Trammell's School Mark Leads 13 Into Finals

San Antonio, Texas - Thirteen San Jose State University swimmers qualified for evening finals on day two of the 2009 Western Athletic Conference Championship on Thursday, February 26, with nine in scoring positions. The meet, being held at the Palo Alto College Natatorium, continues with finals in five events, including the 200 freestyle relay to close, at 4:30 p.m. PST.

Kirsten Trammell’s school-record performance in the 200 individual medley was the morning highlight for San Jose State, as the sophomore tri-captain timed 2:03.36, second-fastest to Northern Arizona junior Rachael Foe’s 2:02.47. Trammell lowered the school mark of 2:04.59, set by Lura Wilhelm at the 2004 WAC Championship. Her previous best of 2:04.65, from November’s Nike Cup, was second behind Wilhelm on the all-time chart.

Fourth-year senior Beste Erener also snuck into tonight’s championship final in the eighth spot, shaving almost four seconds off her best ever with a time of 2:06.62. The mark is now the fifth-fastest all-time in program history.

In the 50 free, Lauren Mar, like Erener a fourth-year senior, sprinted a lifetime-best 23.05 to tie for the No. 2 seed heading into tonight’s championship final, with Elliko Heimbach of Hawai’i. Foe had the top time in the 50 free prelims as well, of 22.95. Sophomore Meghan McCurley, who entered the event with the WAC’s top mark in the 50 this season, matched her best with a time of 23.52, but narrowly missed the championship final as the ninth-fastest in prelims. She will swim in the consolation final instead.

McCurley will be joined in that race by fellow sophomore Daphne Yeung, who raced a lifetime-best 23.91. The time puts her into the all-time top-10 at San Jose State, in eighth. Fourth-year senior tri-captain Tarolyn Robertson turned in a lifetime-best 24.02 to tie for 18th and gain a spot in the bonus consolation final this evening.

In the 500 free, freshman Amy Friedhoff went 4:59.57 to grab the eighth and final spot in the championship final. Nevada senior Courtney Eads had the top time in the morning, of 4:51.72. Friedhoff had entered as the top seed. Fellow freshman Megan Mills (lifetime-best 5:01.86) and fourth-year senior Katey Nelson (lifetime-best 5:01.99) qualified for the consolation final at No. 14 and No. 15, with Nelson’s time almost five seconds faster than her previous best. The marks move Mills and Nelson into seventh and eighth all-time at San Jose State, respectively.

Sophomore Julia Koch just missed a scoring spot as the 17th-fastest in the 500 with a time of 5:03.88. She will swim in the bonus consolation tonight, alongside junior Hannah Tringham (5:06.70).

Freshman walk-on Kristin Yamaguchi went a lifetime-best 2:07.60 for the 15th-best mark and a scoring spot in the consolation final of the 200 IM in her WAC Championship debut. The time is ninth-best in the Spartan record book.

Other Thursday competitors for San Jose State included Caitlin Macky (2:09.23) in the 200 IM. She will swim in the bonus consolation this evening. In the 500, fellow sophomore Ashley Krisman timed 5:10.86. Junior Erin Garcia went 24.36 while two more sophomores, tri-captain Ashley Ladd (24.88) and Julie Wynn (25.07), also participated in the 50 free, with all three times their bests.

Sophomore and Alvin, Texas, native Jo Thibodaux, and freshman Jessica Holden, are competing for San Jose State in one-meter diving prelims this afternoon. Each will be performing six dives, with the top eight advancing to the evening final. Holden, out of Fair Oaks, Calif., is making her WAC Championship debut.

San Jose State at 2009 WAC Championship
February 25-28, 2009

Team Scores (Through 2 of 21 events):
1. Nevada 72
2. Hawai’i 64
2. Northern Arizona 64
4. San Jose State 58
4. New Mexico State 58
4. Boise State 58
7. San Diego 50
8. Idaho 48
9. Fresno State 36

Results (Top times and Spartan swimmers in day two preliminaries):
500 Freestyle: 1. Courtney Eads, NEV, 4:51.72; 8. Amy Friedhoff, SJSU, 4:59.57; 14. Megan Mills, SJSU, 5:01.86; 15. Katey Nelson, SJSU, 5:01.99; 17. Julia Koch, SJSU, 5:03.38; 22. Hannah Tringham, SJSU, 5:06.70; 28. Ashley Krisman, SJSU, 5:10.86.

200 Individual Medley: 1. Rachael Foe, NAU, 2:02.47; 2. Kirsten Trammell, SJSU, 2:03.36; 8. Beste Erener, SJSU, 2:06.62; 15. Kristin Yamaguchi, SJSU, 2:07.60; 20; Caitlin Macky, SJSU, 2:09.23.

50 Freestyle: 1. Rachael Foe, NAU, 22.95; 2. Lauren Mar, SJSU, 23.05; 9. Meghan McCurley, SJSU, 23.52; 13. Daphne Yeung, SJSU, 23.91; 18. Tarolyn Robertson, SJSU, 24.02; 31. Erin Garcia, SJSU, 24.36; -- Ashley Ladd, SJSU, 24.88; -- Julie Wynn, SJSU, 25.07.

One-Meter Diving: In progress.