yard turn, and passed her over the final lap for a .38-second SJSU win in 1:51.02.
Mar later took the 100 back in 57.58, and the 50 free in 24.44, ahead of the meet’s first break. She finished her day by swimming the second leg of the first-place 200 freestyle relay in 24.07, with the foursome timing 1:41.97 to out-touch the Bulldogs by just over two seconds.
Holden posted her second collegiate dual sweep of the diving events over Fresno State. Her other weekly conference honor came after her other sweep performance, also at home over a league foe, Boise State, back in November.
Holden led off with a winning effort in the three-meter springboard competition to begin the meet, scoring 244.65 points to hold off sophomore teammate Jo Thibodaux and three Fresno State entrants. She later won on the one-meter board with a score of 221.48, and contributed 18 points toward the final Spartan team total.
San Jose State will next head to San Antonio, Texas, on Monday, February 23, and be searching for, at minimum, a program-best top-three placement at the WAC Championship, February 25-28.