Broncos in Fourth After First Day

SAN ANTONIO-Boise State women's swimming and diving is in fourth after one day at the 2013 Mountain West Championships. The Broncos tallied 82 points through three events, two points shy of a tie for second place and 11 points out of the lead.

Boise State's 200-yard medley relay team set a school record and battled to a third-place finish in the first swimming event of the meet. Freshman Devin Madsen led off with the second-fastest 50-yard backstroke in school history (25.51). Sophomore Sydney Johansen swam the breaststroke leg and after sophomore Jessica Bottelberghe finished the butterfly the Broncos were in fourth. Freshman Sam Wicks rounded out the young Bronco quartet and clocked a 22.36 freestyle leg to run down the Lobos and finish one one-hundredth of a second in front of them to secure third place.

Senior Lexi Pfeiffer then took to the one-meter diving board for her first-career appearance in a championship final at a conference meet. Pfeiffer stepped up, breaking her career-best score for the second time on the day. She finished strong with a staggering 54.72 on her final dive, the highest in the competition for the sixth round, to notch a 284.37 and jump into fifth place in the final standings.

The final event of the day saw Boise State come from behind again in a relay, this time the 800-yard freestyle relay. Senior Stevie Hughey led off another young group of Broncos as freshmen Emri Moore and Blake Balogh followed before Bottelberghe provided the anchor.

 Hughey started the Broncos with a 1:49.93, her career best in the 200-yard freestyle. Bottelberghe, completing the first-day double with a leg on both relays, jumped in with the Broncos in fifth place and also behind Nevada's pace from the first heat. The sophomore went out at a blistering pace and ended up splitting a 1:48.73 to pull the Broncos into fourth and clear of Nevada.

The Bronco divers got the meet started in the early afternoon with the prelims of one-meter. Pfeiffer led the way with a then-career-best 275.04 to qualify fourth for finals. Junior Ciera Cortney took 10th in prelims with a 253.89. Cortney went on to score 265.29 in the consolation final and finish third in the heat, 11th overall. Her six points put the Broncos on the board going into the evening session.

Boise State also saw three lifetime bests in time trials at the end of the meet. Juniors Olivia Harrell and Brooke Balogh swam side-by-side in a 200-yard freestyle. Harrell finished in 1:50.10 and Balogh in 1:50.18. Sophomore Megan Myers followed that with a 52.26 100-yard freestyle.

San Diego State won both relays and is in first place after the first day. The second day of competition brings the first full slate of events. Prelims start at 11 a.m. (CT), finals will again be at 6:30 p.m. (CT).


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