Swimming and Diving Celebrates Banner Year

San Jose, Calif. - The athletes, their families and friends of the San Jose State Women's Swimming and Diving program gathered in the Gold Room on Saturday night to celebrate the 2010-11 season and honor their highest achievements.
 
In 2010-11 Spartan swimmers and divers set 16 school records and swam 10 NCAA 'B' Cut times.  As a team they had 64 individual and eight relay wins.
 
Head coach Sage Hopkins handed out six awards and named the tri-captains for the 2011-12 season.
 
Senior Julia Koch, who set two school records and achieved two NCAA 'B' Cut qualifying time's was honored with the Most Improved award.  At the WAC Championship, she swam a 4:50.81 in the 500 freestyle and was a member of the 800 freestyle relay team that came home in 7:19.51.  Both times were NCAA 'B' Cuts and both set new program records.  In addition, Koch, a native of San Diego, Calif., won six individual races on the season.
 
"Julia had the senior year that every athlete dreams of," Hopkins said.  "At the WAC Championship she broke two of our oldest and most challenging team records, the 500 freestyle and 800 freestyle relay.  Both performances were just amazing.  Last spring she broke her arm and missed a significant amount of training.  But, over the summer she dedicated herself in an unparalleled way, to be the best swimmer she could be.  Running stairs in the football stadium, in addition to her work in the weight room and pool last summer was a great thing to be a part of.  It was the foundation for this year's success."
 
Caitlin Macky, a senior from San Diego, Calif., was honor with the team's Most Inspirational award. 
"Caitlin has always been one of our more vocal leaders during training and competition," Hopkins said, "however this year she brought it to a whole new level.  She did a tremendous job of being a positive contributor to the team dynamic and making everyone around her better."
 
The Scholar Athlete award is chosen by Associate Athletics Director for Student Services Liz Jarnigan and head coach Sage Hopkins and is a combination of an athlete's grade point average and the points scored at the WAC Championship.  This season's the honoree Heather Denman, a junior from Brookeville, Md., carries a cumulative GPA of 3.587 and scored 43 individual and 98 relay points at the WAC Championship.
 
Caitlin Macky and Julia Craddock, a sophomore out of Litchfield Park, Ariz., were the recipients of the Spartan Award. "In many ways I view the Spartan Award as our most important." Hopkins said,  "It combines athletic success, academic success, leadership, team spirit, and work ethic...essentially all of the ingredients of being a "model" Spartan.  I was thrilled that the team selected Caitlin and Julia for this honor. 
 
"Caitlin has been a 'central pillar' of our program for four years.  Her leadership, dedication, and Spartan Pride will be missed - she is leaving big shoes to fill.  Julia is a tenacious competitor and worker, and amazing teammate.  During her two years here she has become a tremendous leader, which was acknowledged when her teammates elected her to be one of our captains next year.  We can all expect big things from Julia over her junior and senior years."
 
In a tie, Jessica Holden and Amy Kilby were honored as Divers of the Year.  Both were NCAA Zone E Qualifiers on the one and three meter boards.  Holden, a sophomore from Fair Oaks, Calif., had three individual meet wins and set the school record in the 1-meter (290.70 in a meet against UC Santa Cruz and Cal State East Bay) and 3-meter board (292.27 in a dual meet against Cal State Bakersfield) both scores were Zone E Qualifying totals.  Kilby, a sophomore out of Oklahoma City, Okla., had two individual wins and earned her Zone E Qualifying scores in one meet, against Cal State Bakersfield.  She had a 266.17 in the 1-meter and 281.10 in the 3-meter competitions.
 
Marisa DeWames, a sophomore out of Thousand Oaks, Calif., earned three individual dual meet wins and was a part of four dual meet relay victories on her way to being named San Jose State's Swimmer of the Year.  In her stellar season, she was involved in setting six school records and swam four NCAA 'B' Cut qualifying times.  Her school records came in the 100 freestyle (49.64 at the Arena Invitational), the 200 freestyle (1:49.46 at the WAC Championship), as a member of the 100 freestyle relay (44.16  at the George Haines Invitational), the 200 freestyle relay (1:32.40 at the WAC Championship), the 400 freestyle relay (3:22.29 at the WAC Championship), the 800 freestyle relay (7:19.51 at the WAC Championship).  Her 100 freestyle and 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relay times were 'B' cut times as was her time in the 400 medley relay (3:43.00 at the Arena Invitational).  In addition, she swam the team's fastest 50 freestyle of the season (23.12 at the WAC Championship).
 
2010-11 San Jose State Women's Swimming and Diving Awards
Most Improved:
Julia Koch
Most Inspirational: Cailtin Macky
Scholar Athlete: Heather Denman
Spartan Award: Caitlin Macky and Julia Craddock
Divers of the Year: Jessica Holden and Amy Kilby
Swimmer of the Year: Marisa DeWames
2011-12 Team Captains: Seniors Kirsten Trammell and Meghan McCurley, and sophomore Julia Craddock.