Swimming & Diving Hosts Boise State In Home Opener

THIS WEEKEND - SPARTANS HOST BOISE STATE IN HOME OPENER
The San Jose State University women’s swimming and diving team, off to arguably the greatest start to the dual meet season in program history, hosts Western Athletic Conference foe Boise State University in its 2008-09 home opener on Saturday, November 1. The meet will feature a standard 16-event collegiate dual format. The Spartans enter the day with a dual record of 7-1. Boise State is 2-6 overall and 0-2 against league opposition.

San Jose State has won seven dual meets in a row, with four coming against WAC foes. The Spartans went a perfect 5-0 to win the inaugural WAC Shootout in Las Cruces, N.M., October 10-11, including their first dual victory over two-time defending WAC champion Nevada in 23 years. San Jose State also cruised past UC Santa Cruz and new league addition Fresno State in Santa Cruz on Saturday, October 18.

The two diving events, from the one-meter and three-meter springboards, with Spartan underclassmen Jo Thibodaux, a two-time WAC Diver of the Week already in 2008, redshirt freshman Melissa Hymes, and true freshman Jessica Holden, were to be held at Stanford’s Maas Family Diving Facility, adjacent to Avery Aquatic Center, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday night, October 31. Saturday’s swimming activity is set to begin at 11:30 a.m. with the 200 medley relay. The 200 free relay will conclude the day. The full order of events: 200 medley relay, 1000 free, 200 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 200 fly, 50 free, 100 free, 200 back, 200 breast, 500 free, 100 fly, 200 IM and 200 free relay. Two 15-minute breaks will take place after the 50 free and 100 fly. The diving results from Friday night will be announced on site when available during the afternoon.

Following Saturday’s meet, San Jose State will have 18 days to prepare for the 2008 Nike Cup in Long Beach, Calif., which runs Thursday through Saturday, November 20-22.

SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (7-1, 4-0 WAC)
vs. BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY (2-6, 0-2 WAC)
THE AQUATICS CENTER, SAN JOSE, CALIF.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 11:30 A.M.


SAN JOSE STATE (7-1, 4-0 WAC) vs. BOISE STATE (2-6, 0-2 WAC)
This is Boise State’s third year in existence as a women’s swimming and diving program. The Broncos finished eighth out of eight teams at the 2007 WAC Championship, and moved up over the University of San Diego for a seventh-place showing at the 2008 conference meet, with the Spartans placing fourth in both years.

The Broncos earned their first dual victories of the season against Air Force and Northern Colorado at the WAC Shootout. Boise State junior Chelsea Lopus rounded out the weekend with four wins and two school records. The Broncos have set 10 school records so far this season, with four of those coming in relay events.

San Jose State and Boise State split a pair of meetings a year ago in Boise, Idaho. The Broncos won a standard dual in their 2007-08 home opener, 172-125, before the Spartans struck back and took a narrow 95-92 decision in a non-traditional relay meet the following day. The Spartans are 1-1 against Boise State under current fourth-year head coach Sage Hopkins. The third-year Bronco leader is Kristin Hill. CJ Hardy coaches the divers.

SCORING
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 eight lanes. Each school will have four lanes in the initial scoring heat, with any subsequent heats strictly counting as exhibition.

LAST TIME OUT: SPARTANS CRUISE PAST SLUGS, BULLDOGS
San Jose State improved to 7-1 on the dual meet season by topping UC Santa Cruz, 169-100, and Fresno State, 198-80, on a gorgeous afternoon in Santa Cruz on Saturday, October 18.

The meet served as the revival of the San Jose State-Fresno State rivalry in women’s swimming and diving. The Bulldogs were competing for the first time since being cut as a program following the 2003-04 campaign.

Freshman Heather Denman went 6-0 on the day by winning all three of her individual events, the 200 fly, 100 fly and 200 IM, in that order, against both opponents. Sophomore Jo Thibodaux took both diving events against the Slugs and Bulldogs and was 4-0, turning in a season-best score of 259.00 from three meters.