Long Beach, Calif. Brie Marhenke finished second in the 50 freestyle, achieving this season’s first NCAA consideration qualifier for a Spartan, as the San Jose State University women’s swim team settled into fifth place at the conclusion of day one of the 2007 UC Irvine/Nike Cup at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool on Thursday, November 15.
Marhenke a senior team co-captain, achieved the NCAA 'B' cut with her performance in morning preliminaries, sprinting 23.09, a season best by .48 seconds. She posted the fastest prelim time by .16 seconds and went into the evening final as the top seed. Her finals time was an identical 23.09, but UC Irvine senior Chelsea Nagata narrowly out-touched her in a school-record 23.03. Marhenke finished second to Stanford’s Brooke Bishop in the 50 free at the meet two years ago. Jenny Lewis (third, 23.12) of Pacific and Anna Poteete (fourth, 23.19) of UCLA joined Nagata and Marhenke with B’ cuts.
On the day, Spartan swimmers turned in 17 lifetime-best and 28 season-best times.
Highlights included the freshman tandem of Caitlin Macky and Kirsten Trammell both producing best times in the 200 individual medley while moving into the second and third spots, respectively, on the all-time school chart in the event. Macky was ninth in 2:06.12 while Trammell was 13th in 2:07.97 after timing 2:07.24 in the morning. Beste Erener was 23rd in 2:11.06 after swimming a season-best 2:10.20 in prelims. Hannah Tringham (2:12.15) and Jillian Cureton (2:17.04) also provided season-bests during prelims. Lyndsay DePaul (school-record 2:00.36) and Ja-Neil Bragg (2:00.69) finished 1-2 for UC Irvine and Pacific, respectively, in NCAA B’ cut times that fell narrowly short of the 2:00.34 automatic qualifying standard.
Also, the 200 freestyle A’ relay matched the second-best performance in school history by racing 1:35.60 for fourth place behind UCLA (1:34.13), Pacific and Rice. Marhenke led off the relay in 23.30, with junior Lauren Mar (23.88) and freshmen Meghan McCurley (24.14) and Daphne Yeung (24.28) following. The time was a season best by .83 seconds.
Senior Amanda Carr improved on her season-best prelim time of 5:06.82 in the 500 freestyle to swim 5:04.10 at night, 5.05 faster than she had been previously this season. Katey Nelson went 5:08.74 in prelims and 5:07.23 in finals in her first two 500 freestyle races of the year. The duo finished 19th and 27th, respectively, while Hannah Tringham was 29th in 5:08.70 after going a season-best 5:08.58 in the morning. Newcomers Julia Koch (5:10.84), Erin Garcia (5:13.30) and Ashley Krisman (5:15.75) also turned in season-best times, all by over five seconds, in prelims.
Brittany Massengale of Rice won the 500 free with an NCAA B’ time of 4:53.69. Emily Bibb of UCLA took second, but had the fastest prelim time with an NCAA B’ cut time of 4:52.65.
The Spartan 400 medley A’ relay of Mar, Macky, senior Jillene Golez and Marhenke timed 3:53.65, a season best by almost eight seconds, for sixth place. Pacific won the event in 3:46.46. Mar led with a season-best 100 back split of 58.41, while Golez turned in an impressive butterfly leg of 58.19.
Other Spartan season bests in the 50 free included Mar (15th, 24.22), McCurley (23rd, 24.37 prelims, 24.49 finals), Yeung (31st, 24.79 prelims, 24.88 finals), Tarolyn Robertson (24.96), Joanna Torres (25.04), Sara Riley (25.59) and Rudie Guerrero (25.90) on her birthday.
“We had a great start to the meet,” said third-year San Jose State head coach Sage Hopkins. “The meet has certainly been much faster than it’s been in quite some time, and could possibly be the fastest ever. Stanford is missing but Rice, UCLA are both at the meet, in addition to Pacific, so this is great competition and a great rehearsal for what we will face at the Western Athletic Conference Championship. We are excited about the first day’s results and ready to get in the water and race tomorrow.”
