March 19, 2013
By Kelly Mason
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State will send swimmer Dani Yoho and diver Hannah Prigge to the National Collegiate Athletic Association National Championship meet March 21-23 in Indianapolis, Ind. This is the first NCAA appearance for both Bulldogs who each will compete in multiple events at the championship meet.
"I am so excited that Dani and Hannah are both heading to the NCAA meet this week," said head swimming and diving coach Jeanne Fleck. "They are both ranked in the top 30 in the country, which is a very big deal."
Prigge and Yoho, along with all their coaches, will leave Tuesday morning in route to Indianapolis, Ind. This year the national championship will be held at the Indiana University Natatorium. Thursday Prigge will compete in the 1-meter dive and Yoho will blast off in the 50 free, her strongest event of the meet.
On Friday, Prigge will be the only Bulldog competing and she'll do it in the 3-meter dive. Then Saturday, both 'Dogs will be back in the pool with Prigge on the Platform and Yoho in the 100 free.
Prelims are set to start at 8 a.m. PT and finals will begin approximately at 4 p.m. PT each day.
Yoho, a senior from Sugar Land, Texas, was the Mountain West Champion in the 50 free this year and her current time of 22.32 is only tenths of a second away from the top ten swimmers in the nation.
"I'm really looking forward to seeing Dani go this week," said Fleck. "She has a great shot at placing this week, especially if she swims as fast as she did at our conference championships."
At the national championship meet, the top 16 scorers in each event place and are automatically named Honorable Mention All-Americans. The top eight finishers receive medals and are named All-Americans. Yoho is the first swimmer under Fleck's five year reign coaching at Fresno State to qualify for the national championships.
"It's such a get accomplishment for our student-athletes, coaches and Fresno State," said Fleck. "I am so proud of our coaching staff and the team we've had this year. Getting two girls to the NCAA meet is a great accomplishment."
Prigge, a junior from Rocklin, Calif., is the first Fresno State diver to qualify for NCAAs. With her third place finish on platform at the Zone E Diving Regionals, she was able to get herself a spot to compete at the national championships.
"I am really proud of Hannah and what she has accomplished this year," said head diving coach Taryn Patrick. "Last year she was also second heading into finals at Zones and her confidence deflated after a missed dive. This year she had a bobble as well, but bounced back right away. That showed to me that she really wanted it and was motivated to qualify this year. Hannah is very driven this year and has the mindset that she has nothing to lose this week. She may be an underdog heading into the meet, but she and I both know that she is just as good as everyone else there."
A Word From The Student-Athletes
Dani Yoho: "It's a little surreal right now; this has been such a huge goal of mine since I've come to college. Being able to achieve this has really been a dream come true for me. I'm just excited to get out there and give everything I've got during these last couple of races. I can't wait to compete on this type of stage against such great competition."
Hannah Prigge: "I'm so excited to have the opportunity to be among the best divers in the nation! I am just going to have fun when I am there. I am really looking forward to watching the other divers compete because they are the best in the nation as well as the world."
"Discover Fresno State Athletics" - Be sure to stay tuned to GoBulldogs.com, as well as Twitter (@FSAthletics) and Facebook for up to date information about Bulldogs Prigge and Yoho as they compete at the NCAA National Championships
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