Broncos Lead on Day Two of MW Championships
Boise State's 200 freestyle relay

Feb. 20, 2014

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SAN ANTONIO--The Bronco swimmers and divers finished the second day of competition at the Mountain West Conference Championships on Thursday. After eight events in two days, the Broncos are in first place with 276.5 points, followed by San Diego State (239.5), Nevada (216), Wyoming (160), New Mexico (140), UNLV (131), Air Force (126), San Jose State (104), Fresno State (93) and Colorado State (93).

The second day of competition began with the 200-yard freestyle relay. The relay, consisting of Katelyn Martin, Jessica Bottelberghe, Brittany Aoyama and Sam Wicks finished in 1:30.30 for second place. Their time qualifies as an NCAA B cut.

Seven Broncos competed in the 500-yard freestyle finals. Brooke Balogh, Blake Balogh, Megan Myers and Rachel Heaney raced in the B finals. Blake Balogh finished in second (4:49.16) for 10th place overall.

Taylor Padington took second place in the A finals, hitting the touchpad with a time of 4:47.33. Her time was a personal best and set a new Boise State school record. Freshman Felicity Cann took third (4:49.28) and Emri Moore finished in seventh (4:51.03).

Sydney Johansen and Jessica Bottelberghe swam in the A finals of the 200-yard individual medley. Johansen finished in fifth for 2:00.35 and Bottelberghe took eighth (2:02.32). Whitney Jorgensen finished 12th overall with a time of 2:01.86.

Ciera Cortney and Erin Kohlbeck competed in the 3-meter diving finals. Cortney finished fifth with a score of 306.09. Kohlbeck ended with a score of 282.60 for eighth place. Kohlbeck's score was a personal best for championship-style meets.

"It was great to get two divers into the final tonight," said diving coach John Lynch. "Ciera and Erin did an awesome job today. Now it's time to rest up and get ready for tower on Saturday!"

The last event of the night was the 50-yard freestyle. Sophomore Sam Wicks cruised to a victory in the B final, stopping the clock with a time of 22.52. In the A final, Aoyama took third (22.54) and Martin tied for fourth (22.70).

Day three of the championships will begin at 11:00 a.m. (CT) with the preliminary rounds. Finals will begin at 6:30 p.m. (CT). The swimmers will compete in the 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and the 100 backstroke. The divers will compete on platform on Saturday.

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