Nov. 15, 2012
By Kelly Mason
By Kelly Mason
FRESNO, Calif. --- The Fresno State swimming and diving team had a solid performance at the Phill Hansel Invite and is sitting in seventh place out of 16 teams after day one of the three-day competition.
"We swam really, really well today and we are already swimming a lot faster this time of year compared to last year at this time at the Arena Invitational," said head swimming and diving coach Jeanne Fleck. "I am very excited with where we are at and I'm looking forward to another great day tomorrow."
The Bulldogs were led by sophomore Alex Madsen as she broke the 200 IM school record in the preliminary rounds (2:04.67) and then again in the final round at night (2:04.33). The previous record was set in the 2011-12 season by teammate Michelle Dockendorf with a time of 2:04.80.
"Alex did a really great job today," said Fleck. "She just swam really well in all her events and broke the school record twice in one day for the 200 IM."
Senior sprinter Dani Yoho had a speedy day as well in the pool, clocking in with a 22.90 in the preliminary round of the 50-yard freestyle. She went into the Championship Final seeded second, and placed third in the final with the same time of 22.90. Yoho's time was good for an NCAA B-cut, which could qualify her for NCAA Championships at the end of the season.
"We had some really great swims today, starting with Dani racing in the finals with the 22.90," said Fleck. "Courtney Sheehan had a solid 5:00 flat in the 500 freestyle and in the 200 free relay our team was so close to breaking the school record. I am really happy with the team's performance today."
Sophomore Courtney Sheehan swam the 500 freestyle prelims with the times of 5:02.12 and in the finals she cut more than a second off, clocking in at 5:00.92.
Junior Hannah Prigge had a strong showing in the 3-meter dive which featured over 60 divers. In the prelims Prigge scored a 268.40 qualifying her for the finals where she jumped up to finish in ninth place with her score of 310.45.
The Bulldogs will continue the Phill Hansel Invite tomorrow in Houston, Texas with prelims starting at 8 a.m. and finals starting at 4 p.m.
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