Long Beach, Calif. - Heather Denman and Kirsten Trammell added to the Spartans’ weekend haul of school marks, with two each, to help lead the San Jose State University women’s swim team to a program-best second-place finish at the 2008 UC Irvine/Nike Cup at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool on Saturday, November 22.
The Spartans concluded the three-day meet with 954 points through 18 total events, trailing only first-place BYU (1076 points). Their top team finish was previously fourth in 2005, head coach Sage Hopkins’ first season in charge. San Jose State’s point total also shatters its previous high of 650.5 from that same 2005 showing. The list of squads the Spartans topped included UNLV (850), NCAA Division II power UC San Diego (817.5), two-time defending Western Athletic Conference foe Nevada (733), and Pacific (559.5). A second WAC opponent, University of San Diego, placed ninth (333) among 21 scoring teams. Host UC Irvine was back in 12th (262).
San Jose State concluded the meet with eight school records, and has nine already this season. Denman was named the UCI/Nike Cup Most Outstanding Female Swimmer, with her three individual event wins and five total school records.
Trammell, a sophomore out of Goodyear, Ariz., had fallen just .45 seconds shy (2:19.78) of Kiley Reinke’s school mark in the 200 breaststroke (2:19.33), in the championship final at the 2007 Nike Cup. In her preliminary heat this morning, she made sure she didn’t fall short again, timing 2:18.43 to earn the number-two seed. It was Trammell’s second individual school mark in as many days, after taking over the top spot in the SJSU record book in the 400 individual medley on Friday.
In the championship final at night, Trammell broke her own standard, swimming 2:17.78 for second-place behind Kendall Bohn of UC San Diego (2:16.16).
Denman turned in her fifth school standard already this season as just a true freshman out of Brookeville, Md., and fourth of the meet, swimming 2:01.71 in prelims of the 200 backstroke. It was the fastest time of the morning by .05 seconds over eventual event winner Candace Smith of BYU (1:59.14), and would have been good enough for third-place in the championship final, but Denman did not swim the event at night, due to a limit of three individual finals.
Denman’s mark lowered the school record previously held by Ashley Vrieze (2:02.55). She is now the fastest-ever Spartan in two of the three backstroke distances, second behind Vrieze in the 50 by .13 seconds.
Being held out of the 200 back final, Denman instead went ahead and won the 200 butterfly, timing a school-record 1:59.69 and just missing her third NCAA B’ cut of the meet by .15 seconds. It marked Denman’s third individual win of the meet, as she took top honors in the 100 back and 100 fly on Friday night, becoming the first Spartan swimmer to win an event at the Nike Cup, previously known as the Speedo Cup, in over a decade, since 1997.
Denman’s teammate, fellow freshman Tomi Petty, turned in a finals time in the 200 back that also would have bested Vrieze’s mark, going a career-best 2:02.32 for fourth in the championship final.
Fourth-year senior Lauren Mar, put together a blazing performance in the 100 freestyle championship final, sprinting 50.87 seconds to move up from fourth to second in the record book, just .64 seconds behind former teammate Brie Marhenke’s standard.
In her first collegiate mile, a third freshman, Amy Friedhoff, was the runner-up, traversing the 1650 yards of freestyle in 17:04.56, fourth-best all-time at San Jose State.
Caitlin Macky, like Trammell just a sophomore, was fifth in the 200 breast in a lifetime-best 2:19.09, surpassing Reinke as well and now second all-time.
The Spartan A’ 400 freestyle relay of Denman, Mar, Erin Garcia and Meghan McCurley timed 3:26.86 to place second behind BYU (3:24.39). The mark is third all-time in program history.
The Spartans return to San Jose early on Sunday, November 23, and are idle from competition until one final dual meet for the 2008 calendar year, at home against the University of the Pacific on Saturday, December 6. The action is set to begin at 3:00 p.m. at The Aquatics Center.
San Jose State at 2008 UCI/Nike Cup
November 20-22, 2008
Final Team Standings (Through 18 of 18 Events)
1. Brigham Young 1076
2. San Jose State 954
3. UNLV 850
4. UC San Diego 817.5
5. Nevada 733
6. Pacific 559.5
7. Loyola Marymount 383
8. New Mexico 368
9. San Diego 333
10. Pepperdine 308
11. Alaska-Fairbanks 281
12. UC Irvine 262
13. Air Force 230.5
14. Cal Baptist 200
15. Cal State Bakersfield 161.5
16. Cal State Northridge 144
17. Concordia-Irvine 112
18. Grand Canyon 72
19. Soka 58
20. Chapman 24
21. La Verne 12