Fresno State roundup: Locals lift Cal golfers at tourney, 'Dogs in 13th

The Fresno BeeFebruary 19, 2014 

Cal's Michael Weaver and Pace Johnson, a pair of former Clovis West High stars, posted top-10 opening rounds Wednesday as the Golden Bears took a seven-stroke lead after day 1 of the John Burns Intercollegiate at Wailua Golf Course in Lihue, Hawaii.

Arizona's Erik Oja is atop the leaderboard at 8-under 64, three strokes ahead of Cal's Joel Stalter.

Weaver was tied for fifth after a 70 and Johnson shared 10th after a 71. Fresno State's Nate Jessup and Troix Tonkham are tied for 18th after rounds of 72.

Cal — ranging from Nos. 2-4 in the various national collegiate golf rankings, is at 10-under 278 as a team, with Arizona (285), Texas A&M (286), Brigham Young (287) and New Mexico (288) round out the top five. Fresno State is tied for 13th in the 16-team field at 296.

Bulldogs win in tennis

Sai Kartik Nakireddi and freshman John Darmstaedter beat Pacific's Sem Verbeek and Migual Diaz 8-4 at No. 1 doubles to launch Fresno State's 6-1 men's tennis win over Pacific at the Wathen Center.

Ethan Lopez and Nikolas Papic followed with an 8-2 win over Ben Mirkin and Denis Stolyarov to lock up the doubles point.

Bulldogs equestrian team to honor seniors

Eight seniors will be honored as the Fresno State equestrian team hosts No. 2 Baylor and Southern Methodist this weekend — the Bulldogs' first matches since November and their only ones at home.

Competition begins at 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday at the Student Horse Center. The seniors are Belle Calkin, Dayle Fischer, Hannah Flammang, Rio Haack, Whitney Kittle, Sonya Koch, Chelsie Stone and Shauna Woodward. Their ceremony is set for Saturday.

Fresno State starts slowly at MWC swimming and diving meet

Fresno State's Lucy Titchin, Kelly Simmons, Esme Gullick and Crystal Fuller finished eighth in the 800 free relay in 7:22.76, the Bulldogs' best placing on day 1 of the Mountain West Conference swimming and diving championships in San Antonio, Texas.

Hanna Prigge won the B final and placed ninth overall in the 1-meter dive to help the Bulldogs score 50 points, last in the 10-team event. Nevada leads at 107.

The tournament runs through Saturday at the Palo Alto College Aquatic Center.


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