Yoho Wins 50 Free On Day 1

Oct. 12, 2012


By Kelly Mason


FRESNO, Calif. - On Friday afternoon the air was brisk, the National Anthem played and the swimming began. The Early Bird Invite featured the Cal Bears, San Jose State Spartans and the Fresno State Bulldogs at the Fresno State Aquatics Center. Day one of the two-day event consisted of six events: 200 Medley Relay, 500 Freestyle, 200 IM, 50 Freestyle, 800 Freestyle and the 1-meter dive.

"We had some solid swims, and overall our team raced really well," said head swimming and diving coach Jeanne Fleck. "The 50 free was a stellar race and I am really proud of Dani [Yoho] for winning it. Two of our divers [Luke and Prigge] qualified for Zones today and that was great!"

At the first Fresno State swimming and diving meet of the 2012-13 season, senior Dani Yoho came out blazing winning the 50 freestyle race with the time of 23.41, setting a new pool record and meet record.

"Setting the new pool record today was pretty exciting," said senior Yoho. "My goal for the race was to really focus on the little things that I did wrong last season. It ended up working out great for me and swimming that time this early in the season is definitely a good sign."

The divers really showcased their skills at the first meet of the season tallying up scores in the 1-meter that qualified them for Zones. Senior Stacey Luke had a final score with a 266.18 landing her a first place finish. Junior Hannah Prigge scored a 265.13 taking second in the event.

"It was pretty impressive for Stacey and Hannah to come out today and qualify for Zones in the 1-meter diving," said head diving coach Taryn Patrick. "For them to start of the season with qualifying scores is great and that will continue to build their confidence as they continue this year."

The Bulldogs kicked off the meet with the 200 Medley relay finishing fifth with the time of 1:47.48. Fresno State's top finisher in the 500 freestyle was sophomore Lucy Titchin placing 11th with a time of 5:14.59. Junior Michelle Dockendorf was the fastest Bulldog in the 200 IM clocking in at 2:13.02. The 800 freestyle relay was the final event on day one, and the Bulldogs swam a time of 8:00.93.

"I am pretty happy with day one of competition today," said head swimming and diving coach Jeanne Fleck. "I think we walked in a little scared, but then we started racing and we did some great things! We did a good job with race strategy and I am really proud that we worked on the strategy in this early season."

"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" - The Bulldogs return for the second day of action at the Early Bird Invite Saturday morning at 10 a.m.