Spartans Head to San Antonio For Two Duals, WAC Championship

The San Jose State women’s swimming and diving team is in San Antonio, Texas, this week for two dual meets and the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Championship, slated to start Wednesday.   SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (7-1, 2-0 WAC)
SCHEDULE Monday, Feb. 20 vs. Nevada & North Dakota, 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 22-25, All Day at WAC Championship
WAC CHAMPIONSHIP TO BE STREAMED LIVE The Western Athletic Conference, in conjunction with its website partner NeuLion, has announced it will stream the finals of all four nights of the 2012 WAC Swimming & Diving Championships, Feb. 22-25. Viewers can sign up by visiting www.WAC.tv.
The championship will be held at the Palo Alto Natatorium in San Antonio, Texas. On Wednesday, Feb. 22, there will be finals in two relays, the 200-yard medley and 800 freestyle. Viewers that sign up will be able to watch those two events for free. Full schedules begin Thursday with finals in several events the next three nights. Each of those three nights can be viewed for a subscription of $5.95 or a full championship package can be purchased for $9.95. Finals begin at 6:30 p.m. CT on all four nights.
More information and how to subscribe to any of these video streaming events can be found at www.WAC.tv.
ABOUT SAN JOSE STATE The Spartans have won seven straight dual meets and have three top-four finishes at invitationals this season heading into championship week. The team will look to continue climbing the ranks at the WAC Championship later in the week, having finished among the top four teams for six consecutive seasons.
In the team’s last outing, junior co-captain Julia Craddock won four events on Feb. 4 to help lead the Spartans to a 184-115 dual meet victory over Western Athletic Conference rival Fresno State.
As a team, the Spartans won 10 events against the Bulldogs, including all breaststroke and butterfly events, and three of the five freestyle events. The dual meet win was the team’s seventh against the Bulldogs since 2008-09.
ABOUT NEVADA The Wolfpack (5-1, 1-1 WAC) swept future WAC member Seattle in two dual meets on Senior Day Jan. 28 to push its win streak to five. Jojo Mi turned in two individual wins, topping the field in the 500 and 1,000-yard freestyle events. Nevada and San Jose State met earlier this season at the George Haines Invitational hosted by Stanford. In a dual meet scored from invitational results, the Spartans topped Nevada, 75-39.
ABOUT NORTH DAKOTA The Fighting Sioux (7-6) are coming off back-to-back wins on Jan. 27-28 against South Dakota and South Dakota State, respectfully. North Dakota won both meets by an average margin of 58 points. The wins snapped a three meet losing streak the Sioux suffered at the end of its trip to Ft. Meyers, Fla., during the first week of January.
SERIES HISTORY The Spartans are on a four-meet win streak against the Wolfpack. Since 2005-06, the Spartans are 4-1-1 against Nevada, including their first win against the Silver and Blue in 23 years, which came in the 2008-09 season. Nevada and San Jose State met earlier this season at the George Haines Invitational hosted by Stanford. In a dual meet scored from invitational results, the Spartans topped Nevada, 75-39.
San Jose State has not faced the Fighting Sioux in the regular season during the past seven seasons.
DENMAN ON THE BRINK OF SCORING RECORDS Senior Heather Denman is just a handful of points away from setting San Jose State individual WAC championship scoring records. Denman (150) sits just 1/2 point behind Lauren Mar (150.5) for the all-time individual points record. She also trails Mar by 179.5 for the combined (individual and relay) points record. Mar totaled 633.5 combined points from 2006-09. Denman has averaged 151 1/3 points in totaling 454 combined points in three seasons.
CRADDOCK NAMED WAC SWIMMER OF THE WEEK Julia Craddock was named the Verizon WAC Swimmer of the Week for the week of Jan. 30-Feb. 5 after her four-victory performance in the Spartans’ 184-115 win at Fresno State on Feb. 4.
Craddock began her afternoon swimming a leg on the Spartans’ winning 200 medley relay team that swam 1:47.31. She later took the top spot in 100 and 200 butterfly (58.23 and 2:04.52), and the 200 individual medley (2:08.49).
Craddock’s time of 2:04.52 in the 200 fly was a pool record at the Fresno State Aquatics Center. She totaled 38 points by the day’s end with her four victories.
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. They also own the best marks in four of five relay events. 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 100 freestyle is 34th in the country. Kirsten Trammell is ranked in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke events, and Darcie Anderson finds herself among the best in the 200 breaststroke. Trammell is 35th (1:01.07) in the 100 breaststroke and stands at 36th in the nation (2:12.88) in the 200 breaststroke. Anderson is just behind Trammell in the 200 breaststroke at 39th (2:13.07).
STILL RANKED The third CollegeSwimming.com Women's Mid-Major Division I Rankings of the season released Feb. 9 put the Spartans at No. 2 in the nation, just 1.26 points behind new No. 1 Harvard. For the first time in school history, the San Jose State women’s swimming team was ranked No. 1 in the poll released Dec. 15.
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 59-23-1 (.715), with an even better 22-6-1 (.772) 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 After the WAC Championship meet, athletes will be selected to participate in the 2012 NCAA Championship March 15-17, hosted by Auburn University at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center in Auburn, Ala. The 2012 Zone E Diving Championship meet, to see which athletes move on to the NCAA Championship, will be held March 8-10 in Colorado Springs, Colo., hosted by the U.S. Air Force Academy.