San Antonio, Texas - Heather Denman produced a pair of silver-medal efforts in the 100 backstroke and the 100 butterfly, and Kirsten Trammell placed third in the 100 breaststroke to help keep San Jose State University in second-place through day three of the 2010 Western Athletic Conference Women's Swimming & Diving Championship.
The four-day meet comes to a close on Saturday, February 27, at the Josh Davis Natatorium, with morning prelims in four events beginning at 9:00 a.m. PST. Seven finals will be contested starting at 4:30 p.m. PST. Fifth-year head coach Sage Hopkins' Spartans will attempt to close out the first top-three finish in program history. They currently are 32 points clear of third-place New Mexico State (320), with 352 points. Boise State strengthened its hold on first-place, now with 420 points as the Broncos search for their first-ever WAC title. Northern Arizona is fourth (306), with three-time defending champion Nevada lurking in the fifth spot (298).
San Jose State has finished a program-best fourth in each of Hopkins' first four seasons.
Denman swam an NCAA provisional time of 54.85 in the championship final of the 100 back, but fell short of defending her conference title, as Northern Arizona freshman Fi Connell edged her out by going 54.61.
Denman was also second in the 100 fly, swimming 54.85 behind fellow sophomore Amber Boucher of Boise State, who turned in a 'B' cut of 54.49.
Trammell was third in the 100 breast for the second year in a row, picking up another bronze medal and first-team All-WAC distinction with a time of 1:03.16, identical to that of her morning race. Junior teammate Caitlin Macky was fifth with a mark of 1:03.96. New Mexico State's Alannah Lawrence won in a 'B' cut of 1:02.49.
The 400 medley relay of Denman, Trammell, junior Rudie Guerrero and Marisa DeWames touched fourth in 3:48.23, while Boise State ended Nevada's three-year reign as the event winner by going a pool-record 3:44.03. Nevada went 3:44.15.
Freshmen Julia Craddock and DeWames were the top Spartans, each in fifth-place, in the 400 individual medley and 200 freestyle, respectively. Craddock broke Beste Erener's school record from the 2009 WAC Championship (4:26.62), by swimming a 4:26.55 in the final. DeWames went 1:51.33.
Senior tri-captain Hannah Tringham made her 2010 WAC Championship debut in the 400 IM and placed 11th after the consolation final in 4:32.09.
Stephanie De Lima of Hawai'i, who won from the platform tower on Wednesday, took the one-meter springboard with a score of 297.10 as a UH diver took the event for the seventh year in succession. Spartan freshman Amy Kilby, a bronze medalist on platform, placed 17th (210.55).
San Jose State at 2010 WAC Championship
February 24-27, 2010
Team Scores (Through 14 of 21 events):
1. Boise State 420
2. San Jose State 352
3. New Mexico State 320
4. Northern Arizona 306
5. Nevada 298
6. Hawai'i 261
7. San Diego 260
8. Idaho 159
9. Fresno State 154
Results (Top marks and Spartan competitors on day three):
400 Individual Medley: 1. Christine Raininger, BSU, 4:20.46; 5. Julia Craddock, SJSU, 4:26.55.
100 Butterfly: 1. Amber Boucher, BSU, 54.49B; 2. Heather Denman, SJSU, 54.85; 16. Rudie Guerrero, SJSU, 57.83; 21. Erin Garcia, SJSU, 58.31.
200 Freestyle: 1. Jiao Jiao Mi, NEV, 1:48.10B; 5. Marisa DeWames, SJSU, 1:51.33; 11. Kiley Foster, SJSU, 1:51.47; 13. Julia Koch, SJSU, 1:52.81; 21. Julie Wynn, SJSU, 1:55.90; 22. Elana Faria, SJSU, 1:56.30.
100 Breaststroke: 1. Alannah Lawrence, NMSU, 1:02.49B; 3. Kirsten Trammell, SJSU, 1:03.16; 5. Caitlin Macky, SJSU, 1:03.96, 24. Erin Garcia, SJSU, 1:08.29.
100 Backstroke: 1. Fi Connell, NAU, 54.61B; 2. Heather Denman, SJSU, 54.85B; 11. Kristin Yamaguchi, SJSU, 57.85; 15. Meghan McCurley, SJSU, 58.99; 16. Rudie Guerrero, SJSU, 59.58.
One-Meter Diving: 1. Stephanie De Lima, UH, 297.10; 17. Amy Kilby, SJSU, 210.55.
400 Medley Relay: 1. Boise State (Denise Green, Kelly Forrester, Amber Boucher, Stephanie North), 3:44.03; 4. San Jose State (Heather Denman, Kirsten Trammell, Rudie Guerrero, Marisa DeWames), 3:48.23.