Meghan McCurley, a sophomore sprinter from Fair Oaks, Calif., provides this week’s entry into The Spartan Splash. McCurley was a first-team All-WAC performer and gold medalist as part of the school-record 200 freestyle relay at her first WAC Championship in February. Also an Academic All-WAC honoree as a freshman, she is majoring in psychology.
San Jose State (5-1) is coming off an incredible sweep of all five of its dual meets at the inaugural WAC Shootout in Las Cruces, N.M., last weekend, and looks forward to a three-way dual in Santa Cruz, Calif., this Saturday, October 18, against the host Slugs and rival Fresno State Bulldogs beginning at 12:00 p.m.
Blog Entry #4 (Wednesday, October 15)
Sophomore Meghan McCurley
Undefeated In New Mexico
This past weekend, the Spartan swimming and diving team traveled to New Mexico to compete in the first-ever WAC Shootout, hosted by New Mexico State. With a total of seven teams participating, the meet was structured so that there would be multiple dual meets going on between the different squads. Although the teams were scored separately, all seven were swimming against each other at the same time. This created a very competitive and exciting environment for all of the participants.
The first day, we swam against the University of Northern Colorado and the Air Force Academy. We went into the first day not really knowing what the meet was going to be like, but we were excited to be there and compete. Everyone performed well in the shorter distances, and we came out with two victories over UNC and AFA.
The first day was fun. However, the second day had a different feel to it. On the second day, we swam against three WAC teams, Northern Arizona University, New Mexico State and Nevada, the two-time defending WAC champions. Everyone was nervous for their events, but extremely confident and excited for what our team could potentially do. The first event, the 400 medley relay, is definitely what sparked everyone’s excitement and enthusiasm. Leading off the relay with the 100 backstroke, freshman Heather Denman broke the school record, which got everyone fired up and indicated what the rest of the meet was going to be like. From this point on, it was a complete adrenaline rush. Everyone stepped up, and there were many impressive performances, including Denman, Katey Nelson and Tomi Petty’s 1-2-3 sweep of the 200 backstroke, Amy Friedhoff and Megan Mills in the distance freestyles, and Denman, Hannah Tringham and Beste Erener in the 200 butterfly.
As the meet was coming to an end, the scores became closer and closer. During the last few events, everyone was on their feet and cheering harder than ever for those who were swimming. Everyone was filled with adrenaline and stepped up under the pressure to perform to the best of their ability. After the meet was over, we weren’t quite sure what the final results were. However, once we found out that we had beaten all of the competitors, NMSU, NAU and Nevada, everyone was ecstatic and jumping in the air. It was such a great victory for our team, because we came out with confidence and made a statement to the other teams. This is exactly what we needed to do.
Overall, it was an incredibly exciting weekend that brought our team even closer. With everyone so fired up from this past weekend, we are now using that energy to move forward and train harder than ever for Nike Cup and WAC. With oversized bugs, crazy van rides, screaming so loud you lose your voice, a record-breaking swim, and five victories, fun is an understatement.
This weekend, we head to UC Santa Cruz on Saturday for a double dual meet against UCSC and the new team from Fresno State. Wish us luck and hope to see you there!
2008-09 Spartan Swimming & Diving Blog Entries
September 26 - Tarolyn Robertson, Senior
September 26 - Heather Denman, Freshman
September 30 - Megan Mills, Freshman
October 7 - Katey Nelson, Senior
October 15 - Meghan McCurley, Sophomore