Nov. 9, 2013
By: Andrew Rich
By: Andrew Rich
FRESNO, Calif. -- Hannah Prigge continued to rewrite diving records and the Fresno State swimming and diving team rolled to huge wins in their dual meet with Fresno Pacific (234-60), UC Santa Cruz (241-58) and Pacific (163-131) at the Aquatics Center on Saturday afternoon.
"Coming into this meet I was really excited and we were really making the right choices moving forward," head coach Jeanne Fleck said. "This is the most competitive team we've had since I've been here and this was probably the best dual meet since I have been here."
In the 3-Meter dive, Prigge recorded a score of 327.85 to win the event and break her previous school record of 324.60. She had set her previous record this past January at UC Davis. Prigge was back to breaking records in the 1-Meter dive when she scored 321.95. The senior had set the previous 1-Meter record last weekend in Reno with a score of 315.60. Prigge now ranks second in the Mountain West in both the 1-Meter and 3-Meter dives.
Fresno State divers occupied the top four spots in both diving events to conclude their best meet of the season so far.
"All in all everybody had a great day," diving coach Taryn Patrick said. "They were consistent and I think they did really well because they were so calm. Now I need to get them to remember that feeling and use that for every meet."
The successful day started off in the first event of the day. The 200 Medley Relay team of Kali Conlon, Tarryn Rennie, Hailee Baldwin and Leah Hatayama edged out Pacific's relay team by .23 seconds with a time of 1:46.42. The event wins kept coming as the day went on. Hatayama teamed up with Lucy Titchin, Frida Börnfors and Brooke Fuller to win the 400 Free Relay in 3:30.99 in the final event of the day.
"We have really emphasized picking it up in the relays and they are all competing and that makes us even tougher in those," Fleck said.
Hatayama picked up an individual win in the 50 Free in 23.88 seconds. The sophomore from Fresno also finished second in the 100 Free. She finished in 52.48 seconds. Hatayama was followed by Titchin, Fuller and Börnfors in third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
Baldwin secured her second win of the season in the 200 Breaststroke by holding off Pacific's Christina Mardones by .13 seconds. The freshman from Turlock finished in 2:19.77. Baldwin's time was good for the third-best 200 Breaststroke in the Mountain West this season. Fellow freshman Esme Gullick swam to a first place finish in the 200 Butterfly. She won by nearly a full minute with a time of 2:09.53. Gullick also finished second in the 200 Backstroke in 2:07.43. Rennie made it a trio of Fresno State freshman that were victorious Saturday. She won the 100 Buttefly with a time of 58.57 seconds.
"That is huge to have freshman win and we also have sophomores winning and that is huge," Fleck said. "The freshman are learning what they are capable of doing and are going to keep getting better and gaining more confidence."
The 1000 Freestyle proved to be a good scoring race for the `Dogs. Kelly Simmons finished second in a time of 10:27.91. Teammates Courtney Sheehan and Danielle Powers finished fourth and fifth, respectively. The trio combined to give Fresno State seven points.
"We didn't win every event, but we finished second, third or fourth and didn't let them get too far ahead," Fleck said. "That was our goal, if we didn't win the event to still finish strong and get points and that made it a great team effort."
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