Brie Marhenke Set For NCAA Championships

THIS WEEK - BRIE MARHENKE COMPETES AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Senior team co-captain Brie Marhenke travelled to Columbus, Ohio, on Monday, March 17, to represent San Jose State University at the 2008 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships. The Ohio State University and the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion will host the 2008 NCAA Championships, Thursday through Saturday, March 20-22.

SAN JOSE STATE at 2008 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Marhenke, a native of Carmichael, Calif., and graduate of Del Campo High School who transferred to San Jose State prior to the 2005-06 season following two seasons at Oregon State University, will be making her second NCAA Championships appearance. She previously qualified for the 2006 meet, becoming the Spartans’ first representative at the NCAA Championships since Charlotte Pierce competed in both the 100 and 200 butterfly as a freshman at the 2000 event in Indianapolis, Ind.

2008 NCAA DIVISION I WOMEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
THURSDAY-SATURDAY, MARCH 20-22
PRELIMS AT 8:00 A.M. PDT - FINALS AT 4:00 P.M. PDT
McCORKLE AQUATIC PAVILION, COLUMBUS, OHIO

Accompanied by third-year San Jose State head coach Sage Hopkins, the four-time Western Athletic Conference individual gold medalist will compete in her specialties, the sprint freestyle events, in Ohio. Preliminaries for her best event, the 50 freestyle, will take place on the meet’s first day, March 20, with the session starting at 11:00 a.m. EDT (8:00 a.m. PDT). The 100 freestyle will be held on the final day, March 22. The top 16 swimmers in each individual event advance to evening finals, with the top eight going into the championship final and places nine through 16 qualifying for the consolation final. The evening sessions begin at 7:00 p.m. EDT (4:00 p.m. PDT).

A top-16 spot also means the accumulation of team points, which San Jose State has not achieved since Angie Wester-Krieg (formerly Wester) placed ninth and 10th in the 200 butterfly and 100 butterfly, respectively, to score 16 points at the 1986 NCAA Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. In Atlanta, Ga., in 2006, Marhenke just missed a finals spot as the 10th seed in the 50, with a time of 22.83 good enough for 17th in prelims. In the 100, she swam a then-school-record 50.30 for 35th.

Marhenke, who redshirted in 2006-07, holds school records in both the 50 (22.42) and 100 (50.23), as well as being a part of three relay school marks. She achieved her automatic qualifying mark of a school-record 22.42 in the 50 free this year at the Last Chance Invite at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach, Calif., on Sunday, March 2. The event is held following the Pacific-10 Swimming Championships each year. Marhenke gained a special invitation having posted a trio of NCAA consideration qualifying marks this season in both the 50 and 100. With the automatic qualifier in the 50, she also earns the right to compete in the 100 in Ohio.

Heading into the 2008 NCAA Championships, Marhenke is seeded 19th in the 50 freestyle with her mark of 22.42, and 69th in the 100 with her time of 50.23. Jennifer Bradford of Kentucky is the top seed in the 50 at 22.00, while Julia Wilkinson of Texas A&M enters with the top time in the 100 (47.80). There are 72 entrants in the 50 free and 90 in the 100 at this year’s NCAA meet.

Marhenke went a perfect 9-0 in the 50 and 8-0 in the 100 in dual meets this season, and finished her Spartan career an undefeated 21-0 in the 50 and 17-1 in the 100. She is a two-time WAC champion in both events, duplicating her double from the 2006 WAC meet with two more individual gold medals at this year’s event just last month in San Antonio, Texas. Marhenke is the only San Jose State swimmer who has ever won an individual WAC title, and has been a part of three first-place relay finishes over her two WAC Championship appearances.

Marhenke also finished second in both events (23.09 in the 50 and 50.60 in the 100) at the 2007 Nike Cup last November, behind Chelsea Nagata of UC Irvine in the 50 (23.03) and Anna Poteete of UCLA (50.40) in the 100. In her previous appearance at the Nike Cup in 2005, Marhenke was runner-up in the 50, to Stanford All-American Brooke Bishop, and fifth in the 100.

AWARDS
Official NCAA individual awards will be awarded to the first eight finishers in each event.

SCORING
Individual events will be scored on 16 places: eight places (20-17-16-15-14-13-12-11) for championship finals and eight places (9-7-6-5-4-3-2-1) for consolation finals.

COVERAGE
General meet information, complete daily event schedule, recaps, photos and updated results throughout the meet will be posted on The Ohio State University’s official website, at ohiostatebuckeyes.com.

LIVE RESULTS
Live results for the 2008 NCAA Championships will be available at SJSUSpartans.com. Just click on Live Stats under Live from the top menu bar on the front page. Fans can also access the live results from Schedule/Results on the women’s swimming and diving page. The direct link is: http://ohiostatebuckeyes.com/fls/17300/livestats/swim/index.htm

TELEVISION
ESPN2 will provide 90 minutes of tape-delayed coverage of the 2008 NCAA Championships on Friday, March 28, beginning at 2:00 p.m. EDT (11:00 a.m. PDT).

ORDER OF EVENTS AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
The order of events for the 2008 NCAA Championships, leading up to Brie Marhenke’s two events on Thursday, March 20, and Saturday, March 22:

Thursday, March 20
Swimming Preliminaries 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. PDT
200 Freestyle Relay
500 Freestyle
200 Individual Medley
50 Freestyle

Finals 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. PDT
200 Freestyle Relay
500 Freestyle
200 Individual Medley
50 Freestyle

Saturday, March 22
Swimming Preliminaries 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. PDT
200 Backstroke
100 Freestyle

Finals 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. PDT
1,650 Freestyle
200 Backstroke
100 Freestyle

BRIE MARHENKE ON NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
“I’m very excited and looking forward to seeing what I can do in Ohio. Hopefully, I can better my times even more. I would love to get in the top 16 in the 50. That is definitely a goal. In the 100, I would like to swim a 49 (seconds).”

SAGE HOPKINS ON NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
“For Brie to qualify again for the NCAA Championships is great for our program on a number of levels. It shows the ladies on the team that they can all get there. They don’t have to swim at California, Stanford or Arizona. Spartans can get there as well. It also validates a lot of the things that we are doing in our program.

“We would like Brie to finish up with two more best times, one in the 50 and one in the 100.”

WAC REPRESENTATION
Brie Marhenke will be among five Western Athletic Conference student-athletes in Columbus this week. Joining her will be sophomore breaststroke specialist Margaret Doolittle, junior butterfly specialist Kim Kabesh and junior diver Candice Minette from two-time conference champion Nevada, and sophomore diver Emma Friesen of Hawai’i. Doolittle, the 2008 WAC Swimmer of the Year, will compete in three events.