May 14, 2013
By Kelly Mason
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State swimming and diving team held its year-end team banquet and celebrated the accomplishments of the team as well as its individuals.
The 2012-13 season brought multiple firsts to the swimming and diving program including the Fresno State's first-ever individual Mountain West Champion, Dani Yoho. Another first for the program was Hannah Prigge being named an Honorable Mention All-American in the platform dive. Along with over a handful of broken school records, the Bulldogs had a reason to celebrate.
In Fleck's fifth season with the Bulldogs, she led sprinter Dani Yoho to her first NCAA Championship meet, and was the first swimmer since the program was reinstated to attend the meet. With the guidance of diving coach Hannah Prigge also qualified for the NCAA Championship meet competing in all three dives: 1-meter, 3-meter and platform.
At the year-end banquet, five awards were given to five individuals.
The first award was the Most Valuable Swimmer and that was given to senior Yoho from Sugar Land, Texas. Yoho led the Bulldogs in the sprint races winning all but one of her 50 freestyle races in the dual meets throughout the season. At home, Yoho set a new pool record at every meet. Yoho broke the school record multiple times throughout the season, most recently recording a 22.32 at the Mountain West Championships. Yoho also qualified for the NCAA Championship meet with a B-cut in the 50 free and 100 free, which she set a new school record with a 49.90.
The Most Valuable Diver award went to junior Prigge from Rocklin, Calif. She was a solid competitor for the Bulldogs throughout the season. She set a new school record in the 3-meter dive 324.60 at the final home meet of the season versus UC Davis. Prigge qualified for the NCAA Zones where she qualified for the NCAA Championship. In the Platform, Prigge finished in the top sixteen making her an Honorable Mention All-American.
Freshman Leah Hatayama, from Fresno, Calif., was awarded the Newcomer of the Year for her contributions in the pool. A sprint freestyler as well, she recorded the third fastest 50 free (23.70) and fourth fastest 100 free (51.97) time during the season.
Danielle Powers, a native of Carmel, Calif., won the Most Inspirational award for the season. Powers competed in every freestyle event as well as both the 200 and 400 IM events, being able to practice with all her teammates.
Freshman diver Lacie Ruth from Visalia, Calif. won the Most Improved award for the 2012-13 season. In her first year as a Bulldog, Ruth consistently improved her diving scores each meet.
The Bulldogs wrapped up their 2012-13 season at the Mountain West Conference Championships in San Antonio, Texas and will graduate six seniors this week.
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