Broncos Open Spring Season at UC Irvine

What’s Happening: The Boise State swimming & diving teams will kick off its spring season at the UCI/Ayres Hotel & Suites Invitationals at Anteater Aquatics Complex Saturday and Sunday.

The Teams: The Broncos will face Biola, Cal State Northridge, Chapman, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Incarnate Word, Pepperdine, San Diego, San Jose State, UC Irvine, UNLV, Washington State, Whitman and Willamette at the two day event.

The Meet: The UC Irvine/Ayres Hotel & Suites Invitationals are four separate meets that are held over two days at the Anteater Aquatics Complex. The Sprint Invitational opens the schedule Saturday at 9:00 a.m. and is followed by the Distance Invitational in the afternoon. The Relay Invitational begins at 10:00 a.m. Sunday. The Diving Invitational will take place both days with competition throughout the day.

Last Time Out: The Boise State swimming team faced some of the nation’s top teams at the Husky Invitational, where several Broncos swam personal best times. The Broncos began the invite with a 10th place finish in the 200 freestyle relay, recording a time of 1:39.86 (Jenny Nowatzke, Sammy Sanchez-O’Dell, Tara Hahto, Denise Green), marking the second fastest time in school history.

Entering the second day of competition, the Broncos started out with a splash as they placed ninth in the 200 medley relay recording the second best time in the Boise State record books with a time of 1:51.02 (Green, Hahto, Allison Hall, Nowatzke).

Individually, the Broncos had a record day as Hahto set a school record in the 400 IM as she finished 19th with a time of 4:34.77. While Hahto may have led the Broncos in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:07.37, teammates Lauren Keele (1:08.61) and Erin Stotts (1:08.68) both swam personal bests in the event. Keeping on pace with the record setting day was Green as she swam a career-best 1:00.26 in the 100 backstroke, setting a school record in the event.

On the final day of competition, Andrea Thiltgen opened the event with a time of 2:13.46 in the 200 back, before a trio of Broncos swam personal best times in the 200 breast. Following the record breaking event, Hall competed in the 200 fly where she notched a time of 2:08.77. Keeping on track with the record-setting day, the Broncos recorded the best time in school history in the 400 free relay (Kim Nelson, Sanchez-O’Dell, Nathalie Rohling, Nowatzke) with a time of 3:37.29, knocking nearly five seconds off of the previous record.

The final event of the competition saw Katelyn LoFland (17:24.70) and Rachael Meisner (17:34.49) recorded personal bests in the 1650 free and set a pair of school records in the event as well.

While the swimming team competed in the Emerald City, the divers took on some of the nation’s elite at the Texas Invitational as the Broncos competed against University of Austin, BYU, Nebraska, New Mexico, Southern Methodist University, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

At the event, Megan Morton led the Broncos with a score of 168.05 in the one-meter and notched a score of 166.90. Jennifer Dorling recorded a score of 166.25 in the three-meter and a 151.95 in the one-meter, while teammate Alyssa Daly earned a score of 132.90 in the one-meter and a 123.90 in the three-meter.

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