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Boise State at the 2013 MW Championships

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Boise State swimming and diving is set to defend its Mountain West Championship Feb. 20-23, in San Antonio. The Broncos won the final event at last year's meet to knock off reigning champion San Diego State by five points, the slimmest margin in conference history. Boise State was picked to finish second in this season's MW Preseason Poll, behind the Aztecs.

Get all of your news, notes and inside information on Boise State's trip to San Antonio right here.

Feb. 23 - 5:56 p.m. (CT)
Tonight's finals festivities will begin with senior recognition.  The meet will begin at approximately 6:35 p.m. (CT) with the top heat of the 1650-yard freestyle. Jenn Cahill, last year's silver medalist and a Bronco senior, is officially scratched from the event due to illness.

More updates will be available on the @BroncoSportsSD Twitter account throughout the day. Tonight's results will be posted here as often as possible, but there will not be a dull event-by-event preview, but a brief one is available below. The morning recap will tell you which Broncos are competing in the finals heats.

Quick Preview
-Devin Madsen and Nikki Cannon will vie for the 200-yard backstroke title. Madsen is looking to make it five-straight years of a Bronco freshman winning at least one individual event.
-Stevie Hughey is seeded third in the 100-yard freestyle, Hughey is attempting to make it five-straight years for the Broncos winning the conference title in the event. Jessica Bottelberghe is seeded fourth.
-Boise State has three swimmers in the 200-yard breaststroke championship final. Emily Campbell, Chelsea Miller and Heather Harper. Campbell is seeded second and looking for her first-career medal. All three are gunning for Miller's school record of 2:13.64 set in 2011.
-Rachel Heaney takes the top seed into the 200-yard butterfly. Brooke Balogh is also in the A Final. Heaney won the event in 2011 in the WAC. Balogh has never medaled in an event at conference.
-Ciera Cortney is in the championship final of platform diving. It is Cortney's first top-eight finish of the meet. She took seventh last season on platform.
-The meet will close with the 400-yard freestyle relay, one of Boise State's premier relays.

Feb. 23 - 1:25 p.m. (CT)
After the morning, Boise State is in position to win the day's scoring battle. The Broncos qualified 10 student-athletes for the A Finals tonight and four for consolation finals. The 1650-yard freestyle will also be tonight as a timed final, as will the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Superlatives from the morning...

Qualifying for the A Finals
200 Back: Devin Madsen (fourth, 1:57.56); Nikki Cannon (seventh, 1:58.85)
100 Free: Stevie Hughey (third, 50.06); Jessica Bottelberghe (fourth, 50.08)
200 Breast: Emily Campbell (second, 2:13.84); Chelsea Miller (fourth, 2:14.21); Heather Harper (seventh, 2:16.44)
200 Fly: Rachel Heaney (first, 1:57.39); Blake Balogh (fifth, 2:01.58)
Platform Diving: Ciera Cortney (seventh, 204.52)

Qualifying for the B Finals
200 Back: Sydney Johansen (ninth, 1:59.28)
100 Free: Sam Wicks (14th, 50.77)
200 Fly: Christine Raininger (ninth, 2:02.87)
Platform Diving: Lexi Pfeiffer (13th, 191.40)

School Records
200 Back: Devin Madsen, 1:57.56
200 Fly: Rachel Heaney, 1:57.39

200 Back: Devin Madsen, Nikki Cannon
200 Breast: Emily Campbell, Chelsea Miller
200 Fly: Rachel Heaney

Career Bests
200 Back: Devin Madsen, Nikki Cannon
100 Free: Stevie Hughey, Jessica Bottelberghe, Sam Wicks, Shanelle Choi (51.42), Talie Anchustegui (51.69)
200 Breast: Emily Campbell, Heather Harper
200 Fly: Rachel Heaney, Brooke Balogh

Feb. 23 - 10:43 a.m. (CT)
We are just about ready for the final day of prelims at the 2013 MW Championships. The Broncos are set up for a strong day and will aim to not only increase their stranglehold on second place but also outscore everyone tonight. There are a couple of events the Broncos can medal in tonight and even chances to take home gold.

