Broncos Take Dual From In-State Rival Vandals

The Boise State swimming and diving team beat its in-state rival, Idaho, for the first time in program history with a 175-111 victory on Saturday in Moscow, Idaho. The Broncos took 12 of the 16 events from the Vandals and set a new team record in the 200 medley relay.

The Broncos started off on the right foot as they took first in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:46.75. The quartet of Morgan McLain, Emily Irvin, Amber Boucher, and Stephanie North edged out the Vandals by .23 seconds to take the victory. Their time also set a new team record for the event.

“This is the 2nd time we've lowered the record in two meets which is exciting,” said head coach Kristin Hill. “We just keep getting faster.”

In the mile, Rachael Meisner and Katelyn Lofland finished 1-2 for the Broncos with times of 17:49.98 and 17:50.10, respectively. The pair finished nine seconds in front of the next swimmer to sweep the top spots.

North kept the Broncos rolling with a first-place finish in the 200 free. She recorded a time of 1:55.01 to take the event. Kim Nelson was the next Bronco to finish in fourth with a time of 2:00.11.

The Vandals won their first event in the 100 back, but only by one-tenth of a second as McLain finished at 59.50 in second place. Although it was a Vandal on top, the Broncos took the next three spots as Denise Green and Morgan Denny finished in third and fourth.

The Broncos got back on track in the 100 breast with Irvin coming in first at 1:05.28. Lauren Keele and Erin Stotts finished in third and fourth for the Broncos with times of 1:07.83 and 1:08.82, respectively.

The 200 fly brought yet another victory over the in-state rivals as Chelsea Lopus brought in the first-place finish. Lopus recorded a time of 2:07.31 to take the top spot.

Boucher made sure to keep the blue and orange on top, taking the top spot in the 50 free. Boucher finished at the 24.01 mark for the Broncos third straight victory.

Next up, the divers took the stage on the 1-meter. Brittney Jones and Erin Lionberger finished 1-2 for the Broncos. Jones recorded a score of 234.20 while Lionberger reeled in a 229.75. Tana Loan finished in fourth with a score of 186.10.

The swimmers took over again with the 100 free. Idaho claimed its second victory in the event, taking the two top spots. North was the first to touch for the Broncos at the 53.42 mark in third place.

The Vandals took their third and final individual victory in the 200 back, but the Broncos took the next four spots led by McLain. She recorded a time of 2:11.14 followed closely by Green at 2:11.29. Denny and Andrea Thiltgen took fourth and fifth for Boise State.

The Broncos finished 1-2-3 in the 200 breast. Irvin, Keele and Stotts swept the event for the Broncos. Irvin finished first at 2:23.05 followed by Keele at 2:24.61 and Stotts at 2:25.95.

Meisner brought home her second victory of the day in the 500 free. She finished 5:12.61 to take the top spot. Lofland and Paige LaPorte finished in third and fourth for the Broncos.

Not to be outdone, Boucher brought in her second individual victory in the 100 fly with a time of 57.26. Tara Hahto finished in third for Boise State at 1:00.38.

The divers climbed the ladder for the 3-meter next and were led by Lionberger, who completed the diving sweep for the Broncos. She finished in first with a score of 224.45 while Loan finished in fourth with a 176.05.

The Broncos took another sweep in the 200 IM with their second 1-2-3 finish. Lopus led the way with a 2:08.96. Irvin was the next to touch at 2:10.15 followed by Keele at 2:14.95.

The day finished up with the 200 free relay. The Vandals took home their fourth event victory in the event. Boucher, North, Green and Lopus came in second at 1:39.00 for the Broncos.

"This is a sweet win for us. Beating Idaho was one of our goals this season and we were confident that this was something well within our capabilities, said Hill. "Finishing first and second in the mile; first, second and third in the 200 breast and first, second and third in the 200 IM were great accomplishments. Our team strength really shined today."

The Broncos will skip over the state border tomorrow to face Washington State in Pullman, Wash at noon (MT).

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