Broncos Down Wyoming on Senior Day

BOISE, Idaho- Boise State women's swimming and diving earned 12 event wins on its way to a 192-108 victory against Wyoming Saturday, at the West Family YMCA and Boise Aquatic Center. Ciera Cortney broke the school record in winning the three-meter diving event. Rachel Heaney bettered her own pool record in the 200-yard butterfly.

Heaney dominated the field in her marquee event, posting a 2:01.61 and winning by more than three and a half seconds. She previously set the West YMCA record Dec. 15, against BYU. Cortney opened the meet with a steady performance on the higher springboard to score 306.75, the best score in any meet in Boise State history.

Jessica Bottelberghe and Devin Madsen each won two individual events to take home individual high-point honors. Bottelberghe touched the wall first in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle events clocking a 51.37 and a 1:51.01, respectively.

Madsen ran away with both backstroke events, narrowly missing pool records in each. She won the 100-yard race in 56.22, less than a tenth slower than her own facility mark. The freshman took the 200-yard backstroke by nearly four seconds in 2:01.86. That time was less than half a second off a 15-year-old pool record.

The Broncos did beak the pool record in the 200-yard medley relay for the second time this season. The team of Bottelberghe, Sydney Johansen, Stevie Hughey and Sam Wicks clocked a 1:43.63 to win the event and shave one tenth of a second off the mark set by the same quartet Dec. 15, against BYU.

Saturday marked the final home meet for five Boise State seniors. With the win against the Cowgirls, Jennifer Cahill, Shanelle Choi, Hughey, Lexi Pfeiffer and Christine Raininger finish their careers undefeated at home and improve to 37-8 overall in dual meets during their time as Broncos.

Pfeiffer closed her senior day meet with a win in one-meter diving, scoring a career-best 274.05 She finished second on three-meter behind Cortney's all-time best.

Hughey won the 100-yard butterfly for her second time this season, stopping the clock at 56.29. She also placed third in the 50-yard freestyle with a 23.79. Finishing right behind her in second in the butterfly race was Heaney at 57.16.

Freshman Emri Moore was Boise State's top distance swimmer on the day. Moore won the 500-yard freestyle for the fifth time in her young career with a 5:03.88. She took second in the 1650-yard freestyle in 17:26.30, the fastest mile time in a dual meet in school history.

Emily Campbell enjoyed a strong meet in the breaststroke events. Campbell won the 100-yard race and took second in the 200-yard event. Her winning time of 1:04.91 barely edged out Johansen's 1:04.96 in the 100. Junior Chelsea Miller grabbed the win in the 200-yard race in 2:18.96, just in front of Campbell's 2:19.40.

Wicks took second in both of her individual events, in addition to anchoring the record-breaking 200 medley relay team. The freshman was runner up in the 100-yard backstroke (57.65) and 50-yard freestyle (23.67).

Brooke Balogh was runner-up twice and just missed a third second-place finish by one one-hundredth of a second. Balogh was second in the 200-yard freestyle (1:53.86) and the 400-yard individual medley (4:29.51). She finished third in the 200-yard backstroke with a 2:05.28, behind second place by the narrowest of margins.

Wyoming's Nicole Hlavacek, Morgan Hartigan and Jessy Badaracco (400 individual medley) took home individual event wins. The Cowgirls also picked first-place points in the 400-yard freestyle relay after Boise State was disqualified for swimming out of order.

The meet also featured the Big Splash event, with three members of the Boise State football team taking part in an exhibition diving competition. Corey Bell garnered 10.5's from two judges with a front three and a half to barely outscore Charles Leno, Jr.'s belly flop in the final.

The Broncos will return to the pool Jan. 25, at Denver followed by a Jan. 26 duel at Colorado State. The Boise State divers will compete Jan. 25-26 at the Air Force Diving Invitational.


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