Oct. 13, 2012
By Kelly Mason
By Kelly Mason
FRESNO, Calif. --The Fresno State swimming and diving team came out with great fire and energy on the final day of the Early Bird Invite to swim Cal, the two-time defending NCAA National Champions. Despite it being a strenuous day swimming double the events in a short period of time, the Bulldogs showcased a solid performance of their strength and endurance.
"Today was a really rough day physically, with our team swimming so many different events," said head swimming and diving coach Jeanne Fleck. "In a two hour span we had some girls swim seven events which is way more than a normal day. This was a great workout for us and I think we worked on a lot of the little things we wanted to focus on."
Day two of the Early Bird Invite was broken down into two sessions. The first session consisted of: the 200 freestyle relay, 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, 400 medley relay and 3-meter diving.
The Bulldogs top team in the 200 freestyle relay clocked a speedy time of 1:36.83, less than half a second behind the second and third place finishers of Cal. In the 400 IM Brittany Buna clocked a time of 4:37.87 and freshman Lindsay Ruiz timed in a 4:48.53.
The 100 butterfly showcased freshman Dana Jones as the fastest Bulldogs finishing at 59.92 breaking the minute mark. Lucy Titchin was the quickest Bulldog in the 200 free (1:57.03) and Britney Vogel (1:07.05) was the top Bulldog in the 100 breaststroke. Freshman Lindsay Ruiz swam the 100 Backstroke in 1:01.82 and the 400 medley relay team finished with a 3:58.83.
The Bulldog divers competed in the 3-meter dive with two of the three divers qualifying for Zones after the first meet. Hannah Prigge came in second scoring a 284.25 and Stacey Luke scored a 286.43 finishing first. Freshman diver Lacie Ruth debuted as a Bulldog scoring a 164.55.
After a 20 minute break and a pep talk by Fleck, the Bulldogs went back out for the final session of the Early Bird Invite. They competed in the: 1650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly and the 400 freestyle relay.
Courtney Sheehan finished second in the 1650 with an 18:15.91 and in the 200 backstroke, Brittany Buna clocked in at 2:11.52. In the 100 free the Bulldogs had a great performance with Yoho taking fourth with a 52.85, Titchin in sixth with a 53.64 and freshman Dana Jones with a lifetime, best time 54.58.
"We had some great swims today," said Fleck. "Dani [Yoho] swam a solid 100 free and Dana [Jones] swam a lifetime, best time in the 100 free."
Vogel was the fastest 'Dog in the 200 breaststroke (2:27.09) and Rayanne Nguyen lead Fresno State in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:14.71. The final event was the 400 freestyle relay with Fresno State's top team finishing at 3:36.65.
"Moving forward we need to get more speed in the 200 free," said Fleck. "We are better than that and we need to figure out what to fix in order for us to get quicker. Looking ahead to Nevada and FPU, we will definitely be much sharper and compile quicker times."
"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" - The Bulldogs next home meet will take place on Saturday, Oct. 27 at noon in the Fresno State Aquatics Center as they take on Nevada and FPU.
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