Swimming & Diving Holds Annual Awards Banquet

San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State University women’s swimming and diving team handed out awards for the 2007-08 season at its end-of-the-year banquet inside the Gold Room at the Simpkins Stadium Center on South Campus on Saturday, May 10.

Senior standout Brie Marhenke, a three-year member of the program, two-time team captain, four-time Western Athletic Conference individual gold medalist, two-time NCAA Championships qualifier and school record-holder in two individual and three relay events, was honored with a Career Achievement Award. The native of Carmichael, Calif., from Oregon State University and Del Campo High School, will be in Omaha, Neb., for the 2008 USA Olympic Team Trials, June 29-July 6, competing in the 50-meter freestyle.

Kirsten Trammell, a freshman out of Goodyear, Ariz., and Xavier College Prep, was voted by her teammates as Swimmer of the Year. She was the only other Spartan besides Marhenke to garner first-team All-WAC honors as an individual with a third-place, bronze-medal performance in the 400 individual medley.

Another freshman, Jo Thibodaux, earned the Diver of the Year award after the Alvin, Texas, native (Alvin HS) contributed 12 points to the Spartans’ team total over the three diving events at the 2008 WAC Championship.

The freshman tandem of Julia Koch (San Diego, Calif./Grossmont HS) and Ashley Krisman (Wildomar, Calif./Elsinore HS) shared Most Improved distinction, with Koch turning in a stellar first WAC Championship. Krisman swam a lifetime-best time in the grueling mile on the final day of her first conference meet.

Fourth-year senior and team tri-captain Nikki Chapman, out of Diamond Bar, Calif., and Sonora High School, was named Most Inspirational for a second straight year after sharing the award a season ago.

Fellow fourth-year senior Amanda Carr, from Riverside, Calif., and Riverside Poly High School, was honored as the team’s Scholar Athlete for combined achievement both academically and athletically.

A trio of Spartans earned the Spartan Award in fourth-year senior Jillene Golez (Antioch, Calif./Deer Valley HS), junior Katey Nelson (Santa Rosa, Calif./Maria Carrillo HS) and freshman Ashley Ladd (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo HS). The award is presented annually to the student-athletes who are seen to possess all of the qualities it takes to be a Spartan, and for excellence in every facet of the program.

Seniors Marhenke, Chapman, Carr, Golez and Sara Riley (Santa Cruz, Calif./Cabrillo College/Harbor HS) were bid one final fond farewell, while Golez was retroactively named a team tri-captain alongside Marhenke and Chapman for the 2007-08 season.

For the 2008-09 campaign, senior-to-be Tarolyn Robertson (Santee, Calif./West Hills HS) and two sophomores-to-be, Ladd and Trammell, were introduced as team tri-captains by head coach Sage Hopkins, who just concluded his third season in charge at San Jose State, with his Spartans placing a program-best fourth at the WAC Championship for a third successive year.

2007-08 San Jose State Women’s Swimming and Diving Team Awards

Individual Awards
Most Improved: Julia Koch, Fr., and Ashley Krisman, Fr.
Most Inspirational: Nikki Chapman, Sr.
Scholar Athlete: Amanda Carr, Sr.
Spartan Award: Jillene Golez, Sr., Katey Nelson, Jr., and Ashley Ladd, Fr.
Diver of the Year: Jo Thibodaux, Fr.
Swimmer of the Year: Kirsten Trammell, Fr.
Career Achievement Award: Brie Marhenke, Sr.

2008-09 Team Tri-Captains
Tarolyn Robertson, Sr.
Ashley Ladd, So.
Kirsten Trammell, So.

2007-08 Team Tri-Captains
Nikki Chapman, Sr.
Jillene Golez, Sr.
Brie Marhenke, Sr.