FRESNO, California, January 4. CALIFORNIA State University Bakersfield rebounded from a loss against San Jose State yesterday to top Fresno State this afternoon by a final of 169.5-130.5. Michaela Paige and Paola Hernandez won three individual events each for the Roadrunners, while Hailee Baldwin and Hannah Prigge picked up two individual wins for the Bulldogs.
CSU Bakersfield Press Release
Michaela Paige (So. Lompoc, Calif., Cabrillo HS) and Paola Hernandez (Fr., Lompoc, Calif., Cabrillo HS each won three individual events and combined on a winning relay to lead Bakersfield past Fresno State 169.5-130.5 in a women’s swimming dual Saturday.
Paige was victorious in the 100 free (:52.11), 200 free (1:51.95), and the 500 free (5:06.13). Hernandez won the 100 back (:58.58), 200 back (2:05.43), and 200 IM (2:08.77).
Paige led off the 200 free relay before handing off to Lauren Kaufman (Jr. Renton, Wash., TCU). Kelsey Lange (So. San Jose, Calif., Santa Teresa HS) was on the third leg before giving way to Hernandez on the anchor. The team posted a time of 1:36.12 to win the race.
Delise Batiza (Jr. San Ramon, Calif., Oregon State) won the 200 butterfly (2:08.04) and the 1000 free (10:37.13). Batiza was second in the 500 free (5:14.26).
Nicolette Goncalves (So., Mississauga, Ontario, Erindale Secondary School) took first place in the 100 butterfly (:57.47). She was second in the 200 IM (2:09.87).
Saturday’s dual marked the first time Bakersfield defeated Fresno State has defeated the Bulldogs in a dual since the Roadrunners moved to Division I.
“We knew we could count on Michaela Paige, Delise Batiza and Paola Hernandez as we always do,” said Bakersfield director of swimming & diving Chris Hansen. “However, the best part of today was Nicolette Goncalves, Dylana Milobar, Lucy Sanderson, Jeanette Dove, Felicia Zamora along with Kelsey Lange and Lauren Kaufman all swam their best meet to date. This was not the Batiza, Paige, Hernandez show this was the CSUB show. That is how we beat teams like Fresno State! This is by far the most proud I have been of the women since taking over the women. Today we saw the future of this team!”
The Roadrunners return to the pool next Saturday for a quad featuring Bakersfield, Loyola Marymount, Alaska-Fairbanks, and UC San Diego. The gun goes off at 12 p.m.
Fresno State Press Release
The Fresno State swimming and diving team entered Saturday’s dual meet against Bakersfield as winners of four straight meets. That streak came to an end as the Roadrunners pulled away for a 143.5-120.5 win over the Bulldogs at the Aquatics Center.
“I was a little disappointed today,” Fresno State head coach Jeanne Fleck said. “I don’t think we were ready to race.”
Bakersfield won 10 of the 16 events from the Bulldogs on their win the dual win. The Roadrunners had been coming off a loss to Mountain West Conference member San Jos? State on Friday afternoon.
Hailee Baldwin and Hannah Prigge provided the highlight of the day for Fresno State. The duo each won multiple events. Baldwin, a freshman from Turlock, won the 100 and 200 Breaststroke events. She also was a part of the winning 200 Medley Relay team. Prigge, a senior from Rocklin, won both the 1 Meter and 3 Meter Diving events. She scored 324.20 in the 1 Meter and then a 317.78 in the 3 Meter.
“It was our first week back from winter training so I was really excited to get back into the pool for a competition,” Prigge said. “Today felt like a really good meet for me.”
Sophomore Leah Hatayama won the 50 Freestyle race with a time of 23.92 seconds. She also swam anchor on the winning 200 Medley Relay team in the opening event of the meet.
The team will be back in action next weekend. Divers will head to Los Angeles for the UCLA Diving Invitational January 10-12 and the swimmers will head north to Davis for a dual meet with the Aggies of UC Davis on Saturday, January 11 at 12 p.m.