Broncos Down Pioneers on Senior Day

Jan. 25, 2014

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BOISE, Idaho-On the day the Broncos honored their senior class, Boise State defeated Denver, 167-133 at the Boise West YMCA. The Broncos set two pool records as well as setting a Boise State diving record. With the win, the Broncos move to 14-consecutive home victories.

The dual meet began with the three-meter diving competition, and Boise State placed one-two-three in the competition. Senior diver Ciera Cortney scored a 342.98, besting her own top score in Bronco history. Junior Erin Kohlbeck took second (290.18), and Karli Kriewall took third (285.23). Kriewall's score qualifies her for NCAA Zones in March.

"I'm pretty happy with the girls today," said diving coach John Lynch. "They were phenomenal as a team on 3-meter. Ciera had a personal best that should be a good boost headed towards conference. I am super proud of Karli. She went a personal best by miles and got her zone score. All four girls are starting to get dialed in going into the championship part of the season. I'm excited to see how we finish."

Cortney also took the top spot in the 1-meter (307.50), and Kohlbeck took third (257.25).

The Boise State swimmers came to compete as well. Freshmen Brittany Aoyama and Felicity Cann each broke a pool record on Saturday. Cann broke her own record, touching the wall in 1:50.00 in the 200-yard freestyle. Aoyama broke a 14-year pool record in the 100-yard butterfly, stopping the clock at 54.57.

The orange and blue swept the 200-yard butterfly. Seniors Brooke Balogh and Rachel Heaney tapped in with times of 2:03.36 and 2:04.25, respectively. Sophomore Jenni Domanowski took the third spot with a time of 2:08.80.

Boise State took the victory in both the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay. The Broncos' 200 MR consisting of Sam Wicks, Sydney Johansen, Aoyama and Katelyn Martin finished in 1:43.49, ahead of Denver's `A' team (1:44.79).

"From the start our divers and our 200 medley relay really got us in a good position out ahead in terms of points, and after that there was a lot of great competition and racing today from both teams," said head coach Kristin Hill. "It's great to see our strengths in many different events rise to the top, as well as strengths from freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. We are really looking forward to our final dual meet of the season next weekend against Oregon State."

The Broncos soared to the victory in the 400 Freestyle Relay. Jessica Bottelberghe, Cann, Martin and Aoyama touched the mat in 3:23.86, ahead of Denver (3:26.69).

Sophomore Sam Wicks took first place in the 50-yard freestyle (23.53), beating Denver's Sam Corea (23.73). Bottelberghe took third in the event with a time of 23.95.

Junior Heather Harper took second in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:21.22). Denver's Amanda Sanders claimed the top spot in 2:21.09.

Sophomore Devin Madsen clinched four points for the Broncos in the 200-yard backstroke (2:02.09) for second place. Denver's Sam Corea finished in first place (2:00.88). Boise State junior Nikki Cannon took third (2:07.45).

The Broncos will host Oregon State for their final dual meet of the season, Feb. 1 at noon at the Boise West YMCA. Boise State will host its annual Big Splash event on Saturday.

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