Five Spartans Finish Up At U.S. Olympic Trials

Women's swimming and diving head coach Sage Hopkins called the Olympic swimming trials one of the greatest spectacles in the sport. On the week of June 25-Jul1 five members of San Jose State's 2012 WAC Champion swimming and diving team competed against the top swimmers in the world at the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials in Omaha, Neb.

Kirsten Trammell who was a senior on the Spartans' 2012 WAC Champion team called it, "above and beyond any other swim competition."

Trammel of Goodyear, Ariz., and Darcie Anderson of Willows, Calif., were first in the pool swimming the 100-meter breast stroke event. Anderson swam it in 1:11.88 and ranked 71st of 152 while Trammel was 115th (1:13.12).

"It was like being at a professional sports game," Trammel said. "There were all kinds of lights and announcers and thousands of people watching us."

Marisa DeWames from Thousand Oaks, Calif., competed in both the 100-meter and 50-meter freestyle event at the trials. She was 79th of 131 in the 100 free and tied for 60th of 154 in the 50 free where she swam a personal record 26.21.

Kiley Foster of Alta Loma, Calif., and Erica Harvey of Palo Cedro, Calif., also swam the 50 free. Foster finished the sprint in 26.21 ranking 88th, while Harvey was 102nd with a time of 26.58.

Foster and Dewames will return to the pool for San Jose State as seniors during the 2012-13 season. Harvey and Anderson will join them as juniors.

"It was great being there with five Spartans in the pool," said Hopkins. "This is not like a normal meet. It's a top spectacle in our sport. They all earned their place in these trials and I just wanted them to enjoy it."