Fresno State Ends Quad Meet With Wins Over UCSC And UOP

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November 14th, 2016 College, NCAA Division I Mid-Major

Meet Stats

  • Complete results
  • Hosted by Fresno State
  • November 12, 2016
  • Score
    • Fresno State 149, UOP 126
    • Fresno State 245, UCSC 39
    • FPU 152, Fresno State 141
    • UOP 233, UCSC 51
    • UOP 156, FPU 136
    • FPU 239, UCSC 57

Press Release

Courtesy of Fresno State Athletics

FRESNO, Calif. – Fresno State women’s swim team hosted a quad-meet in the Aquatic Center Saturday afternoon. Fresno Pacific, University of the Pacific and UC Santa Cruz competed in the meet. The meet was scored as a triple-dual meet. Fresno State defeated UOP 149-126 and defeated UCSC 245-39. Fresno State fell to FPU 152-141.

“We competed without our divers today and that hurt us,” said head coach Jeanne Fleck. “One of our swimmers stepped up and dove for us even though she’s never dove in a meet before. We swam really well today but we just didn’t get it done against FPU.”

Freshman Claire Brooks was the lone diver for the Bulldogs, she placed third on the 1-Meter.

The Bulldogs were led by underclassmen Manuela Mendolicchio, Ugne Mazutaityte and Natalia Nienaltowska.

Freshman Manuela Mendolicchio remains undefeated in the 100 Breaststroke this season with a time of 1:03.05. She also remains undefeated in the 200 Breaststroke with a time of 2:15.24. Mendolicchio led the Bulldogs in the 100 IM with a fifth place finish (1:00.50).

Sophomore Ugne Mazutaityte remains undefeated this season in the 200 Backstroke (1:59.06). She also took first place in the 100 Backstroke with a time of 56.83. The sophomore finished in first place for the Bulldogs in the 500 Freestyle with a time of 5:01.25.

Freshman Natalia Nienaltowska continues to be strong in the freestyle for the Bulldogs taking second place in the 1000 Freestyle (10:25.19). Vanessa Dugan (10:36.71) and Emily Niles (10:38.58) followed closely behind in third and fourth place. Nienaltowska led Fresno State in the 500 Freestyle with a fourth place finish (5:07.28).

As for the 200 Butterfly, Freshman Kimberly Harbert took second place with a time of 2:06.66. Nienaltowska finished in third place (2:07.59) and Senior Esme Gullick finished fourth (2:08.56)

In the 100 Butterfly, Gabbie Libang (57.69) finished third followed by Harbert in fourth (58.23).

Senior Hannah Jarvis led the Bulldogs in the 50 Freestyle with a third place finish (24.09).

In the 200 Medley Relay, Fresno State’s team of Mazuataityte, Mendolicchio, Gullick and Jarvis took third place (1:46.55).

The relay team of Katelin Britton, Casey Kennemann, Jarvis and Nienaltowska led the Bulldogs in the 400 Freestyle Relay with a third place finish (3:35.77). Samantha Giannetta, Kelly Simmons, Tarryn Rennie and Harbert took fourth place with a time of 3:38.14.

The Bulldogs look forward to competing in the A3 Invitational in Los Angeles Nov. 17-19.

“We’re looking to compete against some of the best teams in California next weekend and break some school records,” Fleck said. “This is a huge tune-up invitational before the conference championship.”

Fresno State will return home on Jan. 21 against California State University, East Bay at 12 p.m. PT in the Aquatics Center.

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Press Release

Courtesy of UOP Athletics

Fresno, Calif. – In their first dual road meet of the season, the Pacific Tigers took second in the men’s events and third in the women’s with diving points included.  Pacific had at least one swimmer or team in the top three in all but three of the 29 swimming events.  For the women, it was eight wins in 14 events.

Kenna Ramey continued a strong junior season with wins in the 50 Free and the 100 IM as well as a third-place finish in the 100 Free.  Ramey swam a 23.64 in the 50 Free and a 58.18 in the 100 IM.  In the 100 Free, Ramey’s 52.56 put her behind teammate Vaiva Gimbutyte, who won the event with a 52.12.  Gimbutyte also took second in the 100 Fly with a time of 56.72.

Mitchell Ongstad won the 50 Free for the men with a 20.60 as well as the 100 Free with a 45.61.  He was one of many successful men on the day as the Tigers “really dominated” in the words of Head Coach Peter Richardson.  In addition to Ongstad’s two wins, the men picked up wins in the 1000 Free, the 200 Free, the 100 Back, the 200 Fly, the 200 Back, the 500 Free, the 100 Fly, and the 100 IM.

Curtis Klein was particularly successful for the men as he won the 1000 Free (9:53.79), the 200 Back (1:54.91), and the 500 Free (4:48.29).  He was also a part of Pacific’s 200 Medley Relay team, which won the event with a 1:33.70 thanks to Ongstad, Angel Alcala, Brendan Reno, and Stewart Harrison.

The Tigers won all four relays on the day.  In addition to that men’s 200 Medley win, the women won the 200 Medley thanks to Isabella Green, Semaj Walker, Ramey, and Gimbutyte, who swam a 1:45.11.  The women’s 400 Free Relay team of Becca Aguilar, Taylor Hosmer, Meredith Lillie, and Jillian Hatch won with a time of 3:31.57.

Pacific’s men’s 400 Free Relay team also won their event with a 3:04.46.  That team consisted of Georan Meendering, Miles MacKenzie, Klein, and Ongstad.

Jared Vu won the 200 Fly with a 1:54.57 and the 100 IM with a 51.35 to bring the Tigers two more wins.  He also managed a third-place finish in 100 Fly with his 51.47 time.

