Denver, Colo. - San Jose State University senior Brie Marhenke has been named the Western Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week for the week of November 12-18.
This is the third weekly conference honor this season for the native of Carmichael, Calif.
Marhenke competed in her final Nike Cup this past weekend in Long Beach, Calif., turning in a pair of individual second-place efforts in NCAA B’ cut times, and three top-six relay finishes as the Spartans compiled 558 points to finish fifth among 22 scoring squads, including Western Athletic Conference foe University of San Diego (12th, 223 points).
On the meet’s first day on Thursday, November 15, Marhenke sprinted 23.09 during morning prelims of the 50 freestyle, getting under the NCAA B’ standard of 23.29 with a mark good enough to earn her the top seed in evening finals. In those finals, she narrowly finished as the runner-up by .06 seconds behind UC Irvine’s Chelsea Nagata (23.03) with an identical time of 23.09. Her previous season best was 23.57, with her school-record lifetime best a 22.54.
Marhenke began Thursday’s evening portion by leading off the fourth-place Spartan 200 freestyle relay with a 50 split of 23.30. The relay, which featured junior Lauren Mar and freshmen Meghan McCurley and Daphne Yeung after Marhenke, timed 1:35.60, a season best by .83 seconds and tied for second all-time at San Jose State. To close the day, she anchored the sixth-place 400 medley relay with a split of 51.99. The relay, with Mar, freshman Caitlin Macky and senior Jillene Golez before her, timed 3:53.65, a season best by 7.83 seconds.
On day two on Friday, Marhenke anchored the third-place 200 medley relay in 1:46.44, a season best by .49 seconds. Her split was 22.61, with Mar, Macky and Golez again leading things off. She also had her first 100 butterfly races of the season. Ranked third in the event all-time at San Jose State with a mark of 55.96 from the 2006 WAC Championship, she timed 58.43 in finals to place 14th after swimming 58.28 in morning prelims.
Finally on Saturday, November 17, the senior co-captain was second behind UCLA’s Anna Poteete (50.40) in the 100 freestyle in a season-best 50.60, just .3 seconds behind her school record of 50.30 from the 2006 NCAA Championships. She had timed 50.79 in morning prelims, under the NCAA B’ standard of 50.90, a then-season best by .59 seconds, and a mark good enough for the second seed in evening finals behind Poteete (50.26 prelims).
According to CollegeSwimming.com’s top times database on Monday, November 19, Marhenke ranks tied for 17th nationally in the 50 free (23.09) and 32nd nationally in the 100 free (50.60). She is the top-ranked swimmer in the WAC in both events.
The Spartans are now idle from competition until Saturday, December 8, when they make the short trip to Stockton, Calif., to take on the University of the Pacific in a dual meet beginning at 12:00 p.m. The meet will mark the final competitive races of the 2007 calendar year for SJSU.