Broncos in Second After Day One of MW Championships
Ciera Cortney set the Boise State school record in the 1m

Feb. 19, 2014

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SAN ANTONIO--The Boise State women's swimming and diving team concluded the first day of competition at the Mountain West Swimming and Diving Championships on Wednesday. The Broncos set three school records and finished day one with 88 points for second place. Nevada leads the competition with 107, followed by Boise State (88), San Diego State (80), New Mexico (65), Wyoming (65).

Wicks, Johansen, Aoyama and Martin kicked off competition on the swimming side in the 200-yard medley relay. The Broncos set a school record in the 200 medley relay, finishing in 1:38.21. Despite setting the school's top mark, the team finished in second to San Diego State (1:37.97).

The quartet swam the event again in a time trial, and hit a time of 1:37.75. Boise State again set the school record, while setting the conference record as well. The Broncos made the season's first NCAA `A' cut with the time.

"We started off this first day great," said head coach Kristin Hill. "Our 200 medley relay was so close to an NCAA A cut, and we are really thankful that we decided to race it again in a time trial and beat the cut, set a new Mountain West Conference record, another new team record and a Palo Alto pool record."

Boise State's divers took to the springboards on Wednesday in the one-meter preliminaries and finals. In the preliminary round, Ciera Cortney took third, and Erin Kohlbeck and Karli Kriewall took 10th and 15th, respectively. Kohlbeck finished the day with a score of 248.88 for fifth place. Karli finished with 209.82 for eighth place.

Cortney finished second in the one-meter finals with a score of 299.79, which set a Bronco record for championship-style meets.

"I'm really happy for Ciera!" said diving coach John Lynch. "She really worked her butt off all year and it definitely showed today. The diving crew as a whole did a fantastic job as well. We are looking forward to three-meter tomorrow!"

The swimmers concluded day one of the championships with the 800-yard freestyle relay. The team of Felicity Cann, Taylor Padington, Blake Balogh and Jessica Bottelberghe finished in third with a time of 7:13.73.

 "Diving took care of business and our relays were strong tonight," said Hill. "We had areas that will get better tomorrow and we are looking foward to an outstanding full day of racing tomorrow with some of our best events on the schedule." 

The swimmers and divers will return to the pool tomorrow, Thursday, February 20, with the 200-yard freestyle relay, three-meter springboard, 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard individual medley and the 50-yard freestyle.


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