NCAA B Cuts by Madsen and Relay Highlight Day Two

COLUMBIA, Mo.-Freshman Devin Madsen earned the first NCAA provisional qualifying standard of her career and helped a relay pick up another Friday, as Boise State women's swimming and diving competed on the second day of the Missouri Invitational in Columbia, Mo. The Broncos moved into second place in the team standings.

Madsen posted her B cut in the prelims of the 100-yard backstroke, clocking a 55.00. The time is also the fifth-fastest mark in school history and a lifetime best for the Walnut Creek, Calif., native. Madsen went on to finish eighth in the finals. Fellow freshman Sam Wicks won the consolation final with a 55.55, the No. 10 time in Boise State history.

The first-year duo helped Boise State kick off the evening session emphatically in the 200-yard medley relay. Madsen led off and Wicks anchored the squad to an NCAA B time of 1:41.24, just four one-hundredths of a second off the school-record mark. Sydney Johansen and Stevie Hughey swam the breaststroke and butterfly legs, respectively, finishing third.

Johansen also had a strong day individually with a third-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke. Her finals time of 1:02.63 is the seventh-best in Boise State history and narrowly missed the NCAA provisional standard. Heather Harper also qualified for the championship final, where she finished eighth. Emily Campbell and Chelsea Miller swam in the consolation final, where Campbell lowered her career best for the second time on the day, clocking a 1:04.17. Miller was just behind in 1:04.66.

Jennifer Cahill notched her second third-place finish in as many days, with a 1:50.50 in the finals of the 200-yard freestyle. Earlier, Jessica Bottelberghe became just the fourth Bronco to break the 1:50 barrier in the event, touching the wall in 1:49.99 in prelims. Bottelberghe took sixth in the finals. A trio of freshmen added their names to the top-10 performers list in the 200 freestyle during finals. Emri Moore (1:51.57), Blake Balogh (1:51.59) and Taylor Padington (1:51.88) all improved on their prelim times during the evening session. Five Broncos now rank in the top 20 of the Mountain West in the event.

Boise State's divers enjoyed another impressive day, this time on the one-meter springboard. Ciera Cortney led the way with an NCAA Zone qualifying score of 266.55 in prelims. The Broncos went on to post a 4-5-6 finish in the finals, led by Cortney. Erin Kohlbeck (258.85) and Lexi Pfeiffer (256.40) both tallied career-high scores in the finals.

The day ended with the 800-yard freestyle relay, where Boise State finished sixth. The Bronco quartet of Bottelberghe, Moore, Blake Balogh and Cahill stopped the clock at 7:25.81, the sixth-best time in school history.

The final day of the Missouri Invitational is Saturday, from the Mizzou Aquatic Center. Prelims begin at 10 a.m. (CT) and teams will return for finals at 6 p.m. (CT).


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