Swimming & Diving Posts Dramatic Win At Pacific

Stockton, Calif. - The San Jose State University women’s swim team finished first and third in the final event of the day, the 200 freestyle relay, to overtake the University of the Pacific by a single point, 131-130, at Pacific’s Chris Kjeldsen Pool on Saturday, December 8.

With its first victory over Pacific in known program history, San Jose State moves above the .500 mark on the dual meet season at 5-4. Pacific falls to 1-2. The Spartans had dropped a narrow 136-125 decision in San Jose in their only other meeting with the Tigers under third-year head coach Sage Hopkins, on December 9, 2006.

Down by three points at the final break, 114-111, Spartan underclassmen Hannah Tringham (4:32.53), Caitlin Macky (4:37.10) and Kirsten Trammell (4:37.95) finished second, fourth and fifth in the 400 individual medley to collect seven points for their team, while Pacific gained 12 more points to extend its advantage to eight points heading into the final event.

Knowing they needed to win the 200 freestyle relay and still also place a second foursome in either second or third, San Jose State did exactly what it had to do. Diving into the water behind by a little over a second after freshmen Daphne Yeung and Julie Wynn, senior co-captain Brie Marhenke swam a 22.74 split to her counterpart’s 24.05 to take a slim lead, with junior Tarolyn Robertson holding off UOP’s Melissa McGhee with a 25.09 anchor.

Meanwhile, the Spartan B’ relay of freshman Meghan McCurley, juniors Joanna Torres and Lauren Mar, and senior Sara Riley, timed 1:39.17 to easily outdistance the remainder of the opposition for the two crucial points for third place.

Marhenke remained undefeated in both of the sprint freestyles in dual meets this season, winning the 50 free in 23.76 before taking the 100 by over a second over Mar (53.76), in 52.69. The three-time Western Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week and native of Carmichael, Calif., improves to 8-0 in each event on the year. The win in the 50 marked the 20th of her dual meet career as a Spartan, against zero defeats. She is also now 17-1 in the 100 at San Jose State. Marhenke anchored the second-place 200 medley relay (1:48.40) to begin the meet, with Mar, Macky and Robertson swimming ahead of her.

Other individual winners for the Spartans included Mar in the 100 back (59.31) over junior teammate Katey Nelson in second (1:01.37), and Tringham in the 200 fly (2:06.60) over senior Jillene Golez (2:09.87) and fellow sophomore Ally Jack (2:10.83) in a 1-2-3 SJSU sweep. Macky won the 200 breast in 2:22.93.

Yeung (54.90) and McCurley (55.28) completed a rare 1-2-3-4 effort for San Jose State behind Marhenke and Mar in the 100 freestyle. In addition to Wynn competing in her first A’ relay, fellow freshman Taryn Krische swam the first 1000 freestyle of her college career. Riley swam 200 back for the first time this season to earn a valuable point in fifth, the final margin of victory.

The Spartans now take another lengthy break from competition for final exams and the holiday season before beginning the stretch run of their preparation for the 2007 Western Athletic Conference Championship in late February. San Jose State will next be in action in Bakersfield, Calif., for a pair of dual meets on Friday, January 4, and Saturday, January 5.

San Jose State at Pacific
December 20, 2007

Final Team Score
San Jose State (5-4) 131, Pacific (1-2) 130

Results (Winners plus all San Jose State competitors)

200 Yard Medley Relay
1. Pacific A’ (Jenny Lewis, Kellyn Loehr, Kristin Okazaki, Ja’Neil Bragg), 1:47.91. 2. San Jose State A’ (Lauren Mar, Caitlin Macky, Tarolyn Robertson, Brie Marhenke), 1:48.40. 4. San Jose State B’ (Rudie Guerrero, Kirsten Trammell, Jillene Golez, Meghan McCurley), 1:53.50.

1000 Yard Freestyle
1. Ja’Neil Bragg, UOP, 10:37.46. 2. Amanda Carr, SJSU, 10:46.93. 3. Ashley Krisman, SJSU, 10:57.96. 5. Taryn Krische, SJSU, 12:16.13.

