San Jose, Calif. - San Jose State University women’s swimming and diving head coach Sage Hopkins has announced the 2007-08 schedule.
Under Hopkins, entering his third season at the helm, San Jose State will be in search of a best-ever, top-three finish at the 2008 Western Athletic Conference Championship.
San Jose State is set to host four meets in the new season after having just one home event a year ago. The Spartans are scheduled to face three WAC foes in Boise State, Idaho and Nevada for a total of five dual meets.
The Spartans will begin the 2007-08 season, as it has the past two since Hopkins took charge, at perennial national powerhouse Stanford this Friday, October 5. The start of the 16-event standard dual meet at Avery Aquatic Center is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
After the opener at Stanford, San Jose State begins the home portion of its schedule the following weekend on Saturday, October 13, hosting UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz in a double dual at 1:00 p.m. at The Aquatics Center.
The dual season continues with a first-ever trip for the Spartans to Boise, Idaho, to take on Boise State on Friday, October 19, and Saturday, October 20. The Broncos began a women’s swimming and diving program prior to the 2006-07 season.
San Jose State will host meets on back-to-back days at The Aquatics Center on Friday, October 26, and Saturday, October 27, first matching up with Idaho at 3:00 p.m. before taking on both Idaho and Pacific-10 Conference foe Washington State the next day at 1:00 p.m.
The Spartans will make their annual mid-November trip down to Long Beach, Calif., for the Nike Cup (formerly Speedo Cup), before concluding competition for 2007 at Pacific in Stockton, Calif., on Saturday, December 8.
During the first weekend of the new year, San Jose State will twice swim at Hopkins’ alma mater, Cal State Bakersfield, on Friday, January 4, and Saturday, January 5. Before returning to San Jose, the Spartans will participate for the second year in a row in the relay portion of the UCI/Ayres Hotel & Suites Invitational on the final day of the event on Sunday, January 6.
The dual meet season will come to a close with a road date at Cal State East Bay in Hayward, Calif., on Saturday, January 26, and a Senior Day meeting with conference rival Nevada at The Aquatics Center at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 2.
“This is the best schedule we have had in three seasons at San Jose State,” says Hopkins. “We are excited to go head-to-head with WAC rivals Boise State and the University of Idaho twice each. The Nike Cup will finish up our fall season, and we always strive to be in the top five at that competition. It provides a great opportunity to go up against Pac-10 teams like Stanford and UCLA. We had a great meet against Cal State Bakersfield last year, and we look to continue that rivalry. Our dual meets with Nevada are always an exciting way to finish out the dual meet season each year.”
The WAC Championship will once again be held in San Antonio, Texas, February 20-23, with the 2008 NCAA Championships tabbed for Columbus, Ohio, in late March. The Spartans aim to send multiple athletes to the NCAA meet and score points as a team there for the first time since 1986.
San Jose State returns 10 letterwinners and two-time WAC individual champion Brie Marhenke, who redshirted a year ago, off a team that matched its best-ever WAC finish from the season before with a fourth-place showing. Hopkins, who also has 18 newcomers, 15 of them freshmen, joining a roster of a total of 30 swimmers and divers, had previously announced Marhenke and fellow senior Nikki Chapman as his co-captains.