THIS WEEKEND - SPARTANS HEAD TO SANTA CRUZ TO TAKE ON SLUGS, BULLDOGS
Coming off a perfect 5-0 sweep at the inaugural Western Athletic Conference Shootout in Las Cruces, N.M., last weekend, the San Jose State University women’s swimming and diving team makes the shorter trip early on the morning of Saturday, October 18, to Santa Cruz, Calif. The Spartans will take on the host Banana Slugs of UC Santa Cruz and conference rival Fresno State in a three-way dual meet that is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m.
Saturday’s competition will follow a standard 16-event collegiate dual format. The 200 medley relay will start the meet and the 200 free relay will signal the finish. The full order of events: 200 Medley Relay, 1000 Free, 200 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast, 200 Fly, 50 Free, One-Meter Diving, 100 Free, 200 Back, 200 Breast, 500 Free, 100 Fly, Three-Meter Diving, 200 IM and 200 Free Relay.
Fresno State will be opening its first season back in existence as a women’s swimming and diving program, and as part of the WAC, after a four-year hiatus. UC Santa Cruz, which will also be opening its season on Saturday, is a member of the NCAA Division III.
The Spartans will return to San Jose immediately following the meet, and will have 13 days off from competition to prepare for their 2008-09 home opener against WAC foe Boise State on Saturday, November 1, at The Aquatics Center.
at UC SANTA CRUZ (0-0)
vs. FRESNO STATE (0-0, 0-0 WAC)
SANTA CRUZ, CALIF.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 12:00 P.M.
SAN JOSE STATE (5-1, 3-0 WAC) at UC SANTA CRUZ, FRESNO STATE
The 2003-04 season was the most recent year of Fresno State women’s swimming and diving, before the program was cut. It was brought back on January 7, 2007, with Jeanne Fleck being appointed head coach after spending nine years at Ohio State. The Bulldogs have 16 swimmers on their 2008-09 roster. Taryn Ignacio, a former national champion in the platform event at Kentucky, leads a group of four Fresno State divers.
In its last WAC Championship appearance in 2004, Fresno State placed sixth out of six competing teams, with 166 points. San Jose State was fifth that year with 329 points. The Bulldogs finished ahead of the Spartans at the meet in the seven years prior to 2004.
The Spartans and Bulldogs will meet a total of three times in dual activity this season, ahead of the 2009 WAC Championship in Texas in late February. They will face each other in another three-way dual, this one in Davis, Calif., on January 10, and again on Senior Day at The Aquatics Center on Saturday, February 7, 2009.
The teams last met in dual competition on February 7, 2004, with the Spartans coming away with a 158.5-125.5 victory on Senior Day in San Jose. Fresno State won at home, 180-120, on February 8, 2003, with San Jose State winning in another home finale the year before, 171-129, on February 9, 2002.
UC Santa Cruz competes as part of the Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference in swimming and diving. The Slugs’ leader is long-time swim coach Kim Musch, who spent his collegiate career at the University of California. Joan Pegoda guides the divers.
San Jose State topped UC Santa Cruz in its home opener last year, 227-60, on October 13, and 170-95 in Davis, Calif., on October 14, 2006. In current Spartan head coach Sage Hopkins’ first year in charge, San Jose State defeated the Banana Slugs twice, 234-64 in Santa Cruz on October 22, 2005, and 234-63 in San Jose on December 3. The Spartans are 4-0 against UCSC under Hopkins, and 8-0 going back through the 2001-02 campaign.
Individual events will be scored to five places (1st-9; 2nd-4; 3rd-3; 4th-2; 5th-1), with only three positions scoring per team. Relays will be scored to three places (1st-11; 2nd-4; 3rd-2), with the best two positions scoring per team. The meet will run nine lanes. Each school will have three lanes in the initial scoring heat, with subsequent heats strictly counting as exhibition.