Spartans Head To Stanford For George Haines Invite

The San Jose State women’s swimming and diving team will participate in the George Haines Invitational on Friday and Saturday at Stanford University’s Avery Aquatics Center. Saturday the Spartans will also face Nevada in a dual meet at Stanford.
Friday at George Haines Invitational (Stanford, Calif.), Noon/6:00 p.m.
Saturday at George Haines Invitational (Stanford, Calif.), 11:00 a.m. vs. Nevada (at Stanford, Calif.), 3:00 p.m.
ABOUT SAN JOSE STATE The Spartans (0-1) had its strongest season-opening performance against Bay Area rival Stanford in seven years on Sept. 30, coming within 43 points of topping the Cardinal at the Avery Aquatics Center. The Spartans fell in the dual meet against Stanford, 167-125, the closest score against Stanford in the Spartans’ annual season-opening dual meet with the Cardinal during head coach Sage Hopkins’ seven-year tenure at SJSU.
Senior captain Kirsten Trammell, competing for the Spartans for the first time since 2009-2010 after redshirting last season, won two events on the day to lead SJSU. Her first victory of the day came in the 100-yard breaststroke at 1 minute, 4.99 seconds, and her second win was in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:23.02. In diving, Amy Kilby led the way for San Jose State with second place finishes in both the one-meter and three-meter springboard events with scores of 234.98 and 243.30, respectively.
ABOUT NEVADA The Wolfpack (0-0) opened its season on Oct. 8 with an intrasquad meet. Mengjiao Mi won three events to lead the silver team over the blue team, 117-115. Diver Grace Huang won both diving events for the silver team.
Mike Richmond begins his fifth season at the helm of the program in 2011-12, after spending seven seasons as an assistant. This year, Richmond welcomes former Wolf Pack standout Susan Whitehouse onto his staff as an assistant swimming coach. Jian Li You enters her 16th season as the head diving coach at Nevada and will be assisted by volunteer coach Atsuko Perkins.
Last year Nevada was sixth at the Western Athletic Conference Championships and posted a 3-7 dual-meet record.
SERIES HISTORY San Jose State enters Saturday’s dual meet with Nevada on a three-meet win streak against the Wolfpack. Since 2005-06, the Spartans are 3-1-1 against Nevada, including their first win against the Silver and Blue in 23 years, which came in the 2008-09 season. The Spartans have won the last three meetings by an average of 42 points.
ABOUT HAWAII Hawaii (0-0) finished second in the Western Athletic Conference last season with returning junior Taylor Ritenberg leading the way. Defending 200 individual medley and 200 breaststroke champion Ritenberg, who holds two program records in the events, went to the NCAA Championship last season.   Among returnees for the Rainbow Wahine is senior Christa Prior, who swam the first leg for the team that won the 800 freestyle relay at the WAC Championships last season. UH has also added five newcomers to the squad.
ABOUT STANFORD Underclassmen Stephanie Phipps, Maddy Schaefer and Andie Taylor won two events a piece to pace Stanford (1-0) over San Jose State (0-1), 167-125 on Sept. 30.
Phipps opened up with a sweep of the diving, scoring a 260.5 in the three-meter and a 243.6 in the one-meter, tallying 6's or higher throughout the six jumps of each event. Fellow sophomore, Taylor, won the 200 fly (2:02.02) and the 200 IM (2:04.08) as Stanford had the top time in 14 of the 16 events. Schaefer, swimming in her first collegiate meet, was first in the 100 back (57.70) and took home the top time in the 100 free (51.26).
2010 GEORGE HAINES San Jose State finished third at the 2010 George Haines Invitational and won in dual scoring against Nevada, 99-68.
The Spartans placed in the top eight of seven races after the first day of competition and stood third in the team standings with 64 points. Heather Denman finished fifth in the 200 backstroke, sixth in 50 butterfly, seventh in the 50 backstroke and eighth in the 100 butterfly and 100 individual medley.
Darcie Anderson was the Spartans’ top performer on day two of the meet, finishing second in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:04.77, the highest placing by a Spartan swimmer over the two days. She was also part of the 200 medley relay team and the 200 freestyle relay that each finished third.
HEAD COACH SAGE HOPKINS Sage Hopkins begins his seventh year at the helm of the San Jose State women’s swimming and diving program in 2011-12. In seven seasons, Hopkins’ dual meet record is 52-23-1 (.691), with an even better 20-6-1 (.759) mark against WAC teams. He is the first Spartans swimming and diving coach to reach the 50-win plateau in the program's 46-year NCAA history.
During Hopkins' tenure, SJSU swimmers have set 14 of the 16 all-time individual program records and his relay teams hold every school mark.  His student-athletes have earned 11 College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) All-America awards and 72 Academic All-WAC honors. In the same time frame, San Jose State athletes have produced 41 first-team and 118 second-team All-WAC performances at the conference meet.
UP NEXT The Spartans return to Stanford October 14-15 to face both the Cardinal and WAC member Nevada in a tri-meet at Stanford’s Avery Aquatics Center.