Swimming & Diving Rallies For Dual Win At Boise State

Boise, Idaho - San Jose State University won eight events in topping Boise State University, 95-92, in a Western Athletic Conference women’s swimming and diving dual meet at the West YMCA on Saturday, October 20.

With the victory, San Jose State avenged a loss to the Broncos on Friday evening and moved its dual meet record to 2-3 on the season. Host Boise State drops to an even 3-3.

Saturday’s meet featured a non-traditional, 11-event format with two regular diving events from the one-meter and three-meter springboards, and nine relay events.

San Jose State entered the last event, the 100 freestyle relay (4 x 25), in a must-win situation in order to overtake Boise State, down by two points. The Spartans came through, with the A’ relay winning by over a second in 45.87 and the B’ relay following in third (48.38) for 11 points to nip Boise State in the end. The Broncos placed second (47.10) and fourth for six points, accounting for the final three-point margin.

The winning relay consisted of three true freshmen, Meghan McCurley, Daphne Yeung and Ashley Ladd as a relay anchor for the first time in her college career, in order, around a second leg by senior co-captain Brie Marhenke. The third-place foursome was made up of junior Tarolyn Robertson, senior Sara Riley, and freshmen Ashley Krisman and Julia Koch, in order.

According to third-year San Jose State head coach Sage Hopkins, however, the keys to Saturday’s victory occurred just prior to that 100 free relay. In the ninth event, the Spartans went one-two in the 850 freestyle relay (50-100-200-500). McCurley, Marhenke, sophomore transfer and San Jose native Erin Garcia, and senior Amanda Carr with the 500 anchor, got SJSU the win in 8:36.27, but the real story was on the B’ relay. Junior Katey Nelson entered the water as the anchor leg a full body-length behind the Bronco competitor, ran her down over the last 75 yards and out-touched her at the wall by just .15 seconds for second place and what Hopkins termed, “the swinging point.” Yeung, Riley and Koch had opened the relay, which timed 8:39.80.

Similarly in the next event, the 800 individual medley relay (200-400-200), Caitlin Macky hit the water as the 200-yard anchor a body-length and a half behind after fellow freshman Kirsten Trammell had opened with a 200 and junior Beste Erener had swam a 400 middle leg. Macky tracked her opponent down and out-touched her by one one-hundredth of a second to win in 9:08.74 for a key eight-point swing heading toward the finale.

Freshman Jo Thibodaux picked up her first collegiate dual meet victory on the three-meter diving board (222.20) to go with her two one-meter triumphs so far in the early going. She placed third on the one-meter board (189.60) while making her collegiate swimming debut as the 50-yard anchor leg (32.28) of the fourth-place 150 (3 x 50) breaststroke B’ relay (1:39.99).

“We came back great today after yesterday. Boise State is an entirely different team from a year ago. I see them challenging for a top-five spot in the conference this season,” remarked Hopkins about a rapidly-improving program in just its second year of existence.

“(Friday’s defeat) was a great lesson in not taking any meet for granted. We got caught off-guard a little bit, but I couldn’t be more proud of the way our team came in this morning and put together a tremendous meet with some tremendous swims.

“The top two highlights today were the way that Katey Nelson and Caitlin Macky ended their respective relays. Without their swims, we would not have had an opportunity to win the meet.

Brie Marhenke was solid again and has been consistent with a 23.5-second 50 free. Yesterday, she went 23 seconds flat on the medley relay, and went 51.9 seconds (over 100 yards) on two relays today. She shows a lot of consistency, but a number of great performances helped in our victory today.”

On the day, Marhenke and McCurley, both products of the Sacramento, Calif., area, led the way for the Spartans with four wins apiece. Macky and Trammell had three each, while Erener, Garcia and Yeung were all part of a pair of first-place relay efforts. Carr, senior Jillene Golez, Koch, Ladd, Nelson, Robertson and Thibodaux contributed single wins.

Golez swam the butterfly third leg of the 400 medley relay, teaming with Nelson, Macky and Marhenke to produce a top time of 4:01.48. Marhenke was also a winner in the 400 free relay (3:37.72), again with a freshmen trio, of McCurley, Yeung and Koch. McCurley anchored the victorious 100 medley relay to begin the swimming portion of the meet, with Erener, Trammell and Robertson ahead of her in 52.56. Three newcomers, Macky, Trammell and Garcia, combined to take the 150 breaststroke relay in 1:34.74.

Alongside Thibodaux, senior co-captain Nikki Chapman also participated in her first relay events as a Spartan, swimming a leadoff 25-yard backstroke in the 100 medley relay and a leadoff 50-yard leg in the 150 (3 x 50) backstroke relay.

