SAN ANTONIO Boise State University swimming and diving Head Coach Kristin Hill’s main goal for the Western Athletic Conference Championships was to break every single record that had been set this season, and the Broncos got off to a great start Wednesday.
Although the Broncos finished eighth in both events at the Palo Alto Natatorium, they went two-for-two towards their goal during the first day of competition.
“This was a very exciting start,” Hill said. “We knew it was going to be challenging, but our women are meeting that challenge head on and it’s really exciting to see how much fun they are having.”
The 200-yard medley relay team of Kendra MacLean, Nikki DeWane, Siobhan Gilmartin, and Kelsey Woodfield kicked off the Broncos’ first-ever trip to the conference championships with a time of 1-minute, 56.88-seconds, eclipsing their previous top time by nearly four seconds.
In the second and final event of the evening, the 800 free relay, DeWane, MacLean, Holly Chatelain, and Woodfield shattered the Broncos’ previous best with a time of 8:27.87. The mark is 22.52 seconds faster than the previous top time.
Overall the Broncos finished with 44 points in the two events, eight points back of the seventh place squad, the University of San Diego.
On Thursday, day two of the four-day meet, the Broncos will compete in the 500 freestyle, the 200 individual medley, the 50 free, the 200 free relay, and one-meter diving.
Live results and heat sheets can be found at www.wacsports.com, and results after each day of competition can be found at www.broncosports.com.
Western Athletic Conference Championships
Feb. 14-17, 2007
Palo Alto Natatorium
San Antonio, Texas
Day One Results
Team Totals: 1. Hawaii (74), 2. Nevada (72), 3. Northern Arizona (66), 4. New Mexico State (56), T5. Idaho (54), T5. San Jose State (54), 7. San Diego (52), 8. Boise State (44).