Relay Teams Highlight Day One Action At Arena Invite

LONG BEACH, Calif. – There are still two days of competition left at the Arena Invitational in Long Beach, but already the San Jose State swimming team is making noise through day one.
The story Thursday was the Spartans’ freestyle relay teams. Both the 200 freestyle and 400 medley relay “A” teams finished in the top three, set new San Jose State school records, and swam B-cut times for the NCAA Championship
“We had a tremendous team performance,” said San Jose State head coach Sage Hopkins. “Just a great day. I couldn’t be any more proud of the (team).”
The 200 freestyle relay team of Meghan McCurley, Marisa DeWames, Kiley Foster and Erika Harvey grabbed a second-place finish with a time of 1 minute, 31.15 seconds. The squad’s time trailed race winner Stanford by 0.49 seconds and topped defending NCAA champion California, which finished third in 1:31.47.
The time set a new San Jose State record for the 200 freestyle relay, breaking the old record of 1:32.40. That time was swam on Feb. 24 at last season’s Western Athletic Conference championship with a team that included DeWames, Foster and Harvey, along with Heather Denman. It was also well under the NCAA “B” standard of 1:32.76.
Later in the meet, the 400 medley relay team made sure to not be outdone. DeWames entered the pool again to swim the freestyle leg and was joined by Heather Denman (backstroke), Kirsten Trammell (breaststroke), Ashlyn Acosta (butterfly). The quartet turned in a time of 3:40.23 to finish third behind Pac-12 schools Arizona State and California. The Spartans topped Bay Area rival Stanford in the race, as the Cardinal finished fourth in 3:40.99.
The time broke the two-year-old record of 3:42.50, set in 2009, by more than two seconds. The 2009 team also included Denman and Trammell, and was anchored by McCurley. The Spartans will have a chance to swim at the NCAA Championship after dipping under the “B” standard of 3:43.18.
Individually Thursday, the Spartans saw seven athletes swim in their respective events’ finals and consolations. DeWames highlighted the group by swimming the second-best time ever at San Jose State in the 50 freestyle with a 22.89 in the preliminaries. She would finish in 23.04 for a seventh-place showing out of 122 competitors.
Day two of the Arena Invitational on Friday will compose of seven more events with preliminaries in the morning and finals in the evening. The day’s events include the 200 medley relay, 400 Individual Medley, 100 Butterfly, 200 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke, 100 Backstroke and 800 Freestyle Relay – the last of which will be swam for the first time this season by the Spartans.
Arena Invitational, Long Beach, Calif. – Day 1 Results
(Event winners and San Jose State finishers)
200 Freestyle Relay
1. Stanford "A", 1:29.66. 2. San Jose State "A" (McCurley, Dewames, Foster, Harvey), 1:31.15. (22). San Jose State "B" (Nelson, Boyd, Smyth, Acosta), x1:35.06.
500 Freestyle
1. Lauren Boyle (Unattached), 4:38.18. 23. Amy Friedhoff, 4:57.18. 55. Megan Mills, 5:07.99. 62. Caitlin Lipton, 5:10.27.
200 Individual Medley
1. Caitlin Leverenz (California), 1:55.66. 15. Kirsten Trammell, 2:03.63. 19. Darcie Anderson, 2:02.65. 38. Haley Smith, 2:07.05. 42. Karly Brown, 2:07.99. 51. Andrea Chan, 2:08.92. 54. Christina Bruni, 2:09.26. 73. Kayla Nakamoto, 2:11.51. 74. Michaela McLean, 2:12.04. 82. Shannon Slaught, 2:13.51. --Heather Denman, X2:04.23. --Julia Craddock, X2:05.03.
50 Freestyle
1. Betsy Webb (Stanford), 22.39. 7. Marisa Dewames, 23.04. 10. Kiley Foster, 23.18. 12. Meghan McCurley, 23.26. 14. Erika Harvey, 23.35. 44. Ashlyn Acosta, 24.07. 52. Brittney Boyd, 24.22. 69. Danielle Smyth, 24.42. 72. Briana Swinney, 24.49. 77. Amber Nelson, 24.58.  -- Darcie Anderson, X23.82.
400 Freestyle Relay
1. Arizona State "A", 3:36.13. 3 San Jose State "A" (Denman, Trammell, Acosta, Dewames), 3:40.23. (22) San Jose State "B" (Bruni, Anderson, Chan, Foster), x3:47.48.