Spartans Take Lead At WAC Championship

San Antonio, Texas-----School-record performances by senior Julia Craddock in the 400 individual medley and junior Ashlyn Acosta in the 100 butterfly highlighted San Jose State University taking the lead heading into the final day of the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Women's Swimming and Diving Championship.

            Craddock and Acosta each finished second in their respective events. Craddock had a time of 4:16.47 in the 400 individual medley while Acosta clocked in at 54.08 in the 100 butterfly. Acosta's school record time of 53.61 came in the morning qualifying. Their school-record clockings also were NCAA Championship provisional qualifying marks.

A LOOK BACK ON A BIG DAY


            "Julia's 400 IM was breathaking to watch. She got everyone's adrenaline up. She set the standard for us," said senior Marisa DeWames. "Her goggles snapped before the race and the way she handled that she didn't miss a beat. It spiked her adreanline and she crushed it (the race)."

            "Today was a tremendous day for us," said San Jose State head coach Sage Hopkins about the team's move into first place. "Today was all about (our) depth and it was a total team effort."

           "We walked in today and just started cheering as soon as got out o fthe van. We are the loudest team there and that helped a lot," Acosta said. "We're all of the mindset that we are going for the best times."

PRELIMS SET UP THE TAKEOVER

            San Jose State, with 503 points and a 59-point lead, advanced 12 entries into Friday's championship finals compared to six for Northern Arizona, the leader each of the first two nights, and nine for Denver. Northern Arizona is second in the nine-team standings with 444 and Denver, with three first-place finishes in the six events contested on the day, still third at 415.5.

            San Jose State totaled three seconds, three fourths, a fifth, a sixth, two sevenths and two eighths among its participants.

            The Spartans moved into first when Acosta and Michaela McLean finished 2-4 in the 100 butterfly and widened their lead significantly with Marisa DeWames, Amy Friedhoff, Erika Harvey, and Kiley Foster placing 2-4-5-6 in the 200 freestyle. DeWames tied her school record in the 200 freestyle with her time of 1:48.53.

           "Everyone did an absolutely amazing job (today). We did a real good job of avoiding distractions and fatigue and focusing on what we are doing," said DeWames, who will be defending her 100 freestyle title on the final night.

            The WAC Championship concludes March 2 with seven events - the 100 and 1650 freestyles, 200 backstroke, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, platform diving and the 400 freestyle relay.

2013 Western Athletic Conference Women's Swimming & Diving Championships
Palo Alto College Natatorium, San Antonio, Texas
March 1, 2013

Team Scores - 1, San Jose State (SJSU), 503; 2, Northern Arizona (NAU), 444; 3, Denver (DU), 415.5; 4, Idaho (UI), 281; 5, New Mexico State (NMSU), 236.5; 6, Northern Colorado (UNC), 204; 7, North Dakota (UND), 174; 8, CSU Bakersfield (CSUB), 123; 9, Seattle U. (SU), 105.


400 Individual Medley - 1, Alex Suppan (DU), 4:12.88; 2, Julia Craddock (SJSU), 4:16.47;  3, Kendall Brown (NAU), 4:17.46 4, , Rachel Palmer (NAU), 4:18.36; 5, Bridgette McNally (DU), 4:19.34; 6 Tricia Kiss (NMSU), 4:21.24; 7, Courtney Van Oost (UNC), 4:22.67; 8, Andrea Chan (SJSU), 4:26.78.

100 Butterfly - 1, Sam Corea (DU), 53.20; 2, Ashlyn Acosta (SJSU), 54.01; 3, Drew Matthews (DU), 54.80; 4, Michaela McLean (SJSU), 54.91; 5, Jamie Sterbis (UI), 55.11; 6, Tia Totura (DU), 55.13; 7, Terrin Seaver (NMSU), 56.50; 8, Jenny LaPorte (UNC), 56.57.

200 Freestyle - 1, Rachel Millet (UI), 1:47.89; 2, Marisa DeWames (SJSU), 1:48.53 (ties school record); 3, Emma Lowther (NAU), 1:49.17; 4, Amy Friedhoff (SJSU), 1:49.29; 5, Erika Harvey (SJSU), 1:49.66; 6, Kiley Foster (SJSU), 1:49.84; 7, Caitlin Wright (NAU), 1:51.40; 8, Kelsey Lange (CSUB), 1:52.25.

100 Breaststroke - 1, Jessica Legge (NMSU), 1:01.49; 2, Kevlyn Richards (SU), 1:01.95; 3, Jordan Burnes (NAU), 1:02.04; 4, Darcie Anderson (SJSU), 1:02.65; 5, Erica Anderson (UI), 1:03.24; 6, Maddie Eyolfson (DU), 1:03.44; 7, Natasha Moffitt (SJSU), 1:03.45; 8, Gina Riggle (UNC), 1:04.25.

100 Backstroke - 1, Sam Corea (DU), 53.13; 2, Fi Connell (NAU), 54.24; 3, Veronica Medon (UND), 4, Terrin Seaver (NMSU), 55.59; 5, Gretchen Cohen (DU), 55.80; 6, Mariah Morrell (NMSU), 56.10; 7, Brynne Beneke (SJSU), 56.21; 8, Christina Bruni (SJSU), 56.45.

400 Medley Relay - 1, Northern Arizona, 3:38.69; 2, Denver, 3:40.50; 3, San Jose State (Brynne Beneke, Darcie Anderson, Ashlyn Acosta, Marisa DeWames), 3:41.06. 4, Idaho, 3:44.62; 5, Northern Colorado, 3:47.61; 6, North Dakota, 3:48.77; 7, Seattle U., 3:52.94; New Mexico State, CSU Bakersfield, disqualified.