Funk, Mazutaityte, Mendolicchio Lead Fresno State Past Bakersfield

by SwimSwam 0

December 09th, 2018 College, NCAA Division I Mid-Major

Fresno State at Cal State Bakersfield

  • Dec. 7-8, 2018
  • Results
  • Fresno State def. CSUB 155.5 to 125.5

Courtesy: Fresno State Athletics

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Diver Kelli Funk and swimmers Ugne Mazutaityte and Manuela Mendolicchio each won two events to lead Fresno State to a 155.5-125.5 victory over rival CSU Bakersfield on Friday and Saturday. The diving events took place on Friday while the swimming events were held on Saturday.

Funk won both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving competitions while Mazutaityte won both backstroke races and Mendolicchio claimed both the 100 and 200 breaststroke. Fresno State picked up its fourth straight dual win, improving to 4-1 in duals this year, and defeated CSU Bakersfield for the fourth consecutive season.

Swimming Highlights

  • Mazutaityte opened the meet with a win in the 100 Back, touching at 57.10, while teammate Stephanie Bartel was just behind in second place and Emma Monnich was fourth. The ‘Dogs had the top-four finishers in the 200 Back with Mazutaityte winning in 2:03.27 followed by Emily Cutler in second, Bartel third, and Monnich fourth.
  • Mendolicchio claimed the 100 Breast in 1:04.59 and won the 200 Breast with a time of 2:17.77. Teammate Lucy Davies placed third in both breaststroke events, and in the 200 IM Mendolicchio placed second and Davies was third.
  • Freshman Brenda Diaz Martinez was the winner in the 500 Free in 5:03.23 and Darina Khisiamova was third. Khisiamova was the top Bulldog in the 1000 Free, placing second with a career-best time of 10:23.07
  • In the 200 Fly, Bulldog senior Gabbie Libang and CSU Bakersfield’s Maddie Cosgrove tied for first with both touching at 2:06.21. Patricia Lucas was third in the 200 Fly, and in the 100 Fly Kimberly Harbert finished in second place, Libang was third, and Lucas was fourth.
  • In the short freestyle races, Cutler placed second and Zofia Niemczak was third in the 200 Free, Osianna Mcreed took third in the 50 Free, and Tonya Guryeva was the top Bulldog in the 100 Free in fourth place.
  • Fresno State had the second and third-place teams in the 400 Free Relay.

Diving Highlights

  • Funk swept the diving competitions for the third time in duals this season. Teammate Irina Nikolaeva was second on both boards as each team had two divers competing on Friday.
  • On 1-meter, Funk earned the victory with a score of 260.33 to narrowly beat Nikolaeva, who was less than one point behind with a 259.80. Neither CSUB diver topped 190.
  • Funk took the win on 3-meter scoring 276.53 and Nikolaeva totaled 225.15 for second place. The two Roadrunner divers both scored under 158.


Head Coach Jeanne Fleck
“It wasn’t a pretty win but it was a win. We got back to work this week and we had some people really step up. Ugne had a really good meet, Manuela had a good meet, and Darina and Tonya had some great season bests. We’ll get back to work now and get ready for January.”

What’s Next

Fresno State will begin the new year in Southern California with duals at San Diego State on Friday, Jan. 11, and at San Diego on Saturday, Jan. 12.

Courtesy: Cal State Bakersfield Athletics

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The CSU Bakersfield women’s swimming and diving team won eight events during Saturday’s dual competition against Fresno State at the John S. Hillman Memorial Aquatic Center, but came up just and falling 155.5-125.5.

“We really, really raced well,” said CSUB Director of Swimming Chris Hansen.  “That was a closer meet than I thought we were going to have.  Sabrina Zavala was the stud of the day.  I’m really excited.  We had a really good UNLV Invite and we bounced back today and raced really well.  I just need the mentality of the whole team to be the same as our top-notch kids.”

Zavala was victorious in the 1,000-yard freestyle in the day’s fourth event, swimming a season best and touching the wall nearly 3.5 seconds in front of her closest competitor (10:19.43).  The senior also took second in the 500 free (5:03.69).

After being named Western Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Week for the second time this season, freshman Autumn D’Arcy continued her momentum today, winning the 50 free (24.16), the 100 free (51.85) and the 100 butterfly (56.12). D’Arcy also lead off the 400 free relay and teamed up with Abigail Abshire, Maddie Cosgrove and Alisa Cooke to earn first place (3:30.89).

Cosgrove added two first-place individual finishes.  The junior claimed the 200 free (1:54.07) and tied with Fresno State’s Gabbie Libang for the top time in the 200 fly (2:06.21).  Her classmate Jayssie Haynes had a first-place finish of her own in the 200 individual medley (2:06.38).

Abshire contributed two second-place efforts to the `Runner cause.  She finished just behind D’Arcy in the 50 free (24.24) and 100 free (52.45).

Both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will be back in action at the John S. Hillman Memorial Aquatic Center on Wednesday, December 19 at 12:00 p.m. when they host UNLV.

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