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SDSU Swimmers Continue Campaign In Irvine

Senior Heather DeFelice comes off a strong showing at last weekend's UCI Individual Invitational.
Senior Heather DeFelice comes off a strong showing at last weekend's UCI Individual Invitational.

Jan. 9, 2002

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This Week
The San Diego State women's swimming and diving team will be in Irvine, Calif., for the second straight weekend as the team competes against UC Irvine and Fresno State, Saturday. The double dual is scheduled to start at noon at the UCI Aquatics Complex. The Aztecs (4-2 dual) come off a strong showing at last weekend's Daktronics/UCI Invitationals where they competed against a 14-team field that included this week's opponents.

Recapping The UC Irvine Invitationals
Competition at last weekend's UCI Invitationals marked the Aztecs' return to competition after time off for final exams and the holidays. SDSU placed third out of 10 teams in the distance invitational, fourth of 13 in the individual invitational and sixth of eight in the relay invite. Stealing the show for the Aztecs in the weekend's individual invitational was DeFelice, who earned four top-six finishes. The senior scored third-place finishes in the 100- and 200-yard breaststrokes with times of 1:05.60 and 2:24.82, respectively. Her time in the 100 breast is a season best. She also placed fourth in the 100 free (53.49) and sixth in the 50 free (24.75). The highlight of the weekend's distance invitational came in the 500-yard freestyle, an event in which the Aztecs placed six swimmers in the top 20. Megan Storey led the charge with a second-place time of 5:11.06. Hannah Ryan placed 11th (5:21.75), Meghan Casillan 16th (5:25.51), Heather DeFelice 17th (5:25.68), Ericka Sjoholm 19th (5:26.38) and Erin Whalen 20th (5:26.43). Competition in the relay invitational saw the Aztecs place third (1:50.88) in the 200 medley and ninth (4:08.24) in the 400 medley. SDSU's seventh-place time of 8:05.20 in the 800 free was complimented with eighth-place finishes of 1:42.39 and 3:47.21 in the 200 free and 400 free, respectively.

Welcome To Sea Level
The Aztec victory over Northern Arizona on Dec. 8 helped the Aztecs complete a sweep of its home meets this season. On Nov. 3, SDSU swept a double dual with Mountain West Conference foes Air Force and New Mexico. The Aztecs won 12-of-14 swimming events on their way to wins over Air Force, 93-47, and New Mexico, 94-46.

Aztec Honors
Sophomore Megan Storey was named the Mountain West Conference's swimmer of the week on Dec. 13. The honor came following her two-win perfomance versus Northern Arizona. She placed first in the 500-yard freestyle (5:06.03) and set a season-best time of 10:21.43 in the 1,000 free. The honor was the second of her career and makes her the second Aztec to earn the weekly award this season. Senior Meghan Casillan was honored the week of Nov. 14 following a three-win performance at USD.

On The List
Four Aztecs are listed among the Mountain West Conference's top-five times in several events this season. Sophomore Megan Storey is listed in three events. She owns the league's third-fastest times in the 1,650 freestyle (17:01.34) and 500 free (5:01.18), along with the fourth-best in the 1,000 free (10:22.35). Senior Meghan Casillan is listed second in the 100 and 200 backstroke with times of 58.03 and 2:05.42, respectively. Junior Erin Kilpatrick holds the conference's fifth-best swim in the 200 butterfly (2:08.72). Senior Heather DeFelice's school-record time of 23.90 in the 50 free is the fifth best by an MWC swimmer this season. Six different Aztecs have recorded top-10 times on the MWC list this season.

Cleaning Up
The Aztecs have placed first in 47 events thus far this season. Twenty-five of those wins have come by way of three athletes - seniors Meghan Casillan (10) and Heather DeFelice (6) and sophomore Megan Storey (9). SDSU has 21 1-2 sweeps, two 1-2-3 sweeps and one 1-2-3-4 sweep this season. The Aztecs have placed first in all but two relay events thus far in dual competition.

Topping The Charts
Senior Heather DeFelice's school record in the 50 freestyle set at the UNLV Invitational is one of several top-five program bests set by the Aztecs this season. DeFelice also set the school's fifth-fastest time in the 100 backstroke at the UNLV meet. DeFelice teamed with Meghan Casillan, Jill Karacozoff and Tara Johnson to swim the school's second-best time in the 200 medley relay in Las Vegas and teaming with Casillan, Johnson and Erin Kilpatrick to record the program's third-fastest time of 1:48.68 in that same event on Nov. 16. Sophomore Jennifer Graham, a transfer from Santa Rosa JC, moved into the Aztecs' top-five all-time bests in the 100 and 200 breaststroke after her performance at the Pacific Invitational and improved on those marks in Las Vegas. Graham swam the school's fourth-best time of 1:06.34 in the 100 and third-best in the 200 (2:23.55). Freshman Ericka Sjoholm jumped into the record books at the UNLV Invite as well, swimming the program's third-best time in the 200 backstroke (2:08.68) and fifth-fastest time in the 400 individual medley (4:37.67). Jennifer Arrow is another freshman to join the all-time list, having swam the 200 breaststroke in 2:25.85, fifth all-time for the program, on Dec. 1.

Looking Ahead
SDSU will be in Honolulu on Jan. 18 for a double-dual with Hawai'i and league foe UNLV. The Aztecs continue their dual-meet schedule on Jan. 25 in Los Angeles when they face Loyola Marymount and Cal Poly. A day later the team concludes its regular season slate when they meet up with Pepperdine in Malibu.