Boise State In Second After Day Two of Hawkeye Invite

Dec. 7, 2013

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IOWA CITY, Iowa-The Boise State women's swimming and diving team finished the second day of the Hawkeye Invitational in second place, with 469.5 points. Norte Dame leads the pack with 552 points. Freshman Felicity Cann won an individual event and the Broncos claimed a relay victory.

Cann earned the top spot in the 200-yard freestyle on Saturday. Cann touched in with a time of 1:48.42, good for the tenth fastest time in Boise State history. Her time cracked the record books in the event for the first time in a year and eight months. Sam Wicks (1:49.81) and Blake Balogh (1:50.09) finished in fourth and fifth, respectively. Taylor Padington touched in for seventh place in 1:51.54.

Boise State claimed the victory in the 800-yard freestyle victory, comprised of Blake Balogh, Cann, Padington and Wicks with a time of 7:17.85. Their time was the third-fastest in the Bronco record books. The Broncos beat out Notre Dame (7:19.94) and Iowa (7:20.52).

"We had a strong day today, led by Felicity Cann and anchored by our 800 freestyle relay team," said head coach Kristin Hill. "Those four had all swam a lot of races by the time the relay came around tonight but they were determined to race and raced to win. There wasn't a weak spot among the four and we are really proud of this team. The competition here this weekend is great and we have really enjoyed the opportunity to race."

The Broncos took second in the 200-yard medley relay, behind Notre Dame. The Broncos, with Devin Madsen, Sydney Johansen, Brittany Aoyama and Katelyn Martin touched in at 1:40.53, behind Notre Dame's 1:40.83.

Whitney Jorgensen placed third in the 400-yard IM, with a time of 4:16.26. Jorgensen's time is the second fastest in the Bronco record books, behind Christine Raininger's 4:16.20. Rachel Heaney finished fourth in 4:17.82, and Brooke Balogh finished in eighth in 4:24.33. Heaney's time is the fifth-fastest time in the record books. Jorgensen and Heaney both swam fast enough for an NCAA "B" cut.

Freshman Brittany Aoyama finished in third in the 100-yard butterfly, touching in at 53.77. Her time marks the ninth-fastest time in the Bronco record books.

Johansen clocked in at 1:02.61 for fifth place in the 100-yard breaststroke. Her time also placed in the Boise State all-time record books, ranking ninth.

Madsen took eighth in the 100-yard backstroke, finishing in 55.31.

Senior diver Ciera Cortney competed in the three-meter springboard finals, placing third with a score of 321.15.

"Ciera did a great job of getting into the final," said diving coach John Lynch. "She was diving pretty steady but a little stiff, but then in the final she turned it on and dived lights out!"

The Broncos will conclude the Hawkeye Invitational tomorrow, with prelims beginning at 10 a.m. and finals at 4 p.m.


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