Sept. 18, 2012
By Kelly Mason
By Kelly Mason
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Fresno State swimming and diving team captured 22 total points from a voting panel comprised of nine Mountain West head women's swimming and diving coaches Tuesday morning to tab them with seventh place conference finish. The panel chose San Diego State as the favorite to win the 2013 MW Championship. They received four first-place votes and a total of 60 points just barely edging out the MW defending champions, Boise State who received 5 first-place votes and a total of 59 points.
One point also separated the third and fourth place teams, leaving UNLV with 48 points and Wyoming with 47 points. Colorado State (34 points) was tabbed to finish fifth and New Mexico (26 points) claimed the sixth place spot. The nine coaches' votes had Nevada finishing in eighth place with 17 points and Air Force came in ninth with 11 points.
"We know we are entering a competitive conference with teams like San Diego State and Boise State that will be a tough challenge," said head women's swimming and diving coach Jeanne Fleck. "We are prepared mentally and physically to be competitive and stay inside ourselves by swimming our races and not worrying about the other teams."
Fresno State returns 16 letterwinners from the 2011-12 campaign and is coming off a historical season breaking eight school records: including two relays, two dives and four individual races. The Bulldogs have a strong senior class that will lead the very talented squad to a competitive season.
The Bulldogs first competition of the season will take place at home in the Fresno State Aquatics Center on Friday, Oct. 12 at the Early Bird Invite, where they host defending NCAA National Champion Cal.
"Why not start the season off tough?" asked Fleck. "With tough competition the team will learn and grow to develop a mental toughness that will help them throughout the season and new conference competitions."
"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" - For a complete schedule and more swimming and diving information check www.gobulldogs.com and view the swimming and diving page.
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