Feb. 14, 2014
San José, Calif. --- For the first time in school history, the San José State University women's swimming team looks to win its third conference championship in a row as it travels to San Antonio, Texas starting Wednesday, February 19 through Saturday, February 22, to compete in the ten-team Mountain West Championships.
This is the Spartans first year in the Mountain West Conference after coming off back-to-back WAC Championship wins in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. In last year's WAC Championship, San José State finished the first day in second but quickly took the lead after Julia Craddock and Ashlyn Acosta had school record setting performances in their respected events. San José State secured the victory over Northern Arizona as Acosta set a San José State pool record in the 200 butterfly on the final day.
In the 2013-14 dual meet season, the Spartans finished with an overall record of 7-2 and placed first in the three-team University of San Diego Relay Invitational. Acosta broke Fresno State Aquatic Center records in two individual events and swam a leg on the record breaking 200 freestyle relay team at the Bulldog Invitational on October 12.
Four Spartans earned NCAA "B" cuts at the November 21 through November 23 Arena Invitational. Acosta earned her "B" cut in the 100 fly, finishing with a time of 53.51, senior Darcie Anderson in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:15.30 and senior Erika Harvey finished with a time of 22.99 in the 50 free, which is also first on the All-Time Best Marks list for San José State. Freshman Alysha Bush also earned a NCAA "B" cut with her time of 49.55 in the 100 free.
Along with San José State, Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Nevada, the University of New Mexico, San Diego State, the University of Las Vegas, and the University of Wyoming all compete for the championship title.
Live coverage of the championships will be available on http://www.themw.com/#!/page/championship_c-swim. Preliminary rounds start each day at 11:00 a.m. (CT)/9:00 a.m. (PT) and finals begin at each night at 6:30 p.m. (CT)/ 4:30 p.m. (PT) at the Palo Alto College Aquatics Center.