200-Yard Backstroke
2012 A Final Qualifying Time- 2:00.01
2012 B Final Qualifying Time- 2:04.08

Boise State will put three competitors in the 200-yard backstroke. Sydney Johansen was the bronze medalist in 2012 and is seeded 10th this season. Devin Madsen is the top Bronco in the event, seeded fifth. Madsen will swim right next to her sister (Alex, Fresno State) in the prelims. Nikki Cannon will also look to score in the event for the second-straight season. Four of the top five finishers from 2012 return for the event, including defending champion Jordan Denny of Wyoming who won the title as a freshman last season.

Boise State Lineup
Heat 2: Sydney Johansen, lane 3 (seeded 10th)
Heat 3: Nikki Cannon, lane 6 (seeded 12th)
Heat 4: Devin Madsen, lane 5 (seeded fifth)

100-Yard Freestyle
2012 A Final Qualifying Time- 50.37
2012 B Final Qualifying Time- 51.60

Six Broncos will compete in the 100-yard freestyle, including two exhibition swims. Boise State will flood the fifth heat with three entrants stacked up in consecutive lanes. Jessica Bottelberghe comes in as the top Bronco based on seed at 11th. Boise State has won the last four conference titles in the 100-yard freestyle (Stephanie North 2009-10, 12; Amber Boucher 2011).

Boise State Lineup
Heat 2: Talie Anchustegui, lane 7 (exhibition)
Heat 5: Sam Wicks, lane 6 (seeded 13th)
Heat 5: Shanelle Choi, lane 7 (seeded 20th)
Heat 5: Olivia Harrell, lane 8 (exhibition)
Heat 6: Stevie Hughey, lane 6 (seeded 12th)
Heat 7: Jessica Bottelberghe, lane 6 (seeded 11th)

200-Yard Breaststroke
2012 A Final Qualifying Time- 2:17.41
2012 B Final Qualifying Time- 2:21.43

Three Broncos will take on the 200-yard breaststroke and look to continue the strong breaststroke season Boise State has put together. Chelsea Miller leads the bunch with the No. 2 seed in the conference. Miller took sixth last season. Emily Campbell and Heather Harper both swam the A Final of the 100 breast last night and will look to duplicate the feat in the longer race. Campbell is seeded fourth and Harper seventh. Harper was fifth in 2012. Top seed Katelyn Weddle of San Diego State, who also won the 100 breast yesterday, won the 200 race as a freshman in 2010 and has settled for silver the past two years.

Boise State Lineup
Heat 4: Chelsea Miller, lane 4 (seeded second)
Heat 5: Emily Campbell, lane 5 (seeded fourth)
Heat 5: Heather Harper, lane 3 (seeded seventh)

200-Yard Butterfly
2012 A Final Qualifying Time- 2:02.41
2012 B Final Qualifying Time- 2:05.32

Boise State has dominated the conference rankings all season in the 200-yard butterfly. Rachel Heaney (1:58.50) owns the top seed in the event by nearly five seconds. Checking in a distant second is another Bronco, Brooke Balogh (2:03.08). Boise State also holds the sixth and 10th seeds and Jessica Bottelberghe (who is not entered in the 200 fly) boasts another top-10 time in the event. Heaney was the 2011 WAC Champion as a freshman and took third last season. Boise State Lineup
Heat 3: Jennifer Domanowski, lane 5 (exhibition; seeded sixth)
Heat 4: Brooke Balogh, lane 4 (seeded second)
Heat 5: Rachel Heaney, lane 4 (seeded first)
Heat 5: Christine Raininger, lane 6 (seeded 10th)

We'll be back later with a look at the platform diving competition and the 1650-yard freestyle.

Feb. 22 - 8: 47 p.m. (CT)
This morning's great session was followed by a strong nightcap and the Broncos surged into second place with a 40-point cushion over third-place Wyoming, 360.5-320.

Highlights from tonight (just the evening session)...

