2000-01 Season Review
The San Diego State women's swim team finished its 2001 campaign with a 3-7 dual meet record and a sixth-place finish (357.5 points) at the Mountain West Conference championships in Oklahoma City in February. Brigham Young finished first with 815 points. The Aztecs finished behind Wyoming (420) and a spot ahead of Air Force (341).
SDSU set five school records at the league championships with three of those coming in relay events. The Aztecs' school best marks came in the 800 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay and 200 free relay. Freshman Megan Storey set a record mark in the 1,650 free and junior Meghan Casillian in the 100 back. Ten Aztecs scored points as a member of a relay or on an individual basis at the championship meet.
The Aztecs also set three other school records during the regular season with Storey now owning the program's best time in the 1,000 free, junior Tara Johnson the 100 butterfly and junior Heather DeFelice the 100 breaststroke. The season also saw the team register 11 more top-three finishes for the program's record book.
SDSU placed first in 35 events during the season with 28 of those coming by way of five athletes - juniors Meghan Casillan and Heather DeFelice, sophomore Erin Kilpatrick and freshmen Megan Storey and Hannah Ryan. Storey led the group with 12 wins. DeFelice had seven, Casillan, Kilpatrick and Ryan three each.
The Aztecs' recruiting class was touted as the best since the program was reinstated in 1994. Newcomer Megan Storey definitely strengthen that claim being the only Aztec to earn an NCAA consideration mark, doing so with her second-place (16:49.91) finish in the 1,650 free at the Speedo Cup. That mark established the new school record she broke at the conference meet. During the summer of 2000 she climbed into the swimming world's record book, placing among the top 50 in the world in the 1,500-meter freestyle with a time of 17:08.05. She was also the only SDSU swimmer to earned the league's swimmer of the week honor, doing so in February.
During its dual meet schedule the Aztecs posted wins over Loyola Marymount, UC Irvine and Pepperdine. SDSU also achieved third-place finishes in the UC Irvine distance and relay invitationals in January.