Breaststroke Crew Leads Bronco Surge into Second

SAN ANTONIO-Boise State women's swimming and diving parlayed a strong morning into a big-scoring night and surged into second place in the team standings at the 2013 Mountain West Championships. Sydney Johansen's silver medal in the 100-yard breaststroke led the way.

Johansen touched the wall in 1:00.92 in the finals to place second in the 100 breaststroke at the conference meet for the second-straight year. The sophomore set the school record with a 1:00.90 in prelims.

Fellow sophomores Emily Campbell and Heather Harper also competed in the championship final taking fourth and sixth, respectively. Campbell just missed a medal position clocking a 1:02.04, for the first NCAA provisional cut of her career. Harper's 1:02.88 in finals is a season best.

The school record also fell in the 100-yard backstroke when Sam Wicks went 53.93 in the prelims. Wicks and fellow freshman Devin Madsen advanced to the championship final, taking fifth and sixth, respectively. Madsen's 54.39 in the final is a career best and both Broncos hit the NCAA 'B' standard. Boise State also picked up consolation points when Nikki Cannon placed 15th.

The Broncos also picked up big points in the 400-yard individual medley. Rachel Heaney placed fourth with a career-best 4:17.04. Christine Raininger battled to a 4:18.56 and take fifth. Both Broncos in the 'A' final achieved the 'B' cut. Brooke Balogh charged hard in the final 30 yards to win the consolation final with a career-best 4:19.95. Chelsea Miller also set a career best with a 4:21.57 for fourth in the heat.

Stevie Hughey led the way in the 100-yard butterfly, using a strong back half to take fourth place and set a career best at 53.98. Heaney, competing in back-to-back events, went 55.19 to place third in the consolation final. Shanelle Choi swam a 55.89 to take fifth in the 'B' final, the first points at a championship meet of her career.

Boise State also had a strong contingent in the 200-yard freestyle. Jessica Bottelberghe set a career best with a 1:49.17 to take seventh place. Three Bronco freshmen made it into the consolation final. Taylor Padington paced the crew with a 1:49.14 to place second in the heat. Padington's time is a career best and the best by a Bronco this season. Blake Balogh went 1:50.09, a career best, to place fifth in the B final. Emri Moore  held on for seventh in the consolation heat in 1:51.28.

The meet started with the 200-yard freestyle relay. Every team in the top heat finished within 0.66 seconds of each other with the Broncos quartet of Bottelberghe, Hughey, Johansen and Wicks taking fifth.

The meet concludes Saturday, with five individual swimming events, one relay event and platform diving. Prelims start at 11 a.m. (CT) with finals beginning at 6:35 p.m. (CT), beginning with the mile.

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