Broncos Set Personal Bests In San Diego

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - After a competitive week down in the Golden State, the Boise State swimming & diving team finished up their California road trip at the University of San Diego where the Broncos fell to the Toreros, 177-123, and San Diego State, 184-116, Wednesday.

The meet was a four-team three-way dual that included Colorado State, San Diego and San Diego State. The Broncos faced both San Diego and San Diego State. The Aztecs also took on Colorado State, while San Diego only competed against the Broncos.

“We definitely were faster than the previous weekend in Irvine and we had some swims that I consider to be breakthrough swims at this phase in our season,” said head coach Kristin Hill.  “Katelyn LoFland had season best times in both the 1000 and 500 freestyle and won both events against both San Diego State (SDSU) and the University of San Diego.  Tara Hahto won both the 100 breast and 400 IM against both SDSU and USD and was first in the 100 breast against USD and 2nd against SDSU.  Her times were stronger than this past weekend and were good in season times considering the tough training and multiple competitions we put in this past week."

"Allison Hall won the 200 fly against SDSU and was 2nd to teammate Tara Hahto in the 400 IM," Hill added. "Finishing 1-2 in the 400 IM was a big accomplishment for our team.  Jenny Nowatzke also came on strong in the 50 free to win against SDSU.  There were areas we need to be better in, but those will come as we sharpen and rest in about a month in preparation for the WAC conference championships.  There were many close races and we are so improved from last year.  It's fun to be able to compete with these strong teams and it says a lot about how far we have come in just one year."

The Broncos kicked off the meet with a sixth place finish in the 200 medley relay, which featured Nowatzke, Hahto, Hall and Denise Green. The quartette clocked a time of 1:52.43 in the event, marking the fifth fastest time in school history.

Following the relay was the 1000 freestyle which showcased sophomore LoFland, who not only finished third in the event, but recorded a personal best time of 10:33.43.

Leading the way for the Broncos in the 200 free was freshman Nathalie Rohling with a time of 1:58.64. The 100 back immediately followed with Green, who earned a seventh place finish after clocking a time of 1:02.13 in the event.

Making her presence known was Hahto as she garnered second in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:07.40, while Hall did much of the same as she finished second in the 200 butterfly after clocking a time of 2:10.90.

While Nowatzke led the way in the 50 free with a third place finish with a time of 25.42, it was Johanna Wubbena that recorded a personal best in the event with a time of 25.79. Immediately following that event, Nowatzke turned around to lead the Broncos in the 100 free with a time of 55.65.

The 200 backstroke featured Andrea Thiltgen as she recorded a time of 2:12.56, which was good enough for sixth. The 200 breast followed as Hahto took fifth with a time of 2:27.55.

Much like earlier in the day, LoFland recored another personal best in the 500 free as she took third with a time of 5:11.53, knocking nearly three seconds off her previous time. Also notching a personal best in the event was Rohling, who finished seventh in the event with a time of 5:20.25.

Hall led the way in the 100 fly with a seventh place finish after recording a time of 1:01.27.

The Broncos dominated the 400 individual medley as Hahto nabbed the top spot with a time of 4:37.76, while Hall came in second with a time of 4:43.94.

The final swimming event of the afternoon was the 400 free relay where the Broncos took fourth after recording a time of 3:46.80 (Rohling, Nowatzke, Wubbena, Green).

Making a splash in the diving well was Jennifer Dorling, who led the Broncos in both the one meter, with a score of 168.50(14th) , and in the three meter, scoring 187.95 (14th). Freshman Megan Morton tallied a score of 168.50 in the one meter for 16th, while finishing 15th in the three meter with 183.05 points. Alyssa Daly recorded a score of 148.50 in the one meter for 18th, while earning 17th in the three meter after recording 134.55 points. 

The Broncos now hit the road to Reno where they will take on conference foe, Nevada, Saturday, Jan. 12, before returning to home.

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