Scoring Swims
200 Free Relay: Bottelberghe, Hughey, Johansen, Wicks (fifth)
400 IM: Rachel Heaney (fourth), Christine Raininger (fifth), Brooke Balogh (ninth), Chelsea Miller (12th)
100 Fly: Stevie Hughey (fourth), Rachel Heaney (11th), Shanelle Choi (13th)
200 Free: Jessica Bottelberghe (seventh), Taylor Padington (10th), Blake Balogh (13th), Emri Moore (15th)
100 Breast: Sydney Johansen (second), Emily Campbell (fourth), Heather Harper (sixth)
100 Back: Sam Wicks (fifth), Devin Madsen (sixth), Nikki Cannon (15th).

400 IM: Heaney (4:17.04), Raininger (4:18.56)
100 Fly: Hughey (53.98)
100 Breast: Johansen (1:00.92; faster in prelims), Campbell (1:02.04)
100 Back: Wicks (54.15; faster in prelims), Madsen (54.39)

School Record
200 Medley Relay (time trial): Bottelberghe, Johansen, Hughey and Wicks (1:39.46)

Career Bests
400 IM: Rachel Heaney (4:17.04), Brooke Balogh (4:19.95), Chelsea Miller (4:21.57), Megan Myers (4:24.56)
100 Fly: Stevie Hughey (53.98)
2000 Free: Taylor Padington (1:49.14), Jessica Bottelberghe (1:49.17), Blake Balogh (1:50.09)
100 Breast: Emily Campbell (1:02.04)
100 Back: Devin Madsen (54.39)
100 Free (time trial): Blake Balogh (52.52)
100 Fly (time trial): Olivia Harrell (57.40)
50 Back (time trial relay lead off): Jessica Bottelberghe (25.46)

Feb. 22 - 7:07 p.m. (CT)
Good showing by the Broncos in the 400 IM, four career bests among the five competitors. Boise State scores 43 points in the event.

Next up is the 100-yard butterfly.

100-Yard Butterfly
2012 Winning Time- 52.30 (Amber Boucher, Boise State)
MW Record- 52.18 (Katelyn Herrington, UNLV; SET IN PRELIMS)
Meet Record- 52.18 (Katelyn Herrington, UNLV; SET IN PRELIMS)
Pool Record- 52.05 (Amber Boucher, Boise State; 2011)

Boise State has Stevie Hughey in the A Final, and Shanelle Choi and Rachel Heaney in the B Final

200-Yard Freestyle
2012 Winning Time- 1:47.01 (Stephanie North, Boise State)
MW Record- 1:45.85 (Amber Boucher, Boise State; 2012)
Meet Record- 1:46.59 (Lorena Diaconescu, 2001)
Pool Record- 1:43.97 (Moravcova, SMU; 1997)

Boise State has three in the B Final, all freshmen. Emri Moore, Blake Balogh and Taylor Padington. Sophomore Jessica Bottelberghe will be in the A Final.

Feb. 22 - 6:24 p.m. (CT)
Set to start tonight's session. Here's a preview of the events in store.

200-Yard Freestyle Relay
2012 Winning Time- 1:30.14 (Boise State)
MW Record- 1:29.73 (Boise State, 2012)
Meet Record- 1:30.14 (Boise State, 2012)
Pool Record- 1:30.38 (San Jose State, 2012)
School Record- 1:29.73 (Boucher, Hughey, Johansen, North; 2012)

Boise State enters the event seeded second with a season-best time of 1:32.56. Tonight the Broncos will trot out Jessica Bottelberghe, Stevie Hughey, Sydney Johansen and Sam Wicks. Hughey and Johansen were both members of the Broncos' 200 free relay that competed at the NCAA Championships last season.

UNLV has the top seed at 1:31.33.

400-Yard Individual Medley
2012 Winning Time- 4:16.20 (Christine Raininger, Boise State)
MW Record- 4:06.70 (Zsuzanna Jakabos, BYU; 2009)
Meet Record- 4:06.70 (Zsuzanna Jakabos, BYU; 2009)
Pool Record- 4:07.30 (Kejzar, SMU; 2003)
School Record- 4:16.20 (Christine Raininger; 2012)

Junior Rachel Heaney is seeded fourth in the championship final with defending champion Christine Raininger into the final in the eighth seed.

Boise State will have two swimmers in the B Final as Brooke Balogh and Chelsea Miller just missed the top flight. Megan Myers will also compete in the bonus final.

