Spartans Earn All-America Honors

San Jose, Calif. - San Jose State swimmers Darcie Anderson, Heather Denman, Marisa DeWames and Julia Koch were named to the 2010-11 Mid-Major All-America Team, head coach Sage Hopkins announced. 
The four swam NCAA "B" Cut qualifying times, but were not selected to compete in the 2011 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.  Therefore, they received Honorable Mention recognition.
"This is the most All-America honors that we have had," head coach Sage Hopkins said. "I believe it is a direct reflection of the depth that our program and the quality athletes that are swimming for us. 
"We have a track record of our athletes getting markedly better each year and these honors are representative of that."
Anderson, out of Willows, Calif., had a stellar freshman year.  She has the program's fasted times in the three breaststroke events; the 50 (29.68), the 100 (1:02.52) and the 200 (2:16.06).  Her 50 and 200 times were school records and her 100 and 200 times were NCAA "B" Cut times.  On the year she won eight individual races and was a member of four relay wins, including a school record-setting 100 medley relay team (48.00) and two "B" Cut relay's, the 200 medley (1:42.04) and the 400 medley (3:43.00).
"We are very impressed with Darcie," head coach Sage Hopkins said.  "She's a great worker, teammate and leader.  No matter what she is doing; a swim-set at 6:30 a.m., her homework on a Friday afternoon or crossing the street, she is going to do it perfectly."
A sophomore from Thousand Oaks, Calif., DeWames won three individual races this season.  Her 1:48.59 in the 200 freestyle and 49.64 in the 100 freestyle were San Jose State records and her 100 freestyle was an NCAA "B" Cut time.  She was a member of four relays; the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle and 400 medley that swam "B" Cut times.  She was also part of four relays that set San Jose State records; the 100 freestyle (44.16), 200 freestyle (1:32.40), 400 freestyle (3:22.29) and 800 freestyle (7:19.51).
"Marisa is one of the most coachable athletes I have ever worked with," Hopkins said.  "She really works her tail off and is a tremendous racer.  She and Darcie will cheerfully, without question or hesitation, do what we ask of them."
Denman, a junior from Brookeville, Md., set three individual school records and was a member of two record setting relay teams.  Her 25.80 in the 50 butterfly, 59.01 in the 100 IM and 2:01.94 in the 200 IM were the fastest times ever recorded for a Spartans at those distances and her 200 and 400 freestyle relays were also school records.  She had six individual wins and was a member of three relay wins.  Her NCAA "B" Cut times came from a 54.94 in the 100 backstroke, the 200 and 400 freestyle relays and the 200 and 400 medley relays.
"Heather is a tremendous worker and competitor," Hopkins said.  "She has so much talent and has placed herself among the best swimmers in San Jose State history.  I fully expect her to have an amazing senior season."
Koch, out of San Diego, Calif. and the lone senior among the four, won six individual races this season.  Her 4:50.89 in the 500 freestyle established a new school record and was an NCAA "B" Cut time.  She was also a member of the "B" Cut qualifying 800 freestyle relay team that came home in a school record time of 7:19.51.
"The amount that Julia has improved since we first started recruiting her to now is almost without parallel in our program," Hopkins said.  "She went out with a perfect meet to end her career.  That was something special to be a part of.
"This is a great honor for these four ladies," Hopkins added.  "It's a testament to how hard they work and how much they give to San Jose State and our program.  We want keep improving as a team and this kind of recognition is one metric to measure our progress."