Swimming and Diving Falls to No. 7 Cal and No. 28 Pacific
Oct. 6, 2001
FRESNO, Calif. - In the first meet of the year Fresno State swimming and diving lost both dual meets versus No. 7 California and No. 28 Pacific. Fresno State fell to Cal 112-182 and Pacific 109-181 on Saturday, Oct. 6.
In the Bulldogs home and season opener, there wasn't much the young squad could do, but learn. The 17 freshmen and five upperclassmen took their places knowing what was expected of them. Head coach Daniella Irle sought out some tough competition in order to set the tone for the rest of the season.
"Our goal by inviting Cal and Pacific to this meet was to get our team ready for the Colorado Invitational next week and allow our team to see where they are from a competitive standpoint."
There were five top three finishes overall in the meet's 16 events. Senior Jesie Lewis opened her final year by placing third in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.52. Freshmen divers Ashleigh Raley and Lindsey Paulekas both finished in the top three in both the 1-meter and 3-meter dives. Raley landed first place in both events, totaling 229.20 in the 1-meter and 244.95 in the 3-meter. Paulekas finished in third in both events, recording 211.95 in the 1-meter and 219.52 in the 3-meter.
"We performed exactly how I anticipated. The young people got better and made adjustments throughout the meet. Now, we will get better from here," said Irle.
The Bulldogs will host their second home meet of the year versus Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Central Unified Aquatics Complex. Swimming events begin at 11 a.m.