No. 13 Arizona Deals Boise State First Loss of Season

TUCSON, Ariz.-Boise State women's swimming and diving fell at No. 13 Arizona Saturday, 166-108, at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center in Tucson, Ariz. The Broncos (2-1) earned three event wins but it was not enough to stave off their first loss of the year.

The setback is just Boise State's fourth dual-meet loss in the last three calendar years, with two of them coming at the hands of ranked opponents.

Freshman Emri Moore won the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 5:01.30, it is Moore's third win in the event in as many tries during her first collegiate season. Moore's victory set the pace for the Broncos' strongest showing of the day, finishing 1-2-4 in the 500 freestyle. Junior Rachel Heaney took second with a time of 5:04.03 in her first attempt at the race this season. Senior Jennifer Cahill rounded out the trio with a 5:06.91 for fourth place.

Results from the preliminary rounds of the Wildcat Diving Invitational were used in the dual-meet scoring, where junior Ciera Cortney gave Boise State two more wins. Cortney was the top scorer among Broncos and Wildcats Friday, in the three-meter event and again Saturday, on one-meter. Cortney advanced to the consolation final for the second-straight day, finishing 12th overall in the one-meter event.

Heaney was also impressive in the 200-yard butterfly. She took second in 2:02.35, the fastest time recorded by a Bronco in dual-meet competition in school history. Fellow junior Brooke Balogh swam a season-best 2:04.89 to claim third place in the event. Freshman Jenni Domanowski also posted a season best in the 200 butterfly with a 2:06.64 to place fifth.

Freshman Devein Madsen took second in both backstroke races. Madsen clocked a 2:01.36 in the 200-yard backstroke, the fastest time by a Bronco in a duel. She also posted a season best in the 100-yard backstroke with a 56.29.

Sophomore Jessica Bottelberghe turned in the best time of the season by a Bronco in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle races. Bottelberghe clocked a 52.25 in the 100 and a 1:52.18 to earn second-place points in each event, finishing behind 13-time All-American Margo Geer twice.

Both breaststroke events also offered highlights for Boise State.  The team took second, third and fourth, led by junior Chelsea Miller who became the first Bronco to break 2:20 during a dual meet with a 2:19.69. Sophomore Emily Campbell was also under the previous best mark with a 2:20.57. Sophomore Heather Harper rounded out the trio with a 2:22.54, also a season best.

Harper was Boise State's top finisher in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:04.99, Boise State's best time this season. Campbell also clocked her best time of the year with a 1:05.68.

Sophomore Sydney Johansen turned in the best time of the year for Boise State in the 200-yard individual medley. Johansen's 2:07.17 scored her a second-place finish.

Boise State's 400-yard freestyle relay team settled for second place in the meet's finale, snapping a 21-meet win streak in the event. The win streak spanned nearly three full years, dating to Dec. 6, 2009, and includes three conference championships. Boise State has won the 400 freestyle relay 24 of the last 26 times it has competed the race.

At the Wildcat Diving Invitational Boise State saw another successful day, this time on one-meter. Cortney's appearance in consolation finals highlighted the day, but all three Broncos recorded top-20 finishes. Cortney tallied a 245.75 in prelims to finish 12th. She upped her score to 249.20 in the final, hanging on to 12th place. The junior also finished 12th in the event at the same meet last year.

Senior Lexi Pfeiffer narrowly missed making the consolation final, placing 17th in prelims with a 237.80. Pfeiffer's score is her best one-meter performance at any meet in her career. Sophomore Erin Kohlbeck was not far behind, taking 19th with a score of 234.50.

The Bronco divers will finish their stay in the desert with their first platform competition of the season Sunday, on the final day of the Wildcat Invite. The entire swimming and diving team will be back in action Nov. 29-Dec. 1, at the Missouri Invitational.

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