Broncos Send Six Individuals to Finals
SAN ANTONIO Boise State University had six individuals compete in the C Finals at the 2007 Western Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships, Friday.
Siobhan Gilmartin, Kelly Knapp and Meghan Jansen represented the Broncos in the C finals of 100-yard butterfly, Nikki DeWane and Mary DeLeon Guerrero competed in the C finals of the 100 breaststroke and Holly Chatelain competed in the C finals of the 400 individual medley. Although none of the individuals scored points for the team, it was another first for the program.
“We’ve got to remember that these are girls who we recruited on the first day of classes,” head coach Kristin Hill said. “For them to come back to swim in the evening is amazing, especially considering none of them really had any experience with year-round swimming before this season.”
They may not have the most points at the conference championships, but no other team can boast the number of school records set that the Broncos have amassed thus far. Wednesday brought two broken records, and Thursday saw four more go down. On Friday, the Broncos broke seven more in both preliminary and finals competition.
Competing in the 400 individual medley, Holly Chatelain shaved more than 10 seconds off the squad’s best with a time of 5-minutes, 11.09-seconds. In the C finals, Chatelain again broke the record, posting a time of 5:06.93.
DeWane’s 100 breast time of 1:08.04 was not only a record, but it got her into the C finals where she would go on to place fourth of seven competitors in the heat.
In the 100 fly, Gilmartin finished in 1:08.77, besting the school’s previous record by nearly four seconds. Rounding out the Bronco records set on the third day of the four-day meet were Kelsey Woodfield, who nabbed the Bronco record in the 200 free with a 2:07.33, and Kendra MacLean, who posted a 100 backstroke time of 1:03.75.
In diving competition, the Broncos’ lone diver Jennifer Dorling finished 20th of 24 competitors with a score of 175.65 on the three-meter board. Dorling, who had never competed in diving before this season, finished 23rd on the one-meter board, Thursday, and will compete in platform diving on Saturday after training for the first time in the event this afternoon.
The Broncos once again were able to tally points towards the team total, as the 400 medley relay team of MacLean, DeWane, Gilmartin, and Woodfield scored 22 points with a school-record 4:21.27.
The eighth-place Broncos now have 88 points heading into the final day of competition. Boise State will compete in the 1,650 free, the 200 back, the 100 free, the 200 breast, the 200 fly, the 400 free relay, and platform diving on Saturday.
Western Athletic Conference Championships
Team Totals 1. Nevada (556.5), 2. Hawaii (483), 3. Northern Arizona (421), 4. San Jose State (282.5), 5. New Mexico State (250), 6. Idaho (241), 7. San Diego (172), 8. Boise State (88).
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