Swimmers At Nike Cup; Divers In Arizona

THIS WEEK - SPARTANS SPLIT UP FOR NIKE CUP, ARIZONA DIVING INVITE
The San Jose State University women’s swimming and diving team splits up this week to head off to Long Beach, Calif., and Tucson, Ariz., respectively. The Spartan swimmers flew south on Wednesday morning, November 19, for the 2008 Nike Cup, to be held again this year at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool and hosted by UC Irvine. The annual three-day event runs from Thursday, November 20, through Saturday, November 22. Preliminaries will begin at 11:30 a.m. each day, with finals starting at 6:00 p.m.

San Jose State is joined in Long Beach by fellow Western Athletic Conference squads Nevada and the University of San Diego. Other top contenders include Brigham Young, Pacific, and the host Anteaters of UC Irvine.

Fourth-year head coach Sage Hopkins traveled 21 swimmers and assistant coach Chris Michelmore. The team is staying in Seal Beach, Calif., and returning on Sunday, November 23.

Second-year diving coach Brian Tanner, meanwhile, took sophomore Jo Thibodaux and true freshman Jessica Holden to Tucson, Ariz., on Thursday, for the University of Arizona Diving Invitational. The meet, also a three-day event, will go from Friday, November 21, through Sunday, November 23. The participants will compete from the one-meter board, three-meter board and platform over the weekend, with the action expected to go from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Following this weekend’s activity, San Jose State will take one week off from competition before returning to dual meet action for one final date for the 2007 calendar year. The Spartans host the University of the Pacific on Saturday, December 6. The first event at The Aquatics Center on campus is now scheduled for a later 3:00 p.m. start. San Jose State will head into that meet with an impressive overall mark of 8-1 on the year.

SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY
SWIMMING at 2008 NIKE CUP
BELMONT PLAZA OLYMPIC POOL, LONG BEACH, CALIF.
THURSDAY-SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20-22, 11:30 A.M.

DIVING at UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA DIVING INVITATIONAL
HILLENBRAND AQUATIC CENTER, TUCSON, ARIZ.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21-23, 12:00 P.M.


SAN JOSE STATE at NIKE CUP
The UC Irvine men’s and women’s swimming teams host the 2008 Nike Cup on Thursday through Saturday at Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach. Preliminaries begin at 11:30 a.m. each day, with finals at 6:00 p.m. A total of 22 women’s teams and 15 men’s teams will be competing at the three-day event. The meet will be scored to 24 places in each event.

A premier fall-season race which features top competitors from the NCAA Division I, II and III, the Nike Cup was known as the Speedo Cup since 1992, prior to the 2007 installment. San Jose State placed fifth with 558 points a year ago, with UCLA taking top honors (1498.5 points). The Spartans were also fifth in 2006, with 547 points.

The full 13-team Division I women’s field is UC Irvine, BYU, Air Force, Loyola Marymount, Nevada, New Mexico, Cal State Northridge, Pepperdine, Pacific, San Jose State, San Diego, Cal State Bakersfield and UNLV. BYU is the top women’s team after finishing second at the 2007 event. Pacific took third last year.

The Nike Cup was hosted by the University of Southern California from 1989-1991, as the United States National Grand Prix Swimming Invitational, and in 1992 as the Speedo Cup. UC Irvine has hosted the meet since 1993. UCLA (three), California, Pacific and Stanford have each notched multiple women’s team championships. Stanford won back-to-back team titles on the women’s side before not competing at the 2006 Speedo Cup. The Cardinal accumulated a record 1760.5 points in 2005 to finish ahead of 20 scoring squads. BYU won in 2006 with 1088 points.

San Jose State returned to the Speedo Cup in 2005 after a one-year hiatus, finishing a program-best fourth at the meet in Sage Hopkins’ debut season. The Spartans earned 650.5 points, their highest total ever, to place behind Stanford (1760.5), Nevada (723) and BYU (699). Their previous highs were 517 points in 1998 and sixth place in 2002. San Jose State’s first year of Speedo Cup competition was 1995, when it finished 21st out of 22 teams with 14 points. It has competed at the event in each year since, with the exception of 2004.

The Spartans finished 12th out of 17 teams in 1996 (238 points), 15th out of 22 in 1997 (232), eighth out of 20 in 1998 (517), 12th out of 23 in 1999 (316), 10th out of 22 in 2000 (371), 10th out of 18 in 2001 (278), sixth out of 23 in 2002 (397.5) and ninth out of 16 in 2003 (348).

Elin Carlsson has the lone individual Speedo Cup title for a San Jose State swimmer, having won the 500 freestyle event in 1997 in a time of 4:59.28.

SAN JOSE STATE at ARIZONA DIVING INVITATIONAL
The University of Arizona swimming and diving program hosts its first diving invitational this weekend at the newly-remodeled Hillenbrand Aquatic Center. More than a dozen teams will be joining San Jose State at the invitational, including UNLV, USC, Wisconsin, Wyoming, San Diego State, Cal State Bakersfield, Air Force, Brigham Young and WAC foes New Mexico State and Northern Arizona. Most of the teams competing, like the Spartans, are from Zone E.

The format for the invitational will be a championship-style meet, with a consolation round. The top eight finishers in the preliminaries advance to the finals, while finishers nine through 16 will compete in the consolation.

The new state-of-the-art diving structure and pool features two one-meter and three three-meter Maxiflex Model “B” springboards on concrete short stands. The structure has platform heights of three, five, 7.5 and 10 meters.