Oct. 31, 2013
By: Andrew Rich
By: Andrew Rich
FRESNO, Calif. -- The Fresno State swimming and diving team will compete in their first dual meet of the year on Saturday, November 2 when they travel to Reno to take on Mountain West foe Nevada. Competition starts on Saturday afternoon at 11 a.m.
This will be the first meet since the `Dogs got off to a strong start to the season with their showing at the Bulldog Invitational three weeks ago. Fresno State scored 765.5 points to hold off San Jose State by 14.5 points and finish in second. That time off has given the `Dogs a chance to continue training and working toward their long-term goals.
"We're staying on track for our end of the year goals, but we are also focusing on some speed," head coach Jeanne Fleck said. "We had been doing a lot of endurance before (the Bulldog Invitational), so we've been sharpening up our speed."
This will be the first of six dual meets that Fresno State will compete in this season. A goal coming into this season was to be more competitive in the dual meet format so that it can lead to better performances as the season builds. Going against another Mountain West opponent will allow the team to see more of what they will face in February at the MW Championships.
"The better we swim every weekend at meets, the better we are going to be in the end," Fleck said. "We have done some team sets that show us that we are on track because we look really good."
Senior diver Hannah Prigge, the lone NCAA-qualifier returning to the team this season, will again be counted on to have a strong performance in the dive portion of the meet. She will be going up against a talented group of Nevada divers on Saturday, but is coming off a personal-best in the 1-meter dive at the season-opening Bulldog Invitational.
Distance swimming Kelly Simmons will be another Bulldog that will be counted on to build on her strong start. The sophomore from San Jose set a personal-best in the 500 Freestyle, topping her previous time by six seconds. Her 5:05.91 currently ranks tenth in the Mountain West.
"We're hoping that Kelly can keep that streak going and we think she will because she has been training really well lately," Fleck said.
Freshman Hailee Baldwin was the lone Fresno State swimmer to win an event at the Bulldog Invitational. She won the 200 Breaststroke in 2:20.95 and that time ranks her third in the Mountain West in that event.
The trip to Reno will also provide the `Dogs with the challenge of swimming at high elevation. It is an adjustment that will have to be made quickly in order to swim well against a Nevada team that already has a dual meet win over Pacific under their belts.
"We're going up in altitude which in swimming is a tough road to haul, but I think our girls are in the mindset of it doesn't matter what our time are, it's just we need to get in and race," Fleck said.
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