Swimming and Diving Heads to Stanford for 2011-12 Opener

The San Jose State women’s swimming and diving team begins its 2011-12 schedule Friday, Sept. 30, at Stanford with its annual season-opening dual meet against the Cardinal.
Friday at Stanford, 2:00 p.m.
ABOUT SAN JOSE STATE The Spartans return 10 swimmers who earned All-Western Athletic Conference honors at the 2011 WAC Championship in San Antonio. Also back are seniors Meghan McCurley and Kirsten Trammell, both of whom redshirted last season after earning multiple All-WAC honors at the 2010 WAC Championship.
Divers Amy Kilby and Jessica Holden return to lead the Spartans platform and springboard attack. Holden set school records in the one-meter and three-meter diving events in 2010-11 while setting NCAA Diving Zone E qualifying marks in each.
The team finished with an 8-1 dual meet record last season, including 2-0 against WAC opponents and an unblemished 2-0 mark at home in the Aquatics Center. San Jose State earned a fourth place finish at the 2011 WAC Championship. According to collegeswimming.com, the Spartans were ranked as high as No. 5 among mid-major programs during in 2010-11 season
SERIES HISTORY Stanford has won six straight dual meets against the Spartans to open the season dating to 2005-06. In last year’s meeting, Stanford won last year’s dual, 187-100, with 12 wins in the individual swimming events.
ABOUT STANFORD The Cardinal’s strength will be in the sprints, as well as the individual medley, which has been showcased the last five years by American record holder and Olympian Julia Smit and now sophomore Maya DiRado.
HEAD COACH SAGE HOPKINS Sage Hopkins begins his seventh year at the helm of the San Jose State women’s swimming and diving program in 2011-12. In six seasons, Hopkins’ dual meet record is 52-22-1 (.700), with an even better 20-6-1 (.759) mark against WAC teams. He is the first Spartans swimming and diving coach to reach the 50-win plateau in the program's 46-year NCAA history.
During Hopkins' tenure, SJSU swimmers have set 14 of the 16 all-time individual program records and his relay teams hold every school mark.  His student-athletes have earned 11 College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) All-America awards and 72 Academic All-WAC honors. In the same time frame, San Jose State athletes have produced 41 first-team and 118 second-team All-WAC performances at the conference meet.
UP NEXT The Spartans return to Stanford October 14-15 to face both the Cardinal and WAC member Nevada in a tri-meet at Stanford’s Avery Aquatics Center.