San Jose State has 184 points through the first five events. UCLA leads with 465, followed by BYU (276), Pacific (244) and Rice (202) ahead of the Spartans among 19 scoring teams.
Earlier in the day, San Jose State made its inaugural appearance in the CollegeSwimming.com Division I Mid-Major ranking, in 22nd in the first release this season.
The 2007 UCI/Nike Cup continues on Friday, November 16, with seven more events: the 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and 800 free relay. The Spartans expect to have a quartet of swimmers challenge the school record in the 400 IM, while Mar will compete in the 100 back, the event in which she is currently ranked first in the WAC. Prelims begin at 11:30 a.m. for the women, with finals at 6:00 p.m.
San Jose State at 2007 UCI/Nike Cup
November 15-17, 2007
1. UCLA 465
2. Brigham Young 276
3. Pacific 244
4. Rice 202
5. San Jose State 184
6. UC Irvine 176
7. UC San Diego 146
8. Pepperdine 99
9. New Mexico 95
10. Loyola Marymount 89
11. Air Force 78
12. San Diego 60
13. UC Santa Cruz 59
14. Cal Lutheran 50
15. Alaska 46
16. Cal State Northridge 30
17. Fresno Pacific 22
17. Grand Canyon 22
19. SOKA 14
Results (Winners plus all San Jose State competitors)
200 Freestyle Relay
1. UCLA A’ (Kelly Colligan, Anna Poteete, Ashley Anlauf, Katherine Wong), 1:34.13. 4. San Jose State A’ (Brie Marhenke, Lauren Mar, Meghan McCurley, Daphne Yeung), 1:35.60. 21. San Jose State B’ (Joanna Torres, Tarolyn Robertson, Ashley Ladd, Sara Riley), 1:39.65.
1. Brittany Massengale, Rice, 4:51.20. 19. Amanda Carr, SJSU, 5:04.10. 27. Katey Nelson, SJSU, 5:07.23. 29. Hannah Tringham, SJSU, 5:08.70. 37. Julia Koch, SJSU, 5:10.84. 51. Erin Garcia, SJSU, 5:13.30. 56. Ashley Krisman, SJSU, 5:15.75.
200 Individual Medley
1. Lyndsay DePaul, UCI, 2:00.36. 9. Caitlin Macky, SJSU, 2:06.12. 13. Kirsten Trammell, SJSU, 2:07.97. 23. Beste Erener, SJSU, 2:11.06. 44. Hannah Tringham, SJSU, 2:12.15. 72. Jillian Cureton, SJSU, 2:17.04.
1. Chelsea Nagata, UCI, 23.03; 2. Brie Marhenke, SJSU, 23.09. 15. Lauren Mar, 24.22. 23. Meghan McCurley, SJSU, 24.49. 31. Daphne Yeung, SJSU, 24.88. 42. Tarolyn Robertson, SJSU, 24.96. 48. Joanna Torres, SJSU, 25.04. 76. Sara Riley, SJSU, 25.59. 86. Ashley Ladd, 25.85. 90. Rudie Guerrero, SJSU, 25.90. 96. Amanda Mikaelsson, SJSU, 25.96. 98. Julie Wynn, SJSU, 26.05. 126. Jillene Golez, SJSU, 27.20. 133. Ally Jack, SJSU, 27.81.
400 Medley Relay
1. Pacific A’ (Jenny Lewis, Ziada Jardine, Kristin Okazaki, Ja-Neil Bragg), 3:46.46. 6. San Jose State A’ (Lauren Mar, Caitlin Macky, Jillene Golez, Brie Marhenke), 3:53.65. 19. San Jose State B’ (Katey Nelson, Kirsten Trammell, Ally Jack, Meghan McCurley), 3:57.84.