BOISE, Idaho - It was senior day for the Boise State swimming & diving team and despite setting several school records in their final dual meet of the season, the Broncos fell to the University of Idaho, 131.50-162.50, Saturday.
“This was a great meet for us,” said head coach Kristin Hill. “We would have loved to win, but there were a lot of close races that didn’t go our way and we’ll be better next time. We are only in the second year of our program and to be within striking distance in most races is impressive for our team.”
The event kicked off with the one-meter, which showcased the talents of senior Jennifer Dorling, who notched a season-best and zone qualifying score of 309.85 to finish first in the event. Also tallying a zone qualifying score was freshman Megan Morton as she recorded a career-best 284.70. Not to be outdone was Alyssa Daly, who also notched a career-best 252.50 in the event to finish third.
The 200 medley relay kicked off the swimming portion of the meet, which showcased the talents of Densie Green, Tara Hahto, Allison Hall and Sammy Sanchez-O’Dell who recorded a school record time of 1:49.14, but were outreached by the Vandals to earn second place in the event.
The 1650 freestyle followed with Katelyn LoFland dominating the event as she finished first after clocking a time of 17:38.07, finishing 17 seconds ahead of her second place competitor.
In the 200 free, Nathalie Rohling who took second with 1:56.11, which is good enough for second in the Boise State record books, while teammate Johanna Wubbena finished third with a career-best time 1:58.07.
The 100 backstroke followed with a fourth place finish by Green, who recorded a time of 1:00.34, which is good enough for second in the Bronco record books.
Hahto lead the way for the Broncos in the 100 breaststroke, clocking a time of 1:07.12 in the event to finish first.
It was Hall who finished strong for the Broncos in the 200 butterfly as she took first in the event with a time of 2:08.01, three seconds ahead of her competition.
The sprint event of the 50 free featured the talent of Sammy Sanchez-O’Dell, who led the Broncos with a time of 25.02 to finish.
Breaking up the swimming competition was the three-meter diving, which was highlighted by Dorling who tallied yet another zone qualifying score of 281.20 for first place. Morton followed with a second place finish with a score of 261.20, while Daly notched 244.15 points to place third in the event.
Following the break was the 100 free, which showed the talents of Kim Nelson, who set a school record with a time of 53.87 and took second in the event.
In the 200 back, Green led the Broncos with a fourth place finish after clocking a career-best time of 2:10.84. Her time also set a school record in the event, beating her previous time by one second.
It was Hahto who led Boise State in the 200 breast, as she clocked a 2:25.72 in the event to finish second.
Much like earlier in the day, the Broncos dominated in the distance event of the 500 free as Rachael Meisner took second with a time of 5:12.77, while LoFland finished third after clocking a time of 5:14.57.
Sanchez-O’Dell recorded a time of 1:00.08 in the 200 fly, leading the Broncos with a third place finish, just outreaching teammate Hall who finished fourth with a time of 1:00.30.
During the second break of the meet, members of the Boise State football team performed a number of dives in a competition off the gridiron. In a battle between the O-line and D-line, while scores were unofficially kept, the D-line dominated the O- line as it was defensive tackle Joe “The Natural” Bozikovich winning both the crowd and judges over on his second dive entitled, Happy Birthday Sushi’.
Entering the final events of the competition, Hahto took first in the 400 individual medley after clocking a time of 4:38.63 in the event. Closing out the event was the 200 free relay where the Broncos finished second (Jenny Nowatzke, Sanchez-O’Dell, Wubbena, Nelson) with time of 1:39.79.
Junior Lauren Keele was awarded the Bronco Award as she recorded a career-best 1:07.92 in the 100 breast and again in the 200 breast with a time of 2:26.82. She finished fourth in both events.
“This is a great group of women who have common goals,” added Hill. “We are excited to reach all of the goals we have set for the season at the WAC Conference Championships in four weeks.”
The Broncos now prepare for the Western Athletic Conference Championship, Feb.20-23, located in San Antonio, Texas.