SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The Boise State swimming & diving team arrived in Texas ready to compete and improve upon last year’s performance at the Western Athletic Conference Championships, and they certainly got off to a great start, Wednesday.
“We had a good start tonight,” said head coach Kristin Hill. “Our medley relay dropped nearly a second off our previous best time and with Jenny Nowatzke anchoring in a 24.0 we know we have some speed which we like to see.”
During the first day of competition, the Broncos opened the event with a seventh place finish in the 200 medley relay with a record time of 1:47.30 (Denise Green, Tara Hahto, Allison Hall, Nowatzke). The time not only knocked off 11 seconds from last year’s time at the WAC Championships, but shattered the previous school record by nearly two seconds.
Making her presence known was Green as she clocked a record time of 27.75 in the 50 back as the lead in the 200 medley relay. Her time earns her the top spot in the Bronco record books for the event.
The 800 free relay followed as the the Broncos clocked a record time of 7:46.10, knocking four seconds off the previous record to finish eighth in the event. The relay team consisted of a quartette of freshmen with Nathalie Rohling kicking if off for Boise State, followed by Kim Nelson, Rachael Meisner and Nowatzke as the anchor.
Making a splash was Rohling as she clocked a record time of 1:55.06 in the 200 free as she swam lead-off for the Broncos in the 800 free relay. Her time in the event ranks first in the Bronco record books.
“Our 800 freestyle relay time was over 4.5 seconds better than our top time earlier this season, setting a new team record,” added Hill. “Kim Nelson had a great time drop in her 200 freestyle leg and looked outstanding in the water. This is a young team and we are off to a nice start for many of these girls’ first ever collegiate conference championships. We know we will be even faster tomorrow morning.”
After the first day of competition, the Broncos currently sit in eighth place heading into day two with 46 points, just two points shy of the University of San Diego.
The 500 free will kick off day-two of the WAC championships at 6:30 p.m., with the 200 yard individual medley, 50 free, 1-meter diving and the 200 yard free relay following.
Live results from the WAC Championships are available at www.wacsports.com.--broncosports.com--