Bronco Swimmers Defeat Oregon State, 169-87

Feb. 1, 2014

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BOISE, Idaho--In their last dual meet of the year, the Bronco swimmers defeated the Oregon State Beavers, 169-87. Boise State won 12 of the 14 events, helping to remain undefeated at home this year. The Broncos have now won 15-consecutive home meets.

The meet began with a victory in the 400 medley relay, consisting of Devin Madsen, Heather Harper, Brittany Aoyama and Mandie Siehs. The relay finished in 3:46.84, breaking the Boise West YMCA record that was previously set in 2011.

After the first win, Boise State never let up the competition. The Broncos swept three events, including the 50-, and 1000-yard freestyle events and the 200-yard butterfly. Emri Moore, Megan Myers and Blake Balogh finished one-two-three in the 1000 freestyle in 10:23.94, 10:28.22 and 10:31.88, respectively.

"We were really happy with our results today," said head coach Kristin Hill. "Our team was excited to compete in our final dual meet as we prepare for conference championships in two and a half weeks."

Seniors Brooke Balogh (2:03.25) and Rachel Heaney (2:03.76) finished first and second in the 200 butterfly. Sophomore Jenni Domanowski took the third spot in 2:08.70.

Balogh, a senior from Lincoln, Neb., also took an individual victory in the 400 individual medley (4:26.64).

Boise State's senior swimmers, Balogh, Harrell, Heaney and Miller, competed for the final time at home on Saturday.

Madsen, a sophomore from Walnut Creek, Calif., finished with two individual victories in the 200-yard backstroke (2:04.19) and the 100-yard backstroke (56.20). Junior Jessica Bottelberghe took second in the 100 backstroke, stopping the clock at 56.55.

The freshman trio of Aoyama (23.53), Katelyn Martin (24.04) and Felicity Cann (24.26) swept the 50-yard freestyle event.

Aoyama finished the day with three individual victories in the 50 free, 100 free (50.85) and the 100-yard butterfly (54.91).

"Setting another pool record in the 400 medley relay was great, and Brittany Aoyama (100 free) and Brooke Balogh (400 IM) were just off the pool records," said Hill. "Some of our swimmers were a bit tired from all the speed work we did this week, but it will pay off very soon. It's going to be an exciting end to this season, that's for sure!"

Cann took an individual victory in the 200-yard freestyle, hitting the touchpad in 1:50.17. Sophomore Sam Wicks took third in the event, finishing in 1:52.77.

Junior Heather Harper won the 100-yard breaststroke (1:05.45) and Sydney Johansen took third (1:06.61).

The meet also featured the annual Big Splash competition, where the Bronco football players competed on the one-meter springboard. Big Splash, emceed by defensive tackle Robert Ash, helped energize the swimmers and the crowd between swim events. Deuce Maetele wowed the crowd for the victory with his 10.0-scoring backflip. The players also competed in a 4x25 yard relay, comprised of the specialists, defensive backs and linemen. The specialists easily won the relay.

The Boise State women's swimming and diving team will now gear up for the Mountain West Championships, held at the Palo Alto Aquatic Center in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 19-22.


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