San Antonio, Texas - Heather Denman, Beste Erener, Caitlin Macky and Kirsten Trammell all turned in school-record times as eight San Jose State University swimmers qualified for evening championship finals on day three of the 2009 Western Athletic Conference Championship. The four-day meet which goes through Saturday, continues later this evening with finals in seven events beginning at 4:30 p.m. PST.
Spartan swimmers have now compiled eight school records during this WAC Championship, and 17 in all for the 2008-09 season.
The school marks began with Erener in her specialty, the 400 individual medley. The fourth-year senior out of Istanbul, Turkey, who had her sights set on the record in the event since her freshman campaign, finally achieved her goal, going 4:26.62 to shave over five seconds off her previous best and move on to the championship final as the third seed. Summer Halwas-Morgan of Nevada produced the top prelim time of 4:26.16. Erener, a three-time second-team All-WAC performer in the 400 IM over her previous three appearances at the WAC Championship, had already earned All-WAC distinction in the 200 IM in this year’s meet, on Thursday night, swimming nearly three and a half seconds faster than before in that event.
Joining her in the championship final in the 400 IM tonight, is junior Hannah Tringham, the only other Spartan entrant in the event. Tringham went 4:31.32 to grab the eighth and final spot.
The 100 breaststroke featured a pair of school standards by San Jose State. Caitlin Macky first narrowly eclipsed Kiley Reinke’s six-year-old record of 1:04.15 from the 2003 WAC Championship, by going 1:04.13. In the very next preliminary heat, fellow sophomore Kirsten Trammell went 1:02.52 to shatter the mark and lower her previous best (1:04.36) by almost two full seconds. The duo will swim in the championship final as the second and eighth seeds. New Mexico State freshman Maria Spies had the fastest morning time of a B’ cut 1:01.67.
Junior Erin Garcia will swim in the consolation final of the 100 breast, with her time of 1:05.25 over two seconds faster than her previous best, and sixth all-time in school history.
Denman and Mar posted the top two preliminary times in the 100 backstroke, with Denman’s B’ cut 54.57 besting her own school record of 54.84. Mar lowered her best by over a second, from 56.47 to 55.25, and is now second all-time in the event at San Jose State behind Denman.
Sophomore Rudie Guerreo and senior Katey Nelson each qualified for the consolation final with lifetime-best marks. Guerrero had the ninth-fastest morning time of 56.73, a second better than before (57.97), while Nelson was 15th (57.57), almost two seconds faster than her best, and up to seventh in program history.
In the 100 butterfly, Denman went 54.52 for the third-fastest time of the morning, behind Nevada’s Kim Kabesh (53.60) and Elliko Heimbach (53.93) of Hawai’i, both in NCAA B’ cuts. Guerrero will also swim in the championship final, swimming a lifetime-best 55.58 to move up from sixth to fourth in the school record book.
Six of the eight Spartan entrants in the 200 free produced best times, led by freshman Amy Friedhoff in 1:52.22, the fastest by a San Jose State swimmer this season. She will compete in the consolation final tonight, with sophomore Julia Koch (1:53.56) and freshman Megan Mills (1:54.32) in the bonus consolation. Sophomores Ashley Krisman (1:55.19), Daphne Yeung (1:56.69), Julie Wynn (1:55.88) and Ashley Ladd (2:00.84) also participated in the event. Nevada’s Courtney Eads had the top time of 1:49.15.
Senior tri-captain Tarolyn Robertson will swim the consolation final of the 100 fly, turning in the 15th-fastest morning time of a season-best 57.68.
Sophomore Meghan McCurley made the bonus consolation of the 100 back, posting a lifetime-best mark of 59.24 to grab 23rd-place.
Redshirt freshman Linzy Warkentin made her WAC Championship debut, swimming prelims of the 100 fly (58.98) and 100 back (59.98), both in collegiate-best times.
Alvin, Texas, native Jo Thibodaux and freshman Jessica Holden, who finished 13th and 18th, respectively, on the one-meter board to earn four points for the Spartans on Thursday, are competing in three-meter diving prelims this afternoon. Each will be performing six dives, with the top eight advancing to the evening final.
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 (Spartan swimmers in day three preliminaries):
400 Individual Medley: 1. Summer Halwas-Morgan, NEV, 4:26.16; 3. Beste Erener, SJSU, 4:26.62; 8. Hannah Tringham, SJSU, 4:31.32.
100 Butterfly: 1. Kim Kabesh, NEV, 53.60; 3. Heather Denman, SJSU, 54.52; 6. Rudie Guerrero, SJSU, 55.58; 17. Tarolyn Robertson, SJSU, 57.68; -- Linzy Warkentin, SJSU, 58.98.
200 Freestyle: 1. Courtney Eads, NEV, 1:49.15; 11. Amy Friedhoff, SJSU, 1:52.22; 17. Julia Koch, SJSU, 1:53.56; 19. Kristin Yamaguchi, SJSU, 1:53.64; 22. Megan Mills, SJSU, 1:54.32; 25. Ashley Krisman, SJSU, 1:55.19; 28. Daphne Yeung, SJSU, 1:56.69; -- Julie Wynn, SJSU, 1:55.88; -- Ashley Ladd, SJSU, 2:00.84.
100 Breaststroke: 1. Maria Spies, NMSU, 1:01.67; 2. Kirsten Trammell, SJSU, 1:02.52; 8. Caitlin Macky, SJSU, 1:04.13; 13. Erin Garcia, SJSU, 1:05.25.
100 Backstroke: 1. Heather Denman, SJSU, 54.57; 2. Lauren Mar, SJSU, 55.25; 9. Rudie Guerrero, SJSU, 56.73; 15. Katey Nelson, SJSU, 57.57; 23. Meghan McCurley, SJSU, 59.24; -- Linzy Warkentin, SJSU, 59.98.
Three-Meter Diving: In progress.