Women's Swimming & Diving Reloads For 2013-14

            One of the top divers from the state of Washington and one of Oregon top high school sprint freestyle specialists are the final two incoming freshmen to sign a National Letter-of-Intent with the San Jose State University women’s swimming and diving program. Sage Hopkins, head coach of the current two-time Western Athletic Conference champion Spartans, made the announcement.

            Diver Marissa O’Quinn from Peninsula High in Gig Harbor, Wash., and sprint freestyle swimmer Cassidy Robinson from West Linn (Ore.) High plan to enroll at San Jose State beginning in the Fall 2013 semester.

             "I am very happy with the addition of Marissa and Cassidy to our incoming freshman class.  Marissa is a very high level athlete who excels in diving, acrobatics, and cheer. We strongly believe that she has tremendous potential in the sport," says the Spartans' head coach.  "Cassidy is someone that comes to us with a solid background in the sport and likewise, has tremendous potential to improve."

            O’Quinn is a two-time place winner in 1-meter diving at Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Class 3-A state championships. In 2011, she was eighth and in 2012, fifth. Relatively new to the sport, O’Quinn was a gymnast from age four until her freshman year in high school. A WIAA Scholar-Athlete and team captain of the swimming and diving team, she ranks fourth academically among the students in her senior class according to The Peninsula Gateway.

            Robinson is ranked ninth in the state of Oregon’s 2013 senior class by collegeswimming.com. She has best times of 24.25 in the 50 free, 53.61 in the 100 free, 1:59.35 in the 200 free and 59.08 in the 100 back competing for the Dolphins Swim Club in Portland, Ore. At the 2013 Texas-Louisiana Short Course Championships, Robinson qualified for two B and two C finals. She finished 11th in the 100 breast in a time of 1:05.60, 16th in the 50 free with a 24.44, 21st in the 200 individual medley in 2:09.15 and 24th in the 100 back with a 1:00.54.

             A member of the Lake Oswego Swim Club Hall of Fame, Robinson was one-fourth of the USA Swimming record-setting 200 yard free relay for girls ages 11-12. In January 2008, she and her relay teammates recorded a 1:40.25 time.


             O’Quinn and Robinson join National Interscholastic Coaches Assocation (NISCA) All-Americas Lynea Baudino from Los Alamitos (Calif.) High and four-time Oregon state champion Alysha Bush of Newberg (Ore.) High as part of San Jose State's 10-person recruiting class.

              Alyssa Cable of Rancho Bernardo High in San Diego, Calif., Taylor Solorio of Highland High in Bakersfield, Calif., and Kaitlin Taylor of Jackson High in Mill Creek, Wash., have NISCA All-America consideration marks in the 2012-13 season.

               Chesna Biolley of Ventura (Calif.) High, Lisa Ellis of Nevada Union High in Grass Valley, Calif., and Alysson Fellows from Woodcreek High in Roseville, Calif., complete the list of Spartan signees.


            A sprint freestyler, Baudino was named to the Long Beach Press Telegram’s 2012 Girls Swimming Dream Team. She placed seventh in the 50 free at the 2012 and 2013 C.I.F. Southern Section Division I meet. Baudino has a best time of 23.40 in the 50, a 2012-13 National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA) All-America qualifying mark.

            A possible breaststroker or individual medley competitor, Biolley reached the “B” final in the 100 breaststroke and the “C” final in the 200 individual medley at the 2013 C.I.F. Southern Section Division I meet.

            Bush earned NISCA All-America honors in the 50 and 100 freestyles and in the 200 free relay swimming for Newberg (Ore.) High in 2012. She has best times of 23.28 and 50.47 in the 50 and 100 free, respectively.

            The 100 fly champion at the 2013 C.I.F. San Diego Section Division I Championships, Cable is a three-time top-five finisher in the 100 fly. Her winning time of 56.29 is a NISCA All-America consideration mark. Overall, Cable completed her Rancho Bernardo High School career with six top-five finishes in three events at the C.I.F. San Diego Section Division I Championships. She was second in the 50 free at the 2013 meet with a 24.05 clocking and third in the 100 breast in 2011 and 2012 championships.

            A backstroke candidate, Ellis was an “A” championship finalist at the 2013 C.I.F.  Sac Joaquin Section Championships. She finished seventh in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:00.24. Her career best in the 100 back is 59.61.

            A freestyle distance specialist, Fellows was fourth in the 500 free at the 2012 and 2013 C.I.F. Sac Joaquin Section Championships. She swam a 5:01.56 time as a junior and is a two-time All-Sierra Foothill League honoree for Woodcreek HS.

            A three-time C.I.F. Central Section Division II champion the last two years, Solorio capped her high school career with victories in the 100 fly and 200 IM at the 2013 meet. Her winning times of 56.46 in the 100 fly and 2:05.41 in the 200 IM are NISCA consideration marks for All-America recognition.

            A three-time 2012 WESCO 4A South first-team selection as a senior, Taylor finished in the top-eight in four Washington Girls 4A Championship meets the last two years. She was third in the 100 fly and seventh in the 200 IM in 2011 and fourth and sixth, respectively in the same two events in 2012. Her career best 56.45 in the 100 fly is a NISCA All-America consideration time.

2012-13 San Jose State University Women's Swimming & Diving Signees

Name Event(s) Hometown (High School, Club) Best Marks
Lynea Baudino Free Los Alamitos, Calif. (Los Alamitos HS, Lakewood Aquatics)

50 free - 23.40

100 free - 52.14

Chesna Biolley Breast, IM Ventura, Calif. (Ventura HS, Buenaventura Swim Club)

100 breast - 1:06.08

200 breast - 2:19.30

200 IM - 2:06.02

Alysha Bush
Free Newberg, Ore. (Newberg HS, Chehalem Swim Team)

50 free - 23.28

100 free - 50.47

Alyssa Cable Breast, Fly San Diego, Calif. (Rancho Bernardo HS, Pacific Swim Club)

100 fly - 56.22

100 breast - 1:05.94

Lisa Ellis Back, Free
Grass Valley, Calif. (Nevada Union HS, Northern Sierra Aquatics)
100 back - 59.61
Alysson Fellows Free, IM Roseville, Calif. (Woodcreek HS, California Capital Aquatics)

500 free - 5:01.56

1000 free - 10:17.46

1650 free - 17:10.95

400 IM - 4:28.30

Marissa O’Quinn Diver Gig Harbor, Wash. (Peninsula HS)  
Cassidy Robinson Free, Back, Fly
West Linn, Ore. (West Linn HS, The Dolphins)

50 free - 24.19

100 free - 53.61

100 back - 58.45

100 breast - 1:05.60

100 fly - 57.79

Taylor Solorio Free, Fly, IM
Bakersfield, Calif. (Highland HS, Bakersfield Aquatics Club)

50 free - 23.73

100 free - 51.64

200 free - 1:52.63

200 breast - 2:21.77

100 fly - 56.46

200 IM - 2:05.41

Kaitlin Taylor Back, Fly, IM Mill Creek, Wash. (Jackson HS, Sting Ray Swim Club)

100 free - 53.66

100 fly - 56.45