BOISE, Idaho Competing in its final home meet of the 2008-09 season, the Boise State University swimming and diving team established three school records, and came away with five first place finishes in a 177 to 111 dual loss to Oregon State University at the West YMCA.

                Boise State posted team records in the 200-yard medley relay, the 100-yard breaststroke and the 50-yard freestyle.                  Finishing second in the 200-yard medley relay, the Bronco foursome of Denise Green, Emily Irvin, Amber Boucher and Stephanie North recorded a time of 1:46.64 to break the previous record of 1:46.75 set two weeks ago (Jan. 24) by Morgan McLain, Irvin, Boucher and North in a dual at the University of Idaho. 

                Irvin broke her own record in the 100-yard breaststroke when she posted a first place time of 1:04.49.  Her old record was 1:04.88 set on Dec. 5, 2008.  Irvin now has the school’s top six all-time marks in the event.

                Boucher eclipsed her previous school record in the 50-yard freestyle by five one-hundredths of a second in winning the race with a 23.74 time.  Her old record was 23.79 giving her the top four all-time Boise State marks in the event.

                Boise State’s third first place finish came from North in the 100-yard freestyle winning the race in a time of 51.17.  It was the second fastest time in school history and just 0.12 seconds off her Bronco record of 51.05.

                “Our team continues to show improvement and we will use this meet as a stepping stone to the upcoming Western Athletic Conference Championships in two weeks (Feb. 25-28),” head coach Kristin Hill commented.  “We are still a young program and while we may not have won the dual, we want to continue to compete against teams like Oregon State.  Competing, and improving our marks, against Pac-10 Conference teams will only make our program stronger.”

                Along with its three first place finishes in the swim races, Boise State’s Erin Lionberger won both of the diving events.  Her score in the one-meter was 225.30, while she posted a score of 245.02 in the three-meter event.

                Boise State had six other runner-up finishes on Saturday.  The included Boucher in the 100-yard freestyle (52.13), Green in the 200-yard backstroke (2:07.36); Irvin in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:23.38), Katelyn Lofland in the 500-yard freestyle (5:14.94) and the 400-yard freestyle relay team of North, Kim Nelson, Green and Chelsea Lopus (3:35.74) which was also the second fastest time in school history.

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