SAN JOSE, California, December 6. THE San Jose State University women's swimming and diving team won its ninth straight dual meet, 152-104, against area rival University of the Pacific at The Aquatics Center on campus on Saturday, December 6.
With the win, San Jose State improves its dual meet record to 9-1. The Spartans were ranked at an all-time high of No. 5 in the season's first CSCAA/CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Division I rankings. Pacific, a member of the Big West Conference, is now an even 3-3.
Freshman Heather Denman won all three of her individual events, while also leading off the first-place 200 medley relay to begin the meet. The two-time Western Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Week out of Brookeville, Md., won the 100 backstroke (56.59), 100 butterfly (57.03) and 200 individual medley (2:08.92).
Sophomore tri-captain Kirsten Trammell swept the two breaststroke events, taking the 100 in 1:05.43 before grabbing first-place honors in the 200 in 2:21.91. She also posted the second-fastest time in the 200 IM behind Denman, in 2:09.12.
A third winner of multiple individual events for San Jose State was senior Juliet Moss, also a star on the Spartan water polo squad. She won the 200 freestyle in 1:54.58, and out-touched fellow senior Lauren Mar in the 100 free by just .24 seconds, sprinting 51.75 to Mar's 51.99. Proving her exceptional athleticism, the water polo All-American's 100 and 200 times would be good enough for second and third, respectively, on the team's best marks list for this season.
Following Denman on the 200 medley relay, in order, were Trammell and sophomores Rudie Guerrero and Meghan McCurley, as the foursome timed 1:46.26 to win. McCurley later led off the fastest 400 free relay, ahead of Mar, Erin Garcia and Daphne Yeung, in 3:33.69.
Mar won an individual event of her own, the 50 freestyle, sprinting 24.10 ahead of McCurley (24.25) and Yeung (24.64) in a 1-2-3 sweep of the points for San Jose State. A fourth Spartan, Bridget McKee, like Moss a water polo standout, was fourth in 25.30.
One final event-winner for San Jose State was Amy Friedhoff, who took the 500 free in 5:05.29.
Katey Nelson was the top Spartan finisher in her specialty, the 200 backstroke, placing second in 2:06.12. Fellow fourth-year senior Beste Erener swam a season-best 2:11.06 for fourth.
McCurley was also third in the 100 free (53.06) for another 1-2-3 sweep for San Jose State. Garcia had the fourth-fastest time, of 53.76, while placing third in the 200 free (1:55.65).
Sophomore Ashley Krisman swam a season-best 10:44.57 to place fourth behind freshmen teammates Friedhoff in second (10:28.36) and Megan Mills in third (10:34.53). Krisman was fourth in the 500 as well, in 5:12.57. In her first collegiate 100 fly race, freshman Kristin Yamaguchi timed 59.53. Along with Denman and sophomore Rudie Guerrero (58.61), the Spartans posted the three best times in the event.
Caitlin Macky was second in both breaststroke events, going 1:06.31 in the 100 and 2:23.10 in the 200 to touch the pads after Trammell. Junior Hannah Tringham was the top Spartan in the 200 fly, in second (2:06.37), with Erener behind her in third (2:08.20). Freshman Tomi Petty was third in the 200 back (2:10.17).
In diving action at The Aquatics Center on Friday afternoon, December 5, sophomore Jo Thibodaux out-pointed freshman teammate Jessica Holden on the one-meter springboard, 276.75-270.30, with both Spartans posting collegiate bests and qualifying marks for the NCAA Zone E Diving Meet in Austin, Texas, March 12-14. On the three-meter board, Holden totaled 267.53 points to Thibodaux's 215.18.
For Pacific, KC Albiston won the 1000 free in 10:20.29, Melissa McGhee the 200 fly in 2:05.85, and Jun Huang the 200 back in 2:03.95. The Tigers' 400 free relay of Jayme Swalin, McGhee, Huang and Albiston took the 11 first-place points in 3:43.76, but San Jose State swam exhibition in the event with a comfortable advantage.
Special thanks to San Jose State for contributing this report.