Jan. 21, 2012
FRESNO, Calif. - On a day with rain, cold weather and clouds the Fresno State swimmers and divers concluded The USD Beach cup finishing in second place with 285 points. The University of San Diego captured the title (342), Loyola Marymount came in third (226) followed by Pepperdine in fourth (66).
The Bulldogs won two events on day two, starting out with junior diver Stacey Luke finishing first in the 1-meter dive with the score of 294.70. This was a season best, career best and school best dive for Luke breaking a 10-year record set by Ashleigh Raley in 2002.
"Stacey Luke was a standout on the 1-meter diving board today," said Fleck. "She broke a school record and did a really nice job winning that event."
Fresno State racked up six second place finishes on the day including Heidi Gjoen in the 100 Back (59.73), Hannah Prigge in the 1-meter dive (264.40), and Courtney Sheehan in the 1650 Yard Free (17:54.43).
Freshman Alex Madsen came in a close second in the 200 Back with a season best time of 2:08.87.
"Alex Madsen, our newest member of the team, had a great swim in the 200 Back and our three swimmers in the mile [1650 Free] did well too with Alexis [Melnikov] finishing third right behind Courtney," said Fleck.
Fleck said the team's performance this weekend was slower than she liked, but believes it was due to the recent switch in training from distance to speed oriented specifics.
"The weather didn't affect us at all, but we are at an awkward time in the training right now," said Fleck. "We do cycle training and just switched from long distance to more speed oriented training. The switch broke them down and they struggled with sore and tired muscles. I know the team will adjust, bounce back and this training will make them quicker as they enter the final stretch of the season."
The Bulldogs will return to speed training this week and will embrace a nice weekend off, essential for rest and recovery as they prepare for the final competition of the season before WAC Tournament the NCAA Championships.
"We Are Your Team!" - The Fresno State swimming and diving team will return home on Saturday, Feb. 4 to swim against WAC rival San Jose State. The Bulldogs will also recognize three seniors for Senior Day.
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