Denver, Colo. - San Jose State University’s Heather Denman has been honored as the Western Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Week for the third time this season, for the week of December 1-7.
Denman, a freshman out of Sherwood High School in Brookeville, Md., won all three of her individual events during a dual-meet victory at home over area rival University of the Pacific on Saturday, December 6. She was the only competitor to win as many as three individual events on the day. She also led off the first-place 200 medley relay for the Spartans to begin the afternoon. The San Jose State foursome swam 1:46.26, with Denman’s lead 50-yard backstroke leg timing 26.53.
Later, in order, Denman won the 100 backstroke (56.59), 100 butterfly (57.03) and 200 individual medley (2:08.92), totaling 27 individual points to go along with her 11 relay points. She was coming off an incredible performance at the 2008 Nike Cup in Long Beach, Calif., two weekends ago, that netted her Most Outstanding Female Swimmer distinction for the meet.
San Jose State concluded competition for the 2008 calendar year with a dual meet record of 9-1. The Spartans are on a nine-meet win streak since a season-opening loss at No. 3 Stanford. They now take a break for final exams and the holidays, prior to a dual meet at Cal State Bakersfield on Friday, January 2. San Jose State has posted nine school-record swims thus far on the year, to go along with three NCAA B’ cuts, all from Denman.
The Spartans have now been recognized with weekly distinction by the conference six times this year. Denman was previously selected as the WAC Swimmer of the Week on October 20 and November 24. Sophomore teammate, Jo Thibodaux, is a two-time Diver of the Week, while fellow freshman, Jessica Holden, earned Diver of the Week distinction on November 3.
Nevada senior Candice Minette earned Diver of the Week honors for the second time this season, after helping the Wolf Pack to a 131-83 victory over Idaho by winning both the one-meter and three-meter springboard competitions.