Broncos Roll in Final Home Meet
BOISE, Idaho-Boise State women's swimming and diving posted another dual-meet victory, Saturday, against Seattle, 134-65, at the Boise - West YMCA. The Broncos (9-1) won nine of the 11 swimming events against the Redhawks to pick up their second win in as many days. The win pushes Boise State's home win streak to seven-consecutive meets, and ensures back-to-back undefeated seasons at home.
The meet was the final home competition of the season, and last in the careers of eight Boise State student-athletes.
"It was emotional and exciting to recognize this group of seniors and see them compete in their last home meet here in Boise," said head coach Kristin Hill. "It was fun to see some of them stand out in their strong areas, with a little something extra today."
Leading the way for the seniors was Denise Green, who captured a pair of individual wins and helped the 400-yard medley relay team to victory. Green won the 200-yard freestyle after building a commanding lead in the first 100 yards. The North Bend, Ore., native also cruised to a win in the 200-yard backstroke. She led off the relay in the day's first swimming event, putting the Broncos in position to claim the No. 10 all-time mark in the event, as well as the Boise - West YMCA pool record, finishing in 3:51.80.
The next event was the 1650-yard freestyle, a race Hill was anxious to see.
"We swam the mile to get some experience," Hill said. "It was valuable to see them swim that. It was the first time we raced the mile since December, and one of only three times we will get to do so this season."
The Broncos responded by sweeping the top three spots. Redshirt sophomore Madison Gray made a strong push in the final 100 yards to overtake freshman Rachel Heaney for the top spot. Sophomore Jenn Cahill finished third. Gray's win came in her first attempt at the race as a Bronco.
Boise State also finished 1-2-3 in the sprint freestyle events and the 200-yard backstroke.
Junior Amber Boucher led the Bronco charge in the 50-yard freestyle, clocking a time of 23.56 to earn the victory. Sophomore Shanelle Choi and senior Kelly Forrester followed closely behind, each turning in sub-25-seconds times.
"Amber's time was really good for this point in the season, and to go 1-2-3 in that event was great," Hill said.
Junior Stephanie North was the top finisher in the 100-yard freestyle, her eighth dual-meet victory in the event. Choi-who won the 100 against Seattle Friday-placed second, and was chased by freshman Olivia Harrell in third.
A trio of Bronco seniors swept the 200-yard backstroke. Green placed first with Jenny Nowatzke and Andrea Thiltgen finishing second and third, respectively.
Sophomore Stevie Hughey used a career-best 2:07.35 to win the 200-yard individual medley. Senior Tara Hahto finished second in the event.
Hahto also finished runner up in the 200-yard breaststroke and posted a season-best time.
"Tara was the best she has been in a long time," Hill said. "She has been putting in the work, so it was fun to see that show through today."
Sophomore Lily Donohue earned her first-career victory with a strong finish in the 200-yard butterfly.
Freshman Ciera Cortney scored a 266.63 to win the three-meter diving event. Cortney's score is No. 5 on the all-meets record list for the event. Tana Loan also competed, scoring 197.40. The diving event was not calculated in the team score.
Boise State returns to action Friday, Jan. 21, at Washington State and Saturday, Jan. 22, at in-state rival Idaho.
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