Divers Top Fresno Pacific
    Junior diver Blair Hopkins prepares for a dive Saturday at Sunnyside High School against Fresno Pacific.
    Junior diver Blair Hopkins prepares for a dive Saturday at Sunnyside High School against Fresno Pacific.

    Feb. 14, 2009


    FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State's divers conquered the Sunbirds Saturday afternoon at Sunnyside High School with top three finishes on the 1-meter and 3-meter boards in the team's first home, dive only meet of the season.

    Screaming fans filled the stands, including the Fresno State women's swimming team and coaches, parents, friends and family members with flowers, posters and candy in hand for Valentine's Day.

    "It is great to have a home meet so that our family and friends can cheer us on," said junior Kendra Weeks. "It was good to have the support of the swimmers as well."

    The meet kicked off with six rounds of competition on the 3-meter board, with Mason diving first for the Bulldogs followed by teammate and junior Blair Hopkins and Weeks. In the fifth round, Mason earned high points delivering an inward pike dive, while Weeks showed strength in her back 1 ½ with a 1 ½ twist.

    Weeks dove her way to first place on the 3-meter with a high mark of 227.35. Hopkins and Mason followed in second and third with immense point improvements. Fresno Pacific did not compete in the women's 3-meter event.

    "It makes me so happy that I was able to earn a first place finish," said Weeks. "I know we can all improve and we have a lot of potential."

    The Sunbirds stepped into the competition for the 1-meter event but the `Dogs prevailed as all three Fresno State divers claimed the top three finishes over Fresno Pacific's two competitors. Strong dives on the 1-meter included Weeks' forward double somersault and forward 1 ½ somersault with a twist, Mason's 401B and Hopkins' 104B pike. Mason earned her first event victory with 196 points. Hopkins and Weeks tied for second with 182 points in the event over Fresno Pacific.

    "They've been doing absolutely great," said head diving coach Taryn Ignacio. "Today was a pretty good day. When it comes to judging, I am a little bit tougher on my divers. There are things I ask them to do in practice that I look for at meets. It was really great to have a home meet."



    In addition to best marks and top finishes, Mason earned a meet high 19 points from the judges in a single round dive. In addition, the up and coming freshman holds a high school record at Sunnyside.

    1. Kendra Weeks, 227.35 points
    2. Blair Hopkins, 226
    3. Jillian Mason, 216

    1. Jillian Mason, 196
    2. Blair Hopkins, 182
    2. Kendra Weeks, 182

    Today's meet ended the regular season for Bulldog divers before both teams will travel to San Antonio, Texas for the WAC Championships Feb. 25-28.

    "Join the State - Fresno State" -The Fresno State swimming and diving team heads to the south for the WAC Championships Feb. 25-28 at the Palo Alto Natatorium in San Antonio, Texas. Fans can sign up for live streaming of the finals at www.wac.tv.org.

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