San Antonio, Texas ----- Senior Marisa DeWames won the 50 freestyle and led off San Jose State University's victorious 200 freestyle relay as the Spartans moved to six points away from first-place Northern Arizona at the 2013 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Women's Swimming and Diving Championships.
DeWames opened her evening successfully defended her 50 freestyle crown from the 2012 WAC Championships with a winning time of 22.61, an NCAA Championships provisional qualifying mark. The senior from Thousand Oaks, Calif., led a parade of four Spartan finishers in the 50 free championship final. Teammates Kiley Foster, second at 22.78, another NCAA Championships provisional time; Erika Harvey, fourth at 23.17; and Elana Faria, sixth at 23.21 contributed to San Jose State's 65 points in the event - the most points scored by any of the nine teams in a single event the first two days of the championship.
DeWames closed out San Jose State's night with a 22.70 opening split for the Spartans' 200 freestyle relay team that won in a 1:30.92 time. A 22.32 split by Foster as the anchor ensured no team would break San Jose State's streak of eight relay wins in a row dating back to the 2012 WAC Championships.
"It (anchoring) makes me nervous, but I do my best when I'm nervous. It gets and keeps that adrenaline in me going," said Foster.
"Kiley has proven to be reliable anchoring our relays," San Jose State head coach Sage Hopkins said about his sprinter who now has a NCAA Championships "B" qualifying mark for the second time in her Spartan career.
Trailing by 17 points heading into the second day of the four-day championship, the Spartans' sprint freestyle strength closed the gap. Northern Arizona has a 295-289 edge over San Jose State. Denver is third at 213.5 in the nine-team competition.
HOPKINS & FOSTER SUMMARIZE THE DAY
"Today went very, very well for our swimmers and divers both. It was a great team effort," said Hopkins. "We've always had strong sprinters and we take pride in that. It's our objective to keep that tradition of sprint excellence going."
"Today was one of the best (second) days we've had. I don't think we can be in a better spot," Foster added.
SCHOOL RECORDS BY FRIEDHOFF & CRADDOCK
The Spartans also had school record swims by senior Amy Friedhoff with her third-place finish in the 500 free at 4:50.80 and senior Julia Craddock's fourth in the 200 individual medley at 2:01.08, a NCAA Championships provisional qualifying time.
KILBY, HOLDEN, CHAN & BERRY ADD ON
Amy Kilby and Jessica Holden were third and fifth, respectively, in the 3-meter dive. Andrea Chan was sixth in the 200 IM and Michelle Berry, seventh in the 500 free, to round San Jose State's scoring individuals.
SMYTH SETS THE TONE
Though she did not factor into any of the team scoring, both Hopkins and Foster credit senior Danielle Smyth with kick-starting the team in the evening finals. Smyth won a swim-off in the 50 free with a personal best 23.83.
"Everyone was excited for her and that carried over for us," Foster said about her teammate.
The WAC Women's Swimming and Diving Championships continue on March 1 with the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and 400 medley relay.
2013 Western Athletic Conference Women's Swimming & Diving Championships
Palo Alto College Natatorium, San Antonio, Texas
February 28, 2013
Team Scores (after eight events) - 1, Northern Arizona, 295. 2, San Jose State, 289. 3, Denver, 213.5. 4, Idaho, 171. 5, New Mexico State, 144.5. 6, Northern Colorado, 122. 7, North Dakota, 111. 8, CSU Bakersfield, 91. 9, Seattle U., 60.
500 Freestyle - 1, Bridge McNally (DU), 4:48.53. 2, Emma Lowther (NAU), 4:50.09. 3, Amy Friedhoff (SJSU), 4:50.80. 4, Caitlin Wright (NAU), 4:50.84. 5, Kendall Brown (NAU), 4:52.62. 6, Morga Mullenix (DU), 4:57.08. 7, Kac Vanbuskirk (DU), 4:58.81. 8, Michelle Berry (SJSU), 5:01.81.
200 Individual Medley - 1, Rachel Miller (UI), 2:00.39. 2, Elli Morrissey (NAU), 2:01.00. 3, Alex Suppan (DU), 2:01.07. 4, Julia Craddock (SJSU), 2:01.08. 5, Jessica Legge (NMSU), 2:02.59. 6, Tricia Kiss (NMSU), 2:02.94. 7, Rachel Palmer (NAU), 2:03.26. 8, Andrea Chan (SJSU), 2:04.00.
50 Freestyle - 1, Marisa DeWames (SJSU), 22.61. 2, Kiley Foster (SJSU), 22.78. 3, Elli Morrissey (NAU), 23.07. 4, Erika Harvey (SJSU), 23.17. 5, Zoe Huddleston (DU), 23.20. 6, Elana Faria (SJSU), 23.21. 7, Erica Anderson (UI), 23.25. 8, Drew Matthews (DU), 23.26.
3-Meter Diving - 1, Paige Hunt (UI), 319.05. 2, Kristy Ardavanis (NAU) 308.40. 3, Amy Kilby (SJSU), 298.95. 4, Gwendolyn Smithberg (NAU), 283.50. 5, Jessica Holden (SJSU), 266.80. 6, Sara Moldenhauer (UNC), 265.25. 7, Mairin Jameson (UI), 264.20. 8, Audrey Ruiz (NMSU), 250.95.
200 Freestyle Relay - 1, San Jose State (Marisa DeWames, Julia Craddock, Erika Harvey, Kiley Foster), 1:30.92. 2, Denver, 1:32.20. 3, North Dakota, 1:33.04. 4, Northern Colorado, 1:33.83. 5, Northern Arizona, 1:33.99. 6, CSU Bakersfield, 1:34.41, 7, Seattle U., 1:36.07. Idaho, New Mexico State, disqualified.
PRELIMINARY ROUND RECAP
San Antonio, Texas --- On the second day of the 2013 WAC Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, 10 Spartans advanced to the final of their events.
Divers Amy Kilby and Jessica Holden qualified for the final round of the 3-meter diving with scores of 302.50 and 243.35, respectively.
In the 500 Free, senior Amy Friedhoff and freshman Michelle Berry both moved on. Friedhoff placed third in the preliminary round with a time of 4:56.57 and Berry finished seventh with her time of 5:02.89.
Senior Julia Craddock swam an NCAA "B" cut with her time of 2:01.91 in the 200 IM. Senior Andrea Chan also advanced in the 200 IM after finishing sixth with a time of 2:04.39.
Competing in the 50 Free, seniors Marisa DeWames and Kiley Foster and Erika Harvey finished in the top three spots and secured a spot in the championship final. DeWames and Foster each swam a NCAA "B" cut with their times of 22.80 and 23.20, respectively. Elana Faria placed eighth and moved forward to the championship final with her time of 23.62.