Swimming and Diving Takes On Two Duals

The San Jose State women’s swimming and diving team faces two tests this week with dual meets against UC Santa Cruz and UC Davis. Friday the team travels to Santa Cruz for a 1 p.m. start against the Banana Slugs. The Spartans’ first home meet of the season begins at 12:30 p.m. Saturday against the Aggies at the on-campus Aquatic Center.
Friday at UC Santa Cruz, 1:00 p.m.
Saturday vs. UC Davis, 12:30 p.m. (Diving)/1:30 p.m. (Swimming)
ABOUT SAN JOSE STATE The Spartans (1-1) picked up their first dual meet win of the season and closed the George Haines Invitational at Stanford with some strong performances on Oct. 15. SJSU finished second in the George Haines Invitational team standings with 242 points ahead of Western Athletic Conference members Hawaii (198 points) and Nevada (72). Stanford won the invitational with 413 points. The team also defeated Nevada in a head-to-head dual meet, 75-39, which was scored separately during the invitational.
Once again the Spartans flashed its talent in the pool during the breaststroke event, as Kirsten Trammell won her second race of the weekend, this time with a first-place finish in the 100 breaststroke in 1 minute, 15.07 seconds. Darcie Anderson was right behind her in second place at 1:15.49 to sweep the top two spots in the event for the Spartans. Karly Brown, who was part of the Spartans’ 1-2-3 finish in the 50 breaststroke on Oct. 14, also scored for SJSU in the 100 breaststroke with a sixth-place showing.
ABOUT UC SANTA CRUZ The Banana Slugs (0-0) have swam in two official meets so far, including an alumni meet on Oct. 22 to open its home schedule for 2011-12. UC Santa Cruz also took part in the Pacific Collegiate Swimming and Diving Conference pentathalon and relay meet on Oct. 8.
ABOUT UC DAVIS The Aggies (3-0) have defeated three opponents in 2 1/2 weeks and enter Saturday’s dual meet against the Spartans with an unblemished record. UC Davis dominated future WAC member Seattle 198-64 and topped current WAC member Idaho 169.5-92.5 at Seattle University on Oct. 22. The Aggies opened their season on Oct. 6 with a 180-106 win over San Joaquin Valley rival Pacific.
The Aggies took victories in nine of the 14 events at Seattle en route to the sweep over both schools. Kayleigh Foley recorded multiple wins in individual events for the Aggies, finishing first in the 50 freestyle (23.88) and the 100 freestyle (51.81). The Aggies took one through four in the 1000 yard freestyle and the 200 yard butterfly, as Madeline Talt had the victory in the freestyle (10:30.26) and Sara Ramos the win in the butterfly (2:09.30).
SERIES HISTORY Since 2005-06, the Spartans are undefeated against UC Santa Cruz at 6-0. SJSU won last season's meeting in Santa Cruz, 176-91. San Jose State had a first place finisher in every event at last year's meet, and junior diver Jessica Holden set a school record for the six-dive one-meter springboard competition at 209.70.
San Jose State is on a four-meet winning streak against the Aggies, dating to 2008-09. SJSU holds a 4-2 record against UC Davis since 2005-06. The Spartans won the last season's dual between the two teams in Davis, 156-144.
WAC ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Senior Kirsten Trammell was named WAC Athlete of the week for Oct. 10-16 after winning two breaststroke events, posting two other top-six finishes, and playing a part in two second-place relay finishes on Oct. 14-15 at the George Haines Invitational. Her efforts helped lead the Spartans to a second place finish at the prestigious George Haines Invitational at Stanford, as well as a 75-39 dual meet victory over WAC member Nevada.
In dual meet scoring against Nevada, Trammell had six top-three finishes, including wins in the 50 and 100 breastroke, and a win in the 100 medley relay. In all, Trammell swam 10 events over a two-day period.
TOP WAC TIMES A month into the season, San Jose State swimmers hold the top times in the conference in five events (two butterfly, one backstroke, one breaststroke, one butterfly), and they spread across all four strokes.
Ashlyn Acosta posted the WAC’s best time in the 100 butterfly at 57.64, and Julia Craddock is the owner of the fastest time of the 200 butterfly in 2:05.16. Kiley Foster holds the conference’s best time in the 50 freestyle at 23.65. Heather Denman is tops in the 100 backstroke at 57.80. Kirsten Trammell is on the top of the list in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:04.99
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 53-23-1 (.695), with an even better 21-6-1 (.768) mark against WAC teams. He is the first Spartans swimming and diving coach to reach the 50-win plateau in the program's 47-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 head to Southern California for the Arena Invitational in Long Beach on Nov. 17-19. The SJSU divers will head to Tuscon, Ariz., for the Wildcat Diving Invitational on the same weekend, Nov. 18-20. The two invitationals will be the final competitions for the team in 2011.