San Antonio, Texas - San Jose State University broke a fourth school record on the second night of the 2009 Western Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championship at the Palo Alto College Natatorium, setting a new program standard in the 200 free relay.
Through seven of 21 total events, the Spartans sit in the fifth spot with 162 points. Northern Arizona leads with 245 points, followed by two-time defending champion Nevada with 211. Hawai’i is in third (183), with New Mexico State just ahead of the Spartans by four points at 166.
San Jose State entered the night’s final event, the 200 free relay, as the defending WAC champion, and winner of that relay in two of the past three years. The Spartan foursome of Meghan McCurley, Tarolyn Robertson, Daphne Yeung and Lauren Mar timed a school-record 1:33.55, but it was only good enough for a fifth-place tie with New Mexico State, as the teams split 54 points down the middle. Hawai’i won in 1:32.91. The previous SJSU record was 1:33.76 from last year’s WAC Championship, with Mar, McCurley and Robertson all a part of that relay.
Kirsten Trammell, a sophomore tri-captain, and Beste Erener, a fourth-year senior, went 5-8 in the championship final of the 200 individual medley, with each earning second-team All-WAC distinction. Trammell timed 2:04.33, almost a second off the school standard she set in the morning. Erener went 2:06.66 in the first 200 IM championship final of her career at the WAC Championship, just .04 seconds off her best-ever time in the event from the morning. She is now a four-time All-WAC performer, with her first three awards coming in the 400 IM the past three years. Northern Arizona’s Rachael Foe entered as the top seed, and won in 2:01.49.
Mar sped 23.26 for fifth-place in the 50 freestyle. The fourth-year senior had entered the event as the No. 2 seed, and raced a lifetime-best 23.05 in morning prelims to tie for the second-fastest mark with Elliko Heimbach of Hawai’i, who won the championship final in 23.16.
Amy Friedhoff, a freshman from Federal Way, Wash. (Thomas Jefferson HS), earned second-team All-WAC honors for the first time, placing sixth in the 500 freestyle in a time of 4:59.16, bettering her morning prelim time slightly by .41 seconds. Nevada’s Courtney Eads won handily with an NCAA B’ cut of 4:47.39.
Friedhoff’s teammates, Megan Mills (5:01.88), Julia Koch (5:02.36) and Katey Nelson (5:03.48), went 4-5-6 in the consolation final for 12-13-14 overall in the event. Koch, a sophomore, had the 17th-fastest prelim time in the morning, but was able to move from the bonus consolation into the top-16 consolation due to a scratch above her.
McCurley (23.83) and Yeung (23.87), both sophomores, went 5-7 in the consolation final of the 50 free, and 13th and 15th overall, to combine for six more points toward the Spartans’ team total. Yeung’s time improved on her best ever from the morning, of 23.91, and moves her up one more spot from eighth to seventh on the all-time San Jose State chart.
Freshman Kristin Yamaguchi was sixth in the consolation final and 14th overall, in the 200 IM, collecting her first three WAC Championship points with a time of 2:07.97.
Sophomore Caitlin Macky won the bonus consolation of the 200 IM in 2:06.93, over two seconds faster than her prelim time, for a 17th-place overall finish.
Robertson, a senior tri-captain, went 24.13 to finish second in the bonus consolation of the 50 free, and 18th overall in the event.
Sophomore Jo Thibodaux, a native of Alvin, Texas, scored 217.65 for her six dives to earn four points for the Spartans during afternoon prelims of the one-meter springboard event. Freshman Spartan diver Jessica Holden made her WAC Championship debut, placing 18th with a score of 194.20. Emma Friesen of Hawai’i, last year’s NCAA individual champion on the one-meter board, tallied a meet-record score of 338.40 for the gold medal.
Action continues on Friday, February 27, with preliminaries beginning at 9:00 a.m. PST and finals in a total of seven more events starting at 4:30 p.m. PST. Freshman standout Heather Denman will be back in the water after her silver-medal-winning debut as the butterfly leg of San Jose State’s 200 medley relay on Wednesday night, and a day off on Thursday.
San Jose State at 2009 WAC Championship
February 25-28, 2009
Team Scores (Through 7 of 21 events):
1. Northern Arizona 245
2. Nevada 211
3. Hawai’i 183
4. New Mexico State 166
5. San Jose State 162
6. Boise State 152
7. San Diego 121
8. Idaho 87
9. Fresno State 55
Results (Top marks and Spartan competitors on day two):
500 Freestyle: 1. Courtney Eads, NEV, 4:47.39; 6. Amy Friedhoff, SJSU, 4:59.16; 12. Megan Mills, SJSU, 5:01.88; 13. Julia Koch, SJSU, 5:02.36; 14. Katey Nelson, SJSU, 5:03.48; 22. Hannah Tringham, SJSU, 5:06.70; 28. Ashley Krisman, SJSU, 5:10.86.
200 Individual Medley: 1. Rachael Foe, NAU, 2:01.49; 5. Kirsten Trammell, SJSU, 2:04.33; 8. Beste Erener, SJSU, 2:06.66; 14. Kristin Yamaguchi, SJSU, 2:07.97; 17; Caitlin Macky, SJSU, 2:06.93.
50 Freestyle: 1. Elliko Heimbach, UH, 23.16; 5. Lauren Mar, SJSU, 23.26; 13. Meghan McCurley, SJSU, 23.83; 15. Daphne Yeung, SJSU, 23.87; 18. Tarolyn Robertson, SJSU, 24.13; 31. Erin Garcia, SJSU, 24.36; -- Ashley Ladd, SJSU, 24.88; -- Julie Wynn, SJSU, 25.07.
One-Meter Diving: 1. Emma Friesen, UH, 338.40; 13. Jo Thibodaux, SJSU, 217.65; 18. Jessica Holden, SJSU, 194.20.
200 Freestyle Relay: 1. Hawai’i (Karli Rice, Victoria Tan, Maura Barrett, Elliko Heimbach), 1:32.91; 5. San Jose State (Meghan McCurley, Tarolyn Robertson, Daphne Yeung, Lauren Mar), 1:33.55.