Spartans Take Early Lead at WAC Championship

SAN ANTONIO – The San Jose State women’s swimming and diving team got out to a fast start Wednesday at the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship, taking an early lead with two school records and a WAC record in the 200-yard medley relay.   The Spartans’ team of Heather Denman, Kirsten Trammell, Ashlyn Acosta and Meghan McCurley broke the 13-year-old WAC record, nine-year-old WAC meet record and Palo Alto Natatorium record (1:40.13, SMU), and three-year old school record (1:41.28) with an NCAA consideration time of 1:39.38.  The previous WAC record was 1:39.88 set by SMU in 1999.
“We had a tremendous start to the WAC Championship today,” said San Jose State head coach Sage Hopkins. “The 200 medley relay was one of the better swims I’ve ever had as a coach; just a tremendous performance. All four of those ladies showcased all the hard work they’ve done this year.”   After one day of competition, San Jose State is the leader with 74 points. Northern Arizona is in second with 72 points followed by New Mexico State in third with 64, Hawaii with 62, Idaho 56, Fresno State 50, Nevada 46 and North Dakota 26.
“It was a great start today. The team is fired up and ready to get back at it tomorrow (Thursday),” said Hopkins.
The Spartans set another school record in the 800 freestyle relay. The team of Amy Friedhoff, Kiley Foster, Erika Harvey and Marisa DeWames turned in an NCAA provisional time of 7:18.99, besting the previous San Jose State mark of 7:19.51 set last season. DeWames swam anchor for the Spartans and brought the team from fifth place to second place, nearly winning it at the very end, as the Spartans finished second behind Northern Arizona (7:18.76).
Action continues tomorrow at Palo Alto College Natatorium in San Antonio, Texas with the 500-yard freestyle, 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle, 1-meter diving and the 200 freestyle relay. Prelims begin at 11:00 a.m. and the finals start at 6:30 p.m.
2012 WAC Championship – Day 1, Feb. 22, 2012
At San Antonio, Texas
200 Medley Relay
1. San Jose State (Denman, Trammell, Acosta, McCurley), 1:39.38. 2. New Mexico State, 1:41.48. 3. Northern Arizona, 1:41.93. 4. Hawai’I,1:42.35. 5. Idaho, 1:42.65. 6. Fresno State, 1:43.35. 7. Nevada, 1:45.21. --- North Dakota, DQ.
800 Freestyle Relay
1. Northern Arizona, 7:18.76. 2. San Jose State (Friedhoff, Foster, Harvey, DeWames), 7:18.99. 3. Hawai’i, 7:21.42. 4. New Mexico State, 7:22.47. 5. Idaho, 7:25.74. 6. North Dakota, 7:30.23. 7. Fresno State, 7:30.53. 8. Nevada, 7:42.39.
Team Standings 1. San Jose State         74 2. Northern Arizona 72 3. New Mexico State 64 4. Hawaii         62 5. Idaho         56 6. Fresno State 50 7. Nevada         46 8. North Dakota 26