Feb. 20, 2013
By Kelly Mason
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State swimming and diving team put forth some very impressive races and dives on its first day of competition at the Mountain West Championship meet Wednesday evening. The Bulldogs broke two school records between the lanes and off the board Luke and Prigge took third and fourth place finishes, respectively.
"I am really happy with our team's performance tonight," said head swimming and diving coach Jeanne Fleck. "We broke two school records, both by more than a second, so that is great for us!"
The first relay of the evening was the 200-yard medley and the record-breaking team consisted of Alex Madsen, Britney Vogel, Lucy Titchin and Dani Yoho. They swam the race in the time of 1:41.88 slashing more than a whole second of the previous record of 1:42.91 that was set during the 2010-11 season.
The second record breaking relay race was the 800-yard freestyle with the time of 7:27.00. The team consisted of Madsen, Titchin, Brooke Fuller and Yoho. The 'Dogs broke the previous record of 7:30.53, set during the 2011-12 season, by more than three seconds. Madsen swam the lead-off leg with the time of 1:50.41, only four hundredths of second away from breaking the 200 free school record.
"The divers did fantastic today as well taking third and fourth in the 1-meter dive," said Fleck. "They were actually tied going into the last couple dives of the final session so that made for extra competition and excitement."
Senior Stacey Luke will find a spot on the podium with a third place finish in the 1-meter dive. Luke ranked eighth after the preliminary round and fought back to earn a top three finish with her score of 291.51. Literally finishing right behind her, was junior Hannah Prigge who placed fourth with her score of 291.45.
"I am so pleased with how we started this championship meet," said Fleck. "We are swimming well and diving well and I am excited to see what we can bring tomorrow."
After the first day of competition, the Bulldogs have 77 points and are sitting in sixth place. The divers' scores combined with the seventh place finish in the 200-yard medley relay and the eighth place finish in the 800 freestyle relay have the Bulldogs in sixth place out of the nine Mountain West teams.
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