San Antonio, Texas - San Jose State University put the finishing touches on its program-best third-place finish on the final day of the 2010 Western Athletic Conference Women's Swimming & Diving Championship at the Josh Davis Natatorium.
The Spartans were narrowly edged for the runner-up spot in the end by New Mexico State, accumulating 487 points to 494 by the Aggies. Boise State, in just its fourth year in existence as a women's swimming and diving program, won its first WAC title with 587 points. Nevada, which had won the previous three crowns, was fourth with 473 points.
In each of fifth-year head coach Sage Hopkins' first four seasons in charge, San Jose State had finished a then-program-best fourth at the WAC Championship each time.
"I couldn't be more happy with our placement," remarked Hopkins. "Our team just did a tremendous job. The way our team performed is the proudest moment in my professional life as a coach. The ladies just did a tremendous job, and we are thrilled to get our best-ever placement of third."
On the final night, sophomore Heather Denman touched second in her attempt at defending her gold medal in the 200 backstroke, timing 1:58.72 in the championship final to just miss her own school mark of 1:58.54. Northern Arizona freshman Fi Connell posted a time of 1:57.50 to win it.
Juniors Kirsten Trammell (2:17.44) and Caitlin Macky (2:19.19) were third and fifth, respectively, in the final of the 200 breaststroke. In the 100 free, freshman Kiley Foster (51.33) placed fifth while junior Meghan McCurley also picked up second-team All-WAC honors in eighth (52.16).
San Jose State's 400 freestyle relay of freshman Marisa DeWames, McCurley, Denman and Foster timed 3:23.35, a new school record by almost two full seconds, to place second in the meet's final event, earning silver medals and second-team All-WAC distinction for all four swimmers.
Senior tri-captain Hannah Tringham, in her final collegiate competition, took a second-team All-WAC spot in fifth in the 200 fly, swimming 2:04.77.
Freshman Amy Kilby was 14th in the three-meter diving competition, posting a score of 221.00.
San Jose State at 2010 WAC Championship
February 24-27, 2010
Team Scores (Through 21 of 21 events):
1. Boise State 587
2. New Mexico State 494
3. San Jose State 487
4. Nevada 473
5. Northern Arizona 464
6. Hawai'i 392
7. San Diego 361
8. Fresno State 217
9. Idaho 199