Bulldogs Soar Past Sunbirds
    Freshman Brooke Fuller had an outstanding performance for the Bulldogs as they dueled against Fresno Pacific.
    Freshman Brooke Fuller had an outstanding performance for the Bulldogs as they dueled against Fresno Pacific.

    Oct. 23, 2010

    FRESNO, Calif. - The Bulldog swimming and diving team downed Fresno Pacific 147 - 82, on Saturday afternoon.

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    Freshman Brooke Fuller (Modesto, Calif.) had an outstanding meet performance for the Bulldogs. She swam lifetime best times in the 50-yard Freestyle, 100-yard Freestyle and led the 200-yard Freestyle Relay team to a victory and time that was faster than WAC Championship's last year.

    "(Brooke) Fuller was outstanding today," said head coach Jeanne Fleck. "Her lead-off time of 24.3 in the relay was awesome and she swam two lifetime bests, I am really happy for her."

    Fresno State won the majority of events, in a day that was full season best, lifetime bests and a great team effort overall. This is the fourth victory for the Fresno State swimming and diving program since it was reinstated in 2008.

    "I am really proud of the girls," said Fleck. "Everyone that swam and dove really stepped up to the plate and did a great job. We had a lot of lifetime bests and I am really happy with our performance today."

    "Every person that swam was a lot faster since last weekend and I was really impressed," continued Fleck. "With how hard we trained and pushed them this week it's amazing how well they swam, especially this early in the season."

    The `Dogs came out with fire in their first home meet of the 2010-11 season, with the 200-yard Medley Relay team earning a first place finish in a neck-and-neck race to the finish. Junior Dede Torres (Fresno, Calif.) swam an outstanding time in the final leg of the race with a 24.1. With the victory the Bulldogs set a tone for the rest of the meet.

    The 1000-yard Freestyle was the next event and the Bulldogs finished one-two. Brittany Buna (Victoria, BC) started and ended with a commanding lead and clocked a time of 10:42.50. Freshman Alexis Melnikov (Rocklin, Calif.) came back from behind to pass a Fresno Pacific swimmer for a second place finish for the `Dogs. Both swimmers contributing points to their team score.



    In the 200-yard Freestyle senior Stephanie Hatayama (Fresno, Calif.) and Dede Torres both swam lifetime bests. Hatayama came in at second place with a time of 1:57.05 and Torres in third with a time of 1:59.01.

    Bulldogs were flying through the water in the 50-yard Freestyle. Freshman Brooke Fuller finished in first place with a lifetime best time of 24.16. Kat Vietti (Clovis, Calif.) was close behind to finish in second with a time of 24.94.50.

    Fresno State had a one-two finish in the 200-yard Individual Medley. Freshman Michelle Dockendorf (Santa Barbara, Calif.) led with a commanding lead through the whole race. Dockendorf clocked a time of 2:10.08. Sophomore Sarah Pino (Canyon Country, Calif.) came in second for the Bulldogs with a time of 2:17.00.

    At the first intermission the Bulldogs led the Sunbirds 59-32.

    Fresno State came out strong in the 200-yard Butterfly with Rayanne Nguyen (Goleta, Calif.) in first and Lacey Payne (South Lake Tahoe, Calif.) in second.

    The `Dogs were outstanding in the 100-yard Freestyle. Freshman Brooke Fuller swam a 52.48, almost one second faster than the rest of the competitors. Stephanie Hatayama and Kat Vietti came in second and third for a one-two-three finish.

    "We swam really great," said assistant coach Ryan Purdy, "and I was very impressed with the performance this early in the season."

    Off the diving board the Bulldogs swept the Sunbird with one-two finished in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events. Kendra Weeks scored a 236.20 off the 1-meter board for first. Hannah Prigge scored 223.25 for first in the 3-meter dive.

    "We Are Your Team!" - The Bulldogs will be back in the pool October 30 at noon at Clovis North High School Aquatics Complex. Fresno State takes on the Nevada Wolf pack and admission is free. See you there to cheer on the `Dogs!

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