Seven 'Dogs In Finals On Day 2
By Kelly Mason
Feb. 23, 2012
FRESNO, Calif. - Day two of the WAC Championships was a one for the record book. It was the first time Fresno State qualified seven swimmers to the finals under head coach Jeanne Fleck, two Bulldogs broke school records and six Bulldogs swam lifetime best time races.
"We have been doing great," said head coach Jeanne Fleck. "Everyone is swimming great. We have never have had two girls in the finals before for the same event and Courtney Sheehan and Lucy Titchin did it in the 500 Free."
The morning was the best morning session Fresno State has had since Fleck took over the program in 2008. Michelle Dockendorf broke the 200 IM school record in the prelims with a time of 2:04.88, which she rebroke again in the finals with a 2:04.80.
Junior Dani Yoho also broke a school record in the 50 Freestyle with an NCAA B-cut time of 22.87. Yoho broke the record she had set back in November with a 23.04 at the Arena Invitational.
Sheehan and Titchin both competed in the 500 Freestyle final, the first time two Bulldogs had competed in one event final under Fleck. They both swam lifetime best time races, Sheehan with a 4:55.35 and Titchin with a 5:59.10.
"I couldn't be happier with our performance today," said Fleck. "At one point we were all the way up in third place which was awesome."
The 'Dogs are in seventh place due to a disqualification in the 200 Freestyle Relay because of a false start, but they are still in contention for moving up.
"We are going to have to fight back; we are going to have to pick up 30 points somewhere, but I know they can do it and the girls know they can do it. I am so proud of these girls and it's going to be tough battle back, but they can do it."
The divers competed in the 1-meter spring board today where Hannah Prigge finished in 12th place, and have their strongest events coming up in the 3-meter and the platform.
The action continues tomorrow at Palo Alto Aquatic Center in San Antonio, Texas with the 400 Individual Medley, 100 Butterfly, 200 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke, 100 Backstroke, 3-meter diving and 400 Medley Relay. Prelims begin at 9:00 a.m. and the finals start at 4:30 p.m.
"We Are Your Team!" - The Bulldogs are in sixth place after day one of the WAC Championship, keep checking GoBulldogs.com for recaps and results.