Denver, Colo. - San Jose State University senior Brie Marhenke has been named the Western Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week for the week of October 1-7.
The native of Carmichael, Calif., marked her return to competitive swimming with a pair of individual wins in the sprint freestyle events during San Jose State's season-opening dual meet at perennial national powerhouse Stanford on Friday, October 5.
Marhenke, who redshirted the 2006-07 season after earning two individual gold medals at the 2006 WAC Championship and the first trip to the NCAA Championships for a Spartan since 2000, sprinted 23.58 to win the 50 freestyle by over a full second. It was her first competitive race as a Spartan since the 2006 NCAA Championships. The mark fell narrowly short of the NCAA B’ standard of 23.29. Following a break, she timed 52.07 in winning the 100 freestyle. Marhenke holds school records in both events at 22.54 and 50.30, respectively. With the wins, she improved to a perfect 13-0 in the 50 and 10-1 in the 100 in dual meets as a Spartan.
The two-time team captain also swam the third leg of the 200 freestyle A’ relay to conclude the meet, with a split of 23.54. Her foursome was credited as the event winner in 1:38.17, though Stanford's B’ relay timed 1:37.18, after the Cardinal had elected to exhibition the event with a comfortable lead. The Spartan A’ would have placed second normally.
Marhenke had previously swept the sprint freestyle events against the then-third-ranked Cardinal in her first-ever race as a Spartan to open the 2005-06 season on October 14, 2005.
This is the first weekly conference honor for Marhenke. She picked up Spartan Foundation Student-Athlete of the Week honors on Monday. Former teammate Ashley Vrieze, now a Spartan assistant coach, and current junior Lauren Mar, each earned the weekly WAC honor a year ago.
Coming off a season-opening dual at Stanford for the third straight season, the Spartans will play host to their first of four home meets this Saturday, October 13. UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz will be on tap at The Aquatics Center for a double dual meet in Marhenke's return to her home pool. The first swimming event is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.