Feb. 18, 2013
By Kelly Mason
FRESNO, Calif. --- The Fresno State swimming and diving team heads to San Antonio, Texas to compete in its first Mountain West Championship Meet. The meet will be held at the Palo Alto College Aquatic Center from February 20-February 23, 2013. The Bulldogs and head coach Jeanne Fleck are preparing for a competitive championship meet with a whole line up of great teams.
"The Mountain West is a really, really competitive conference and there are a lot of great teams," said head swimming and diving coach Jeanne Fleck. "We haven't faced a lot of our conference opponents, but our best meets this season have been against the best teams we've faced. When Cal came to town we swam really well and when we went to Houston we were up against some of the best teams in the nation and we did well."
During the regular season the Bulldogs went 2-5 at their dual meets, picked up a seventh place finish at the Phill Hansel Invite in Houston, Texas and a third place finish at the Beach Cup in Malibu, Calif.
Sophomore Alex Madsen had a stand-out season leading all 'Dogs with the most individual race wins. She earned nine wins this season: four in the 100 back, three in the 200 back, one in the 100 IM and one in the 200 IM. Madsen also set a new Fresno State school record in the 200 IM with her time of 2:04.33 at the Phill Hansel Invite in November 2012.
Yoho, a sprinter from Sugar Land, Texas, won six out of seven 50 free races at both dual meets and double-dual meets this season. Along with her six wins in the 50 free, Yoho also picked up a win in the 100 free at the Beach Cup accumulating seven individual wins her senior year.
"We have some really good individuals that are going to do well, along with really strong relays and strong divers that can do some really great things so that is super exciting," said Fleck.
In the diving well, Hannah Prigge led the Bulldogs on the 3-meter board by setting a new Fresno State school record dive by scoring a 324.60. She picked up three wins off the 3-meter board and two wins off the 1-meter board. She swept both boards at two meets during the regular season.
Senior Stacey Luke took the charge on the 1-meter board and set a new Fresno State school record dive by scoring a 295.70. Luke accumulated three wins on the 1-meter and two wins in the 3-meter dive, also sweeping the boards at two separate meets.
Heading into the Mountain West Championship meet, Yoho's 50 free time of 22.90 ranks second fastest in the Mountain West, only behind UNLVs Rachel Dixon's 22.78. Yoho ranks in the top 10 for the 100 free as well. In the Platform dive, Hannah Prigge ranks first in the Mountain West with her score of 256.55 and both Luke and Prigge rank in the top ten scores for the 1- and 3-meter dives.
The Bulldogs will look to Yoho and freshman Leah Hatayama in the sprint races along with Lucy Titchin and Sheehan in the middle to long distance races. In the breaststroke events Fresno State's Michelle Dockendorf and Britney Vogel will take the lead together with Rayanne Nguyen and Lindsay Ruiz in the Butterfly. Madsen will charge the backstroke and individual medley races along with Buna.
"I think we have a great opportunity to break a lot of school records, I really feel strongly about that," said Fleck. "We have a great bunch of seniors who will really lead the way this meet and we are swimming at the same pool we have competed at for the last two years. I feel we have a home-pool advantage at Palo Alto and I think that could help a lot."
The Bulldogs will arrive in San Antonio, Texas on Monday, Feb. 18 and will practice on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Competition begins on Wednesday, Feb. 20 with the 1-meter dive, the 200-yard medley relay and the 800-yard free relay.
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