Feb. 22 - 3:02 p.m. (CT)
Great morning for the Broncos! Boise State puts nine in the championship finals and eight in the consolation finals tonight. Pour over the stats below for a quick recap of the highlights.

Boise State Up/Downs by Event
400 IM: 2 up/2 down
100 Fly: 1 up/1 down
200 Free: 1 up/3 down
100 Breast: 3 up/0 down
100 Back: 2 up/0 down

School Records
100 Breast: Sydney Johansen, 1:00.90
100 Back: Sam Wicks, 53.93

400 IM: Rachel Heaney
100 Breast: Sydney Johansen, Emily Campbell
100 Back: Sam Wicks, Devin Madsen

Career Bests
400 IM: Rachel Heaney (4:17.33), Brooke Balogh (4:22.29), Megan Myers (4:28.26).
200 Free: Jessica Bottelberghe (1:49.24), Blake Balogh (1:50.85), Emri Moore (1:50.90)
100 Breast: Sydney Johansen (1:00.90), Emily Campbell (1:02.29)
100 Back: Sam Wicks (59.93), Devin Madsen (54.42), Nikki Cannon (55.72)

More to come later as the Broncos are set up for a big night session as they look to leap from fifth to second.

Feb. 22 - 10:13 a.m. (CT)
Warmups are winding down for day three and swimming prelims are on tap. Here's a rundown of what to look for out of the Broncos.

400-Yard Individual Medley
2012 A Final Qualifying Time- 4:22.38
2012 B Final Qualifying Time- 4:25.62

Boise State has six entries in the 400-yard individual medley, including two exhibition races. Senior Christine Raininger is the defending champion and has won two conference titles in the event in her career.

Bronco Lineup
Heat 2: Chelsea Miller, lane 5 (seeded sixth)
Heat 3: Brooke Balogh, lane 3 (seeded eighth)
Heat 3: Megan Myers, lane 7 (exhibition)
Heat 4: Jenni Domanowski, lane 1 (exhibition)
Heat 4: Rachel Heaney, lane 5 (seeded fourth)
Heat 4: Christine Raininger, lane 6 (seeded 10th)

100-Yard Butterfly
2012 A Final Qualifying Time- 54.89
2012 B Final Qualifying Time- 56.25

Six Broncos will swim the 100-yard butterfly, including three exhibition swimmers. Rachel Heaney is taking on back-to-back events, competing in the 100 fly immediately after the 400 IM. Jenni Domanowski will also be double dipping, both as exhibition races.

Stevie Hughey took fourth last season, just edged out of a medal spot as third place finished .01 in front of her.

Bronco Lineup
Heat 4: Talie Anchustegui, lane 6 (exhibition)
Heat 5: Jenni Domanowski, lane 1 (exhibition)
Heat 5: Stevie Hughey, lane 5 (seeded fifth)
Heat 5: Shanelle Choi, lane 7 (seeded 17th)
Heat 5: Olivia Harrell, lane 8 (exhibition)
Heat 6: Rachel Heaney, lane 6 (seeded 10th)

200-Yard Freestyle
2012 A Final Qualifying Time- 1:49.62
2012 B Final Qualifying Time- 1:51.70

Boise State will have six more competitors in the 200-yard freestyle, just one exhibition. Jenn Cahill scored in the event last year, taking 10th. Today Cahill will try to shake an illness that has plagued her all week. She is warming up this morning and looks ready to give it a shot.

Bronco Lineup
Heat 3: Emily Blasko, lane 6 (exhibition)
Heat 5: Jessica Bottelberghe, lane 5 (seeded sixth)
Heat 5: Blake Balogh, lane 6 (seeded 13th)
Heat 6: Jenn Cahill, lane 3 (seeded eighth)
Heat 6: Emri Moore, lane 6 (seeded 12th)
Heat 7: Taylor Padington, lane 2 (seeded 14th)

100-Yard Breaststroke
2012 A Final Qualifying Time- 1:03.85
2012 B Final Qualifying Time- 1:04.68
Boise State has enjoyed its most successful season in the breaststroke events this year and will put its top three entries in the 100-yard race today. Sydney Johansen was the silver medalist last season. Heather Harper also made the A Final.

