'Dogs Swim Strong, Remain In 7th

Nov. 16, 2012


By Kelly Mason

FRESNO, Calif. --- The Bulldogs were quick off the blocks on day with many swimmers and a diver advancing to the finals in multiple events. The 'Dogs, with 82 points, remain in seventh place at the conclusion of day two.

"Overall we had a really, really great day," said head swimming and diving coach Jeanne Fleck. "We are just swimming so well, and this invitational has been very competitive. We are swimming a bunch of teams we haven't swum before and it is so great for the girls to swim against other swimmers, as well as some of the Olympians that are here."

Day two kicked off with the 200 medley relay where the Bulldogs clocked in with a 1:45.01 (Alex Madsen, Britney Vogel, Rayanne Nguyen, Dani Yoho). They placed 14th out of 36 teams in the first race.

Next up was the 400 IM where Brittany Buna led the Bulldogs with a time of 4:25.33, a season best for her. In the 100 butterfly senior Rayanne Nguyen raced with a quick time of 58.55.

The 'Dogs had a great showing in the 100 breaststroke qualifying three girls for the finals: Vogel, Sarah Pino and Haley Washburn. Vogel came in 16th with a season best time of 1:04.27.

The 200 freestyle was a solid race for Lucy Titchin as she swam in at 1:52.96, being the fastest 200 free Bulldog in the pool.

Madsen had another speedy day in the pool racing a lifetime, best time of 55.83 in the 100 backstroke. She finished 10th in the race earning the top finish for a backstroke Bulldog.

Another highlight of day two, was the American record breaking 100 breaststroke race by Texas A&Ms Breeja Larson. She swam the race with a final time of 57.53, winning the race and setting a new American record.

"Being able to see Bree set a new American record was such an awesome thing to experience," said Fleck. "It is so great for our team to swim against the Olympians and it's a fun environment to compete at."

Junior Hannah Prigge had another outstanding day of the springboards placing 10th in the 1-meter out of over 60 divers. She scored a 256.05 in the prelims and a 243.60 in the finals.

"Hannah has had a really great invite so far," said Fleck. "She has done very well on both boards and hasn't even competed in her best dive yet, the platform."

The Bulldogs will conclude the three-day Phill Hansel Invitational tomorrow starting with prelim races at 8 a.m. and the finals starting at 4 p.m.

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