Two Records, Hughey's Silver Highlight Day Two

SAN ANTONIO-Stevie Hughey finished second in the 50-yard freestyle and Sydney Johansen took third with a school-record time in the 200-yard individual medley to lead Boise State women's swimming and diving on the second day of competition at the 2013 Mountain West Championships Thursday, in San Antonio. Lexi Pfeiffer also set a school record in the three-meter diving event.

The Broncos are in fifth after eight events (of 21) with 165.5 points, 20.5 points out of second place. Boise State took a hit at the start of the night with a disqualification in the 400-yard medley relay. The team initially placed third, but an early exchange forfeited the corresponding 32 points.

Boise State rebounded in the individual events, building throughout the night. Starting with the 500-yard freestyle, freshman Emri Moore led the way with a sixth-place finish in 4:52.62. However, classmate Blake Balogh set the freshman record with a 4:51.31 to take third in the consolation final, dropping more than seven seconds off her time from the morning.

Johansen clocked a 1:59.79 to beat her winning time from last season's conference meet in the 200 individual medley, but settled for bronze this year. Jessica Bottelberghe set a career best and the third-fastest time in school history to take sixth with a 2:00.61 in the same race.

Hughey capped the night with a second-place finish in the 50 freestyle. She closed with a fury and stopped the clock at 22.94 to lead a bunched group from second to fifth. Each place was within one one-hundredth of a second of each other finishing in 22.95, 22.96 and 22.97 right behind Hughey. The senior moved all the way up from a seventh-place tie in prelims for her second-career medal in the event. She took bronze in 2011, rounding out the Broncos' 1-2-3 finish at that year's WAC Championships.

Pfeiffer posted the all-time top mark on three-meter in the consolation final of the event. She scored 317.31 to take second in the heat for 10th place overall. Ciera Cortney placed sixth in the consolation final (14th overall) with a score of 269.88. Pfeiffer and Cortney finished ninth and 10th, respectively, in the prelims to narrowly miss qualifying for the championship final.

Boise State notched three NCAA provisional time standards on the day. Johansen and Bottelberghe in the 200 individual medley and Hughey in the 50 freestyle.

The meet continues Friday, with five individual swimming events and one relay. Prelims begin at 11 a.m. (CT) from Palo Alto College Aquatic Center. More information and links can be found in the BroncoSports.com Championship Blog.


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