Nevada earned a road win over San Jose State this weekend on SJSU’s senior day, scoring 173 to SJSU’s 120. That win maintains Nevada’s undefeated season thus far.
SAN JOSE, Calif. – The University of Nevada swimming and diving team remained unbeaten on the season, defeating San Jose State on Saturday afternoon at the SJSU Aquatics Center. The Wolf Pack won by a 173-120 margin and improved its dual record to 8-0.
The host Spartans (6-3) won the meet’s first two events, but Nevada (8-0) then won eight of the next nine events to take a wide lead. The Wolf Pack won 10 of the first 14 events before exhibitioning its swimmers in the final two events. Nevada also grabbed two of the top three places on the podium in 13 of the meet’s first 14 events.
Nevada was led by its divers, who combined to win 31 of a possible 38 points in the 1-meter and 3-meter dives with victories from freshman Sharea Zheng and senior Krysta Palmer. In the pool, Nevada was led by juniors Teresa Baerens and Sita Kusserow and sophomore Jaeger Turner, who each won two events.
“We had to battle some conditions being on the road with rainy conditions at an outdoor pool, but I was proud of our performance,” said head coach Neil Harper. “I thought our divers really stepped up today and provided us with confidence and a cushion on the scoreboard.”
Two-time All-Mountain West selection Teresa Baerens won the 200-freestyle in 1:50.87 and the 100-freestyle in 51.44 to lead Nevada. The Ottobrun, Germany native is now a combined 9-0 in the 100 and 200 free in duals this season.
Jaeger Turner also shined for the Pack with victories in the 100 and 200-yard backstroke. The Wigan, England native won the 200 in 2:04.08 and the 100 in 56.32, marking her second and third event titles of the season.
Sita Kusserow added victories in the 100 and 200 butterfly for the Wolf Pack. The two-time All-MW honoree finished first in 2:03.71 in the 200 fly before touching the wall first in 56.52 in the 100 fly.
The Wolf Pack also received event wins from junior Arantxa Medina-Alegria, who won the 100-yard breaststroke in the 1:05.47, and from senior Yawen Li, who won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:18.73. Nevada’s top swimming events came in the 200 back and 200 breast, as Nevada swept the podium with 1-2-3 finishes.
Nevada’s diving team dominated, scoring 31 points compared to San Jose State’s seven. Newcomer Sharae Zheng won the 1-meter dive with a score of 360.45 – the second-ranked dive in the Mountain West this season. Palmer, the reigning MW Diver of the Year, won the 3-meter dive with a score of 281.01 – the top dive in the conference this season – and finished runner up with 323.83 points in the 1-meter dive. The Pack swept the podium in the 1-meter dive and had three of the top four finishes in the 3-meter dive.
Nevada returns to action next with its final regular season competition of the year on Saturday, Jan. 30 in a tri-meet with UNLV and Wyoming. Action will begin at noon PT in the Buchanan Natatorium in Las Vegas.
“This is the time of season where we are still training very hard work and preparation for the Mountain West Championships,” said Harper. “We’ll turn our focus to UNLV and Wyoming next, and then we’ll start to rest and focus solely in conference after that.”
San Jose State:
San Jose, Calif. — One of five Spartan seniors honored on Senior Day, distance swimmer Riley Spitser remains undefeated in home dual meets in the 500-yard freestyle this season as the San Jose State women’s swimming and diving team falls to the Nevada Wolf Pack of Nevada, 173-120.
Spitser grabbed her eight win in the 500 freestyle for the Spartans (6-3), beating out Nevada’s Toni Baerens with a time of 4:58.01. In the 1000-yard freestyle, Spitser trailed Toni Baerens at the midway point before capturing the lead on lap 15 to built a 7.45 second lead in the win with a time of 10:07.64, giving her two victories over the Wolf Pack (4-0).
Senior Brynne Beneke picked up her second win at home in the 50-yard freestyle this season, touching in 24.12 while sophomores Brenna Bushey, Brittany Heng and Angel Van Hofwegen placed fourth, fifth and sixth.
Finishing second behind Nevada’s Teresa Baerens in the 100-yard freestyle was sophomore Taylor Lehr with a touch of 52.15. Touching a split second behind Lehr in the 100 freestyle was Beneke in third place with a time of 52.19.
Sophomore Taylor Solorio earned first place points for the Spartans in the 100 individual medley, touching in 1:00.20 to improve on her personal best time. Behind Solorio was sophomore Colleen Humel placed second in points with seniors Amanda Buxbaum and Alli Davis finishing third and fourth. In the 200-yard freestyle, Davis and Lehr finished in a three-four combination.
Solorio also finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke with Buxbaum in fifth and senior Natasha Moffitt in sixth for San Jose State. With a shuffling of finishes in the 200-yard breaststroke, Buxbaum came in fourth with Solorio and Moffitt finishing fifth and sixth.
Continuing to stay on pace with her top times in the butterfly events, freshman Marley Maluafiti placed third in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 56.96 and second in the 200-yard butterfly.
