'Dogs Make A Splash On Senior Day
Feb. 4, 2012
FRESNO, Calif. - In the last Fresno State home meet for seniors Heidi Gjoen, Jordan Morillo and Dede Torres, the 'Dogs delivered solid swims and record breaking dives as they fell to the San Jose State Spartans 184-115.
"We saw some really great swims today and I thought we did really well," said head coach Jeanne Fleck. "The divers also did really awesome today, they took first and second on both the 1- and 3-meter and had lifetime best scores."
The divers had an outstanding day off the boards starting with sophomore Hannah Prigge taking the 3-meter with a score of 310.65, breaking the school record she set a couple months ago with a 295.73. Stacey Luke also had a personal best score with a 279.37. Luke took the 1-meter with a 276.97 and while Prigge came in right behind her with a 267.52.
"The divers did absolutely fantastic today," said head diving coach Taryn Patrick. "They were both very calm and consistent. This meet should definitely boost their confidence as they head into the WAC Championships and they should know they are just as good as everyone else. They are very tough girls and they will be in the top eight."
In the pool, freshman Courtney Sheehan swam season best times in the 200 Free and the 500 Free, which she won with a time of 5:04.27. Also picking up wins in the swimming events were Dani Yoho in the 50 Free (23.56), Brittany Buna in the 200 Backstroke (2:09.56) and Alex Madsen in the 100 Backstroke (59.93).
A pre-meet ceremony honored the seniors with a team tunnel, balloons, flowers and pictures. The Bulldogs celebrated their first class of swimmers to compete all four years since the programs revival in 2008.
Senior Heidi Gjoen, a native of Oslo, Norway, had a strong performance today and feels really good as she and the rest of the Bulldogs head into the WAC Championships. As she reflected on the meet and the season, it was a bittersweet day the Bulldog who was surprised when the meet started with not only America's National Anthem, but Norway's as well.
"I was so surprised when my country's National anthem came on," said Gjoen. "It meant so much that they did that for me, and what everyone did for us seniors. It was just perfect! Today's meet was definitely a good one and we are really prepared for the WAC Championships knowing that we are going to be competitive with every team there."
The Bulldogs are now preparing for the WAC Championships which will take place in San Antonio, Texas on February 22-25, 2012.
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