Spartans Topple UC Davis, 178-122

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose State women’s swimming and diving team handed UC Davis its first loss of the season with a 178-122 dual meet victory Saturday over the Aggies at the Aquatics Center.
The Spartans (3-1, 1-0 WAC) got things started early in the diving events, sweeping the top three spots in the one-meter competition and going 1-2 in the three-meter event. Amy Kilby led the way, winning both the one-meter and three-meter events with six-dive scores of 284.25 and 295.70, respectively.
“As a whole (the divers) are performing well and performing at a higher rate than they were at this time last year,” said San Jose State diving coach Mark Butcher. “They’re a lot more ready to compete and we’re still early in the season.
“Amy’s diving great. She’s, I think, diving better than I’ve ever seen her dive. She’s starting to get confidence.”
The Spartans slowly built a lead in the dual meet once the swimming events began. The two teams were tied at 18-18 through two events, but San Jose State would eventually pull away for the win with strong showings in the breaststroke and backstroke events.
"The breaststrokes and the 500 free were huge,” said San Jose State head coach Sage Hopkins. “We knew those would be the swing events and likely whoever won those events would win the meet. I couldn’t be more proud of how our breaststrokers and 500 swimmers stepped up. It’s not just them, it’s everybody, but those were definitely key events.”
Heather Denman was a winner in four events Saturday, including both backstroke events (100, 200), the 100 butterfly and the opening leg of the 200 medley relay. The Spartans took the top two spots in both breaststroke events thanks to the performances of Kirsten Trammell and Darcie Anderson. Trammell won the 100 breaststroke in 1 minute, 3.31 seconds, while Anderson followed, and Anderson took top honors in the 200 breaststroke in 2:17.21 with Trammell close behind.
“We all really stepped up and did the best job that we could and everyone raced really, really hard, which was exactly what we wanted to (do) coming into today,” said Trammell.
Other SJSU winners from Saturday included Ashlyn Acosta in the 200 butterfly (2:03.91), Anderson in the 200 individual medley (2:06.97) and the 400 freestyle relay composed of Marisa DeWames, Meghan McCurley, Erika Harvey and Kiley Foster (3:27.66).
The Spartans took second through seventh place in the 100 freestyle, led by DeWames in 51.44. The Aggies' Kayleigh Foley won all three individual freestyle races Saturday with first-place finishes in the 50, 100 and 200 events.
“Davis really brought their best here. It was a great swim meet. The divers did tremendous, and we just couldn’t be happier with how we performed as a total team,” said Hopkins.”
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.
San Jose State 178, UC Davis 122
Final Results (Event winners plus SJSU finishers)
200 Medley Relay
1. San Jose State “A” (Denman, Trammell, Acosta, McCurley), 1:43.16. 3 San Jose State “B” (Smith, Anderson, Craddock, Foster), 1:45.73.
1,000 Freestyle
1. Grace Benefield (UCD), 10:21.48. 2. Amy Friedhoff, 10:24.10. 6. Megan Mills, 10:42.23. 7. Caitlin Lipton, 10:53.49.
200 Freestyle
1. Kayleigh Foley (UCD), 1:50.45. 2. Marisa DeWames, 1:52.17. 4. Erika Harvey, 1:54.20. 6. Danielle Smyth, 1:56.16. 8. Taylor Stoddard, x1:56.82. 11. Amber Nelson, x1:58.32. 13. Brooke Hammond, x1:59.55.
100 Backstroke
1. Heather Denman, 55.42. 4. Haley Smith, 59.32. 5. Michaela McLean, 59.58. 6. Christina Bruni, x59.62. 7. Briana Swinney, x59.83.
100 Breaststroke
1. Kirsten Trammell, 1:03.31. 2. Darcie Anderson, 1:03.40. 6. Karly Brown, 1:06.82. 7. Shannon Slaught, x1:09.07. 8. Christina Bergis, x1:10.42.
200 Butterfly
1. Ashlyn Acosta, 2:03.91. 2. Julia Craddock, 2:05.28. 6. Andrea Chan, 2:10.45. 7. Kayla Nakamoto, x2:10.47.
50 Freestyle
1. Kayleigh Foley (UCD), 23.35. 2. Kiley Foster, 23.53. 3. Marisa DeWames, 23.75. 4. Erika Harvey, 23.76. 5. Meghan McCurley, x24.00. 6. Brittney Boyd, x24.64.
100 Freestyle
1. Kayleigh Foley (UCD), 50.74. 2. Marisa DeWames, 51.44. 3. Kiley Foster, 52.14. 4. Meghan McCurley, 52.72. 5. Erika Harvey, x52.83. 6. Brittney Boyd, x53.11. 7. Taylor Stoddard, x54.31. 10. Danielle Smyth, x55.07. 11. Amber Nelson, x55.16.
200 Backstroke
1. Heather Denman, 2:02.87. 2. Christina Bruni, 2:08.13. 6. Briana Swinney, 2:10.25. 8. Haley Smith, x2:12.09.
200 Breaststroke
1. Darcie Anderson, 2:17.21. 2. Kirsten Trammell, 2:18.70. 6. Karly Brown, 2:25.94. 7. Christina Bergis, x2:27.91. 8. Shannon Slaught, x2:32.97.
500 Freestyle
1. Sarah Winters (UCD), 5:03.38. 2. Amy Friedhoff, 5:04.41. 4. Julia Craddock, 5:05.99. 10. Megan Mills, 5:16.83. 12. Brooke Hammond, x5:19.12. 13. Caitlin Lipton, x5:19.22.
100 Butterfly
1. Heather Denman, 56.25. Ashlyn Acosta, 57.05. 8. Andrea Chan, 59.63. 9. Kayla Nakamoto, x1:00.90.
200 Individual Medley
1. Darcie Anderson, 2:06.97. 4. Julia Craddock, 2:10.01. 6. Kirsten Trammell, 2:10.95. 8. Haley Smith, x2:12.84. 9. Andrea Chan, x2:12.91. 10. Karly Brown, x2:12.95. 12. Christina Bruni, x2:14.89. 13. Christina Bergis, x2:14.90. 16. Shannon Slaught, x2:21.98.
400 Freestyle
1. San Jose State “A” (DeWames, McCurley, Harvey, Foster), 3:27.66. -- San Jose State “B” (Boyd, Smyth, Acosta, Smith), x3:36.68.
1-meter diving
1. Amy Kilby, 284.25. 2. Krista Walton, 254.87. 3. Christine Rommel, 249.15. 6. Taylor Thomas, x218.17.
3-meter diving
1. Amy Kilby, 295.70. 2. Krista Walton, 276.75. 4. Christine Rommel, 265.80.
x -- Exhibition