San Jose, Calif. - San Jose State swimmer's Kirsten Trammell and Meghan McCurley competed in the 2010 AT&T Short Course National Championship from December 2-4 at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
The pair, swimming unattached, competed in five events after qualifying for nationals off times at last year's Western Athletic Conference Championships.
Trammell, a senior out of Goodyear, Ariz., placed 19th in the 100 breaststroke after a time of 1:02.47. The time lowered her personal best by more than half a second.
"That result was a huge step forward for Kirsten," head coach Sage Hopkins said. "To get a personal best at the National Championships and to place so well was tremendous for her and our program."
A 32nd place finish in the 200 breastroke in 2:17.55 and a 2:07.99 in the 200 IM were also pleasing to coach Hopkins.
"Kirsten had only swum those events one time in the last nine months," Hopkins added. "So, we were really pleased to see her perform so well in both."
McCurley, a senior from Fair Oaks, Calif., competed in the 50 freestyle and 100 free time trial. Her 23.55 in the 50 free placed her 46th and she had a 51.59 in the time trial.
"We are definitely happy with Meghan's times," Hopkins said. "Both were right on top of her personal best and, like Kirsten, she hadn't swum those distances in nine months.
"Both ladies have been working very hard, making a lot of improvement and I'm really excited for this spring," Hopkins added.