The Spartan Splash: Blog 7 - Erin Garcia

Erin Garcia is a junior freestyle specialist and the lone San Jose native on the 2008-09 San Jose State women’s swimming and diving roster. The 2006 graduate of nearby Archbishop Mitty High School is a business administration major, with a concentration in accounting.

San Jose State, now 8-1 in dual meets on the season, hosts area rival the University of the Pacific in its final competition of the 2008 calendar year, this Saturday, December 6, beginning at 3:00 p.m. at The Aquatics Center on campus.

Blog Entry #7 (Tuesday, December 2)
Junior Erin Garcia

November 20, 2008, marked the start of competition for the Spartans at Nike Cup. The team traveled to Long Beach, California, with big goals in mind. Historically, the Spartans had never placed higher than fourth, and really wanted to score in the top three this year. With phenomenal team chemistry and three months of intense training behind us, it was a goal that would soon come to fruition.

The first day of the meet turned out to be nothing short of spectacular. On paper, the first day of competition was our weakest, so it was imperative to shoot for lifetime bests in everything. The girls were posting best times in every event, and securing their position in finals that evening. Every swim was very impressive, and set a strong tone for the rest of the meet. The girls were on fire, and secured their spot in second place at the conclusion of day one.

The start of day two was just as impressive as day one, if not more so. Among the most exciting moments were record-breaking performances by Heather Denman (freshman) and Kirsten Trammell (sophomore). Many of the performances by the Spartans were so amazing, that they gave people chills. The girls were not only stronger in the water; but we were also the loudest and most spirited team on the pool deck. Every swimmer gave all that they had to give to that day’s performance, and it was definitely visible at the finals that night. SJSU remained in second place after finals that evening, and we further increased our lead over the third-place team (UC San Diego).

The last day of competition ended up being the best for the Spartans. After two long days of intense swimming, the girls didn’t show any signs of slowing down. While other teams were tired, the Spartans remained in good spirits, and it was extremely evident in the water as well. Emotions ran wild as the second through sixth-placed teams were having extreme point fluctuations. Every event mattered, and the Spartans meant nothing but business. Best times continued to be posted while securing finals positions. Throughout the evening at finals, the girls continued to drop time and place much higher than their seeding in relays. The final scores came out, and we ended the meet in an all-time high of second place (behind BYU).

Nike Cup ended up being a perfect way to finish the first half of the season. With a record of 8-1 and an all-time high placing of second at the meet, we have our sights set even higher. Our team’s success this year would have been unfathomable in years past. With a great conclusion to the perfect season beginning, we have a hunger for our first WAC championship. At the end of the day, the difficult practices and CrossFit sessions have proven to be more than beneficial. Nike Cup gave us the motivation to hit practices even harder and to set our goals even higher. After doing what used to be the “unthinkable,” the Spartans are definitely ready to reach new heights, both in and out of the pool!

Go Spartans!

2008-09 Spartan Swimming & Diving Blog Entries
September 26 - Tarolyn Robertson, Senior
September 26 - Heather Denman, Freshman
September 30 - Megan Mills, Freshman
October 7 - Katey Nelson, Senior
October 15 - Meghan McCurley, Sophomore
October 30 - Lauren Mar, Senior
November 5 - Amy Friedhoff, Freshman
December 2 - Erin Garcia, Junior