Broncos On Top after First Day of Bulldog Invitational

Oct. 11, 2013

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FRESNO, Calif. - The Boise State women's swimming and diving team finished its first day of competition on top, ahead of San José State, Fresno State and Cal. The 200-yard medley relay set a pool and meet record, touching in at 1:43.15. The Broncos finished the first day with 353.5 points, with San José State in second with 229 points.

The Boise State 200-yard medley relay set a pool and meet record, touching in at 1:43.15. Cal set both the pool and meet record last year, and the Broncos beat that record by over nine-tenths of a second. The 2012 Cal quartet featured both NCAA and Olympic swimmers. The Broncos finished ahead of Cal today, who clocked in at 1:45.97.

"We had a great first session," said head coach Kristin Hill. "The 200 medley relay was quite a bit faster than last week and it's a strong early season time for us. It shows a lot of promise as we progress thorough this season and we feel like we are on track to reach a lot of our team goals."

Freshman and current Mountain West swimmer of the week Felicity Cann won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:56.52. Sophomore Taylor Padington finished in second place, touching in at 4:59.50. The sub-5:00 times were the fastest times outside of conference championships and the Missouri Invitational in the history of the program.

The orange and blue swept the 200-yard IM, and junior Jessica Bottelberghe won the individual title. Sydney Johansen and freshman Whitney Jorgensen came in second and third.

"Going 1-2-3 in the 200 IM was fun for the team," said Hill. "And all of our 200 IM swimmers set new individual dual meet records. Ciera Cortney's score was even higher than last week and was the second highest all time score for a Bronco. Brittany Aoyama's lead off time in the 800 freestyle relay was very strong. We had some fast 50 freestyles and most were faster than last weekend which is a great sign considering the heavy training we put in this week, as well as a big travel day yesterday. This is a very strong, resilient team that loves to race and that showed today."

Another Bronco freshman also her their mark on the first day of competition. Brittany Aoyama won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.61. "We have a lot of racing tomorrow and are excited to continue with the great momentum established today," said Hill. "It will be fun to watch our divers excel on 1-meter, and we have three relays to get after. It will be our first mile of the season which is a strong event for us, and our team is prepared to race well on back to back days and sessions with the training we have done. It's going to be another great day!"

The second day of the Bulldog Invitational kicks off tomorrow at 11 a.m. MT.

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