May 10, 2012
By Kelly Mason
By Kelly Mason
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State women's swimming and diving team broke school records, diver Hannah Prigge won a WAC Championship title and they had two swimmers were named CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Honorable Mention All-Americans, Dani Yoho and Michelle Dockendorf.
It was a successful season to say the least, and in head women's swimming and diving Coach Jeanne Fleck fourth season the Bulldogs will send two swimmers (Yoho and Dockendorf) to the 2012 Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb. and had Buna compete in the 2012 Canadian Olympic Trials in April.
"We are very proud of both Michelle and Dani as they are preparing for the USA Olympic trials at the end of June," Fleck said. "This gives them something to feel good about and remind them how well this season was for them."
The Bulldogs went 4-6 on the season, earned a second place finish in the USD Beach Cup and finished 14th at the Arena Invitational held at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach, Calif. The Bulldogs also had the highest conference finish under Fleck's coaching stint, earning 6th place, and were lead by Prigge's WAC Championship title in the platform dive.
"Prigge was our first WAC champion we have ever had since I have been here, she just did an amazing, amazing job," Fleck said.
The 'Dogs broke eight school records during their 2011-12 campaign including two relays, two dives, and four individual races. The 400 Freestyle team (Yoho, Lucy Titchin, Brooke Fuller, Courtney Sheehan) broke the record with a new time of 3:24.77 and the 800 Freestyle team (Titchin, Fuller, Heidi Gjoen, Sheehan) clocked the new record time at 7:30.53.
Yoho broke the 50 Freestyle record coming in under 23 seconds at 22.87 and Titchen broke the 200 Freestyle with a 1:50.37 in her freshman year. Dockendorf slashed the old record with her new time of 2:04.80 in the 200 IM and in the 400 IM Brittany Buna recorded the new record with a 4:24.07. In diving Prigge broke the 3-meter record with a 317.05 and Stacey Luke broke the record with a 294.70.
These accomplishments came from many hours of practice, dry-land and weight room workouts. At the season-ending banquet, awards were passed out to some of the standout Bulldogs from the team.
Freshman Courtney Sheehan was selected the MVP of the 2011-12 season and Hannah Prigge was named the MVP Diver. Freshman Alexis Melnikov won the Most Improved award and junior captain Sarah Pino was named Most Inspirational. Lucy Titchin was named the MVP freshman as she came in and made immediate contributions.
"Discover Fresno State Athletics" - Be sure to follow GoBulldogs.com for updates on the two swimmers competing in the 2012 Olympic Trials as well as other information.
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