Fresno, Calif. - Several returning and incoming San Jose State University swimmers competed for their respective club teams at the 2009 Speedo Champions Series at Clovis West High School, July 22-27.
The six-day California-Nevada sectional meet, hosted by Clovis Swim Club, was held in long-course meters.
Among the highlights for the Spartan contingent were Erin Garcia and Meghan McCurley, both swimming for De Anza Cupertino Aquatics (DACA). Approaching her junior season at San Jose State, McCurley led off the DACA ‘A’ 400 free relay on Saturday, July 25, in 59.14. Her foursome timed 3:53.89 for a third-place effort and 54 valuable points for DACA, which finished fourth with 857 points.
Garcia, a San Jose native who will be a senior tri-captain at San Jose State in the fall, joined McCurley on the DACA ‘B’ 400 medley relay on Sunday, July 26. The quartet went 4:25.33 for ninth-place and 40 points. Garcia swam the breaststroke second leg in 1:16.09, while McCurley went 100 meters of freestyle to anchor at 58.87.
Garcia also made it onto the DACA ‘B’ 800 free relay (27th, 8:46.99) on Friday night, going 2:13.51 as the second leg.
McCurley fell .06 seconds shy of a top-24 placement and shot at a subsequent bonus consolation final spot on Saturday morning in preliminaries of the 50 free, sprinting 27.42 to tie for 28th. The Fair Oaks, Calif., native was .51 seconds short of a bonus consolation final in the 100 free on Thursday, tying for 36th as the top Spartan affiliate in 59.41.
Incoming freshman Elana Faria of Auburn, Calif., competing for Bear River Swimming, was the only Spartan affiliate to qualify for an evening final, turning in the 22nd-fastest prelim time in the 50 free on Saturday of 27.35. She placed 20th overall with the fourth-best mark in the bonus consolation final, timing 27.26 and earning five team points for her club. Faria was entered in prelims of the 100 free (T54th, 59.82) and 200 free (116th, 2:12.16) as well.
McCurley’s other events were the 200 free (131st, 2:12.50) and 100 back (105th, 1:10.30). Garcia swam the 100 breast (52nd, 1:17.27), 100 free (170th, 1:01.40), 200 free (255th, 2:16.27) and 50 free (318th, 35.60).
Rudie Guerrero, swimming for DACA, was the top Spartan finisher in the 100 back (44th, 1:08.34), while also participating in the 200 fly (72nd, 2:27.80), 100 fly (91st, 1:06.53), 200 back (110th, 2:31.19) and 50 free (316th, 30.43). Fellow junior-to-be and DACA competitor Julia Koch was the top Spartan finisher in the 400 free (110th, 4:39.47), and was entered in the 200 free (T134th, 2:12.70) and 100 free (T242nd, 1:02.37).
Daphne Yeung, another Spartan who will be a junior this coming season, competing for Burlingame Aquatics, was in the 50 free (T54th, 27.72), 100 free (160th, 1:01.22) and 200 free (293rd, 2:19.29). She also turned in the fastest time of the Burlingame ‘A’ 400 free relay (50th, 4:07.45), swimming 1:00.80 as the leadoff leg.
One final Spartan affiliate present at the meet was a second incoming freshman, Taylor Stoddard of Chula Vista, Calif. Swimming for South Bay Aquatics, the freestyle specialist was in the 400 free (146th, 4:43.89), 200 free (148th, 2:13.13), 100 free (162nd, 1:01.27) and 50 free (T235th, 29.00) individually. Stoddard was fastest for the South Bay Aquatics ‘A’ 800 free relay (8:56.06) as the anchor in 2:13.06, and took the lead leg (1:00.92) of the ‘A’ 400 free relay (30th, 4:02.64).