200 Yard Freestyle
1. Brooke Cashion, UOP, 1:57.17. 3. Erin Garcia, SJSU, 1:59.16. 5. Julia Koch, SJSU, 1:59.71. 6. Sara Riley, SJSU, 2:01.85. 7. Ashley Ladd, SJSU, 2:10.32. - Julie Wynn, SJSU, 2:07.06.

100 Yard Backstroke
1. Lauren Mar, SJSU, 59.31. 2. Katey Nelson, SJSU, 1:01.37. 5. Rudie Guerrero, SJSU, 1:02.78.

100 Yard Breaststroke
1. Ziada Jardine, UOP, 1:05.37. 2. Caitlin Macky, SJSU, 1:06.36. 4. Kirsten Trammell, SJSU, 1:07.81. 6. Erin Garcia, SJSU, 1:15.71.

200 Yard Butterfly
1. Hannah Tringham, SJSU, 2:06.60. 2. Jillene Golez, SJSU, 2:09.87. 3. Ally Jack, SJSU, 2:10.83.

50 Yard Freestyle
1. Brie Marhenke, SJSU, 23.76. 3. Meghan McCurley, SJSU, 25.18. 4. Daphne Yeung, SJSU, 25.23. - Joanna Torres, SJSU, 25.60. - Julie Wynn, SJSU, 26.69. - Amanda Mikaelsson, SJSU, 26.73.

100 Yard Freestyle
1. Brie Marhenke, SJSU, 52.69. 2. Lauren Mar, SJSU, 53.76. 3. Daphne Yeung, SJSU, 54.90. 4. Meghan McCurley, SJSU, 55.28. - Sara Riley, SJSU, 56.25. - Julie Wynn, SJSU, 57.60. - Amanda Mikaelsson, SJSU, 57.84. - Taryn Krische, SJSU, 1:00.70.

200 Yard Backstroke
1. Jenny Lewis, UOP, 2:06.33. 2. Katey Nelson, SJSU, 2:08.47. 4. Rudie Guerrero, SJSU, 2:16.21. 5. Sara Riley, SJSU, 2:21.05.

200 Yard Breaststroke
1. Caitlin Macky, SJSU, 2:22.93. 4. Kirsten Trammell, SJSU, 2:26.65. 6. Erin Garcia, SJSU, 2:41.74.

500 Yard Freestyle
1. KC Albiston, UOP, 5:08.90. 4. Amanda Carr, SJSU, 5:12.13. 5. Hannah Tringham, SJSU, 5:15.13. 6. Julia Koch, SJSU, 5:17.27. 7. Ashley Krisman, SJSU, 5:21.44.

100 Yard Butterfly
1. Kristin Okazaki, UOP, 58.08. 2. Jillene Golez, SJSU, 59.86. 3. Tarolyn Roberton, SJSU, 1:00.53. 5. Ally Jack, SJSU, 1:01.32. 7. Joanna Torres, SJSU, 1:03.20. - Taryn Krische, SJSU, 1:07.67.

400 Yard Individual Medley
1. Ja’Neil Bragg, UOP, 4:31.63. 2. Hannah Tringham, SJSU, 4:32.53. 4. Caitlin Macky, SJSU, 4:37.10. 5. Kirsten Trammell, SJSU, 4:37.95.

200 Yard Freestyle Relay
1. San Jose State A’ (Daphne Yeung, Julie Wynn, Brie Marhenke, Tarolyn Robertson), 1:38.29. 2. Pacific A’ (Sam Caldwell, Jenny Lewis, April Woo, Melissa McGhee), 1:38.45. 3. San Jose State B’ (Meghan McCurley, Joanna Torres, Lauren Mar, Sara Riley), 1:39.17. 4. San Jose State C’ (Amanda Mikaelsson, Rudie Guerrero, Amanda Carr, Julia Koch), 1:44.62.