The Fresno State swimming and diving team is kicking off its 2012-13 season hosting the Early Bird Invite this weekend and will swim against Cal and San Jose State.
Oct. 9, 2012
2012-13 Virtual Team Guide
By Kelly Mason
FRESNO, Calif. ---
Scouting the Competition:
Defending NCAA Div I National Champions. Won three national championships in the last four years.
Among the current Bears, U.S. and Cal head coach Teri McKeever, Caitlin Leverenz (USA), Rachel Bootsma (USA) and Hong Kong's Stephanie Au took part in the London Olympic Games.
McKeever was the U.S. Olympic head coach for the first time, after working as a U.S. assistant coach in the 2004 and 2008 Games. Mckeever coached at Fresno State from 1988-1992.
Leverenz won her first Olympic medal by capturing a bronze medal in the 200-meter individual medley, Bootsma won gold after swimming the preliminary heats of the eventually victorious U.S. 400-meter medley relay, and Au - competing in her second consecutive Olympics for Hong Kong - swam in the 100 and 200 backstroke heats.
San Jose State:
Season Opener on September 27, 2012 at Stanford. Stanford defeated the Spartans 162.5 to 135.5 in the Avery Aquatics Center.
San Jose State women's swimming and diving team had its best showing against the Stanford Cardinal in head coach Sage Hopkins' eight years.
Fleck's Outlook On Swimming Tough Competition
"We know we are entering a competitive conference with teams like San Diego State and Boise State that will be a tough challenge," said 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. 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 in new conference competitions."
Seniors Lead Team To The Next Level
Fleck is in her fifth year with Fresno State, and this senior class is the first complete recruiting class under her reign. "Our six seniors are a great group of girls that are really going to lead this team to the next level," said Fleck. "We have to take that next step, which I think we are taking because we can swim really well and dive really well. Our three captains are seniors: Rayanne Nguyen, Jen Hicks and Stacey Luke and all three have a lot of experience and a strong background in swimming and diving, which is key to leadership and success."
Yoho, Dockendorf Compete At The Olympic Trials
Dani Yoho and Michelle Dockendorf were the first swimmers under head swimming and diving coach Jeanne Fleck's Fresno State reign to qualify and compete at the 2012 Olympic Trials. Yoho competed in the fast-paced 50m Freestyle while Dockendorf took on the longer 200m Breaststroke. The 50 Free is a dead sprint that is only one length of the pool and times average around 25 seconds. In comparison, the 200 Breast is a four-lap marathon usually completed around two minutes 35 seconds.
Buna Swims at Canadian Olympic Trials
Fresno State's Brittany Buna, a native of Canada, returned to her home country to compete in the 2012 Canadian Olympic Trials. She competed in the 400 IM, 200 IM and the 200 Backstroke. Buna, a sophomore from Victoria, B.C., swam in her first Olympic Trials in Montreal, Canada at the old Olympic 50 meter pool. She competed in 200 IM and clocked in a time of 2:25.34 and in the 200 Backstroke she swam a time of 2:25.53.
Prigge Named Platform Champion
Sophomore Hannah Prigge was named Fresno State's first WAC Champion in swimming and diving. She won the Platform dive with the score of 285.15 at the WAC Championships, which was 13 points higher than the second place finisher. She led the charge all day finishing first in the preliminaries as well.
Fresno State Joins the Mountain West
On July 1, 2012, Fresno State officially became a member of the Mountain West, paving the way for new and enhanced opportunities for both Fresno State Athletics and the University as a whole. The Bulldogs will swim MW opponents: Nevada, San Diego State, and UNLV during the regular season. At the Mountain West Championships the Bulldogs will face all eight MW opponents featuring the rest of the conference foes: Boise State, Colorado State, Wyoming, Air Force and New Mexico.
Bulldogs Blast Through Eight School Records
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.
2011-12 Season Recap
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. They also had two swimmers named CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Honorable Mention All-Americans, Dani Yoho and Michelle Dockendorf.
"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" - Come out to the Fresno State Aquatics Center this Friday, Oct. 12 at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. to watch your Bulldogs swim the Cal Bears and San Jose State Spartans.