Green had a second-place time of 57.76 in the 100 Back to pick up some points for the women’s team.  The sophomore also had a second-place finish in the 200 Back (2:05.52).

Pacific is next in action in December, travelling to Las Vegas for the three-day UNLV Invite which will begin at December 1.

Make sure to follow Pacific swim on Twitter with the username @PacTigersH2O and on Instagram at pacificswimteam.

Press Release

Courtesy of UCSC Athletics

FRESNO (11-12) – UC Santa Cruz took part in the Bulldog Invitational in their second event of the 2016-17 season. The event took place at Fresno State University in Fresno. Their opponents included two NCAA Division I schools and one NCAA Division II school.

In the men’s competition, the Banana Slugs had competitors finish in the top ten in fifteen of the sixteen events that took place and in seven of those events, the Banana Slugs had competitors finish in the top five. Individually, Eli Cirino (one meter and three-meter diving) had the best individual finish for the Banana Slugs as he finished second. As a team, the Banana Slugs’ best finish was in the 400-yard freestyle relay as they finished fourth.

The women’s team had participants finish in the top ten in eight of the sixteen events that took place and in two of those events, the Banana Slugs finished twice in the top five. Individually, Aya Yoneda had the best finish for the Banana Slugs as she finished second in the one meter and three-meter diving events. As a team, the best finish for the Banana Slugs was seventh in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

The next time the Banana Slugs will hit the pool will be Friday as they take on Colorado College at UCSC Aquatics Center in Santa Cruz.

Press Release

Courtesy of PFU Athletics

RESNO, Calif. – The Fresno Pacific women’s swimming & diving team defeated Fresno State for the first time in program history on Saturday. The women and the men were also competing against University of the Pacific and UC Santa Cruz at the Fresno State Aquatics Center.

The women downed the Bulldogs 152-141 in the dual meet and also defeated UCSC 239-57, while Pacific earned a 156-136 victory over the Sunbirds. The men earned a dominating 233-61 win over the Banana Slugs, but fell to the Tigers 169-124.

“Obviously it was a huge day for our women,” said head coach Josh Christensen. “We knew what we needed to do and the ladies came through in a big way. Beating a Mountain West team says a lot about the level of program we’re becoming.”

Bavindeep Basra, Daria Belova and freshman Laura Fornshell led the way for the Sunbirds. All three earned victories on the day.

Basra won the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:05.19 and was third in the 100 IM at 59.68. The junior was just off her PR in the 200 fly and her time marked an NCAA B-cut.

Belova was victorious in the 100 butterfly with a touch of 56.45, was second in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:04.48 (B-cut) and also took second in the 100 IM at 58.50.

Fornshell won the 1000 freestyle in dominating fashion at 10:18.73, which was good for a new FPU record and a B-cut.  She also placed third in the 500 free with a time of 5:03.17 (B-cut) and took fourth in the 200 free with a time of 1:55.32.

Olivia Hynes provided the Sunbirds with a solid swim in the 50 freestyle, touching at 23.96 for a PR, an NCAA B-cut and a second-place finish. Samantha Woo placed second in the 100 free at 52.50, while Olga Melnikova was third in the 100 backstroke at 59.76.

The 200 medley relay of Basra, Belova, Madison McGinnis and Hynes took second with a time of 1:45.27 (B-cut), while the 400 free relay of Woo, Fornshell, Meghan Go and Hynes was second at 3:32.15.

“Daria, Bavi, Olivia, and Sammie really lead the way,” noted Christensen. “They’ve grown so much as leaders and it’s really starting to pay off competitively. Seeing Laura step up the way she did, as a freshman, is really exciting. Breaking a school record in a practice suit is a big deal.”

For diving, Paige Le won the 1-meter event with a score of 147.85 and Leanna Wiens won the 3-meter event with 140.50 points. Both provided important points for the Sunbirds.

On the boards for the men, Duston Gragg took the win in the 1-meter diving event with a score of 298.80 and also won the 3-meter with 375.65 points.

“We’ve shown significant growth in our diving program, Duston is obviously the leader and he was excellent today,” said Christensen. “Paige, as a freshman, is only going to improve for our ladies. I’m excited to see Teresa continue to grow the diving program.”

On the men’s swimming side, Maxim Shcherbakov continued his dominance in the breaststroke events to pick up two wins and Collin Moore was impressive in multiple for the Sunbirds.

Shcherbakov won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 54.44 (B-cut), while Matheus Misquito touched at 56.41 in second and Alex Shibata came in at 58.86 in third. Shcherbakov also won the 200 breaststroke at 2:02.12 and was second in the 100 IM with a time of 53.09.

Moore placed second in the 1000 free at 9:57.04, while teammate Michael Chiodo took third with a touch of 10:00.62. Moore also took second in the 200 fly at 1:56.83 and second in the 500 free with a time of 4:48.56.

Other strong swims came from Austin Hussain, who finished second in the 200 free with a touch of 1:43.65, Kyle Jones, who finished second in the 200 backstroke at 1:56.33 and was third in the 100 backstroke at 53.50, and Luka Barisic, who placed third in the 50 free at 21.31.

For the relays, the men’s 200 medley relay of Barisic, Shcherbakov, Moore and Hussain placed second with a touch of 1:33.71.

“The men were really solid across the board,” said Christensen. “We lost three very close races at the start of the meet and we need to learn to win those. That being said, we’re showing great progression as we move through the season. We should be in good position for some fast swimming in three weeks at the UNLV invite.”

The Sunbirds will compete next at the UNLV Invite on Dec. 1-3 in Las Vegas.

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