IRVINE, Calif The Boise State swimming and diving team made a splash when it opened the second half of its season at the 29th Annual UC Irvine/Ayres Hotel & Suites Invitational.
The event kicked off Saturday with the 200 freestyle where Johannah Wubbena led the Broncos with a time of 2:00.61. The 100 backstroke followed as Andrea Thiltgen recorded a time of 1:04.29, beating out teammates Wubbena (1:04.30) and Denise Green (1:04.35) by just a few tenths of a second.
Leading the way for the Broncos in the 100 breaststroke was freshman Tara Hahto with a time of 1:10.23, while Erica Christianson made her debut in the event with a time of 1:14.11. The 200 butterfly showcased Allison Hall, who led the Broncos with a ninth place finish with a time of 2:16.38.
Hahto made a splash in the 50 breast earned a second place finish with a record time of 32.12, while teammates Erin Stotts finished sixth (33.14) and Lauren Keele garnered eighth (33.60). Freshman Jenny Nowatzke led the Broncos in both the 100 free (57.58) and 50 back (29.81).
While Hahto may have led Boise State with in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:18.12, it was LiAnne Choitz who set swam a personal best with a time of 2:20.27 in the event. Following her stellar performance in the 200 fly, Hall set the pace for the Broncos in the 100 fly with a seventh place finish in the event with a time of 1:01.16.
The 200 back was led by Green, who recorded a time of 2:19.04 to finish in the top 15. The sprints continued into the afternoon as Hall notched an 11th place finish in the 50 fly with a time of 28.31, followed by a fifth place finish by Hahto in the 200 breast (2:30.78).
In the final sprint event of the afternoon, Nowatzke led the Broncos in the 50 free with a time of 26.16, while teammate Kelly Knapp recorded a personal best with a time of 27.84.
Later that afternoon, the Broncos kicked off the distance events as Nathalie Rohling notched a third place finish in the 1000 free with a record time of 10:49.39. The 400 IM followed as Hahto led the Broncos with a time of 4:46.35 in the event.
Making her debut performance in the 500 free was Green, who led Boise State in the event with a time of 5:24.33. In the final event of the day, sophomore Katelyn Lofland recorded a second place finish as she notched a time of 17:36.94 in the event.
Also making a splash was the Boise State diving team, which showcased a fifth place finish by Jennifer Dorling in the three meter with a score of 191.10. Megan Morton tallied a score 173.35 to finish ninth, while teammate Alyssa Daly recorded a 147.20. The one-meter featured a sixth place finish by Morton, who scored a 194.00 in the event, while Dorling tallied 178.15 points and Daly notched 149.85.
At the end of day one, the Broncos sat behind UC Irvine (166), Washington State (121) and Nevada (92) for fourth place with a total of 92 points.
Day two of the competition featured the relay events which kicked off with the 200 medley relay where the Broncos finished third with a time of 1:53.21, marking the fifth best time in school history. The 3 x 100 breast followed with a fourth place finish as the Broncos recorded a time of 3:38.88 in the event.
The Broncos stellar performances continued throughout the day as they recorded a third place finish in the 3 x 100 back with a time of 3:07.48, before finishing in fifth in the 3 x 100 fly (3:07.37).
Their success continued in the 4 x 200 free relay, where the Broncos took third with a time of 8:06.11 before taking fifth in the 200 free relay as they notched a time of 1:43.91.
In the 400 medley relay, the Broncos recorded a time of 4:06.41 to nab fourth place, only to follow that performance up with a third place finish in the 800 free with a time of 8:13.26.
The 3 x 100 IM showcased some of the best performances by the Broncos as they notched both a second and third place finish with times of 3:11.75 and 3:13.75.
During the final event of the competition, the Broncos posted a time of 3:44.46 in the 400 free relay, which was good enough for fourth.
At the conclusion of the event, the Broncos tallied 258 points and finished in third behind San Jose State (336) and UC Irvine (277).
UC Irvine 277
Atlantic Legends 115