San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State University women's swimming and diving team went 2-1 on the first day of the 2009 Western Athletic Conference Shootout on Friday, October 9.
San Jose State is hosting the second edition of the annual two-day event, with 11 swimming events being held at The Aquatics Center on campus, and two diving events at Stanford University's Avery Aquatic Center, on each day.
On Friday, the Spartans topped two-time defending WAC champion Nevada for the second time in as many meetings at the WAC Shootout, 162-80, and the third straight time in all, while also getting by second-year program Fresno State, 176-66. San Jose State's lone loss came against Boise State, 130-112. The Spartans' defeat to Boise State marked their first at a WAC Shootout, having been the only team without a blemish, at 5-0, at the inaugural meet a year ago in Las Cruces, N.M.
Hawai'i was the lone team to come away unscathed from the first day of competition, at 2-0 in its first appearance at the event. Boise State, like San Jose State, was 2-1.
Sophomore Heather Denman turned in the top time in the 100 backstroke, swimming 57.60. She also led off the meet-opening 200 medley relay with a 50-yard backstroke split of 37.31, as the Spartan 'A' foursome went 1:47.46 for the second-best mark behind Boise State (1:46.50). Denman was followed by juniors Caitlin Macky, Rudie Guerrero and Meghan McCurley.
Denman's third event was the 100 butterfly, where the Maryland native was second-fastest in 57.14 behind Nevada's Marichi Gandionco (56.70).
McCurley, the Spartans' top sprinter, was fourth-fastest in the 50 free (24.32).
Other top-five San Jose State times included true freshmen Caitlin Lipton, Marisa DeWames, Kiley Foster and Julia Craddock in the 1000 free (10:38.55), 200 free (1:55.04), 50 free (24.41) and 200 individual medley, (2:08.40), respectively. Sophomores Kristin Yamaguchi and Jessica Holden were fifth-fastest in the 200 IM (2:09.79) and one-meter diving (228.55), respectively.
DeWames had the third-best time in the 100 free, at 52.87, with Foster sixth in 53.50, and junior Daphne Yeung seventh in 53.56. Guerrero was sixth in the 100 back (59.16), Craddock fifth in the 500 free (5:09.88), and freshman Amy Kilby sixth on the three-meter springboard (232.90).
San Jose State posted two of the top five 200 freestyle relay marks to conclude the day's activity, with Yeung, DeWames, McCurley and Foster going 1:36.69 for second-best behind Hawai'i (1:36.45), and freshman Elana Faria, juniors Julie Wynn and Ashley Ladd, and senior tri-captain Erin Garcia swimming 1:40.44 for fifth.
Day two of the 2009 WAC Shootout gets under way at 10:00 a.m., with the 400 medley relay at The Aquatics Center at San Jose State, and the diving competition at Stanford. The Spartans will be scored against UC Davis, Hawai'i and New Mexico State.
Western Athletic Conference Shootout
October 9, 2009
Day One Team Scores
San Jose State 162, Nevada 80
Hawai'i 147.5, New Mexico State 92.5
Nevada 152, Fresno State 90
San Jose State 176, Fresno State 66
New Mexico State 168, Fresno State 72
Boise State 158, Nevada 84
Hawai'i 122, Boise State 120
Boise State 130, San Jose State 112