Long Beach, Calif. - The San Jose State University women's swim team held on to sixth-place, ahead of a quartet of Western Athletic Conference foes, on the third and final day of the 2009 Toshiba Classic at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool on Saturday, November 21.
The Spartans wound up with 452 points through 18 total events on the weekend. Stanford won easily over defending national champion and fellow Pacific-10 Conference opponent California, accumulating 1809.5 points to 1137 by the Golden Bears. A third Pac-10 squad, UCLA, was third with 725 points, followed by San Diego State (696), BYU (514) and San Jose State. The Spartans out-performed league rivals Hawai'i in eighth (313), Fresno State in 11th (213), San Diego in 12th (190) and three-time defending WAC champion Nevada in 13th (189.5). Host UC San Diego, an NCAA Division II power, also was right behind the Spartans in seventh (363).
The individual highlight for San Jose State came in the form of sophomore Heather Denman's school record in the championship final of the 200 backstroke. It was the second school mark for last year's Most Outstanding Female Swimmer in as many days, and good enough for a third-place finish and her second NCAA consideration qualifier. Stanford's Julia Smit went a meet-record 1:52.83, an automatic NCAA qualifier, to cruise to the event victory.
The Spartans' 'A' foursome in the 400 freestyle relay to conclude the meet, of Meghan McCurley, Denman, Marisa DeWames and Kiley Foster, fell just .04 seconds shy of matching the school record, timing 3:25.31 for a fourth-place showing.
In the 100 free, McCurley sprinted 51.41 in morning prelims to improve on her career best of 51.80 from the same meet a year ago. She now has the fifth-fastest 100 all-time at San Jose State. DeWames went 51.42, also in prelims, for the sixth spot on the school's all-time list. The duo placed 15th and 16th, respectively. Foster, like DeWames a true freshman, also moved into the Spartan chart during prelims, in eighth (51.89).
The Spartans return to San Jose on Sunday, November 22, and are idle from competition until the new year, when they travel to Cal State Bakersfield for a dual on Saturday, January 2.
While the swimmers concluded competition in Southern California, freshman Spartan diver Amy Kilby competed in the one-meter springboard at the second annual University of Arizona Wildcat Diving Invitational in Tucson, Ariz., on Saturday afternoon. The native of Oklahoma City, Okla., placed 24th out of 38 participants with 218.25 points after her six dives at the Kasser Family Pool. The meet comes to a close with the platform event on Sunday, November 22, at 11:00 a.m. Kilby will have five dive opportunities in her first collegiate platform appearance.
San Jose State at 2009 Toshiba Classic
November 19-21, 2009
Team Standings (Through 18 of 18 Events)
1. Stanford 1809.5
2. California 1137
3. UCLA 725
4. San Diego State 696
5. BYU 514
6. San Jose State 452
7. UC San Diego 363
8. Hawai'i 313
9. Utah 271
10. LMU 267
11. Fresno State 213
12. San Diego 190
13. Nevada 189.5
14. UC Davis 160
15. Cal State Northridge 143
16. Oregon State 131
17. Cal State Bakersfield 129
18. Pepperdine 109
19. New Mexico 107
20. Alaska-Fairbanks 81
21. Cal Baptist 65
22. WhiteWater Aquatics 30
23. Vanguard 12
24. La Verne 10
25. Soka 6
Results (Winners plus all San Jose State competitors)
1. Kelsey Ditto, STAN, 16:12.25B.
1. Julia Smith, STAN, 1:52.83A; 3. Heather Denman, SJSU, 1:58.54; 38. Rudie Guerrero, SJSU, 2:07.13; 41. Julia Craddock, SJSU, 2:07.67.
1. Kate Dwelley, STAN, 48.57B; 15. Meghan McCurley, SJSU, 51.90; 16. Marisa DeWames, SJSU, 52.08; 23. Kiley Foster, SJSU, 52.31; 49. Elana Faria, SJSU, 52.67; 50. Erin Garcia, SJSU, 52.69; 58. Kristin Yamaguchi, SJSU, 52.87; 63. Julia Koch, SJSU, 52.99; 69. Daphne Yeung, SJSU, 53.14; 77. Taylor Stoddard, SJSU, 53.31; 90. Julie Wynn, SJSU, 53.61; 94. Ashley Krisman, SJSU, 53.84; 106. Caitlin Lipton, SJSU, 54.08; 126. Ashley Ladd, SJSU, 54.76; 145. Megan Mills, SJSU, 55.44; 152. Danielle Smyth, SJSU, 55.91.
1. Liz Smith, STAN, 2:12.54; 10. Caitlin Macky, SJSU, 2:18.53; 11. Kirsten Trammell, SJSU, 2:19.40; 91. Megan Lomazzi, SJSU, 2:46.59.
1. Sara Isakovic, CAL, 1:55.83A; 15. Hannah Tringham, SJSU, 2:03.54; 26. Julia Craddock, SJSU, 2:04.21; 59. Rudie Guerrero, SJSU, 2:10.43.
400 Freestyle Relay
1. Stanford 'A' (Kate Dwelley, Betsy Webb, Sam Woodward, Julia Smit), 3:17.28B; 4. San Jose State 'A' (Meghan McCurley, Heather Denman, Marisa DeWames, Kiley Foster), 3:25.31; 30. San Jose State 'B' (Elana Faria, Erin Garcia, Julia Koch, Kristin Yamaguchi), 3:32.12.