San Jose, Calif. - The Spartan Gold came out victorious this past Saturday morning, September 20, in the San Jose State University women’s swimming and diving program’s annual intrasquad Blue-Gold Meet at The Aquatics Center on campus.
The Gold edged the Blue by the final score of 133-128.
“The meet was a lot of fun for all of us,” remarked fourth-year head coach Sage Hopkins, who guided the Spartan Gold. “It was tied at both diving breaks, and came down to the last relay. It was great to see how much spirit the team had, and how much they enjoyed racing each other.”
Multiple event winners included top freshman recruit Heather Denman as a triple threat for the Gold in the 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke and 200 individual medley. Fellow true freshman Amy Friedhoff (200 free, 500 free) and senior Lauren Mar (50 free, 100 free) took first-place honors in a pair of events for the Blue, headed by assistant coach Chris Michelmore. Sophomore Jo Thibodaux swept the one-meter and three-meter diving events in earlier competition on Friday for the Blue. Caitlin Macky (100 breast, 200 breast), also a sophomore, was a two-event winner for the Gold.
The meet featured a standard 16-event collegiate dual format, with the 200 medley relay at the start and the 200 freestyle relay at the finish, but did not include the 1000-yard freestyle. In its place as a 16th event, the Spartans competed in a modified version of a CrossFit session alongside the diving on Friday, which included dryland exercises such as pull-ups. The Spartan Blue won that event, with Thibodaux sweeping the diving against the Gold’s Jessica Holden and Melissa Hymes, to give the Blue a 27-11 advantage heading into Saturday’s swimming activity.
The Gold won the 200 medley relay, and ultimately took a 118-115 lead into the 200 free relay, which it also finished in first-place, by the slimmest of margins of just .15 seconds, to close out the Blue. The medley relay was actually even closer, with the foursomes clocking the exact same time on the stopwatches, but the coaches declaring Gold the winner of the photo finish.
The remaining individual event winners were fourth-year senior Beste Erener in the 200 butterfly and sophomore Rudie Guerrero in the 100 butterfly, both for the Blue squad.
San Jose State now has just a few days of preparation remaining for the start of its 2008-09 campaign. The Spartans are set to open a fourth straight season under Hopkins at perennial national power Stanford University on Friday, October 3. The dual meet at Stanford’s Avery Aquatic Center will begin at 2:00 p.m.