Broncos Defeat Wisconsin and Hawai'i, Fall to No. 1 USC

HONOLULU-Boise State women's swimming and diving picked up two dual-meet wins Friday, in Honolulu. The Broncos defeated Wisconsin and host Hawai'i and fell to No. 1 USC to finish the day 2-1.

Boise State finished ahead of Wisconsin in seven of the 11 events to win 126-78 in its first dual-meet competition against a Big Ten school. The Broncos won six events against Hawai'i on their way to a 115-89 win, their first duel win in three meetings with the Rainbow Wahine. The top-ranked Trojans won all 11 events against Boise State for a 163-41 victory. Wisconsin was receiving votes in the most recent College Swimming Coaches Association Poll.

Jessica Bottelberghe led the Broncos with a second-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle and a third-place showing in the 200-yard freestyle. Bottelberghe also led off Boise State's third-place 400-yard freestyle relay team.

The sophomore clocked a 52.04 for second in the 100 freestyle, the highest overall finish by any Bronco on the day. In the 200 freestyle Bottelberghe stopped the clock at 1:51.91, behind only a pair of Trojans.

She was joined by Stevie Hughey, Sam Wicks and Sydney Johansen on the 400 freestyle relay, combining for a 3:27.93

Hughey took home a third-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly, her only individual event of the day. Hughey swam a 56.87, ahead of all Badgers and Rainbow Wahine.

Johansen also enjoyed a fast day, individually. She was Boise State's top finisher in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:07.75 for fourth place. Johansen was part of an impressive trio of Broncos in the 100-yard breaststroke. She took seventh in 1:06.63, sandwiched by teammates.

Emily Campbell led the Bronco breaststroke contingent with a sixth-place finish in 1:06.20, while Heather Harper placed eighth with a time of 1:06.74.

Freshman Emri Moore pace Boise State in both distance events. Moore clocked a 10:25.63 in the 1000-yard freestyle for fourth place. She took fifth in the 500-yard freestyle with a 5:06.37. It is the first dual-meet loss of Moore's career in the 500 freestyle.

Freshman Devin Madsen was Boise State's top finisher in the 100-yard backstroke. Madsen took fifth in 57.40.

The Broncos rebounded from a fifth-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay in the meet's first event to improve their dual-meet record to 5-2. The teams swam through gusting winds and intermittent rain at the outdoor aquatic center on the Hawai'i campus.

USC was the overall winner in 10 of the 11 events, with Wisconsin taking first in the 400 freestyle relay.

Boise State's next competition will be a home meet Jan. 19, against Mountain West foe Wyoming at the West Family YMCA. It will also be senior day.


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