Yoho Named Mountain West Champion
Feb. 21, 2013
By Kelly Mason
FRESNO, Calif. - Day two of the Mountain West Championships brought just as much excitement as day one did, with two new school records and Dani Yoho being named Fresno State's first Mountain West Individual Champion.
"We have had a great second day here in Texas with some really awesome swims," said head swimming and diving coach Jeanne Fleck. "I am so proud of Dani and Alex, both had great races today and each broke school records twice in one day."
In the final event of the night, senior sprinter Dani Yoho swam the fastest race of her life to finish first in the 50 free. With the time of 22.39, Yoho was named the Mountain West Champion and is the first Fresno State MW individual champion. Earlier in the day, Yoho broke the previous school record (22.87) with a 22.43 and entered the finals in the first place position. In the final race, Yoho had the lead from the beginning and won the event with her record breaking swim.
Alex Madsen had an outstanding day as well breaking the 200 IM school record two times in one day as well. She slashed seconds off the previous record (2:04.33), once in the preliminary race with a 2:03.51 and then again in the finals with a 2:02.65.
The Bulldogs also had a great relay race tonight in the 400 medley relay finishing seventh with the time of 3:50.07. Two seniors Rayanne Nguyen and Britney Vogel, joined with freshmen Lindsay Ruiz and Leah Hatayama swam a fast-paced race with multiple season best times.
"Our relay team did a really good job tonight," said Fleck. "Each swimmer did really well and I am very pleased with the performance of the team."
In the 3-meter dive, Hannah Prigge advanced to the finals after finishing fifth in the preliminary round. In the finals she scored a 292.86, good for a seventh place finish. Stacey Luke finished 11th in the finals with her score of 281.58.
After two days of competition, the Bulldogs are in seventh place with 148 points. San Diego State University is in first with 291.5 points and University of Nevada in second with 186.
The Fresno State swimming and diving team will continue with day three of the Mountain West Championships with six events: 200 free relay, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back.
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