Bronco Lineup
Heat 3: Heather Harper, lane 5 (seeded sixth)
Heat 4: Emily Campbell, lane 3 (seeded ninth)
Heat 5: Sydney Johansen, lane 5 (seeded fourth)

100-Yard Backstroke
2012 A Final Qualifying Time- 55.62
2012 B Final Qualifying Time- 56.96
The Broncos will have three swimmers in the final event of the morning, led by freshman Devin Madsen who will go after the school record (54.29). Nikki Cannon is the only Bronco entered who competed the race last season, taking 14th a year ago.

Bronco Lineup
Heat 3: Nikki Cannon, lane 2 (seeded 16th)
Heat 3: Devin Madsen, lane 5 (seeded sixth)
Heat 4: Sam Wicks, lane 3 (seeded eighth)

Stay tuned to Twitter (@BroncoSportsSD) and the live results link above for live updates.

Feb. 21 - 8:32 p.m. (CT)

Quick rundown of tonight's highlights (just from tonight, not including this morning's races)...

Silver medal for Stevie Hughey in the 50-yard freestyle
Bronze medal for Sydney Johansen in the 200-yard individual medley

School Record
200 IM: Johansen (1:59.79)

Boise State Freshman Records
500 Free: Blake Balogh (4:51.31)
100 Back: Devin Madsen (54.73- leading off 400 medley relay)

200 IM: Johansen and Jessica Bottelberghe
50 Free: Hughey
100 Back: Madsen (lead off)

Lifetime Bests
500 Free: Blake Balogh
200 IM: Johansen, Bottelberghe, Chelsea Miller, Emily Campbell
100 Back: Madsen (lead off)
200 Free: Megan Myers (time trial)
100 Free: Olivia Harrell (time trial)

Full recap to come on the web site soon.

Feb. 21 - 6:01 p.m. (CT)
About a half hour away from the start of tonight's session. Here's a preview of the events in store.

400-Yard Medley Relay
2012 Winning Time- 3:35.59 (Boise State)
MW Record- 3:35.59 (Boise State, 2012)
Meet Record- 3:35.59 (Boise State, 2012)
Pool Record- 3:37.88 (Boise State, 2011)
School Record- 3:35.59 (Bottelberghe, Johansen, Boucher, North; 2012)

Boise State enters the event seeded third with a season-best time of 3:44.33 from the Missouri Invitational. That time was posted by the team of Devin Madsen, Heather Harper, Stevie Hughey and Sam Wicks. Tonight the Broncos will roll with Madsen, Sydney Johansen, Hughey and Wicks. For the second time in as many days Hughey is the lone senior with two freshmen and a sophomore (800 free relay). However, Johansen brings championship experience to the squad. She swam the breaststroke leg on last year's championship team.

San Diego State has the top seed with UNLV a close second. Based on seed times, Boise State leads a tight bunch for third through fifth.

500-Yard Freestyle
2012 Winning Time- 4:46.67 (Jessica Heim, UNLV)
MW Record- 4:42.57 (Whitney Lopus, Utah; Dec. 5, 2008)
Meet Record- 4:44.57 (Kelly Marquenie, SDSU; 2011)
Pool Record- 4:38.48 (Flavia Rigamonti, SMU; 2003)
School Record- 4:49.81 (Jenn Cahill; 2012)

Freshman Emri Moore leads the Bronco contingent in the 500 freestyle, advancing to the championship final with a 4:51.44 in prelims. Moore will be in lane seven.

Boise State will have two swimmers in the B Final as sisters Brooke and Blake Balogh will swim together. Brooke qualified 14th in prelims at 4:55.79. Blake initially qualified 17th to just miss the scoring heat, but was moved up when Jenn Cahill scratched from the heat. Blake went 4:58.63 in the prelims.

Taylor Padington will swim in the bonus final.

