By James Kim (@Jdkim38):
The San Jose State swimming and diving team didn’t fare very well in it’s opening tournament of the season, the Chick-fil-A Invitational, finishing in dead last over the weekend.
The majority of the first-place finishes at the tournament were from UC Berkeley. The Golden Bears had a massive lead over the other competing schools by the end of the first day, with 879 points to the second place San Diego State University’s 443.
Also competing in the event were the University of Nevada, Reno and the host team Fresno State.
SJSU had racked up 305 points by the end of the first day of the two-day tournament. Relay events were scored regardless of their length at 40 points, and individual events at 20 points.
The results and rankings carried on throughout the second day as Cal finished the tournament with 1318.5 points, SDSU with 677, Nevada with 654.5 points, Fresno State with 518, and SJSU with 460.
Senior Cari Reiswig won one of the two diving events. She placed third in the one-meter diving event and first in the three-meter event.
Reiswig’s results in her events led to 36 points for the Spartans.
Notable finishing times from SJSU included senior Brittany Heng’s 50-meter freestyle of 23.65 seconds and senior Colleen Humel’s 100-meter backstroke of 57.61 seconds. The swimmers won second and third place in those events respectively.
The Spartans would add only 155 points in the second day of the competition. The performances from Heng and Humel would remain competitive with Heng’s 100-meter freestyle raced in 52.24 seconds, and Humel’s 200-meter backstroke in 2:03.05.
The tournament was the first of the season season that goes through March.
The next swimming tournament for the Spartans will be the Pepperdine Invitational in Malibu, CA, from Oct. 21st to the 22nd.