Boise State Remains in First After Day Three

Feb. 21, 2014

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SAN ANTONIO--Boise State earned five top-three finishes on Friday, including one relay and four individual events. After day three of competition, Boise State remains on top of the point totals. The Broncos lead with 477 points, followed by San Diego State (458.5), and Nevada (319).

The day began with the 400-yard medley relay. Boise State's relay, consisting of Sam Wicks, Heather Harper, Brittany Aoyama and Katelyn Martin stopped the clock in 3:35.77. The relay finished narrowly behind San Diego State of 3:35.15. Boise State's time was good enough for an NCAA `B' cut.

"This morning's preliminaries wren't perfect, but we did what we needed to do to put ourselves in a great position tonight," said head coach Kristin Hill.

The Broncos secured three spots in the 400 IM A finals, with Whitney Jorgensen, Brooke Balogh and Rachel Heaney. Jorgensen finished fourth (4:17.05) and tallied 15 points, Balogh tapped in sixth (4:18.86) and Heaney eighth (4.22.01). Jorgensen and Balogh both stopped the clock fast enough for NCAA `B' cuts. Junior Megan Myerscollected four points for Boise State with her time of 4:24.99.

Aoyama secured a spot on the medal podium in the 100-yard butterfly. The freshman took second with a time of 52.16, also fast enough for an NCAA `B' cut. Junior Jessica Bottelberghetook sixth in 54.43.

Freshman Felicity Cannwas the lone Bronco in the top-16 of the 200-yard freestyle event. The rookie held her own and took second with a time of 1:46.99, made an NCAA `B' cut, and collected 17 points for the orange and blue.

Junior Heather Harper also took a spot on the medal stand, finishing second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:01.81, an NCAA `B' cut time. Fellow junior Sydney Johansentook fifth in a time of 1:02.27.

In the 100-yard backstroke, Sam Wicks placed second (53.38), Nikki Cannon fifth (55.13) and Devin Madsenseventh (55.23). Wicks secured a NCAA `B' cut, and her preliminary time of 53.02 notched herself to the top of the Bronco record books.

"Tonight was loaded with exciting races and fast swimming," Hill said. "We are really looking forward to some of our best races tomorrow and it will be great to have the divers competing on platform after a day off today."

The final day of competition begins tomorrow, Saturday Feb. 22 at 11 a.m. (CT) with the sprint preliminary rounds as well as the platform diving preliminary round. Finals begin at 6:30 p.m. and will include the 1650-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard butterfly, platform and finally the 400-yard freestyle relay.

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