200-Yard Individual Medley
2012 Winning Time- 1:59.93 (Sydney Johansen, Boise State)
MW Record- 1:58.10 (Mikaela Macklin, SDSU; SET IN PRELIMS TODAY)
Meet Record- 1:58.10 (Mikaela Macklin, SDSU; SET IN PRELIMS TODAY)
Pool Record- 1:56.81 (Alenka Kejzar, SMU; 2002)
School Record- 1:59.93 (Sydney Johansen; 2012)

Sydney Johansen is the defending champion in the event and seeded second going into the championship final after swimming a 2:00.28 this morning. That's the second-fastest time in school history and more than two seconds faster than she was in the morning last season before becoming the first Bronco to break 2:00 at night.

Jessica Bottelberghe will join Johansen in the A Final with a 2:02.28 during prelims. Last seaosn Bottelberghe ran away with the consolation final, dropping 2.4 seconds off her prelim time.

Christine Raininger, Emily Campbell and Chelsea Miller are all competing in the consolation final. The Broncos will not be represented in the B Final.

San Diego State's Mikaela Macklin posted the top qualifying time in prelims with a Mountain West record 1:58.10.

50-Yard Freestyle
2012 Winning Time- 22.31 (Amber Boucher, Boise State)
MW Record- 22.31 (Amber Boucher, Boise State; 2012)
Meet Record- 22.31 (Amber Boucher, Boise State; 2012)
Pool record- 22.30 (Amber Boucher, Boise State; 2011)
School Record- 22.30 (Amber Boucher; 2011)

Stevie Hughey will represent the Broncos in the A Final of the 50-yard freestyle. Hughey will be in lane one after swimming a 23.09 in prelims and tying for seventh. She took fifth at last year's championships, dropping a career-best 22.93 at night.

Sam Wicks just missed qualifying for the A Final when her 23.10 from prelims was ninth, .01 seconds away from forcing a swim-off.

Devin Madsen and Shanelle Choi will compete in the bonus final.

Feb. 21 - 5:27 p.m. (CT)
Lexi Pfeiffer and Ciera Cortney both qualified for the consolation final of three-meter diving earlier today. Pfeiffer (269.58) was ninth in prelims and Cortney (267.33) was 10th as they each narrowly mised advancing in the top eight.

Once in the consolation flight, Pfeiffer continued her strong weekend. She broke the school record with a 317.31 to take second in consols, 10th overall. Cortney battled through a miss on her third dive to finish sixth in the heat and score 14th-place points with a mark of 269.88.

Check back soon for a preview of tonight's swimming finals.

Feb. 21- 11:46 a.m. (CT)
Next up is the 50-yard freestyle. The Broncos will have seven student-athletes in the event, including two exhibition swims. Stevie Hughey finished fifth last season.

Last season it took a 23.31 to reach the championship final and a 23.68 to make the consolation final.

Bronco Lineup
Heat 4: Nikki Cannon, lane 1 (seeded 42nd)
Heat 4: Olivia Harrell, lane 2 (exhibition)
Heat 5: Talie Anchustegui, lane 1 (exhibition)
Heat 6: Devin Madsen, lane 1 (seeded 21st)
Heat 6: Stevie Hughey, lane 5 (seeded sixth)
Heat 7: Shanelle Choi, lane 8 (seeded 22nd)
Heat 8: Sam Wicks, lane 3 (seeded seventh)

Team Scoring on Paper
UNLV- 2 up/3 down; 51 points
New Mexico- 2 up/0 down; 30 points
Boise State- 2 up/0 down; 25 points
San Diego State- 1 up/2 down; 17 points
Wyoming- 0 up/3 down; 15 points
Air Force- 0 up/0 down; zero points
Colorado State- 0 up/0 down; zero points
Nevada- 0 up/0 down; zero points

Feb. 21 - 11:33 a.m. (CT)
Wrapping up the 500 free right now (stay tuned to @BroncoSportsSD on twitter to follow the in-race action). Looking ahead to the 200-yard individual medley. The Broncos return last year's conference champion Sydney Johansen among six competitors in the event.

Last season it took a 2:03.02 to reach the A Final and a 2:04.67 to get back for the B Final.

