Swimming and Diving Drops Season Opener to Nevada
    Junior Melissa Johnson won the 50, 100 and 200 free events Saturday against Nevada.
    Junior Melissa Johnson won the 50, 100 and 200 free events Saturday against Nevada.

    Oct. 18, 2003

    Complete Results

    FRESNO, Calif. - Paced by wins in 11 of the meet's 16 events, Nevada outlasted Fresno State 186-109 in the Bulldogs' season opener Saturday at the Clovis Olympic Swim Complex.

    The Wolf Pack won four of the day's first six events to jump out to the early lead and never looked back. Nevada's two 400 Medley Relay teams finished first and second in the first race of the day. After dropping the second and third events of the meet, Nevada reeled off three first place results in the 100 back (Charlene Rigdon), 100 breast (Bethany Hejny) and 200 fly (Sarabeth Schweitzer). Rigdon also earned nine points for Nevada with her first-place finish in the 400 IM with a time of 4:41.98.

    Bulldog sophomore Lindsay Palmberg registered the squad's first win of the season in the second event by touching the wall first in the 1000 free in 10:47.10, four seconds faster then Nevada's Shannon Ryan who placed second. Palmberg was one of six Bulldogs with multiple top three performances, clocking the second fastest time in the 500 free (5:20.40). Junior Melissa Johnson then captured her first of three victories of the meet by clocking a time of 1:56.59 in the 200 free. Fresno State sophomore Dana Shaw (1:58.42) came in second. Johnson also paced the field in the 50 free (24.85) and 100 free(53.93). The Bulldogs won all five of the meet's freestyle events with Shaw placing first in the 500 free (5:14.05).

    Nevada's Christine Lachmann swept the meet's two diving events winning the 1-meter with a score of 246.45 and the 3-meter with 272.93 points. FS senior Lindsay Taunton came in fourth in both events.

    The Wolf Pack clinched the meet with six victories in the last seven events paced by performances from Kate McCrary in the 200 back (2:15.72), Alyssa Chin in the 200 breast (2:28.31), Larissa Van Der Linde in the 100 fly (59.01). The quartet of Alissa Van Der Linde, Sarabeth Schweitzer, Alyssa Chin and Elizabeth Klein capped the meet by claiming the 200 Free Relay in a time of 1:39.40.



    Overall, Fresno State recorded 16 top-three finishes for the meet.

    The Bulldogs will take the next couple of weeks to prepare for a dual meet at nationally ranked California Saturday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m.

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