Megan Mills was one of six freshmen on the 2008-09 San Jose State University women’s swimming and diving roster. The native of Redlands, Calif., primarily swims the distance freestyle events, and had the second-fastest times on the team in the 1000 and 1650, and was third-fastest in the 500. She is majoring in journalism.
Megan helped San Jose State to arguably the greatest single season in program history, as the Spartans finished with a 16-1 dual record, posting 16 consecutive victories, and matched a program-best placement of fourth at the Western Athletic Conference Championship in San Antonio, Texas, February 25-28. Fourth-year head coach Sage Hopkins’ athletes produced a remarkable 17 school records at the four-day meet alone, and 28 for the season.
Megan wraps up the 2008-09 campaign on The Spartan Splash with a retrospective from her first conference championship meet.
Blog Entry #15 (Wednesday, April 8)
Freshman Megan Mills
I couldn’t believe we were actually there, San Antonio, Texas. I vividly remember preparing for our first meet against Stanford, and now, we were at our WAC championships. We had been counting down the days for about a month on every paper set Sage had given us. All of the hard work and sweat from the season and CrossFit came down to these five days. I heard the other girls talk about last year, and the year before, on how intense and emotional WAC is, but it never really hit me until I first smelled the chlorine and walked onto the deck.
Once the first relay led off the meet on Wednesday night, we knew this is what we had been waiting for. I lost my voice after that for five days straight. The spirit that came out from the team was unbelievable to me. We breathed blue and gold that meet. The tunnels we made for those in finals and annoying the other teams was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in swimming. Every race was so emotional to watch, just because we knew exactly how that girl felt in the water. Watching the seniors race was especially emotional, because it was their final WAC.
It was an unforgettable experience from start to finish. From the senior banquet to watching Michelmore try and find an open Quiznos on Saturday, my first WAC Championship was more than I could have ever hoped for. It’s not only the swimming aspect that is important, but everything that surrounds it as well. I already can’t wait for next season, when we go to Texas next February. We will continue to work hard and keep the focus as we head into summer, getting ready for next fall. This season was almost perfect, and next season will be even better!
2008-09 Spartan Swimming & Diving Blog Entries
September 26 - Tarolyn Robertson, Senior
September 26 - Heather Denman, Freshman
September 30 - Megan Mills, Freshman
October 7 - Katey Nelson, Senior
October 15 - Meghan McCurley, Sophomore
October 30 - Lauren Mar, Senior
November 5 - Amy Friedhoff, Freshman
December 2 - Erin Garcia, Junior
January 9 - Macky-Ladd, Sophomores
January 15 - Macky-Ladd, Sophomores
January 22 - Amy Friedhoff, Freshman
January 28 - Megan Mills, Freshman
February 5 - Tarolyn Robertson, Senior
February 10 - Katey Nelson, Senior
February 22 - Erin Garcia, Junior
April 8 - Megan Mills, Freshman