The Spartan Splash: Blog 14 - Erin Garcia

Erin Garcia is a junior freestyle specialist and the lone San Jose native on the 2008-09 San Jose State women’s swimming and diving roster. The 2006 graduate of nearby Archbishop Mitty High School is a business administration major, with a concentration in accounting.

San Jose State concluded the regular season with a 16-1 dual record, posting 16 consecutive victories, and heads to San Antonio, Texas, bright and early on the morning of Monday, February 23, for the 2009 Western Athletic Conference Championship, to be held from Wednesday through Saturday, February 25-28, at the Palo Alto College Natatorium.

The Spartans have placed a program-best fourth at each of the past three WAC Championship meets under fourth-year head coach Sage Hopkins, and will be looking to get into the top three this year at minimum.

Blog Entry #14 (Sunday, February 22)
Junior Erin Garcia

After a near-perfect 16-1 season, the Spartan swimmers and divers head into their final meet of the year in San Antonio, Texas. The WAC Championship is the culmination of six intense months of training, over four days of competition. After the most successful season in Spartan swimming and diving history, the team has its sights set higher than ever upon entering the competition. Historically, the team has never placed higher than fourth, but with a perfect record against WAC foes, the girls would love to be crowned as the 2009 WAC champions.

As each week passed, it seemed as though nothing could get in the way of the girls. The Spartans fought hard against every team they encountered. They were victorious against teams that in the past had proven to be faster than the Spartans. The team’s positive demeanor and good work ethic were contributing greatly to their success. The girls’ times continued to improve with every meet they swam. Despite setbacks and illnesses, the Spartans showed no signs of slowing down.

January 31 marked the day that the Spartans would have their most anticipated dual meet of the season. They would be meeting their biggest rivals, Nevada, one last time before WAC. The Spartans, being the underdogs, knew they had their work cut out for them if they were going to take down the two-time defending WAC champions. The girls started off the meet with a huge victory in the 400-yard medley relay. This first-place finish set a strong tone for the rest of the meet. The girls did everything they needed to do to take down the Wolf Pack. This ended up being one of the most memorable moments of the season.

The excitement continues to build as the team anxiously waits to see their dream unfold. The Spartans are ready to show their spirit, both in and out of the water. The girls are willing to do whatever it takes in order to achieve what they have worked so hard for all season. If the girls compete at WAC the way they have throughout the rest of the season, they will have a very successful meet. At the end of the day, all of the intense CrossFit sessions and swim practices have really proven to be beneficial for the Spartans. It is extremely evident that the girls are ready to take on the WAC and to come home victorious.

Go Spartans!
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2008-09 Spartan Swimming & Diving Blog Entries
September 26 - Tarolyn Robertson, Senior
September 26 - Heather Denman, Freshman
September 30 - Megan Mills, Freshman
October 7 - Katey Nelson, Senior
October 15 - Meghan McCurley, Sophomore
October 30 - Lauren Mar, Senior
November 5 - Amy Friedhoff, Freshman
December 2 - Erin Garcia, Junior

January 9 - Macky-Ladd, Sophomores

January 15 - Macky-Ladd, Sophomores

January 22 - Amy Friedhoff, Freshman

January 28 - Megan Mills, Freshman

February 5 - Tarolyn Robertson, Senior

February 10 - Katey Nelson, Senior

February 22 - Erin Garcia, Junior