Bronco Lineup
Heat 4: Heather Harper, lane 6 (seeded 33rd)
Heat 5: Chelsea Miller, lane 3 (seeded 11th)
Heat 5: Sydney Johansen, lane 4 (seeded fifth)
Heat 6: Jessica Bottelberghe, lane 5 (seeded seventh)
Heat 6: Christine Raininger, lane 2 (seeded 28th)
Heat 7: Emily Campbell, lane 7 (seeded 19th)

Team Scoring on Paper
San Diego State- 2 up/1 down; 40 points
Boise State- 2 up/1 down; 35 points
Wyoming- 2 up/0 down; 27 points
UNLV- 1 up/1 down; 18 points
Wyoming- 1 up/0 down; 14 points
Fresno State- 0 up/1 down; nine points
Colorado State- 0 up/2 down; six points
Nevada- 0 up/2 down; six points
New Mexico- 0 up/0 down; zero points

Feb. 21 - 10: 42 a.m. (CT)
We're just about set for the second day of competition, which means the first day of swimming prelims. Our first individual event is the 500-yard freestyle.

The Broncos have five student-athletes entered in the event with two more as exhibitions. Last season it took a 4:54.51 in prelims to reach the A Final and a 4:59.04 to make it back for the B Final.

The fastest 24 entries are circle-seeded in the last three heats. San Diego State enters the meet with four of the top five times in the conference, including the three fastest.

Bronco Lineup
Heat 2: Emily Blasko, lane 5 (Exhibition)
Heat 3: Megan Myers, lane 3 (Exhibition)
Heat 4: Blake Balogh, lane 6 (Seeded 13th)
Heat 5: Emri Moore, lane 3 (Seeded eighth)
Heat 5: Taylor Padington, lane 6 (Seeded 12th)
Heat 6: Brooke Balogh, lane 2 (Seeded 14th)
Heat 6: Jenn Cahill, lane 5 (seeded fourth)

Team Scores on Paper
San Diego State- 5 up/0 down; 79 points
Boise State- 2 up/3 down; 44 points
UNLV- 1 up/1 down; 15 points
Wyoming- 0 up/2 down; 10 points
Colorado State- 0 up/1 down; nine points
Air Force- 0 up/1 down; three points
New Mexico- 0 up/1 down; one point
Fresno State- 0 up/0 down; zero points
Nevada- 0 up/0 down; zero points

Feb. 20 - 8:12 p.m. (CT)
Results from the first night of competition. A full recap will be available on the web site shortly.

200-yard medley relay: Boise State takes third in school record 1:39.53 (lowering by almost two seconds). Freshmen Devin Madsen (back) and Sam Wicks (free) bookended the team. Sophomores Sydney Johansen (breast) and Jessica Bottelberghe (fly) in the middle. Wicks ran down New Mexico, outtouching the Lobos by .01 seconds to secure third place. Madsen's 25.51 backstroke is a career-best in the 50 and second-fastest in school history.

1-meter diving: Lexi Pfeiffer set her career best for the second time on the day, posting a 284.37 to take fifth in the finals of 1-meter diving. That's the second-highest score at a championship-style meet in school history. Ciera Cortney had already taken 11th earlier in the day in consolation finals.

800-yard freestyle relay: Stevie Hughey, Emri Moore, Blake Balogh and Jessica Bottelberghe swam a 7:18.42 to place fourth. That is the third-fastest time in school history. Hughey's leadoff leg of 1:49.93 is a career-best in the 200-yard freestyle.

Time trials: Three Broncos took part in a pair of time trial events tonight, all three setting lifetime bests. Olivia Harrell (1:50.10) and Brooke Balogh (1:50.18) nearly tied in the 200-yard freestyle. Megan Myers followed that with a 52.26 in the 100-yard freestyle.

Also of note tonight, two Mountain West teams qualified for the NCAA Championships with A cuts in the 200-yard medley relay. San Diego State did so in winning fashion, breaking the conference record with a 1:37.93. UNLV did it in a time trial at the end of the day, clocking a 1:38.11 swimming all alone. Remember the NCAA changed how it is selecting relays this season, making the A standards more attainable and no longer inviting relays with provisional cuts. The B cut is now for teams with four individuals invited to the national meet who can make up a relay team provided that school has achieved the B cut.

