Long Beach, Calif. - The San Jose State University women's swim team remained in second-place through 12 total events, as freshman Heather Denman won twice and two more school records fell at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool on day two of the 2008 UC Irvine/Nike Cup on Friday, November 21.
Denman, out of Brookeville, Md., won both the 100 fly and the 100 back, becoming the first Spartan to take top individual honors at the event in over a decade, since Elin Carlsson placed first in the 500 freestyle in 1997. The Nike Cup was known as the Speedo Cup prior to 2007. In winning both events, Denman posted the first two NCAA consideration qualifiers, or 'B' cuts, for San Jose State this season. Her time of 53.97 in the 100 fly fell narrowly short (.22 seconds) of an automatic qualifier, but was a new school record, with the previous mark at 54.84.
Denman timed 54.86 in the 100 back, just .02 seconds behind her own school mark that she re-set a second time the day before on the opening leg of the 400 medley relay.
Kirsten Trammell shattered the school mark in the 400 individual medley, timing 4:27.83 during morning prelims to best the previous top time of 4:29.23 by over a full second. She did not swim the event during evening finals.
The Spartans’ A’ 200 medley relay of Denman with a 50-yard lead backstroke leg, and sophomores Trammell, Rudie Guerrero and Meghan McCurley, finished second behind Nevada (1:43.94) in 1:44.52. The foursome was the second-fastest ever at San Jose State.
With 622 points, the Spartans trail only BYU among 21 scoring teams. The Cougars lead with 700.5 points. NCAA Division II power UC San Diego sits in third with 590.5 points.
San Jose State has compiled four school records over the first two days of the Nike Cup.
Rachel Grant of BYU won the 400 IM with an NCAA B’ cut time of 4:18.37. Marva Harpak of UNLV swam a B’ time of 1:49.10 to win the 200 free. Margaret Doolittle of Nevada won her second event of the meet, as she swam a B’ cut time of 1:03.02 in the 100 breast. Her team, two-time defending WAC champion Nevada, is in fifth-place with 530 points.
The 2008 UCI/Nike Cup concludes on Saturday, November 22, with six more events: the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 400 free relay. San Jose State will, at minimum, look to remain in the top three. The program's previous-best team finish was fourth in head coach Sage Hopkins' first year in charge in 2005. Prelims begin at 11:30 a.m., with finals at 6:00 p.m.
San Jose State at 2008 UCI/Nike Cup
November 20-22, 2008
Team Standings (Through 12 of 18 Events)
1. Brigham Young 700.5
2. San Jose State 622
3. UC San Diego 590.5
4. UNLV 557
5. Nevada 530
6. Pacific 377
7. Loyola Marymount 266
8. New Mexico 251
9. Pepperdine 231
10. San Diego 225
11. Alaska-Fairbanks 198
12. UC Irvine 196
13. Air Force 161.5
14. Cal Baptist 141
15. Cal State Bakersfield 137.5
16. Cal State Northridge 110
17. Concordia-Irvine 88
18. Grand Canyon 56
19. Soka 44
20. Chapman 14
21. La Verne 12