Boise State Cruises at Oregon State

CORVALLIS, Ore.- Boise State women's swimming and diving won 10 events at Oregon State Saturday, on their way to a 177-85 win in Corvallis, Ore. Freshman Devin Madsen won two individual events and helped a Bronco relay to victory as Boise State improved to 2-0 on the season.

Madsen ran away with individual wins in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke events for the second time in as many meets in her young career. She also led off the winning 200-yard medley relay with the fastest backstroke leg in the field. Madsen also led off the third-place 200-yard freestyle relay team.

Stevie Hughey and Jessica Bottelberghe also accounted for three wins on the day. Hughey claimed victory in the 50-yard freestyle and anchored both winning relays. She also took second in the 100-yard butterfly.

Bottelberghe picked up her first individual win of the season with a 52.78 in the 100-yard freestyle. She also swam the third leg on each of the winning relay teams. The sophomore took third in the 100-yard butterfly in her other individual event.

Freshman Blake Balogh earned the first win of her collegiate career, leading a 1-2-3 sweep of the 200-yard freestyle by the Broncos. Balogh was able to hold off her sister Brooke for the win in 1:54.97. Brooke used a strong back half of the race to clock a 1:55.05 for second place. Freshman Taylor Padington was also on the Baloghs' heels to finish third in 1:55.10.

Emri Moore continued the freshman trend for the Broncos with a win in the 500-yard freestyle. It is already the third win of Moore's career and her 5:00.18 is the fourth-fastest time in the Mountain West this season.

Rachel Heaney motored through the final 100 yards of the 200-yard butterfly to improve on her conference-best time and win in 2:03.31. It is the 10th win of Heaney's career in the 200 butterfly and second this season. The junior from nearby North Bend, Ore., finally broke through against Oregon State after finishing runner-up in the event against the Beavers each of her first two years.

Senior Christine Raininger rounded out the individual events with a win in the 400-yard individual medley. Raininger, the defending Mountain West champion in the event, clocked a 4:26.79 in her first attempt at the race this season. The Broncos also took places three through seven in the race.

Senior Jennifer Cahill turned in perhaps the Broncos' most impressive time of the day during a second-place effort in the 1000-yard freestyle. Cahill, making her season debut in the event, clocked a 10:16.68, the fourth-fastest time in school history (Cahill also owns two of the top three). It is also good for the fastest mark in the 1000 in the Mountain West this season. She just ran out of yards in her attempt to track down Oregon State's Sammy Harrison for the win (10:16.43). Cahill closed the race with a 28.37 split in the last 50 yards, nearly a second faster than Harrison's final lap but it was not quite enough to secure the victory.

Boise State also put together strong team performances in the breaststroke events despite first-place finishes by Oregon State in the races. Heather Harper led the Broncos in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing in 1:06.11, as Boise State took second through sixth. In the 200-yard breaststroke it was Emily Campbell's 2:22.35 leading the Boise State pack in front of Chelsea Miller, Harper and Raininger finishing second through fifth. The Beavers' Crystal Kibby won both events.

The Broncos saw a similar outcome in the 100 butterfly. Oregon State's Aya Fujimura (57.35) edged out Hughey (57.56) for the win, but it was all Broncos after that. Bottelberghe, Heaney and Jenni Domanowski finished right behind Hughey.

Freshman Talie Anchustegui made her collegiate debut swimming in both relays and taking fourth in the 50-yard freestyle.

Oregon State does not sponsor diving, so the Bronco divers spent the weekend training in preparation for the Wildcat Diving Invitational, Nov. 15-18, in Tucson, Ariz. The swimmers will join the diving crew in the desert for their next meet, Nov. 17, at No. 9 Arizona.


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