The Spartans fly home to San Jose on Saturday afternoon and will prepare for a pair of home meets next weekend. San Jose State will host another WAC opponent in the University of Idaho in a head-to-head dual meet on Friday, October 26, beginning at 3:00 p.m., and then Idaho and Pacific-10 Conference foe Washington State University in a double dual meet starting at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 27. Both events will take place at The Aquatics Center on campus.

San Jose State at Boise State
October 20, 2007

Final Team Score
San Jose State (2-3) 95, Boise State (3-3) 92

Results (Winners plus all San Jose State competitors)
Three-Meter Diving
1. Jo Thibodaux, SJSU, 222.20. 2. Jennifer Dorling, BSU, 209.85. 3. Megan Morton, BSU, 207.45. 4. Alyssa Daly, BSU, 153.60.

100 Yard Medley Relay (25 Each Stroke)
1. San Jose State A’ (Beste Erener, Kirsten Trammell, Tarolyn Robertson, Meghan McCurley), 52.56. 2. Boise State A’ (Denise Green, Tara Hahto, Allison Hall, Jenny Nowatzke), 52.59. 6. San Jose State B’ (Nikki Chapman, Ashley Krisman, Ashley Ladd, Julia Koch), 57.06.

400 Yard Medley Relay (100 Each Stroke)
1. San Jose State A’ (Katey Nelson, Caitlin Macky, Jillene Golez, Brie Marhenke), 4:01.48. 2. Boise State A’ (Denise Green, Tara Hahto, Allison Hall, Nathalie Rohling), 4:05.03. - San Jose State B’ (Hannah Tringham, Kirsten Trammell, Ashley Krisman, Daphne Yeung), DQ.

150 Yard Backstroke Relay (3 x 50)
1. Boise State (Morgan Denny, Jenny Nowatzke, Denise Green), 1:24.07. 3. San Jose State A’ (Beste Erener, Katey Nelson, Ashley Ladd), 1:27.39. 5. San Jose State B’ (Nikki Chapman, Amanda Carr, Sara Riley), 1:31.37.

150 Yard Breaststroke Relay (3 x 50)
1. San Jose State A’ (Caitlin Macky, Kirsten Trammell, Erin Garcia), 1:34.74. 2. Boise State A’ (Tara Hahto, Rachael Meisner, Erin Stotts), 1:35.46. 4. San Jose State B’ (Beste Erener, Ashley Krisman, Jo Thibodaux), 1:39.99.

150 Yard Butterfly Relay (3 x 50)
1. Boise State A’ (Jenny Nowatzke, Sammy Sanchez O’Dell, Allison Hall), 1:20.87. 2. San Jose State A’ (Tarolyn Robertson, Jillene Golez, Hannah Tringham), 1:21.77. 4. San Jose State B’ (Ashley Krisman, Kirsten Trammell, Beste Erener), 1:25.92.

400 Yard Freestyle Relay
1. San Jose State A’ (Meghan McCurley, Daphne Yeung, Brie Marhenke, Julia Koch), 3:37.72. 2. Boise State A’ (Nathalie Rohling, Johanna Wubbena, Denise Green, Rachael Meisner), 3:42.75. 3. San Jose State B’ (Ashley Ladd, Erin Garcia, Sara Riley, Amanda Carr), 3:45.21.

One-Meter Diving
1. Megan Morton, BSU, 234.80. 2. Jennifer Dorling, BSU, 205.90. 3. Jo Thibodaux, SJSU, 189.60. 4. Alyssa Daly, BSU, 157.90.

850 Yard Freestyle Relay (50-100-200-500)
1. San Jose State A’ (Meghan McCurley, Brie Marhenke, Erin Garcia, Amanda Carr), 8:36.27. 2. San Jose State B’ (Daphne Yeung, Sara Riley, Julia Koch, Katey Nelson), 8:39.80. 3. Boise State A’ (Jenny Nowatzke, Nathalie Rohling, Rachael Meisner, Katelyn LoFland), 8:39.95.

800 Yard Individual Medley Relay (200-400-200)
1. San Jose State A’ (Kirsten Trammell, Beste Erener, Caitlin Macky), 9:08.74. 2. Boise State A’ (Allison Hall, Tara Hahto, Kim Nelson), 9:08.75. 4. San Jose State B’ (Ashley Ladd, Hannah Tringham, Erin Garcia), 9:33.71.

100 Yard Freestyle Relay (4 x 25)
1. San Jose State A’ (Meghan McCurley, Brie Marhenke, Daphne Yeung,