Fresno State will send one diver and one swimmer to the NCAA Championship meet this week.
Senior Stacey Luke and Hannah Prigge each set new Fresno State school records on Senior Day.
The Fresno State Bulldogs swimming and diving team had a strong showing against the San Diego State Aztecs in San Diego, Calif. Saturday afternoon.
The Fresno State swimming and diving team will add three swimmers and two divers to the 2013-14 squad.
The USC Diving Invite concluded Saturday afternoon after the Bulldog Divers competed in the 3-meter dive.
In her first three seasons as head diving coach at Fresno State, Taryn Patrick took the reins with a young, enthusiastic and prideful leadership that exemplified a strong passion and commitment to the sport. It was that attitude that commanded three returning letterwinners along with one newcomer to many first place finishes, multiple dual-meet victories, multiple best marks and helped coach sophomore diver Stacey Luke and freshman Hannah Prigge to appear in the 2011 NCAA Diving Zones.
Patrick encouraged Bulldog divers to set their goals high and pushed for consistency throughout the team's first two seasons. Her third season was full of improvement and competitive performances week in and week out with each diver improving almost all of their career bests in each 1-meter, 3-meter and platform diving.
To kick off her third season Patrick led the Bulldog divers to an impressive win over Fresno Pacific. They swept the Sunbirds with one-two finishes in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events. The Dogs shone against UC Davis as they placed 1-2-3 off the 1-meter board.
In their first platform event of the year at the extremely competitive Wildcat Diving Invite, all three divers finished in the top 16. The Dogs also performed well at the UCLA Diving Invite with all divers making the top 25 in three days of competition through 3-meter, 1-meter and platform diving.
Patrick made history when two of her divers qualified to compete in the NCAA Zone E competition. Stacey Luke returned two compete for the second consecutive year and newcomer Prigge qualified and competed in her first. Luke dove into the finals of the 1-meter competition and earned 14th. Under Patrick's leadership the Dogs continue to make big strides.
In her second seasons Patrick coached her divers to a dominating performance in the Bulldogs very first dual meet victory against Fresno Pacific in which the Dogs took the top four spots in the 1-meter and the top five spots in the 3-meter dive.
With rigorous training in and out of the pool, Patrick pushed divers with intense abdominal exercises, running stairs, stretches and dry land exercises with the use of the new trampoline and harness systems to expand the team's training and competitive valor.
By the conclusion of the regular season, every Bulldog diver had earned a lifetime best mark on both the 1- and 3-meter competition boards and platforms reinforcing Patrick's goals for her team.
In addition to many individual victories and first place team finishes, Patrick carried the team through its second conference championship, where her leading diver Luke advanced to the finals in two of the three diving events where she captured a seventh place finish in the platform dive and an eighth place overall finish in the 1-meter dive at the WAC Championships to earn Fresno State crucial championship points that helped boost them to an eighth place overall finish.
During the `Dogs 2008-09 campaign, Patrick led a young squad to many individual victories and a first place team finish against Fresno Pacific. Patrick carried the team through its first conference championship meet, where her leading 1-meter freshman diver Kendra Weeks, captured a 16th place overall finish in the event at the WAC Championships to earn Fresno State's first point for the swimming and diving team at the conference meet.
Patrick was named Fresno State head women's diving coach July 30, 2008 after completing her position as interim diving coach at the University of Kentucky.
Under Patrick, the Wildcats boasted two All-American divers with one sixth place finish at the NCAA Championships on the one-meter and another NCAA appearance on the one-meter. Patrick also coached the Kentucky Dive Club, and led two girls to junior nationals in the summer of 2008. Patrick attended the University of Kentucky and graduated in 2007 a successful diver and record holder.
In the 2006-07 season, Patrick earned All-America status on the one-meter and platform events in her final NCAA Championship. She placed seventh on the one-meter and third on the platform and captured her third consecutive SEC Championship on the platform at the conference meet. Patrick also took the top title on the one-meter, while placing second on the three-meter. She was named the SEC Female Diver of the Year for the third consecutive season and set career-best marks on the one-meter and three-meter boards. She earned two first place finishes during dual meet season.
In 2006, Patrick became Kentucky's first-ever National Champion winning the platform event at the NCAA Championships, setting school and NCAA records as she scored a 335.20 in the finals. Patrick gained her second All-America honor after finishing eighth in the one-meter diving event and captured her second-consecutive SEC Women's Diver of the Year Award after repeating as platform champion at the SEC Championships. She also placed 15th on the three-meter at the SEC Championships and took second on the platform at the NCAA Zone Diving Championship hosted by UK in March. Patrick finished first in the three-meter event in the tri-meet against Alabama and LSU and was named to 2006 SEC Academic Honor Roll.
In the 2004-05 season, Patrick earned SEC Diver of the Year after winning the one-meter and platform events at the SEC Championships, as well as an honorable mention All-America selection honor in platform diving after placing ninth at the NCAA Championships, where she also took 17th in the one-meter event and 33rd in the three-meter event. Patrick also swept the one- and three-meter events against Louisville and Arkansas and won the three-meter and platform events against Alabama. She placed first on the platform at the Georgia Tech Diving Invitational as well.
In 2003-04, she took 11th on the platform at the U.S. Olympic trials and placed 15th on the platform at the NCAA Championships while competing for Florida State. Continuing to rise, Patrick took second on the platform at the NCAA Zone Diving Meet and placed third on the one-meter and 11th on the three-meter at the ACC Championships. Taryn is married to former University of Kentucky swimmer, Tim Patrick, who moved with her to California.
2006 NCAA Champion - Platform Diving (first/only NCAA Champion at UK)