Prestigious Arena Invitational Up Next for Swimming

The Spartans travel to Long Beach this week for the 2011 Arena Invitational at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool running Thursday through Saturday. A total of 17 teams will compete on the women’s side.
SCHEDULE Thursday, Nov. 17 200 Freestyle Relay 500 Freestyle 200 Individual Medley 50 Freestyle 400 Medley Relay
Friday, Nov. 18 200 Medley Relay 400 Individual Medley 100 Butterfly 200 Freestyle 100 Breaststroke 100 Backstroke 800 Freestyle Relay
Saturday, Nov. 19 1650 Freestyle 200 Backstroke 100 Freestyle 200 Breaststroke 200 Butterfly 400 Freestyle Relay 
EVENT TIMES Preliminaries will commence at at approximately 10:30 or 11:00 AM for the women’s races. Finals will begin at approximately 6:00 PM on Thursday and Friday and approximately 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
LIVE RESULTS Fans can follow along with live results from the 2011 Arena Invitational by going to Live results are also accessible by clicking on the “Live Stats” button at the top of and following the link to the Arena Invitational.
ABOUT SAN JOSE STATE The Spartans (3-1, 1-0 WAC) swept through back-to-back dual meets on Oct. 28-29, defeating UC Santa Cruz on the road, 180-105, then returning home to the Aquatics Center to top UC Davis 178-122.
Divers Jessica Holden and Amy Kilby each set school records and qualified for the postseason in the Spartans’ victory over the Banana Slugs Oct. 28. Kilby broke Holden’s one-meter springboard diving record in the six-dive format with a score of 294.75. Holden bettered her own three-meter, six-dive springboard record by scoring 303.80. Both divers qualified for the NCAA Zone E diving competition with their performances.
In the pool at UC Santa Cruz, the Spartans turned in a dominating performance, winning every event and taking first and second place in all events but one, the 500 freestyle, where they took first and third place.
The Spartans got things started early in the diving events again against UC Davis on Oct. 29, sweeping the top three spots in the one-meter competition and going 1-2 in the three-meter event. 
Heather Denman was a winner in four events against the Aggies, 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.
ABOUT THE ARENA INVITATIONAL A total of 26 men’s and women’s swimming teams will converge on the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach for the three-day invitational featuring some of the country’s top programs. Fellow WAC members Fresno State and Hawaii, along with 14 other women’s teams will compete against the Spartans.
“We’re very excited to head down to Long Beach,” San Jose State head coach Sage Hopkins said. “It’s an opportunity to compete in a great facility against a lot of the top teams in the country, a lot of the better swimmers in the world.
“At this competition we want to be better than we have this season. A number of the teams should be looking to be better than they’ve ever been before, and better than that at the WAC championship.”
TWICE HONORED Senior Kirsten Trammell received her second WAC Athlete of the week award of the season after winning six events over two meets on Oct. 28-29, as she helped lead the Spartans to a 2-0 weekend with dual meet wins against UC Santa Cruz and UC Davis. She has won both conference awards in the weeks San Jose State was competing since the conference began awarding the Athlete of the Week on Oct. 18. 
Against the Banana Slugs in Santa Cruz, Trammell won four events. She was part of two winning relays, the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay, the latter of which she was the anchor for. She also turned in victories in the 200 breaststroke and a personal-best 58.67 in the 100 butterfly
Against UC Davis, Trammell won the 100 breaststroke in a personal best 1:03.31. Her time was a pool record for the SJSU Aquatics Center and ranked 25th nationally at the time and first in the WAC. Trammell also swam the breaststroke leg of the winning 200 medley relay, which swam a pool record 1:43.16, a time that ranked 16th nationally at the time and first in the WAC. Trammell was also second in the 200 breaststroke in 2:18.70 (second-ranked in the WAC) and sixth in the 200 individual medley in 2:10.95 (seventh-ranked in the WAC).
Trammell also won the WAC award for Oct. 10-16 after winning two breaststroke events, posting two other top-six finishes, and playing a part in two second-place relay finishes on Oct. 14-15 at the George Haines Invitational. Her efforts helped lead the Spartans to a second place finish at the prestigious George Haines Invitational at Stanford, as well as a 75-39 dual meet victory over WAC member Nevada.
TOP WAC TIMES Not even halfway through the season, and the Spartans own a majority of the top times in the WAC across all events. SJSU swimmers hold top times in nine of the 14 individual events and three of the four relay events listed by the conference. San Jose State has an athlete with the second-best time in three other events, making for a total of 15 events that the Spartans have a top-two time in. The remaining three events with no Spartans to be seen atop the time rankings – the 1,650 freestyle, 400 individual medley and 400 medley relay – have not been swam by any SJSU swimmer so far this season.
San Jose State owns the top three times in WAC in the 50 freestyle thanks to Kiley Foster (23.53), Marisa DeWames (23.75) and Erika Harvey (23.76). DeWames (51.44) and Foster (52.14) also own the top two times in the 100 freestyle, respectively. Kirsten Trammell (1:03.31) and Darcie Anderson (1:03.40) own the top two times in the WAC for the 100 breaststroke. The two switch places in the 200 breaststroke, with Anderson at 2:17.21 and Trammell at 2:18.70 to lead the WAC.
HEAD COACH SAGE HOPKINS Sage Hopkins begins his seventh year at the helm of the San Jose State women’s swimming and diving program in 2011-12. In seven seasons, Hopkins’ dual meet record is 55-23-1 (.703), with an even better 21-6-1 (.768) mark against WAC teams. He is the first Spartans swimming and diving coach to reach the 50-win plateau in the program's 47-year NCAA history.
During Hopkins' tenure, SJSU swimmers have set 14 of the 16 all-time individual program records and his relay teams hold every school mark.  His student-athletes have earned 11 College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) All-America awards and 72 Academic All-WAC honors. In the same time frame, San Jose State athletes have produced 41 first-team and 118 second-team All-WAC performances at the conference meet.
UP NEXT San Jose State will not compete again until 2012. The Spartans’ resume their dual meet schedule Jan. 7 on the road at CSU Bakersfield, then move to the University of San Diego Invitational on Jan. 8.