Spartans No. 1 In CollegeSwimming.com Rankings

SOMERS, Wisc. – For the first time in school history, the San Jose State women’s swimming team is ranked No. 1 in CollegeSwimming.com Women's Mid-Major Division I Rankings.
"We have had a tremendous first-half of our season, and it is great to see our ranking among mid-major Institutions continue to improve,” said San Jose State head coach Sage Hopkins. “We have big, big goals for this team over the coming years and we are very focused upon being more competitive on a national level.”   The Spartans currently have 10 nationally-ranked times in both individual and relay events. The team also owns the top time in the WAC for 16 of 19 individual and relay events. The Spartans have already posted 11 NCAA “B” standard qualifying times halfway through the season. All of these times were swam at the Arena Invitational Nov. 17-19, where the team broke six school records and had seven top-three finishes.
“We have a tremendous group of leaders on the team this year,” said Hopkins. “Some of our student-athletes have really committed themselves to make our entire program better. Their commitment, dedication, and perseverance is making a profound difference."
Rounding out the top-10 women’s teams were Harvard, Miami-OH, Princeton, Towson, Denver, North Texas, Oakland University, Florida Gulf Coast and UC Santa Barbara.
Now in its 10th year, the Mid-Major Rankings serve to provide an objective point system to compare teams’ relative strength in a traditional dual meet lineup. The ranking includes schools from non-BCS conferences. Mountain West schools are not included in the rankings. Schools that provide fewer than one-half of the allowable scholarships under the NCAA rules are also included.
There will be two more Mid-Major rankings released this season by CollegeSwimming.com. The next ranking will be compiled on Feb. 3 before conference championship meets get underway. The final ranking will be released March 6.
CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Rankings -- Dec. 15, 2011
1 2 San Jose State 256.61 2 4 Harvard 253.83 3 5 Miami Ohio 253.00 4 NR Princeton         250.16 5 1 Towson 246.96 6 7 Denver 245.70 7 11 North Texas 245.64 8 13 Oakland         243.82 9 6 Florida Gulf Coast 242.45 10 12 UC-Santa Barbara 239.02 11 17 UW Milwaukee 238.93 12 19 New Mexico State 238.39 13 8 Western Kentucky 237.74 14 NR Cal Poly 236.17 15 9 Buffalo 233.92 16 3 James Madison 233.79 17 21 UMBC 232.94 18 NR Bucknell         232.36 19 NR Cleveland State 229.85 20 18 Missouri State 229.70 21 10 Columbia         227.37 22 NR William and Mary 226.70 23 25 Illinois State 225.32 24 NR Idaho         224.32 25 14 Navy         222.94
San Jose State Nationally-Ranked Times
50 Freestyle – 48. Marisa DeWames, 22.89; 100 Freestyle – 29. Marisa DeWames, 49.41; 100 Backstroke – 47. Heather Denman, 54.14; 100 Breaststroke – 27. Kirsten Trammell, 1:01.07. 35. Darcie Anderson, 1:01.65; 200 Breaststroke – 28. Kirsten Trammell, 2:12.88. 32. Darcie Anderson, 2:13.07.
400 Freestyle Relay – 19. San Jose State (Meghan McCurley, Kiley Foster, Marisa DeWames, Erika Harvey), 3:20.23; 200 Medley Relay – 24. San Jose State (Heather Denman, Ashlyn Acosta, Kirsten Trammell, Marisa DeWames), 1:41.30; 400 Medley Relay – 22. San Jose State (Heather Denman, Ashlyn Acosta, Kirsten Trammell, Marisa DeWames), 3:40.23.
NCAA “B” Standard Qualifying Marks
200 Freestyle Relay – San Jose State (Meghan McCurley, Marisa Dewames, Kiley Foster, Erika Harvey), 1:31.15; 400 Medley Relay – San Jose State (Heather Denman, Kirsten Trammell, Acosta, Dewames), 3:40.23; 200 Medley Relay – San Jose State (Heather Denman, Ashlyn Acosta, Kirsten Trammell, Marisa DeWames), 1:41.30; 400 Freestyle Relay – San Jose State (McCurley, DeWames, Foster, Harvey), 3:20.23.
400 Individual Medley – Julia Craddock, 4:19.06; 100 Breaststroke – Kirsten Trammell, 1:01.44; Darcie Anderson, 1:01.65; 100 Backstroke – Heather Denman, 54.36; 100 Freestyle – Marisa DeWames, 49.65; 200 Breaststroke – Kirsten Trammell, 2:13.07; Darcie Anderson, 2:14.00.