Fresno State swim and dive competes at the national level


Courtesy of Fresno State Athletics

Diver Silvia Alessio at the Mountain West Championships in February.

By Valentina Saldaña, Sports Editor

The Fresno State swim and dive team sent some ‘Dogs competing on the national stage this past week. Senior Silvia Alessio and freshman Grace Ally competed at the NCAA Zone E Diving Championships at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Washington, hosted by the University of Utah. 

Six others headed to Elkhart, Indiana, for the CSCAA National Invitational Championship, which was hosted at the Beacon Health Elkhart Aquatic Center.

NCAA Zone E Diving Championships (March 6-8)

Ally and Alessio qualified through their performances at the Mountain West Championships that were held in February. The Zone E competitions included the 3-meter and 1-meter dive and platform events. Alessio competed on all boards, and Ally competed only on the platform. 

Other conferences that competed included schools from the Mountain West, Pac-12, Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, Western Athletic Conference, Pacific Collegiate Swim and Dive Conference and Summit. 

Ally earned 13th, with a score of 232.80, in the platform prelims on Tuesday while Alessio placed 23rd, with a score of 205.10. 

Ally then went on to the platform finals where she earned 14th place, with a score of 479.90. 

Alessio earned 22nd in the 3-meter prelims and 35th in the 1-meter prelims. 

National Invitational Championship (March 9-11)

Representing the Bulldogs at the championships was Korrie Tengan, Cheyanne Summers, Aliz Kalmar, Mackenzie Hutler, Laura Kalmar and Julia Matney. 

Hutler placed 15th in the 50-meter butterfly finals, with a time of 24.90, on day one. On that same day, freshman Aliz Kalmar swam a time of 28.47 in the 50-meter breaststroke finals, earning 13th place. 

The 400 medley relay team placed 18th, with a time of 3:47.36. The group consisted of Summers, Matney, Hutler and Aliz Kalmar. 

On day two, Aliz Kalmar once again made it to the finals but this time for the 100-meter breastroke event. She placed 11th, swimming a time of 1:01.71.

On day three, Hutler placed 34th, with a time of 2:04.62, and Tengan earned 38th, clocking in at a time of 2:04.82, in the 200-meter butterfly event. 

Aliz Kalmar earned a top 10 spot sitting at 8th in the 200-meter butterfly prelims, after swimming a time of 2:14.79.

With those finishes, the ‘Dogs wrapped the tournament and finished as the 41st team in the tournament. With those performances the ‘Dogs closed off the 2022-23 season.