Swimmers Take On Pacific In Road Dual

THIS WEEK - SPARTANS TAKE ON PACIFIC IN DUAL
The San Jose State University women’s swim team closes the 2007 calendar year with a head-to-head dual meet at local rival University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., on Saturday, December 8.

The meet will follow a standard 16-event dual format, with only 14 events contested, however, because Pacific does not have a diving program. The racing will begin with the 200 medley relay at 12:00 p.m. from the Chris Kjeldsen Pool.

The order of events will be as follows: 200 medley relay, 1000 free, 200 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 200 fly, 50 free, break, 100 free, 200 back, 200 breast, 500 free, 100 fly, break, 400 IM and 200 free relay. Scoring will be the usual 9-4-3-2-1 for individual and 11-4-2 for relays.

San Jose State, ranked 23rd in the CollegeSwimming.com Division I Mid-Major Poll, is an even 4-4 on the dual season. The Spartans are coming off of a fifth-place effort with 558 points at the 2007 Nike Cup in Long Beach, Calif., November 15-17.

Following the dual at Pacific, the Spartans will take another lengthy break from competition for final exams and the holiday season, before returning to action in Bakersfield, Calif., for a pair of dual meets on Friday, January 4, and Saturday, January 5.

SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (4-4, 3-1 WAC)
at UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC (1-1, 0-0 BWC)
CHRIS KJELDSEN POOL, STOCKTON, CALIF.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 12:00 P.M.


SAN JOSE STATE (4-4, 3-1 WAC) at PACIFIC (1-1, 0-0 BWC)
Pacific is 1-1 in duals this year with a season-opening loss at California (90-163) followed by a home defeat of Denver (155-104). The Tigers placed third at the Nike Cup with 795 points.

Pacific is led by Ja’Neil Bragg, who earned Big West Conference Swimming Athlete of the Week honors back on November 20 after a stellar performance at the Nike Cup. The senior qualified automatically for the NCAA Championships in the 400 individual medley with a school-record time of 4:14.81 during morning preliminaries. Bragg swam in the championship final of the 200 freestyle instead that evening, winning in a time of 1:49.14. Earlier in the week, she set another Tiger record in the 200 IM, finishing second in 2:00.69.

Current third-year San Jose State head coach Sage Hopkins is 0-1 against Pacific. The Spartans suffered a 125-136 defeat at The Aquatics Center in San Jose a season ago on December 9, 2006. Individual event winners for the Spartans included current first-year assistant coach Ashley Vrieze in the 100 back (57.97) and Lauren Mar in both the 50 free (24.21) and 100 free (52.22). The 200 freestyle relay of Mar, Vrieze, Ksenija Poljak and Tarolyn Robertson was also a winner to end the meet (1:38.73). Bragg was the lone triple-winner of the meet, with first-place finishes in the 1000 free, 200 back and 200 IM. She also anchored the winning 200 medley relay to begin the day. Current Tiger swimmers Brooke Cashion, Ziada Jardine and Kristin Okazaki were all double winners in individual events. The third-year Pacific head coach is Greg Meehan.

LAST TIME OUT: SPARTANS FINISH FIFTH AT NIKE CUP
San Jose State moved up from sixth to a final placement of fifth on the third and final day of the 2007 Nike Cup, held at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach, Calif., November 15-17. The Spartans accumulated 558 points to place fifth among 22 scoring squads present.

Brie Marhenke attained a pair of NCAA B’ cuts with season-best marks of 23.09 in the 50 free and 50.60 in the 100 free, both good enough for second place. She entered the 50 final as the top seed on the first night of the meet with a prelim time of 23.09, a season best by .48 seconds, before turning in the identical time in finals but narrowly getting out-touched by .06 seconds.

Kirsten Trammell came within .45 seconds of a school record in the 200 breast with a fourth-place finals effort of 2:19.78. Trammell and fellow freshman Caitlin Macky both produced best times in the 200 IM while moving into the second and third spots, respectively, on the all-time school chart in the event. Macky was ninth in 2:06.12 while Trammell was 13th (2:07.24).

SAN JOSE STATE RANKED AMONG MID-MAJOR PROGRAMS
San Jose State is ranked No. 23 in the latest CollegeSwimming.com Division I Mid-Major Poll. The dual meet rankings use an objective point system to compare teams’ relative strength in a traditional 13-event dual meet lineup. Lineups are submitted by participating teams. Institutions eligible for the Mid-Major designation do not come from one of the eight major NCAA Division I Bowl Subdivision Football conferences or award fewer than seven women’s scholarships. Mid-Major teams are also eligible for the CSCAA Division I Coaches’ Poll. The Spartans appeared for the first time ever in the poll in its first installment of the new season at No. 22 back on November 15.

SPARTANS IN NATIONAL RANKINGS
Three current Spartans appear among the top 100 in the latest CollegeSwimming.com national charts as of Thursday, December 6. Brie Marhenke is 39th in the 50 freestyle (23.09) and 71st in the 100 free (50.60). Freshmen Kirsten Trammell (2:19.78) and Caitlin Macky (2:20.48) are 88th and 100th, respectively, in the 200 breaststroke. Junior Lauren Mar appears at No. 155 in the 100 back (58.39) and No. 172 in the 100 free (51.99). Jillene Golez (179, 58.26), Marhenke (180, 58.28) and Tarolyn Robertson (185, 58.45) are rated in the 100 fly.

SCHEDULE CHANGE
With Western Athletic Conference rival and defending league champion Nevada no longer able to make the trip to San Jose on February 2 to close out the dual meet portion of the season, the Spartans have taken the competition off the schedule. Instead of travelling to Hayward, Calif., to take on Cal State East Bay on Saturday, January 26, San Jose State will now host the Pioneers at The Aquatics Center beginning at 1:00 p.m. on January 26, on Senior Day.

MARHENKE A THREE-TIME WAC SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
Senior co-captain Brie Marhenke was named the WAC Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week for the third time this season for the week of November 12-18. She turned in second-place efforts in NCAA B’ cut times in both the 50 free (23.09) and 100 free (50.60), while also swimming on three top-six relays to help the Spartans to a fifth-place finish.