Broncos Buck Aggies, Gain Momentum Toward WAC Championships

BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State swimming and diving team put on another impressive display at the Boise-West YMCA on Saturday with a 198.5-95.5 victory over New Mexico State. The Broncos (14-4, 9-1) took first in 14 of 16 events on their way to another dominating WAC victory.

"This has been a great season! We feel like we're well prepared and confident for the WAC Championships," said head coach Kristin Hill. "I'm glad we could honor the seniors today with such a big win."

The Broncos started the meet on a positive note with a title in the 400 medley relay. Morgan McLain, Emily Irvin, Amber Boucher and Stephanie North posted a season-best time of 3:47.13 to take the title and give the Broncos an early lead. The quartet was only .08 seconds off a school record in the event.

McLain, Boucher and North went on to sweep their respective events to keep the Broncos rolling. McLain continued to post some fast times in sweeping the backstroke events. Boucher took the 100 fly and 200 free titles while North took first in the 50 and 100 free events.

Jennifer Cahill swept the long distance events to help the Broncos push past the Aggies. She coasted to a victory in the 1650 free, leading a trio of Broncos in a 1-2-3 finish. Katelyn Lofland celebrated senior day with a close second-place finish in the event. Cahill's win in the 500 free wasn't quite as easy as she just barely outtouched the competition in a dramatic, come-from-behind finish. Her time of 5:05.70 was only .12 seconds faster than the Aggies' Beth Cate.

Chelsea Lopus also brought in a pair of first-place finishes in the 200 fly and 200 IM, celebrating her last day of competition at the West Y. The day was completed with the 14th victory of the day in the 200 free relay.

The Aggies took both breaststroke events, ending the Broncos 23-event win streak in swimming that dates back to the dual with San Diego on Jan. 9.

Next up are the WAC Championships where the Broncos will contend for their first-ever team WAC Championship. The conference meet will take place in San Antonio, Texas on Feb. 24-27.

"New Mexico State was third last year at our conference championships and we'd like to finish in the top-3 this year so this was a very good step for us," said Hill.

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