Women's Swimming & Diving Hosts Double Dual Meet

THIS WEEK - SPARTANS HOST DOUBLE DUAL
Coming off a season-opening dual meet at Stanford for the third year in a row last Friday, October 5, the San Jose State University women’s swimming and diving team begins the home portion of its 2007-08 campaign this Saturday, October 13. The Spartans entertain UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz in a standard double dual meet set to begin at 1:00 p.m. at The Aquatics Center on campus. San Jose State will be scored in separate dual meets against both the Aggies and the Banana Slugs, while the two visitors will also square off against each other in men’s competition.

The 16-event meet will begin with one-meter diving at 1:00 p.m., with the day’s first swimming event, the 200 medley relay, slated to start at approximately 1:30 p.m. The three-meter diving event will be held during the first of two breaks, following the 50 freestyle.

The full order of events will be as follows: One Meter Diving, 200 Medley Relay, 1000 Free, 200 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast, 200 Fly, 50 Free, Three Meter Diving, 100 Free, 200 Back, 200 Breast, 500 Free, 100 Fly, 200 IM, 200 Free Relay.

SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (0-1, 0-0 WAC)
vs. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS (0-0, 0-0 BWC)
and UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA CRUZ (0-0)
THE AQUATICS CENTER, SAN JOSE, CALIF.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1:00 P.M.


SAN JOSE STATE (0-1, 0-0 WAC) vs. UC DAVIS, UC SANTA CRUZ
UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz will both be opening their 2007-08 season on Saturday afternoon. Having completed a four-year reclassification period from NCAA Division II to Division I, the Aggies are now members of the Big West Conference and picked to finish third in the league this season, while UC Santa Cruz is an independent member of the NCAA Division III.

Under head coach Sage Hopkins the last two years, the Spartans have gone 3-0 in dual competition against UC Santa Cruz, and 0-2 against UC Davis. These three teams have met in a double dual in each of the past three years. The Spartans topped both at home on October 16, 2004. In Santa Cruz on October 22, 2005, SJSU beat UC Santa Cruz, 234-64, but lost to UC Davis, 134.5-163.5. Last year in Davis, the Aggies out-pointed the Spartans, 169-131. San Jose State has defeated UC Santa Cruz in dual competition at least once in each of the last six years.

The UC Davis women are coached by Barbara Jahn, now in her 33rd year. UC Santa Cruz is headed by Kim Musch. The UC Davis men’s head coach is Peter Motekaitis, in his 13th year. Diving coaches are Phil Tonne for the Aggies and Joan Pegoda for UC Santa Cruz.

LAST TIME OUT: MARHENKE WINS TWICE AT STANFORD
Brie Marhenke swept the two sprint freestyle events as San Jose State opened the 2007-08 season with a dual meet at perennial powerhouse Stanford at the Avery Aquatic Center on Friday, October 5.

Marhenke picked up right where she left off in 2005-06, returning to the water for a competitive race as a Spartan for the first time since the 2006 NCAA Championships and racing 23.58 to win the 50 freestyle by over a full second, narrowly falling short of an NCAA B’ cut of 23.29. After a break, she went 52.07 to take the 100.

Lauren Mar touched the wall second in the 100 backstroke behind Cardinal senior Brooke Bishop, a six-time All-American a year ago. Mar’s time was 58.61. Freshmen Caitlin Macky and Jo Thibodaux also posted second-place finishes in the 200 breaststroke (2:25.63) and one-meter diving events (217.35), respectively, in their debuts.

Others competing for the first time as Spartans were transfers Joanna Torres and Erin Garcia, and freshmen Jillian Cureton, Rudie Guerrero, Julia Koch, Taryn Krische, Ashley Krisman, Ashley Ladd, Meghan McCurley, Kirsten Trammell, Julie Wynn and Daphne Yeung. McCurley was fourth in the 50 free (25.05) and fifth in the 100 (54.67) while also anchoring both A’ relays for the Spartans on the afternoon.

SAGE HOPKINS ON SEASON OPENER WITH CARDINAL
“I couldn’t be more pleased with how we swam. In each of the last two years that we competed (at Stanford) to start the season, we came away with some level of frustration, but (this year) we got great performances from the entire team. The quality of the performances was a great reinforcement to the ladies. This year, the entire team showed up for training in tremendous shape, and it showed in our results. This fitness will help us over the next few weeks.”

MARHENKE NAMED WAC SWIMMING & DIVING ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Senior Brie Marhenke was named the WAC Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week for the week of October 1-7. She sprinted 23.58 to win the 50 freestyle by over a full second in 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. 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. With her first career weekly conference honor, Marhenke becomes the first Spartan to earn the distinction this season.