Time to Shine: A Swimmer Strives For the Top
    Dani Yoho is the fastest 50 free swimmer in Fresno State's history.
    Dani Yoho is the fastest 50 free swimmer in Fresno State's history.

    Dec. 13, 2012

    By Kelly Mason
    kelbel2@mail.fresnostate.edu
    GoBulldogs.com

    FRESNO, Calif. - She's a team player, a motivated competitor and she is ready to make this senior year the best!

    Yoho, a native of Sugar Land, Texas, was part of head swimming and diving coach Jeanne Fleck's first recruiting class. She came in with a lot of potential and was part of the original team that restarted the Fresno State women's swimming and diving program again in 2009. Now after three years of collegiate experience, Yoho feels better than ever before.

    "I feel much more experienced going into my senior season," said Yoho. "I finally feel like I know what I'm doing and I've learned a lot through the previous seasons about my swims. I feel like I'm now mature enough as a swimmer to understand and make those corrections."

    She's determined to work as hard as she can to have the best senior season she can. With that Yoho has set three main goals she wants to accomplish this season that would really place her as one of the most prestigious swimmers in Fresno State history.

    "My goals for this season are to be undefeated in the 50 free, break the Fresno State school record I set in the 50 free and make it to the NCAA National Championships," said Yoho. "I have been incredibly motivated this season and have a fire in me to ensure that when I look back on my swimming career I know that it's something I'm proud of."

    Yoho has a natural competitive fire when she swims but she also uses past successes to get motivated. She lives for the races, for swimming fast and strives for that feeling of accomplishment when she's done well.

    "My motivation comes from different things depending on my mood," said Yoho. "Sometimes I'll think about some songs or something I'm studying, but my main motivation is thinking about the feeling I get when I break a record, win an important race or think of my goals. Thinking of that makes me strive to go that extra mile and use everything I have even when it gets tough."

     

     

    Yoho currently holds the Fresno State school record in the 50 free (22.87), 100 free (50.20), and the 200 (1:33.70) and 400 (3:24.77) freestyle relay and the 200 (1:42.91) and 400 (3:49.66) medley relay. Each year she has made tremendous improvements in the pool and her senior season is one she has been preparing for.

    Over the summer Yoho competed in the 2012 Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb. It was her first Trials experience and something that she feels really helped her develop as a swimmer.

    "I feel as though trials gave me a lot of confidence, I started swimming later than most people in the sport, so having the opportunity to compete with the best made me feel like I belong up there," said Yoho. "I have noticed now when I race I'm not as nervous as I used to be, I trust in myself as a competitor more than ever and believe I can do anything I put my mind to."

    Yoho is a selfless swimmer who swims the best she can to contribute to the team and has a team goal to finish at the top of the Mountain West Conference.

    "When I swim, I swim for my team," said Yoho. "I do and I give everything I can to make sure that I am contributing to them as much as possible."

    Reflecting on what swimming has done for Yoho, she described it as a life learning experience.

    "Swimming here has taught me how to always strive to be your best as a person," said Yoho. "My coaches strive to teach us life lessons as well as swimming ones and I feel that by doing that we have developed so much as individuals which shines through when we compete."

    "Discover Fresno State Athletics!" - Come celebrate Yoho and the seniors (Jen Hicks, Stacey Luke, Rayanne Nguyen, Sarah Pino and Britney Vogel) at the Fresno State Aquatics Center on Saturday, Jan. 26 at noon for Senior Day as they swim UC Davis.

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