Spartans Shatter Records At WAC Championships

San Antonio, Texas - The San Jose State women's swimming and diving team set four school records and recorded four NCAA"B" Cut times in the first two days of competition at the 2011 WAC Championship at the Palo Alto Natatorium in San Antonio, Texas.
On Wednesday the Spartans 800 free relay team of Marissa DeWames, Kiley Foster, Julia Koch and Amy Friedhoff shattered the school record by more than seven seconds, recording the second of two NCAA "B" Cut times of the day with a 7:19.51 and fourth place finish.
Earlier in the 200 medley relay final, Rudie Guerrero, Darcie Anderson, Julia Craddock and Heather Denman got their "B" Cut time of 1:42.04 and a third place finish.  Each earned second-team All-WAC honors for the performance.
In the team competition, the Spartans ended day one in a three way tie for second place with New Mexico State and Hawai'I, each with 62 points.  Boise State was in first place with 80 points.
"We had a great night on Wednesday," head coach Sage Hopkins said. "Both our relays swam "B" Cut times.  It was a great performance across the board."
In the first race of day two, Koch swam a school record 4:50.89 in the prelims of the 500 free for a "B" Cut time and finished in second place in the final with a 4:51.41 and first-team All-WAC honors.  Friedhoff earned second-team all-conference distinction with her fourth place finish (4:52.59).
Heather Denman was 1/100 of a second from a "B" Cut in the prelims of the 200 IM, swimming a school record time of 2:01.94.  She finished in fifth in the final (2:03.71) and earned second-team All-WAC honors as did Craddock (2:04.68) who finished in eighth.  In the prelims Craddock's 2:03.77 lowered her personal best by more than 1.5 seconds.
DeWames and Foster each lowered their personal best times and earned second team All-WAC distinction in the 50 free.  DeWames (23.12 in the final) was 3/10 of a second faster than her previous best and a 23.17 in the prelim by Foster lowered her best by nearly 3/10.  In the final DeWames got fifth place and Foster (23.52) came in seventh.
The 1-meter diving competition saw Jessica Holden come in as San Jose State's top finisher.  Her 229.50 points placed her 11th.   Amy Kilby came in 13th with 216.10 points.
The final event of the day was the 200 free relay.  San Jose State's DeWames, Denman, Erika Harvey and Foster set a new school record and another "B" cut with a 1:32.40.  Their second place finish earned them second-team All-WAC honors.
"Today was another great day," Hopkins said.  "We swam four events and set three school records and got two more NCAA "B" Cuts.  Without a doubt this was the best team performance since I have been at San Jose State if not the best in the program's history."
San Jose State, with 193 points, is in third place after two days of competition.  Boise State leads the meet with 281 points and Hawai'i is second with 215. 
The action continues tomorrow 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.