'Dogs Finish in Fourth in Los Angeles
Freshman Esme Gullick set two school records this weekend at the Arena Invitational.
Freshman Esme Gullick set two school records this weekend at the Arena Invitational.

Nov. 23, 2013

By: Andrew Rich

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LOS ANGELES -- Fresno State swimming passed three schools in the team standings on Saturday night to finish fourth overall with 587.5 points at the Arena Invitational on the campus of East Los Angeles College. The `Dogs passed Cal Poly (585.5), Pacific (559.5) and Loyola Marymount (556) to get to their final standing.

"It was a great team effort," head coach Jeanne Fleck said. "We had an incredible day and we just did awesome, from top to bottom."

For the second straight day, Esme Gullick set a school record swim. The freshman swam a 2:02.25 in the preliminary round for the 200 Fly to break the previous record. She swam a 2:02.64 in the finals on Saturday night to finish third. Gullick was also impressive in the 200 Backstroke with another third place finish with a time of 2:01.64.

"Esme was amazing to have that double," Fleck said. "She is going to do great things here at Fresno State and it is exciting to see where she can go."

Senior Michelle Dockendorf and freshman Hailee Baldwin both had impressive showings in the 200 Breaststroke. Dockendorf finished fourth with a time of 2:18.18 and Baldwin placed sixth in 2:19.10. In one of the last events of the night, the duo combined for 50 points.

"Michelle is going out with a bang her senior year and swimming really fast," Fleck said.

Fresno State went into the 400 Freestyle Relay, the final event of the night, with a slim lead over Cal Poly. Knowing they needed to either beat Cal Poly or finish right behind them in the relay, the team of Brooke Fuller, Lucy Titchin, Dana Jones and Leah Hatayama finished in eighth, right behind the Cal Poly team that finished seventh. Their performance gave the `Dogs their fourth-place finish for the weekend.

"We had to be right behind them," Fleck said. "And we had a great relay to keep them behind us."

Fresno State will be back in action in two weeks when they travel to Hayward to take on Cal State East Bay in a dual meet on Saturday, December 7.

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