Spartans 4th At WAC Championships

San Antonio, Texas - With one school record, a "B" Cut time and nine second team All-WAC honors, the San Jose State women's swimming and diving team wrapped up the final day of the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Championship at the Palo Alto Natatorium in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday.
 
In the final race of the meet, Marisa DeWames, Heather Denman, Elana Faria and Kiley Foster swam the fastest 400 free relay in San Jose State history.  Their 3:22.29 took more than one second off the old record and was an NCAA "B" Cut qualifying time.
 
In the 1650 free, the first event of the day, three Spartans set personal bests and one earned second team all-conference selection.  Amy Friedhoff (17:10.20/7th place), Megan Mills (17:25.24/11th place) and Ashley Krisman (17:37.14/17th place) lopped six, 13 and 20 seconds on their best times, respectively.  Friedhoff's seventh place finish earned her second team All-WAC.
 
Briana Swinney set a personal best, the sixth fastest in San Jose State history, with her 2:03.72 in the 200 back, which was good for 12th place.  Rudie Guerrero finished 16th with a 2:06.63.
 
The Spartans had five swimmers in the top-24 of the 100 free.  In the prelims Foster swam the third fastest time in SJSU history with a 50.38.  She earned second team all-conference honors for her eighth place finish in the final.  Faria (51.19 in the prelilms/7th all-time) finished 10th in the final in 51.33.  Erika Harvey came home in 16th with a 51.82.  Her 51.27 in the prelims was the eighth beat time in the programs history.  Julia Koch and Julie Wynn finished 20th (52.22) and 22nd (52.58), respectively.
 
Darcie Anderson earned second team All-WAC honors for her fifth place finish (2:19.70) in the 200 breast. Caitlin Macky (2:19.32) finished ninth, Karly Brown (2:21.86) finished 13th and Christina Bergis (2:25.16) was 18th.
 
In the 200 fly Denman (2:01.39) and Julia Craddock (2:01.42) earned second team all-conference recognition with their fourth and fifth place finishes.  Ashlyn Acosta came in 14th place with a 2:06.53.
 
Amy Kilby (171.15 points) was 17th in the prelims of the platform diving competition and Jessica Holden was 19th  with 170.10 points, but did not qualify for the event final.
 
Boise State won the team championship for the second straight year.  The Broncos finished the meet with 835 points, followed by Hawaii with 577.  Northern Arizona was third with 535, while San Jose State placed fourth with 499. New Mexico State finished fifth with 405, followed by Nevada (326), Fresno State (276) and Idaho (213).
 
Individual Honors (as voted upon by the WAC coaches)
Swimmer of the Year - Amber Boucher, Jr., Boise State
Diver of the Year - Emma Friesen, Sr., Hawai'i
Freshman of the Year - Tricia Kiss, New Mexico State
Diving Coach of the Year - Mike Brown, Hawai'i
Coach of the Year - Kristin Hill, Boise State