Denver, Colo. - San Jose State University’s Jessica Holden has been named the Western Athletic Conference Diver of the Week for the week of October 27-November 2.
Holden, a true freshman out of Fair Oaks, Calif., and Roseville High School, earned the first two individual dual meet victories of her college career against Western Athletic Conference foe Boise State on Friday night, October 31. Though the Spartans ultimately defeated the Broncos, 197-102, on Saturday in San Jose, the two diving events were held at the Avery Aquatic Center on the campus of Stanford University on Friday night. Holden won the one-meter and three-meter events with collegiate-best marks of 222.00 and 240.00 points, respectively. She picked up 18 points in all for the Spartans in the meet, defeating four other competitors on the one-meter board and three on the three-meter.
The Spartans, off to an impressive dual meet record of 8-1 overall and a perfect 5-0 against WAC opposition, have been recognized with weekly distinction by the conference four times this year. Holden’s sophomore teammate, Jo Thibodaux, is already a two-time Diver of the Week, with fellow freshman Heather Denman having earned Swimmer of the Week distinction.
Margaret Doolittle was named the WAC Swimmer of the Week. A junior from Sacramento, Calif. (C.K. McClatchy HS), Doolittle won two individual events, placed third in another and swam on the Wolf Pack’s second-place medley relay squad. She won the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 24.28, and the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:03.75. In the 100-yard freestyle, she was third overall behind two Washington State swimmers with a time of 53.63. She helped Nevada to a 1-1 record on the week in duals against UC Davis and Washington State.
Other swimming nominees: San Jose State’s Heather Denman won all three of her individual events to help the Spartans to a 197-102 win over Boise State. Northern Arizona’s T.J. Williams won all three of her events against both BYU and New Mexico, including two individual wins. Fresno State’s Heidi Gjoen won the 100 and 200-yard backstroke against San Diego State, earning lifetime bests in both events. Emily Irvin of Boise State finished first in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time a 1:04.89, a school record.
Other diving nominees: Taryn Harris of Northern Arizona placed third overall in the one-meter event and second place in the three-meter, helping the Lumberjacks defeat New Mexico, 177-123. Kendra Weeks of Fresno State won the one-meter diving event for the Bulldogs against San Diego State with a score of 174.60.