Four Pool Records Fall in Bronco Win Against BYU
BOISE, Idaho-Boise State set four pool records and won 15 of the 16 events to defeat BYU 191-102, Saturday, at the West Family YMCA. Jessica Bottelberghe won three individual events and led off the winning 200-yard medley relay.
Bottelberghe racked up wins in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle races, as well as the 200-yard individual medley. It is the first win in 200 freestyle of the sophomore's career, as she now has at least one victory in six different individual events. Bottelberghe stopped the clock at 1:51.44 in the 200 freestyle and a 51.54 in the 100 freestyle. She ran away with the 200 individual medley, turning in the fastest butterfly and backstroke legs before cruising through the second half of the race to win in 2:06.25, the fastest time at a dual meet in school history.
Reigning Mountain West Swimmer of the Week Rachel Heaney continued her dominant season in the 200-yard butterfly. Heaney posted a 2:02.04 to break the pool record by more than a second and put more than two-and-a-half seconds between herself and the runner up, teammate Brooke Balogh. Heaney, a junior, now has four wins in the event this season and 12 in her career. Her time Saturday, is the fastest by a Bronco in dual-meet action, bettering the mark she set earlier this season Nov. 17, at Arizona.
Devin Madsen won both backstroke events in very different fashions. Madsen set the facility record in the 100-yard backstroke with a 56.13, just beating out BYU's Hailey Campbell (56.27) who was also under the previous pool record. It is also the fastest 100 backstroke at a dual meet in Boise State history. Madsen went on to capture the 200-yard backstroke by more than four seconds, clocking a 2:02.59.
Madsen finished the meet leading off the winning 200-yard freestyle relay. She, Stevie Hughey, Shanelle Choi and Sam Wicks combined for a 1:35.40, the Broncos' fourth pool record of the day.
The first swimming event of the meet saw Bottelberghe, Sydney Johansen, Hughey and Wicks team up for a win in the 200 medley relay in 1:43.74. That is not only a West YMCA Pool record, but also the seventh-fastest time in school history.
Boise State also enjoyed a successful day on the diving boards. Senior Lexi Pfeiffer won the three-meter competition with a score of 287.33, a career-best by more than 30 points. It is the first win of Pfeiffer's career and the first NCAA Zone qualifying score of her career.
Junior Ciera Cortney won the one-meter diving event, leaping Pfeiffer on the final dive and posting a total score of 259.35. Pfeiffer finished second. Cortney also took third on three-meter.
Hughey also enjoyed a successful day in individual events, winning the 50-yard freestyle and taking second in the 100-yard butterfly. The senior from Bakersfield, Calif., touched the wall at 23.92 in the 50 freestyle and 56.51 in the butterfly event.
Freshman Emri Moore picked up her fourth win of the year in the 500-yard freestyle, remaining undefeated for her career in the event during dual-meet competition. Moore finished in 5:06.24, more than two seconds ahead of the second
Heather Harper and Chelsea Miller picked up wins against the Cougars in the breaststroke races. Harper enjoyed victory the 100-yard breaststroke, her second of the season in the event and fifth of her career. The sophomore swam a 1:04.48, the fastest dual-meet time in school history.
Miller also picked up the fifth win of her career, all coming in the 200-yard breaststroke, with a 2:18.58. With that time, Miller becomes the only Bronco to break 2:19 in the event during a dual meet. Boise State recorded the four fastest times in the 100 and the three fastest in the 200.
Wicks added a pair of runner-up finishes in the sprint freestyle events to her two relay wins. The freshman was timed at 23.99 in the 50 freestyle and 52.36 in the 100 freestyle. Wicks swam the anchor leg on both relays, splitting a 23.22 in the medley relay and a 23.16 in the freestyle relay to ensure pool records for the Broncos.
BYU's Kim Doroghian won the 100 butterfly in 56.26 for the Cougars' only win.
Boise State next head to the islands of Hawaii for its winter training and competition trip. The Broncos will compete against at least Hawai'i and No. 14 Minnesota, Jan. 4, in Honolulu . Additional opponents may be added at a later date.
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