By Kavin Mistry
It was a record setting Saturday for San Jose State diver Cari Reiswig as she set a school record in the one-meter dive event.
She helped the Spartans sweep past UC Santa Cruz and Cal Lutheran in SJSU’s first dual meet event of the season.
Reiswig scored a 309.80 in her combined six dives, breaking the record of 301.75, which she set last year against the same two teams.
“It was nice because it was a small meet. It allowed me to relax better and it felt like a practice,” Reiswig said. “It was a great start to our dual meet season and I think it gave us a lot of confidence going forward.”
Reiswig said she has been working hard to improve her position from last season and knew what she needed to do, in order to take the next step.
“I am eating a lot cleaner this year,” Reiswig said. “I definitely have been working harder in the pool, trying to get as many turns as I can.”
SJSU dominated in almost all events on Saturday, taking first place in four events.
The final totals from the dual event:
SJSU 143, UC Santa Cruz 113
SJSU 143, Cal Lutheran 113
“I’m really happy with our performance today in both swimming and diving. We really challenged the team this week and I love how they responded,” said head coach Sage Hopkins.
While the new aquatics center is still under construction on campus, the Spartans are forced to practice off-campus in a facility nearby. However, the athletes said it has provided exactly what they need to keep up their workout schedule.
“We have more boards than we did when we were diving here and that allows for a lot more turns,” Reiswig said. “We have a dryland facility now and a trampoline with a belt which has been really helpful.”
San Jose State was ranked as high as 38th nationally coming into the competition, but will be forced to put its spot to the test when the team heads to #2 UC Berkeley.
The Spartans will need to keep training hard in order to match the level of competition of the former Olympians they will face in Berkeley.
“They are one of the top teams in the nation,” said junior Colleen Humel. “They have Olympians on their team, so going into that meet we are expecting the opposite from this meet.”