Long Beach, Calif. - The San Jose State University women's swim team is in sixth-place through two days and 12 total events at the 2009 Toshiba Classic, Presented by Business Copier Solutions.
Under its new name, the former Speedo Cup and Nike Cup is being held at its usual location, at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach. It is hosted this year, however, by UC San Diego, with past host UC Irvine having dropped its men's and women's swim programs.
After 12 of 18 total events, Stanford has a comfortable lead in the team competition, with 1202.5 points. Defending national champion California is second with 775 points, followed by San Diego State (473), UCLA (424), BYU (360) and San Jose State (303). The Spartans have thus far out-pointed Western Athletic Conference foes Hawai'i in eighth (217), three-time defending league champion Nevada in 11th (171.5), Fresno State in 12th (161) and the University of San Diego in 15th (110). A total of 24 squads have registered points.
Heather Denman, Caitlin Macky, Rudie Guerrero and Meghan McCurley timed 1:43.37, second-fastest all-time at the school, for fourth-place in the 200 medley relay to open the evening segment. Denman's 50-yard opening backstroke split of a blistering 25.41 broke Lauren Mar's school mark of 25.63 from the 2009 WAC Championship. Sophomore Kristin Yamaguchi's lead leg of 27.81 on the 'B' relay put her in the seventh spot on the all-time list. Stanford continued its dominance with another 'B'-cut, meet-record performance (1:40.05) to win.
Freshman Julia Craddock's 4:26.83 during prelims of the 400 individual medley left her a mere .21 seconds shy of Beste Erener's school mark. She went 4:28.06 at night for 14th-place. Julia Smit's winning 4:03.31, an NCAA 'A' cut, shattered the meet mark for the Cardinal.
Denman went 54.63 in prelims of the 100 fly. She followed that up with a 54.90 for an eighth-place finish in the championship final. Unattached Dana Vollmer briefly broke up the Stanford dominance with a meet-record winning mark of 52.65.
DeWames' time of 1:52.88 in her morning race of the 200 freestyle, was eighth-fastest in school history. She went 1:54.12 for 24th-place at night.
Macky's 1:03.91 bettered her career-best effort of 1:04.13 from the 2009 WAC Championship in morning prelims of the 100 breast. She placed eighth in the championship final in 1:04.12.
Denman, the meet's reigning Most Outstanding Female Swimmer, then turned in the weekend's top performance by a Spartan thus far, getting edged out by Stanford's Betsy Webb for first-place honors in the 100 backstroke. She turned in her first 'B' cut of the season, in 54.06 in the championship final, one second behind Webb's meet-record 53.06.
The 2009 Toshiba Classic concludes on Saturday, November 21, with six more events: the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 400 free relay. Prelims begin at 11:30 a.m., with finals at 6:00 p.m.
While the swimmers resumed competition in Southern California, freshman Spartan diver Amy Kilby began activity at the second annual University of Arizona Wildcat Diving Invitational in Tucson, Ariz., on Friday afternoon. Kilby placed 24th on the three-meter springboard event after her six dives at the Kasser Family Pool. Sophomore teammate Jessica Holden was unable to compete due to injury. Stanford's Meg Hostage won the event with a score of 298.15. The meet continues with the one-meter springboard event on Saturday, November 21, at 12:00 p.m.
San Jose State at 2009 Toshiba Classic
November 19-21, 2009
Team Standings (Through 12 of 18 Events)
1. Stanford 1202.5
2. California 775
3. San Diego State 473
4. UCLA 424
5. BYU 360
6. San Jose State 303
7. UC San Diego 276
8. Hawai'i 217
9. Utah 212
10. LMU 175
11. Nevada 171.5
12. Fresno State 161
13. Cal State Northridge 117
13. UC Davis 117
15. San Diego 110
16. Oregon State 105
17. Cal State Bakersfield 101
18. Pepperdine 95
19. New Mexico 80
20. Alaska-Fairbanks 67
21. Cal Baptist 52
22. WhiteWater Aquatics 30
23. Vanguard 10
24. La Verne 6
Results (Winners plus all San Jose State competitors)
200 Medley Relay
1. Stanford 'A' (Betsy Webb, Kerry Kraemer, Elaine Breeden, Sam Woodward), 1:40.05B; 4. San Jose State 'A' (Heather Denman, Caitlin Macky, Rudie Guerrero, Meghan McCurley), 1:43.37; 28. San Jose State 'B' (Kristin Yamaguchi, Kirsten Trammell, Julia Craddock, Kiley Foster), 1:47.16.
400 Individual Medley
1. Julia Smith, STAN, 4:03.31A; 14. Julia Craddock, SJSU, 4:28.06; 19. Hannah Tringham, SJSU, 4:30.44; 35. Kirsten Trammell, SJSU, 4:29.61.
1. Dana Vollmer, UNAT, 52.65A; 8. Heather Denman, SJSU, 54.90; 45. Rudie Guerrero, SJSU, 57.64; 58. Hannah Tringham, SJSU, 58.16; 60. Erin Garcia, SJSU, 58.20; 62. Caitlin Macky, SJSU, 58.38; 127. Ashley Ladd, SJSU, 1:02.86.
1. Dana Vollmer, UNAT, 1:45.02B; 24. Marisa DeWames, SJSU, 1:54.12; 28. Julia Koch, SJSU, 1:53.76; 31. Kristin Yamaguchi, SJSU, 1:54.65; 46. Taylor Stoddard, SJSU, 1:55.04; 47. Kiley Foster, SJSU, 1:55.10; 55. Julie Wynn, SJSU, 1:55.93; 57. Caitlin Lipton, SJSU, 1:55.99; 64. Elana Faria, SJSU, 1:56.56; 86. Ashley Krisman, SJSU, 1:57.96; 87. Megan Mills, SJSU, 1:57.98; 131. Danielle Smyth, SJSU, 2:02.79.
1. Katelyn Weddle, SDSU, 1:02.21; 8. Caitlin Macky, SJSU, 1:04.12; 11. Kirsten Trammell, SJSU, 1:04.83; 29. Erin Garcia, SJSU, 1:07.30; 68. Daphne Yeung, SJSU, 1:09.43; 96. Megan Lomazzi, SJSU, 1:14.98.
1. Betsy Webb, STAN, 53.06B; 2. Heather Denman, SJSU, 54.06B; 24. Rudie Guerrero, SJSU, 58.87; 46. Meghan McCurley, SJSU, 59.54.
800 Freestyle Relay
1. Stanford (Kelsey Ditto, Kate Dwelley, Sam Woodward, Julia Smit), 7:08.70B; -- San Jose State (Marisa DeWames, Taylor Stoddard, Kristin Yamaguchi, Julia Koch), DQ.