San Jose, Calif. - A pair of event victories by sophomore Heather Denman, one by true freshman Julia Craddock, and a rousing first-place finish in the 400 free relay highlighted the afternoon as the San Jose State University women's swimming and diving team went 2-1 on the second and final day of the 2009 Western Athletic Conference Shootout on Saturday, October 10.
San Jose State hosted 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.
In Saturday action, the Spartans rallied late to edge New Mexico State, 118-117, and also beat UC Davis, 162-67. San Jose State was defeated by Hawai'i, 134-107, as the Rainbow Wahine completed the weekend as the event's only undefeated squad, at a perfect 5-0. Boise State was 4-1, with the Spartans at 4-2 after going 5-0 at the inaugural meet a year ago in Las Cruces, N.M.
Denman had the fastest time of anybody in both the 200 butterfly (2:03.89) and the 200 backstroke (2:05.02). The races marked the second and third event victories of the weekend for the product of Brookeville, Md., having won the 100 backstroke in 57.60 on Friday.
Craddock, out of Litchfield Park, Ariz., turned in the top time of 4:34.58 in the 400 individual medley. She was also ninth (5:13.62) as the best Spartan finisher in the 500 free.
The Spartan 'A' 400 freestyle relay of junior Daphne Yeung, freshman Marisa DeWames, junior Meghan McCurley and freshman Kiley Foster won the final swimming event of the afternoon, in a time of 3:32.58.
The Spartan 'A' 400 medley relay of Denman and juniors Caitlin Macky, Rudie Guerrero and McCurley were third-fastest in the first race of the morning, timing 3:55.58 behind the 'A' foursomes of Boise State (3:54.71) and New Mexico State (3:55.24).
Other top-five finishes were produced by DeWames in the 100 freestyle (third, 52.98) and fellow freshman Caitlin Lipton in the 1000 free (fifth, 10:36.78).
DeWames was sixth-fastest in 1:55.78 in the 200 free, as was Yeung in the 100 free (54.03) and junior tri-captain Kirsten Trammell in the 200 breaststroke (2:25.62). A trio of Spartans were packed together in seventh and eighth in the 50 free, with McCurley (24.59), Yeung (24.69) and Foster (24.69). Foster was also seventh in the 100 free (54.12), with junior Julie Wynn right behind her in the eighth spot (54.23).
Senior tri-captain Hannah Tringham was ninth in the 200 fly (2:10.97), with Macky ninth in the 200 breast (2:27.68) and Trammell 10th in the 400 IM (4:43.06). Junior Julia Koch was eighth in the 200 free (1:57.04), and sophomore Megan Mills was ninth in the 1000 (10:47.25). The Spartans' third captain, senior San Jose native Erin Garcia, was 19th in the 200 breast (2:35.53) and 20th in the 200 free (2:00.08).
In diving at Stanford, freshman Amy Kilby was fourth on the three-meter springboard (258.50) and sixth on the one-meter (225.45). Sophomore Jessica Holden (213.95) and senior Alise Blackwell (165.70) also dove from one meter.
The Spartan swimmers are now idle from competition for over a full month, returning to action at the Toshiba Classic, formerly the Nike Cup, in Long Beach, Calif., November 19-21. San Jose State's diving trio will head south to Los Angeles, Calif., for the USC Trojan Diving Invitational, November 6-7.
Western Athletic Conference Shootout
October 10, 2009
Day Two Team Scores
Hawai'i 177, Nevada 65
Nevada 128, UC Davis 108
Hawai'i 134, San Jose State 107
San Jose State 162, UC Davis 67
New Mexico State 164, Nevada 76
San Jose State 118, New Mexico State 117
Hawai'i 182, Fresno State 60
Boise State 176, UC Davis 60
Boise State 138, New Mexico State 102
Boise State 160, Fresno State 82
Final Team Standings
Boise State 5-1
San Jose State 4-2
New Mexico State 2-3
UC Davis 0-3
Fresno State 0-5