Bulldogs Host First of Five Home Dates
    Senior diver Kendra Weeks and the rest of the Bulldog swimmers and divers will compete against Fresno Pacific Oct. 23 at noon.
    Senior diver Kendra Weeks and the rest of the Bulldog swimmers and divers will compete against Fresno Pacific Oct. 23 at noon.

    Oct. 18, 2010

    FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State swimmers and divers return to Fresno for their first of five home competition dates. The `Dogs host cross-town rival Fresno Pacific at the Clovis North Aquatics Center Oct. 23 and events will begin at noon.

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    Scouting Fresno Pacific
    The Sunbirds opened their season at the 4th Annual PCSC Invitational in Riverside, Calif. The invite featured seven NAIA schools and one division one program, Pepperdine. The first day of competition consisted of relays and FPU finished fourth overall. The second day of the PCSC held individual events and the women finished sixth overall. The Sunbirds will be led by Stacy Carter in the individual events.

    Bulldogs Finish Fourth at UOP Invite
    The Fresno State swimming and diving team kicked off the 2010-11 season in Stockton, Calif., competing in the UOP Invite. The two-day event included: Washington State, UOP and BYU of the Mountain West Conference. Freshman Michelle Dockendorf began her collegiate career with an individual win in the 200 Breast along with five other top 10 finishes. Junior Dede Torres swam a lifetime best in the 200 Back, with a time of 2:18.41, improving her time by almost five seconds. "We had some solid swims, " said head coach Jean Fleck. "All-in-all we were a lot faster over the weekend and overall we are a better team."

    Freshman Dockendorf Starts Season Strong
    Michelle Dockendorf (Santa Barbara, Calif.) started her season as a division one student-athlete with an individual win in the 200 Breast with a time of 2:21.79. She scored the most points for the Bulldogs in their fourth place finish as a team (contributing 11 out of 346). Dockendorf placed in the top 10 in six events, including fourth in the 400IM, sixth in the 200 IM and eighth in the 100 Breast. Her 400 IM time tops all current Bulldog times.

    Support Soles4Souls
    The Bulldog swimming and diving team will support the Soles4Souls charity at all home meets. Soles4Souls is a charity that collects new and used shoes and distributes them, free of charge, to people in need. Since 2005, Soles4Souls has given away over 10 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes (currently donating one pair every seven seconds). The shoes have been distributed to people in over 125 countries. The Bulldogs will have a bin set up at all meets for fans can bring shoes to be donated.

    Experience Matters for the 2010-11 Season
    This season marks the third since the programs reinstatement in 2008 and the Bulldogs are looking to make an even bigger splash. This year's team will be lead by two returning seniors: swimmers Cindy Engle and Stephanie Hatayama. The `Dogs return 12 other swimmers and divers to create the most experienced team under head coach Jeanne Fleck. The Bulldogs also add six new student-athletes to the roster.

    Bulldog Freshman Qualified for 2012 Olympic Trials
    Fresno State swimmer Michelle Dockendorf qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trial Standards in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:34.44. The Santa Barbara native competed in the Southern California Junior Olympics in Thousand Oaks, Calif. This was her last competition before she came to Fresno State. Not only did the young swimmer win the competition but her time qualified her for the 2012 Olympic Trial Standards, which is 2:35.99. "It is a great step for Michelle and this program," head Fresno State swimming and diving coach Jeanne Fleck said. "To have an Olympic trial qualifier in the third year of our program is a great boost. We are very excited for Michelle."

    "We Are Your Team!" - The Fresno State Bulldog swimmers and divers go head-to head again Fresno Pacific Oct. 23 at noon. This is the first of two consecutive home events for the Bulldogs, the second being against Nevada Oct. 30. The team competes at Clovis North High School and admission is free.



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