Broncos Win Big at Bulldog Invitational

Oct. 12, 2013

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FRESNO, Calif. The Boise State women's swimming and diving team won the Bulldog Invitational this afternoon, finishing with 1232 points, ahead of Fresno State (765.5), San José State (751.5) and Cal (591). The Broncos concluded the second day of competition with nine titles, including six individual titles and three relay victories.

The Broncos won every relay this afternoon, including the 200-yard freestyle, 400-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle. Jessica Bottelberghe, Katelyn Martin, Devin Madsen and Brittany Aoyama finished the 200 freestyle relay in 1:34.79, both a pool and meet record. The 400 medley relay of Bottelberghe, Heather Harper, Aoyama and Felicity Cann touched in at 3:50.48, almost four seconds in front of second-place Cal.

The 400-yard freestyle relay capped off the afternoon for the Broncos. Cann, Bottelberghe, Sydney Johansen and Aoyama finished in 3:26.15, which ranks 10th fastest in school history.

"Our relays were strong again today," said head coach Kristin Hill. "It's great to see early season speed even though we have just started touching on our speed work."

Senior diver Ciera Cortney also had a big afternoon, winning the 1-meter with a score of 306.30. With the mark, Cortney set the highest score in Boise State history and also set a Fresno State pool record.

Sophomore Emri Moore won the individual title in the 1650-yard freestyle, with a time of 17:28.53. Sophomore Blake Balogh (17:30.86) and junior Megan Myers (17:41.03) took the third and fourth spots, behind San José State.

"Emri raced with strength and confidence," said head coach Kristin Hill. "She had a great early season mile, as did Blake and Megan. It was an exciting race."

Aoyama impressed in the second day of competition, winning the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly titles. The freshman clocked the 100-freestyle in at 50.97, good for a pool and meet record. Aoyama finished in the 100-fly in 54.95, also a meet record. Freshman Whitney Jorgensen claimed the individual title in the 400-yard IM, touching in at 4:26.85. The time was fast enough for a Bulldog Invitational record.

Seniors Brooke Balogh and Rachel Heaney took second and third in the 200-yard butterfly, finishing behind San José State's Ashlyn Acosta.

Along with their relay victories, Harper and Bottelberghe also won individual titles. Junior Heather Harper won the individual title in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:05.31, and Bottelberghe claimed the 100-yard backstroke title in 56.48.

Overall this was a great weekend of competition and we are really proud of this team's work and effort." said Hill.

The Broncos will prepare next for Utah and BYU on the road Oct. 25 and 26.

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