Oct. 12, 2013
By: Andrew Rich
By: Andrew Rich
FRESNO, Calif. -- The Fresno State Swimming and Diving team used a strong push late, which included several strong individual performances in the meet, to pull out a second-place finish in the Bulldog Invitational. The Bulldogs finished with 765.5 points to edge out Mountain West Conference rival San José State by 14.5 points on Saturday at the Aquatics Center.
"This is the best team atmostphere, team group that we've had," head coach Jeanne Fleck said. "Everybody had a part in it and it was really fun and it was really the way we needed to start."
Freshman Hailee Baldwin won the 200 Yard Breaststroke with a career-best time of 2:20.95. It was Baldwin's first career win in her young career. She beat San José State senior Darcie Anderson by less than a second to earn 20 points for the team.
"We knew that she (Baldwin) could get up there and race" Fleck said. "For her to do this at a big meet like this, stepping it up in her first meet, it was awesome."
Senior Hannah Prigge set a new career-best in the 1-Meter Dive with a score of 292.95. She finished second behind Boise State's Ciera Cortney. Prigge's second-place finish scored 17 points for the team. Her previous career-best score came January 26 of this year at UC Davis when she scored 292.80.
"The divers have been doing a lot of conditioning early in the season so far, so for her (Prigge) to do what she did this weekend is awesome," Fleck said.
Freshman Tarryn Rennie swam two seconds better than her seed time in the 100 Yard Butterfly to place fifth in 58.38. She scored 14 points with her top five effort. Fellow freshman Kali Conlon (59.71) and Frida Börnfors (1:00.90) finished ninth and tenth, respectively.
The 200 Yard Freestyle Relay team of Leah Hatayama, Fuller, Kali Conlon and Titchin got the morning off to a good start for the `Dogs when they finished fifth with a time of 1:38.58 to score 28 points. The other 200 Freestyle Relay team of freshman Rennie, Baldwin, and Börnfors and junior Courtney Sheehan finished in tenth with a time of 1:40.51.
Baldwin swam two seconds better than her seed time in the 100 Yard Breaststroke to finish in sixth. Her time of 1:06.55 was one second off the winning time. In the 100 Yard Backstroke, Conlon swam a 1:00.04 to also finish in sixth. The two freshman combined to score 26 points.
Distance swimmers Courtney Sheehan and Kelly Simmons finished four seconds apart to finish fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 1650 Yard Freestyle. Sheehan finished in 17:49.75 and Simmons completed the race in 17:53.08.
The swimming and diving team will be back in action on November 2 when they travel to Reno to take on Mountain West Conference rival Nevada.
"We just have to keep in that race mentality and get that `W'," Fleck said.
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