Spartans Still Lead As DeWames, 200 Free Relay Win

SAN ANTONIO – Marisa DeWames was a two-time champion Thursday and the San Jose State women’s swimming and diving team continued to lead the team standings on day two of the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Championship.
DeWames won the WAC title in the 50 freestyle with a school-record time of 22.38. Her NCAA provisional performance broke the four-year old San Jose State mark of 22.42 set by Brie Marhenke in 2008. DeWames later swam the anchor leg for the Spartans’ winning 200 freestyle relay team.
The quartet of Meghan McCurley, Kiley Foster, Erika Harvey and DeWames set a new San Jose State school record and a new Palo Alto College Natatorium pool record with their NCAA “B” standard time of 1:30.38.
“It was a tremendous team performance,” said San Jose State head coach Sage Hopkins. “We had tough, gritty swims across the board. The team has really performed well, conducted themselves well. The coaches couldn’t be more proud of the team.”
San Jose State leads the team standings for the second straight day with 236 points, while Northern Arizona is just a point behind in second with 235. Hawaii is third with 203 points, while Nevada is fourth with 147. Idaho is fifth with 130 followed by New Mexico State (116), Fresno State (108) and North Dakota (84).
San Jose State earned points in the 200 individual medley by placing three swimmers in the top five.  Julia Craddock (2nd, 2:02.01), Darcie Anderson (3rd, 2:02.50) and Kirsten Trammell (5th, 2:03.75) all swam season bests in the race.
In diving, Amy Kilby was second in the one-meter springboard “B” final, finishing 10th overall with a score of 270.05.
Action continues tomorrow at Palo Alto Aquatic Center in San Antonio, Texas with the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, 1-meter diving and 400 medley relay. Prelims begin at 11:00 a.m. and the finals start at 6:30 p.m.
2012 WAC Championship – Day 2, Feb. 23, 2012
At San Antonio, Texas
(Event winners and SJSU finishers)
500 Freestyle
1. Mengjiao Mi (Nevada), 4:46.21. 9. Amy Friedhoff, 4:55.82. 15. Caitlin Lipton, 5:05.72. --- Megan Mills, X4:59.83. --- Taylor Stoddard, X5:13.35.
200 Individual Medley
1. Fiona Connell (Northern Arizona), 2:01.29. 2. Julia Craddock, 2:02.01. 3. Darcie Anderson, 2:02.50. 5. Kirsten Trammell, 2:03.75. 15. Karly Brown, 2:06.21. 19. Haley Smith, 2:07.84. --- Andrea Chan, X2:08.26.
50 Freestyle
1. Marisa Dewames, 22.38. 3. Kiley Foster, 22.95. 7. Meghan McCurley, 23.23. 10. Erika Harvey, 23.31. 17. Brittney Boyd, 23.81. --- Danielle Smyth, X24.07.
1-meter Diving
1. Grace Huang (Nevada), 305.30. 10. Amy Kilby, 270.05.
200 Freestyle Relay
1. San Jose State (McCurley, Foster, Harvey, DeWames), 1:30.38. 2. Hawaii, 1:31.56.
Team Standings 1. San Jose State         236 2. Northern Arizona 235 3. Hawaii         203 4. Nevada         147 5. Idaho         130 6. New Mexico State 116 7. Fresno State 108 8. North Dakota 84