Boise State Swimming and Diving Beats BYU

Oct. 26, 2013

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PROVO, Utah - The Boise State women's swimming and diving team beat the BYU Cougars this afternoon, 178-112 at Richards Building Pool. The Broncos set a pair of top-10 records today, as the 400-yard medley relay of Jessica Bottelberghe, Sydney Johansen, Brittany Aoyama and Felicity Cann clocked in 3:48.18, the tenth-fastest time in Boise State history. Senior diver Ciera Cortney set a Boise State record in the 3-meter, with a score of 324.15. Cortney broke the record set last year by Lexi Pfeifer at the Mountain West Championships (317.31).

Boise State swept the 200-yard breaststroke, with Heather Harper finishing in first (2:24.25), Whitney Jorgensen in second (2:24.64) and Sydney Johansen in third (2:25.30). Harper also won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:06.19. Freshman Brittany Aoyama finished the day with a pair of individual titles and was on two winning relays. Aoyama won the 100-yard freestyle, (55.12) and the 50-yard freestyle (23.88).

"We were able to mix up events a bit today and it was nice to see people excel in some different events," said head coach Kristin Hill."

The Broncos' 200-yard freestyle relay of Katelyn Martin, Johansen, Devin Madsen and Aoyama touched in 1:34.92 for first-place, seven-hundredths of a second ahead of BYU. Junior Jessica Bottelberghe earned an individual title in the 200-yard IM (2:07.87) and finished in second in the 200-yard butterfly (2:06.34). Sophomore Emri Moore finished in first in the 1000-yard freestyle in 10:33.70 and Megan Myers touched in third with a time of 10:36.10. Myers won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:07.78, and Blake Balogh finished in second in 5:08.16.

"Our distance swimmers were stronger today and they won close races in both the 1000 and the 500 freestyle, with a one-two finish in the 500," said Hill. "Our breaststrokers raced well, especially in the 200 with a one-two-three sweep lead by Heather Harper who also won the 100 breaststroke. Jessica Bottelberghe swam a great 200-yard butterfly for her first time in the race this season, then she came back with another win in the 200 IM. Both relay races were really exciting and it was great to see our team just get in there and race. Our divers have consistently performed at a high level and we are excited for the success our team is seeing on the diving boards. As a team our details were better today which made a big difference."

Senior Ciera Cortney won both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving competitions. Cortney, the Las Vegas native, scored 304.2 in the 1-meter and 324.15 in the 3-meter. Cortney's mark in the 3-meter is the new Boise State all-time record. Junior Erin Kohlbeck finished the 3-meter with a mark of 280.95, good for second place. She finished in third in the 1-meter with a score of 256.275.

"I couldn't be happier for Ciera and Erin," said diving coach John Lynch. "Their hard work in practice is really paying off. Erin was off today but still managed a Zone score on the 3-meter and Ciera's performance today definitely speaks for itself."

The Broncos now will gear up for conference foe Wyoming on Nov. 16 at noon in Laramie, Wyo.

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