The Spartans captured two wins over the Wolf Pack in the relay events. In the 200-yard medley relay, Beneke was joined by Solorio, Humel and sophomore Brenna Bushey to edge out Nevada by .25 seconds for the victory. San Jose State’s relay team of Beneke, Spitser, Van Hofwegen and freshman Kimberlee Giggey nabbed a first place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay with the time of 1:35.76.
In the 3-meter springboard, sophomore diver Cari Reiswig finishes third for San Jose State with a score of 301.96 and freshman Megan Au scored 228.38, setting a season personal best. Au’s previous best was 224.00 set against UC San Diego, San Diego State and Incarnate Word. Reiswig placed fifth with San Jose State’s best score in the 1-meter springboard of 292.73.
by Brian S. Stanley, SJSU athletics media relations student assistant.
Team Scores: Nevada 173, San Jose State 120
3-Meter Springboard – 1, Krysta Palmer, Nevada, 381.01. 2, Zoe Lei, Nevada 322.65. 3, Cari Reiswig, San Jose State, 301.96. Other San Jose State Finishers – 7, Megan Au, 228.38. 8, Eri Tamada, 188.86.
1-Meter Springboard – 1, Sharae Zheng, Nevada, 360.45. 2, Krysta Palmer, Nevada, 323.83. 3, Toma Shmitova, Nevada, 308.63. San Jose State Finishers – 5, Cari Reiswig, 292.73. 6, Megan Au, 216.98. 7, Eri Tamada, 189.98.
200 Medley Relay – 1, San Jose State A (Colleen Humel, Taylor Solorio, Brenna Bushey, Brynne Beneke), 1:44.69. 2, Nevada A, 1:44.94. 3, Nevada B, 1:46.50. Other San Jose Finishers – 4, San Jose State B (Taylor Lehr, Natasha Moffitt, Marley Maluafiti, Angel Van Hofwegen), 1:47.18. 5, San Jose State C (Lisa Ellis, Amanda Buxbaum, Alli Davis, Brittany Heng), 1:49.18.
100 Breaststroke – 1, Ary Medina, Nevada, 1:05.47. 2, Taylor Solorio, San Jose State, 1:06.07. 3, Jamie Reynolds, 1:06.55. Other San Jose State Finishers – 5, Amanda Buxbaum, 1:07.03. 6, Natasha Moffitt, 1:08.10.
200 Butterfly – 1, Sita Kusserow, Nevada, 2:03.71. 2, Marley Maluafiti, San Jose State, 2:04.65. 3, Erin Fuss, Nevada, 2:06.46.
50 Freestyle – 1, Brynne Beneke, San Jose State, 24.12. 2, Emma Payne, Nevada, 24.21. 3, Caitlyn Richardson, Nevada, 24.30. Other San Jose State Finishers – 4, Brenna Bushey, 24.52. 5, Brittany Heng, 24.70. 5, Angel Van Hofwegen, 24.70. Exhibition – Kimberlee Giggey, 24.41.
200 Backstroke – 1, Jaeger Turner, Nevada 2:04.08. 2, Kate Hofmeyer, Nevada, 2:04.19. 3, Caitlyn Richardson, Nevada, 2:04.53. Other San Jose State Finishers – 4, Colleen Humel, 2:05.40. 5, Lisa Ellis, 2:13.56.
500 Freestyle – 1, Riley Spitser, San Jose State, 4:58.01. 2, Toni Baerens, Nevada, 4:59.06. 3, Rebecca Murray, Nevada, 5:03.91. Other San Jose State Finishers – 4, Allyson Fellows, 5:16.05. 6, Kendal Guy, 5:16.71.
200 Breaststroke – 1, Yawen Li, Nevada, 2:18.73. 2, Ary Medina, Nevada, 2:20.91. 3, Riley Hilbrandt, Nevada, 2:23.07. San Jose State Finishers – 4, Amanda Buxbaum, 2:23. 50. 5, Taylor Solorio, 2:25.49. 6,Natasha Moffitt, 2:29.15.
100 Butterfly – 1, Sita Kusserow, Nevada, 56.52. 2, Emma Payne, Nevada, 56.75. 3, Marley Maluafiti, San Jose State, 56.96. Other San Jose State Finishers – 4, Angel Van Hofwegen, 57.91. 7, Alli Davis, 59.99.
100 Individual Medley – 1, Taylor Solorio, San Jose State, 1:00.20. 2, Colleen Humel, San Jose State, 1:00.88. 3, Amanda Buxbaum, San Jose State, 1:02.22. Other San Jose State Finishers, 4, Alli Davis, 1:02.29.
200 Freestyle Relay – 1, San Jose State A, (Brynne Beneke, Kimberlee Giggey, Angel Van Hofwegen, Riley Spitser), 1:35.76. 2, San Jose State B (Marley Maluafiti, Taylor Lehr, Brittany Heng, Lisa Ellis), 1:37.58.
Swimming news courtesy of Nevada and San Jose State Swimming & Diving.