THIS WEEK - SPARTANS HOST VANDALS, COUGARS
The San Jose State University women’s swimming and diving team plays host to a pair of meets at The Aquatics Center on campus this weekend. The Spartans first take on the University of Idaho in a head-to-head dual meet on Friday afternoon, October 26. With Idaho not fielding a diving team, San Jose State freshman Jo Thibodaux will dive uncontested off both the one-meter and three-meter springboards beginning at approximately 1:00 p.m., with the first swimming event of the afternoon, the 200 medley relay, set to go off at around the originally-announced meet start time of 3:00 p.m. The remainder of the program will follow the standard format, with the exception of the 400 individual medley taking the place of the traditional 200 IM: 200 medley relay, 1000 free, 200 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 200 fly, 50 free, break, 100 free, 200 back, 200 breast, 500 free, 100 fly, break, 400 IM and 200 free relay.
On Saturday, October 27, San Jose State will again face Idaho, but also welcome Washington State University of the Pacific-10 Conference. While the Spartans will be scored separately against each visitor in standard dual meets, the Vandals and Cougars will not be scored against each other. The meet will begin with the 200 medley relay at 1:00 p.m., with Thibodaux again competing uncontested in both diving events, this time following the conclusion of the swimming portion of the afternoon, after the 200 free relay. The 200 IM will precede the free relay.
Scoring both days will be the standard 9-4-3-2-1 for individual and 11-4-2 for relay events.
vs. UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO (0-2, 0-0 WAC)
THE AQUATICS CENTER, SAN JOSE, CALIF.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 3:00 P.M.
vs. UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO (0-2, 0-0 WAC),
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY (1-0, 0-0 PAC-10)
THE AQUATICS CENTER, SAN JOSE, CALIF.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, 1:00 P.M.
SAN JOSE STATE (2-3, 1-1 WAC) vs. IDAHO (0-2, 0-0 WAC)
(SJSU Leads Series, 2-1)
Idaho, like San Jose State, is a member of the Western Athletic Conference. The Vandals are in their third season as a member of the WAC, and their fourth season in existence as a swim program. Idaho has thus far on the year, dropped its only two dual meets, both to Pacific-10 Conference opponents on the road, 158-278 at Washington State on Friday, September 28, and 70-171 at UCLA on Friday, October 5. The Vandals had 10 top-three finishes in the latter meet.
Freshmen Alyson O’Brien and Anna Humphrey turned in second-place efforts in the 100-meter free (59.74) and 200 back (2:27.67), respectively, against the Bruins. JoJo Miller placed second in the 200 breast in 2:44.52, while fellow senior Paige Lee timed 2:30.28 in the 200 fly.
These teams have met once in dual competition in each of the past two years. Last October, the Vandals came away with a 111.5-91.5 victory in Moscow, Idaho. The Spartans out-pointed them at the WAC Championship, however, 430.5 to 350, finishing fourth while UI was sixth. On December 3, 2005, San Jose State won at home by the margin of 192-87. Idaho wound up fifth (362.5 points) behind the fourth-place Spartans (524.5) at its very first WAC Championship later that season. SJSU also visited Moscow on October 23, 2004, defeating the Vandals, 112-93.
Tom Jager is now in his fourth season in charge of the Idaho program. Jager, a seven-time national champion at UCLA as a collegian, competed in three Olympic Games (1984, 1988, 1992), swimming to five gold medals to go with one silver and one bronze.
SAN JOSE STATE (2-3, 1-1 WAC) vs. WASHINGTON STATE (1-0, 0-0)
(WSU Leads Series, 13-2)
Washington State is the second and final member of the Pacific-10 Conference that San Jose State will face in dual competition in 2007-08. The Spartans lost at Stanford to open the season. The Cougars won at Idaho, 278-158, in their only competition so far this year, almost a month ago back on Friday, September 28. WSU took first-place honors in all 11 events on the day.
Freshmen Talor Whitaker and Rugile Mileisyte, from Alytus, Lithuania, won five events apiece against Idaho. Whitaker won the 50 free (24.65) and Mileisyte took the 50 back (27.41). Also swimming well against the Vandals were sophomore Shawna Keller and senior Bryn Mooney, with both Cougars collecting four wins. Mooney was victorious in the 50 fly (26.14) and Keller in the 50 breast (30.25).
First-year Cougar volunteer coach Erin McCleave is the only swimmer to have defeated Brie Marhenke in dual competition in the 100 freestyle during her Spartan days. McCleave narrowly touched the pads ahead of Marhenke during WSU’s visit to San Jose in 2005, 52.27-52.84.
Washington State leads the all-time series, 13-2. These two teams have met in each of the past six seasons, with the Cougars 6-0 in those duals. Last year in Pullman, Wash., Washington State won by the final of 181-77 on October 20, 2006. The last time they met at The Aquatics Center, the Spartans lost a 152-110 decision on October 29, 2005.
Head coach Erica Quam is in her sixth season at Washington State.
BRIE MARHENKE NAMED WAC SWIMMER OF THE WEEK AGAIN
Senior Brie Marhenke was named the WAC Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week for the week of October 15-21, earning the honor for the second time in her career and the second time in the last three weeks. She was a two-time individual and five-time relay winner over a pair of dual meets at conference foe Boise State. During the first night’s standard dual, Marhenke timed 23.57 in winning the 50 by over a second, a season best by .01 seconds and just .28 seconds off an NCAA B’ cut. She won the 100 by over two full seconds in a time of 52.30. Marhenke leads the squad with 17 combined individual and relay wins to her credit already this season.