Swimming & Diving Opens Season At Stanford

The San Jose State University women’s swimming and diving team opens the 2008-09 campaign with a dual meet up the road at perennial national powerhouse Stanford University on Friday, October 3. The first of 16 events at Stanford’s Avery Aquatic Center is set for 2:00 p.m. No admission fee is charged to attend meets at the Avery complex.

The day will follow a standard collegiate dual format, beginning with the 200 medley relay and ending with the 200 freestyle relay. The full order of events is as follows: 200 Medley Relay, 1000 Free, 200 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast, 200 Fly, 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Back, 200 Breast, 500 Free, 100 Fly, 200 IM and 200 Free Relay. Both regular diving events, from the one-meter and three-meter springboards, will be held at the Maas Family Diving Facility adjacent to the main pool.

San Jose State head coach Sage Hopkins has 17 returning letterwinners, six newcomers and two redshirt freshmen making up his current roster of 25 swimmers and divers. Most if not all of the 22 swimmers are expected to be available to compete, as are the diving trio of Jo Thibodaux, Melissa Hymes and Jessica Holden. Hymes, a redshirt a year ago, and Holden, a true freshman out of Fair Oaks, Calif., would be making their collegiate debuts. Thibodaux, a native of Alvin, Texas, made her first college appearance at the same venue last season.

Hopkins has guided San Jose State to a program-best fourth-place finish at the WAC Championship in each of his three seasons at the helm, with the Spartans looking to break into the top three in 2009. Tarolyn Robertson has been selected as a team captain alongside the sophomore duo of Ashley Ladd and Kirsten Trammell. Beste Erener, Lauren Mar and Katey Nelson, like Robertson, are fourth-year seniors. All four seniors are multiple All-WAC honorees.

This will mark the fourth straight year under Hopkins, that the Spartans begin their season at Stanford. The Cardinal are coming off a third-place finish at the 2008 NCAA Championships.

Following Friday’s dual meet, the Spartans will travel next week to Las Cruces, N.M., to take part in the first-ever Western Athletic Conference Shootout, hosted by New Mexico State University. They will have five dual meets count against their record at the conclusion of the two-day event on Friday, October 10, and Saturday, October 11.


SAN JOSE STATE (0-0, 0-0 WAC) at STANFORD (0-0, 0-0 PAC-10)
Stanford, like San Jose State, opens its 2008-09 season with Friday’s meet. The Cardinal finished third behind Arizona and Auburn at the NCAA Championships a year ago.

Stanford is led by a pair of juniors coming off appearances at the Beijing Olympic Games. Julia Smit, a 12-time All-American in her first two years of college swimming and the defending national champion in the 400 individual medley, earned a silver medal as a member of the 4x100 meter freestyle relay and a bronze medal with the 4x200 free relay. Elaine Breeden, herself a 12-time All-American and the 2007 NCAA champion in the 200 butterfly, was the top American finisher in the 200 fly in Beijing, placing seventh. She also reached the semifinals in the 100 fly. Senior Caroline Bruce is a 13-time All-American. In all, the 2008-09 Stanford roster boasts 58 All-America distinctions, four NCAA championships and 17 Pacific-10 Conference titles.

Lea Maurer, a former Stanford standout, is now in her fourth season in charge at her alma mater. She has directed Stanford to a one-spot improvement at the NCAA Championships in each of her first three campaigns (5th in 2006, 4th in 2007 and 3rd in 2008). Maurer has compiled an impressive dual meet record of 30-3 (.909) in her three years.

The Spartans have opened each of the past three seasons at Stanford. A year ago on October 5, the Cardinal won by the score of 191-99. On October 6, 2006, the final was 109-30, with San Jose State also dropping a 99-39 decision to Oregon State in a three-way dual. The 2005 opener on October 14 saw Stanford take a 199-94 victory.

Individual events will be scored to five places (1st-9; 2nd-4; 3rd-3; 4th-2; 5th-1). Relays will be scored to three places (1st-11; 2nd-4; 3rd-2).

The Stanford-San Jose State dual meet will have a live video webcast available, free of charge, courtesy of Stanford All Access and Microsoft Silverlight. Spartan fans would need to sign up for the free broadcast and install the Microsoft Silverlight plug-in. Fans can click on Schedule/Results from the San Jose State Athletics swimming and diving home page at SJSUSpartans.com and access the link from there.

Results will be posted following each event at GoStanford.com. The link will also be available through the San Jose State website at SJSUSpartans.com. Just click on Live Stats under Live from the top menu bar on the front page. Fans can also click on Schedule/Results from the swimming and diving home page and access the live results from there.