SAN ANTONIO By setting school records in the 200-yard backstroke, the 1,650 freestyle and the 200 breaststroke, Saturday, the Bronco swimming and diving team put the finishing touches on everything they set out to accomplish at the Western Athletic Conference Championships.
With the new top times, Boise State bested every individual event in which it swam at the Palo Alto Natatorium. The Broncos also established records in four of five relay events and in platform diving at the four-day meet.
“We are really fortunate to be a part of the WAC,” head coach Kristin Hill said. “It is a great conference and the conference meet was a nice ending to our first season. We did better than we expected, and we had high expectations, so that is exciting.”
Kendra MacLean qualified for the C finals with a 200 back time of 2:17.09. The mark, which stood as a school record for all of seven and a half hours, was broken in the finals when MacLean finished fifth in her heat with a 2:16.38.
Nikki DeWane finished first in her heat in the 200 breast with a Bronco-best time of 2:33.09. In the C finals, DeWane finished fourth with a 2:32.64, besting her own record for the second time of the day.
In the most grueling event the sport has to offer, the 1,650 free, Holly Chatelain completed the mile-long race in 20-minutes, 27.41-seconds.
The Broncos once again scored all of the points in relay competition, grabbing 22 in the 400 free relay. Kelsey Woodfield, MacLean, Siobhan Gilmartin, and DeWane finished in 3:51.91, nearly 10 seconds faster than the previous school record.
Competing in platform diving for the first time in school history, Jennifer Dorling tallied 98.45 points. Dorling, whose training for the event began Friday, had never dove off the five-meter platform before the conference meet.
With 110 total points and an eighth-place finish, the season ended for the Broncos at the conference championships, the inaugural season now a piece of Boise State history.
Western Athletic Conference Championships
Feb. 14-17, 2007
Palo Alto Natatorium
San Antonio, Texas
Team Totals 1. Nevada (810.5), 2. Hawaii (730), 3. Northern Arizona (625), 4. San Jose State (430.5), 5. New Mexico State (359), 6. Idaho (350), 7. San Diego (245), 8. Boise State (110).