Broncos Host Idaho in Final Dual Meet of The Season

What’s Happening The Boise State swimming & diving team looks to close out the regular season against in-state rival and conference foe, Idaho, Saturday, at the West YMCA in Boise, Idaho.

View at the Vandals The Idaho Vandals have had a tough start in the new year as the swim team dropped its second dual meet of 2008 to the University of Washington, 115-139, despite posting first place finishes in the 200 backstroke and the 200 free relay. The Vandals were led by senior Adriana Quirke, who turned in a time of 2:07.39 in the 200 back to finish first in the event. Senior JoJo Miller also garnered a first place finish in the 200 breaststroke, earning a season-best time of 2:24.02.

BIG SPLASH Members of the Boise State football team will be trading in their pads and helmets for some speedos and swim caps in a competition off the gridiron. During Saturday’s meet against rival Idaho, three offensive linemen will take on three defensive linemen in a diving competition, judged by our very own Boise State diving team. The BIG SPLASH’ is scheduled to take place during the second break of competition.

Senior Send-Off The Boise State swimming & diving team will send off its first set of graduating seniors, Saturday, during their final home meet of the season. Captain Holly Chatelain, LiAnne Choitz and diver Jennifer Dorling were all members of the 2006-07 inaugural season and played a key role in laying the groundwork for the program.

“We look forward to honoring our seniors this weekend,” said head coach Kristin Hill. “It will be our senior meet and a time to thank them for what they have given the team.”

Chatelain was named team captain for the 2007-08 season and was a member of a 400 medley relay team that ranks among one of the top 10 in school history in that event. The Big Piney, Wyo., native majored in marketing.

Choitz currently holds two top 10 record times in the 1650 free. The Buckeye, Ariz., native majored in criminal justice.

Dorling recently qualified for the Zone E Diving National Championships after posting a career-high score of 283.10 in the three meter in addition to recording a season-best 285.20 in the one meter last week against New Mexico State. She currently holds the school record in the one meter with a score of 318.15, which was set Jan. 26, 2007. The Olympia, Wash., native majored in both music and pre-medicine with an emphasis in biology.

In The Zone Senior Jennifer Dorling and freshman Megan Morton not only set a pair of records in the Boise State record books, but also qualified for the Zone E Diving National Championships, hosted by the U.S. Air Force Academy, March 13-15, held at the Oklahoma City Community College in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Before qualifying for Zones, Dorling tallied a personal-best of 250.25 in the three meter en route to crushing her previous school record of 224.50. The following week, Dorling shattered her score from the week prior while qualifying for Zones with a score of 283.10 in the three meter. Equally impressive was Morton, who set the school record in the three meter and qualified for the diving championships after tallying an impressive 284.30 in the event.

Kristin’s Corner “We are really looking forward to hosting the University of Idaho,” said head coach Kristin Hill. “When we competed against them last season it was our very first season with a team of walk-ons and they really handed it to us.  Our team has improved a great deal since then with some outstanding freshmen, strong transfers, and a core of returners who improve nearly every time they hit the water.  We anticipate exciting races throughout the meet.  This isn’t the meet we are pointing for this season as we are always looking to perform at the highest level at the conference championships, but it will be a fun meet and a great way to wrap up our dual meet season before the conference championships February 20-23.”

Last Time Out The Broncos won three events and set three school records in its dual match against Western Athletic Conference foe New Mexico State University but fell 174-118.
Freshman Allison Hall posted the first victory of the day for the Broncos as she collected nine points in the 200 yard butterfly with a time of 2:07.29. Hall’s mark was the second best time in the 200 yard butterfly in Boise State history.

Megan Morton won the three meter diving competition with 284.30 points en route to setting the school-record in the event. Jennifer Dorling set a personal-best and earn a second place finish in the event with 283.10 points, while leading the Broncos in the one meter with a career-high score of 285.20. The Broncos would finish one-two-three in the three meter diving competition as Alyssa Daly registered a career-best 245.65 points for the third place finish.

Nathalie Rohling, a freshman Highland, Ind., set the Boise State school record in the 200 yard freestyle with a 1:55.72 in the event. Rohling now owns the top four times on the Broncos’ all-time list and topped the previous school-record by over 1.5 seconds.

Jenny Nowatzke set the school-record in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 54.68 as she collected two points in the event. Her previous career-best came Oct. 19, at the home dual against San Jose State (54.85).

Tara Hahto won the 200 yard individual medley with a time of 2:11.29 to collect nine points for Boise State. Her time tied for second place on the Broncos’ all-time list in the event.

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