Trammell, Michelmore Compete At U.S. Open

Federal Way, Wash. - San Jose State University junior-to-be Kirsten Trammell and assistant coach Chris Michelmore competed at the U.S. Open Swimming Championships this past week.

The long-course event, sanctioned by USA Swimming through Pacific Northwest Swimming, took place at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center Tuesday, August 4, through Saturday, August 8.

Trammell, who will enter the 2009-10 season as a second-year tri-captain and eight-time All-Western Athletic Conference honoree, participated in the 200-meter breaststroke event on the meet's first day. The product of Goodyear, Ariz., had posted a U.S. Open qualifying time at the 2009 WAC Championship in San Antonio, Texas, back on February 28, placing fourth in the evening final of the 200-yard breaststroke in a school-record 2:16.10. Swimming for her club team, YMCA Westside Silver Fins (WSF), Trammell swam 2:41.35 for 60th-place among 66 competitors who registered marks during morning preliminaries.

Michelmore, who enters his fourth season on Spartan head coach Sage Hopkins' staff later this month, took part in the 400 medley relay on Saturday evening, August 8, as the breaststroke leg for De Anza Cupertino Aquatics (DACA). The 2006 graduate of Cal Poly had not raced competitively since his college days with the Mustangs. DACA previously qualified its 400 medley relay as a team for the U.S. Open, with the club then able to compose its competing foursome however it wants. Michelmore, the assistant national team coach for DACA in addition to his duties at San Jose State, got in the water a few weeks prior to the meet, and turned in a time that was faster than any of the DACA breaststrokers.

In the last event of the meet, the DACA 'A' relay timed 3:51.05 to place 17th out of 29 foursomes to complete the race. Michelmore's second leg was 1:07.37. He swam on the relay with Daniel Donnelly, a senior-to-be at UC Davis and one of the top backstroke swimmers in the Big West Conference, and top prep prospects Erich Peske and Shayne Fleming.

In other Spartan swimming and diving team news, Hopkins and strength and conditioning coach Ben Cobian each recently earned Level I CrossFit certification, both joining Michelmore with that designation from last September. CrossFit is a general conditioning program.