Spartans Sweep UC Santa Cruz & Cal State East Bay

Santa Cruz, Calif.-----Diver Jessica Holden qualified for the 2011 NCAA Zone Championships with a school record performance and Heather Denman finished first in three races leading San Jose State University to dual meet women's swimming victories over UC Santa Cruz and Cal State East Bay.

            The Spartans (2-1) had a first-place finisher in the 12 events in which scoring was kept and the three exhibition races. San Jose State easily topped UC Santa Cruz, 176-91, and Cal State East Bay, 182-67.

            Holden, a sophomore from Fair Oaks, Calif., scored 290.7 for six dives in the 1-meter competition easily besting her 2010 top mark of 270.30 and teammate Amy Kilby's 286.05 at last January's University of San Diego Invitational.

            "It was a standout performance and it was great for Jessica to qualify this early in the season for the Zone meet," said San Jose State head coach Sage Hopkins. "Jessica's made tremendous improvement. We expected her to do well and it's great for her to do this well."

            Denman, a junior from Brookville, Md., and Amy Friedhoff, a sophomore from Federal Way, Wash., were the day's multiple-event winners. Denman touched first in the 100 back in 1:00.05, 100 butterfly in 57.02 and the 200 individual medley in 2:08.89. Friedhoff finished ahead of the pack in the 200 freestyle in 1:53.63 and the 200 backstroke in 2:10.32.

            Megan Mills in the 1000 freestyle, Darcie Anderson in the 100 breaststroke, Julia Craddock in the 200 butterfly, Marisa DeWames in the 50 freestyle, Caitlin Macky in the 200 breaststroke, Kiley Foster in the 100 freestyle, and Julia Koch in the 500 free also were individual winners for San Jose State. The Spartans also were first in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays.

            "We worked very hard all the way around," said a pleased Hopkins about the Spartans' second weekend of dual meet action.

            San Jose State returns to action, Friday, October 15 for the two-day, three-session Stanford/San Jose State Invite at the Avery Aquatic Center on the Stanford University campus.

San Jose State University Women's Swimming

October 8, 2010

Santa Cruz, California

Final dual meet scores

San Jose State                        176            UC Santa Cruz            91

San Jose State                        182            Cal State East Bay            67

200 medley relay - 1, San Jose State B (Briana Swinney, Ashlyn Acosta, Karly Brown, Julia Craddock), 1:51.57.

1000 freestyle - 1, Megan Mills, SJSU, 10:40.97. 2, Taylor Stoddard, SJSU, 11:01.93. 3, Caitlin Lipton, SJSU, 11:02.51.

200 freestyle - 1, Amy Friedhoff, SJSU, 1:53.63.

100 backstroke - 1, Heather Denman, SJSU, 1:00.05.

100 breaststroke - 1, Darcie Anderson, SJSU, 1:05.43.

200 butterfly - 1, Julia Craddock, SJSU, 2:06.87.

50 freestyle - 1, Marisa DeWames, SJSU, 24.47. 2, Erika Harvey, SJSU, 24.52. 3, Elana Faria, SJSU, 24.84.

1-meter diving (six dives) - 1, Jessica Holden, SJSU, 290.7.

100 freestyle - 1, Kiley Foster, SJSU, 53.13. 2, Erika Harvey, SJSU, 53.68.

200 backstroke - 1, Amy Friedhoff, SJSU, 2:10.32. 2, Julia Craddock, 2:11.72.

200 breaststroke - 1, Caitlin Macky, SJSU, 2:27.18. 2, Christina Bergis, SJSU, 2:28.81.

500 freestyle - 1, Julia Koch, SJSU, 5:11.46. 2, Ashley Krisman, SJSU, 5:15.78. 3, Karly Brown, SJSU, 5:22.45.

100 butterfly (exhibition) - 1, Heather Denman, SJSU, 57.42. 2, Ashlyn Acosta, SJSU, 58.61. 3, Darcie Anderson, SJSU, 59.82.

200 individual medley (exhibition) - 1, Heather Denman, SJSU, 2:08.89. 2, Rudie Guerrero, SJSU, 2:14.17. 3, Karly Brown, SJSU, 2:15.48.

400 freestyle relay (exhibition) - 1, San Jose State B (Julia Craddock, Kiley Foster, Danielle Smyth, Elana Faria), 3:35.70. 2, San Jose State A (Darcie Anderson, Amy Friedhoff, Caitlin Macky, Julie Wynn), 3:38.93.