Three Bulldogs earn MW honors
Three members of the Fresno State swimming and diving team were named to the 2017 Mountain West All-Conference Team. Seniors Esme Gullick and Shelbie Holden and sophomore Ugne Mazutaityte were recognized for their performances during the 2017 Mountain West Championships last weekend in College Station, Texas.
Gullick earned honors in the 200 meters individual medley, 400 IM and 200 butterfly. Mazutaityte was named to the all-conference team for the second year in a row for her performance in the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke. Holden, a diver, earned honors for her performance on platform. Holden will compete at NCAA Zone Diving on all three boards on March 6-8.
The team capped its season with record-breaking performances and two athletes winning medals. Mazutaityte took home the gold in the 200 backstroke, and Gullick won the bronze medal in the 200 butterfly. Overall, the team finished in seventh place in the MW Championships. On Day 2 of the competition, Gullick broke the Fresno State record in the 200 IM with a time of 2:01.18. The previous record was 2:01.79 which she had set during the 2016 MW Championships. Mazutaityte broke the Fresno State record in the 100 backstroke on Day 2 which she had previously set with a time of 53.88.
Senior Esme Gullick (left) and sophomore Ugne Mazutaityte earned medals for the Fresno State Swimming and Diving team during the Mountain West Conference Championships last weekend. Mazutaityte took home the gold in the 200 backstroke, and Gullick won the bronze medal in the 200 butterfly. (Courtesy of Fresno State Athletics)
Dung throws no-hitter in Puerto Vallarta
The Fresno State softball team returns home to Margie Wright Diamond on Thursday night after going 2-3 in the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge in Mexico last weekend. The Diamond ’Dogs started the tournament 0-2, losing to Mississippi State 4-1 and Florida Gulf Coast 4-3. The team rebounded to win the next two games, no-hitting Florida Gulf Coast 9-0 in the ’Dogs’ second game against the Eagles and beating Cal State Fullerton 12-11 before falling on the last day to Texas Tech, 6-9.
Sophomore pitcher Kamalani Dung walked three and struck out six in Fresno State’s 9-0 victory over Florida Gulf Coast. Dung is the 21st pitcher in Bulldog history to throw a no-hitter. She is 5-2 on the season, with a 2.12 ERA and 31 strikeouts.
Fresno State sophomore pitcher Kamalani Dung (Christian Ortuno/The Collegian)
Bulldog hoops jockeying for position
The Fresno State women’s basketball team (14-12, 7-8 Mountain West) has lost its last three games, while the men’s team (16-11, 8-7 MW) has won its last two. Before the ’Dogs’ last two wins, the men’s team also found itself in a three-game losing streak.
The women’s team will look to turn things around as it heads closer to Mountain West tournament play. The ’Dogs will play their next two games at home as they take on San Diego State on Wednesday night and Boise State next Tuesday. The team is currently No. 7 in the Mountain West standings.
The men’s team improved its home record to 12-2 with wins over San Jose State and New Mexico. Fresno State’s game against the Spartans saw senior forward Cullen Russo’s return to action after being suspended for a number of games. Russo’s production on the court was much needed after losing fellow senior center Karachi Edo to a right ankle injury, suffered during Fresno State’s quadruple overtime loss at Wyoming. The ’Dogs find themselves at No. 6 in the Mountain West with road games coming up against San Diego State on Wednesday night and Boise State next Tuesday.
Fresno State guard Jaron Hopkins soars through the air for a fast break dunk against New Mexico’s Center, Obij Aget at the Save Mart Center on Feb. 18, 2017. (Khone Saysamongdy/The Collegian)