Women's Swimming & Diving Opens Season At Stanford

The San Jose State University women’s swimming and diving team opens the 2007-08 season this Friday, October 5, at perennial national powerhouse Stanford University. The meet at Avery Aquatic Center on the Stanford campus will begin at 1:00 p.m. This will mark the third consecutive season since current head coach Sage Hopkins took over the program, that the Spartans are opening their season against the Cardinal.

The meet will feature a standard 16-event format, with the 200 medley relay leading things off and the 200 freestyle relay concluding matters. 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, 200 Free Relay. Both regular diving events, from the one-meter and three-meter springboards, will be held, also beginning at 1:00 p.m., at the Maas Family Diving Facility within the Avery complex.

Hopkins has 10 returning letterwinners, 18 newcomers and senior co-captain Brie Marhenke among his current roster of 30 swimmers and divers. Marhenke redshirted the 2006-07 season after claiming a pair of individual gold medals in the sprint freestyle events at the 2006 Western Athletic Conference Championship, becoming the first Spartan ever to win an individual swimming title there. Marhenke holds school records in both the 50 and 100 freestyle events.

The Spartans also return 2007 All-WAC honorees Beste Erener, Lauren Mar, Katey Nelson and Hannah Tringham. Mar earned a silver medal and first-team All-WAC recognition with a second-place finish in the 50 freestyle, and second-team honors with a fourth-place effort in the 100 free at last year's conference meet. She was previously a first-team All-WAC and two-time second-team All-WAC swimmer from her freshman season in 2005-06.

Fellow juniors Erener and Nelson are now two-time second-team All-WAC swimmers in the 400 individual medley and 200 backstroke, respectively. Tringham joined Erener in garnering All-WAC distinction in the 400 IM as a freshman a year ago, finishing in fifth place just ahead of her teammate.


SAN JOSE STATE (0-0, 0-0 WAC) at STANFORD (0-0, 0-0 PAC-10)
Stanford, which will also be opening its 2007-08 season on Friday afternoon, returns Brooke Bishop, Elaine Breeden, Caroline Bruce and Julia Smit. The foursome combined to win 10 individual All-American honors at the 2007 NCAA Championships, while adding another 11 among them on four All-American relay squads.

The Cardinal are coming off a fourth-place finish at the 2007 NCAA Championships. Stanford has won more NCAA team championships (8) than any other collegiate women’s swimming program in the nation and also added an AIAW national title in 1980, the season before the NCAA began sponsoring a national championship. Stanford has finished second twice (1999, 2000) and third (2000, 2002) two other times at the NCAA Championships since its most recent national title in 1998. Stanford has an all-time dual meet record of 254-23 (.917), which includes a current string of 10 straight dual meet victories. The Cardinal has been unbeaten in dual meets 14 times, with its most recent occasion its 10-0 record in 2006-07.

Stanford was victorious the last time the teams met to begin the 2006-07 season on October 6, 2006, at Stanford, when the Cardinal outscored the Spartans, 109-30, as part of a tri-meet between Stanford, San Jose State and Oregon State. The last time the teams met in a dual was also at the Avery Aquatic Center, when the Cardinal came away with a 199-94 win in the debuts as the head coaches of their respective teams for both Sage Hopkins and Stanford’s Lea Maurer on October 14, 2005. Maurer is now also entering her third season in charge of the Cardinal.

Live results for the season-opening dual meet between San Jose State and Stanford on Friday, October 5, will be available free of charge at sjsuspartans.com. Just click on “Live Stats” under “Live” from the top menu bar on the front page. The link will also be available at gostanford.com.

“We have several goals heading into this season-opening meet at Stanford. Primarily, it is our first chance to see the team race under a competition situation. The meet will also give us a valuable opportunity to assess the strengths of our program, and help us to better utilize our talent as we go into this stretch of dual meets through October.”

Senior San Jose State co-captain Brie Marhenke makes her return to competition as a fifth-year senior at Stanford this Friday, October 5. Prior to redshirting the 2006-07 season, Marhenke began her Spartan career at Stanford in a dual meet to open the 2005-06 campaign. The then-junior transfer from Oregon State University announced her arrival with a bang, sweeping the two sprint freestyle events against the powerhouse Cardinal, with times of 24.05 in the 50 and 52.94 in the 100. She also anchored both relays that took place on the day. The 200 freestyle relay to conclude the meet featured an exciting finish, with Marhenke momentarily catching Elizabeth Durot of the Stanford A’ relay, but the Spartans narrowly getting edged out in the end by .06 seconds.

Later in the 2005-06 season, the sprint freestyle specialist became the first Spartan representative at the NCAA Championships since 2000. Marhenke has her sights set on lowering the two individual and three relay school records she currently holds.

San Jose State was beaten by Stanford, 109-30, and Oregon State, 99-39, in a season-opening double dual meet for all three teams at Stanford’s Avery Aquatic Center on October 6, 2006.

Top-five individual finishes for the Spartans in swimming events included Amanda Carr in the 1000 freestyle (5th, 10:37.17), Lesley Ouellette in the 100 breaststroke (4th, 1:07.65) and Katey Nelson in the 200 backstroke (5th, 2:09.16). Hannah Tringham (2:15.71), a freshman competing in her first collegiate meet, and Beste Erener (2:16.00), produced a four-five finish in the 200 IM.

In diving, Soraya Azarfar was third on the one-meter board (206.30) and fifth on the three-meter (196.95). Jennifer Gonzalez was fifth on the one-meter board (155.10) and fourth on the three-meter (202.25). The A’ 200 medley relay of Ashley Vrieze, Ouellette, Ksenija Poljak and Lauren Mar, finished fifth in 1:49.29.

Mar was sixth in the 50 free, racing 24.70, and ninth in the 100 free, in 53.83. Ouellette was sixth in the 200 breast, timing 2:30.71, with Amanda Collier right behind in 2:31.69. Tarolyn Robertson was eighth in the 100 fly in 59.09.