SAN ANTONIO The Boise State University swimming and diving team continued their personal success at the program’s first trip to the Western Athletic Conference Championships, Thursday.
After setting records in their only two events, Wednesday, the Broncos came back with a fire and determination that claimed three more top marks at the Palo Alto Natatorium.
In preliminary competition, Kendra MacLean, Holly Chatelain and Nikki DeWane each broke school records set earlier this season, the inaugural year of the program. The elation of their individual accomplishments was widely expressed among each of the student-athlete’s faces, and was echoed by head coach Kristin Hill.
“Today was a great continuation of what we started yesterday,” Hill said. “These girls are doing an outstanding job. Everyone on the team is looking forward to tomorrow and more opportunities to improve on what they have already accomplished this season.”
In the first event of the day, the 500-yard freestyle, MacLean finished third in her heat, shaving more than nine seconds off the squad’s previous best with a time of 5-minutes, 38.31-seconds. Competing in the 200 individual medley, Chatelain nabbed the top time with a 2:24.79, also finishing third in her heat. DeWane eclipsed her own record in the 50 free, posting a 25.59 to finish second in her heat.
Competing in a morning time trail, MacLean recorded a school record in the 100 free, posting a 56.83. DeWane went on set a new best in the event, posting a 56.62 in an evening time trial.
In the lone diving event of the day, Jennifer Dorling finished 23rd amongst 25 competitors with a score of 156.00 on the one-meter board.
Although the Broncos did not advance any individual competitors to the finals, the 200 free relay team of Kelly Knapp, Emily Fransen, Meghan Jansen, and Jessica Clark did add 22 points to the team total, finishing in 1:53.87. The eighth-place Broncos now have 66 team points.
On Friday, the third day of the four-day meet, the Broncos will compete in the 400 IM, the 100 butterfly, the 200 free, the 100 breaststroke, the 100 backstroke, the 400 medley relay, and three-meter diving.
Western Athletic Conference Championships
Feb. 14-17, 2007
Palo Alto Natatorium
San Antonio, Texas
Day Two Results
Team Totals 1. Nevada (294.5), 2. Hawaii (270), 3. Northern Arizona (218), 4. San Jose State (145.5), 5. New Mexico State (141), 6. San Diego (100), 7. Idaho (93), 8. Boise State (66).