Feb. 20 - 5:13 p.m. (CT)
There will be something different about Boise State's relays this year. The Broncos, who won all five relays at the 2011 WAC Championships and four of them last season, don't come into the meet with the top seed in any of them this year. That doesn't mean they're swimming for second, though. The young Broncos spent much of the season sorting out their relay lineups and have been at their best at season's end.

Boise State will get to put the recent success (five wins in the last six relay races, only loss coming by DQ) to the test right away. The meet kicks off with two relays as the only swimming events today.

Here's a refresher course on the meet as a whole and how relays fit in: Each student-athlete is limited to seven events, with no more than three being individual events. So, in most cases, in order to maximize an individual's scoring that means three individual events and four relays. When it comes to student-athletes who would benefit all five of a school's relays, a sacrifce has to be made.

In previous years that was the case with the Broncos' Amber Boucher and Stephanie North. Boucher and North were the top two legs on all five Boise State relays. Needing to choose just four, coach Kristin Hill circled one of the relays to hold both Boucher and North off, rather than splitting them. For multiple reasons, that race has been the 200-yard medley relay for the past three years. This season, the Broncos will be working from a different mindset: "How do we best maximize our stable of talent?" Rather than, "where will we be losing the least?"

Also of note about this year's relays is the two-heat format. With nine teams in the conference and an eight-lane pool, something had to give. The Mountain West decided to swim two heats, with the bottom three seeds competing in the first heat and the top six seeds in the second heat. The Broncos will be in the top flight of all five relays.

200-yard Medley Relay
2012 Winning Time- 1:38.56 (Wyoming)
Mountain West Record- 1:38.56 (Wyoming; 2012)
Meet Record- 1:38.56 (Wyoming, 2012)
Pool Record- 1:39.38 (San Jose State; 2012)
Boise State Record- 1:41.20 (Bottelberghe, Irvin, Hughey, Johansen; 2012)

Boise State took fourth last season in the event, setting a school record. Wyoming, led by then-senior backstroker Kelsi Conci, posted the best time in conference history to win the event.

This season, Boise State has posted the second-fastest time in school history (1:41.24) and comes in seeded third. UNLV (1:39.39) and San Diego State (1:40.00) are the top two sqauds on the psych sheet.

Team Scoring on Paper
UNLV- 40 points
San Diego State- 34 points
Boise State- 32 points
Wyoming- 30 points
New Mexico- 28 points
Colorado State- 26 points
Fresno State- 24 points
Air Force- 22 points
Nevada- 18 points

800-yard Freestyle Relay
2012 Winning Time- 7:13.40 (Boise State)
Mountain West Record- 7:10.18 (UNLV, 2006)
Meet Record- 7:10.18 (UNLV, 2006)
Pool Record- 7:07.13 (SMU, 2003)
Boise State Record- 7:12.91 (Boucher, Irvin, Cahill, North; 2011)

San Diego State enters the meet as the decided favorite in the 800-yard freestyle relay. The Aztecs' season-best time is more than seven seconds ahead of the next Mountain West team (UNLV); not to mention SDSU boasts the top three individuals in the 200-yard freestyle in the conference. The Rebels and Broncos are separated by just .04 seconds for second place on the psych sheet.

Boise State senior Jenn Cahill is the lone returner from last year's winning team in the 800 free relay. The Broncos have won the past three conference titles in the 800 free relay, and Cahill has been a member of each of them. Also among the possible team members is senior Stevie Hughey who was on the winning team in 2011. Hughey swam the Wednesday double that season, leading the Broncos to conference titles in the 200 medley and 800 freestyle relays.

Team Scoring on Paper
San Diego State- 40 points
UNLV- 34 points
Boise State- 32 points
Wyoming- 30 points
Fresno State- 28 points
Air Force- 26 points
New Mexico- 24 points
Nevada- 22 points
Colorado State- 18 points

Feb. 20 - 4:25 p.m. (CT)
Lexi Pfeiffer qualified for the A Final on 1-meter, while Ciera Cortney made it to the B Final. Pfeiffer scored a career-best 275.04 to place fourth in prelims. Cortney's 253.89 was good enough for 10th.

Cortney went on to place third in the conoslation final with a 265.29, fractions away from second in the heat. Her third-place finish is good for 11th overall and six points for the team score.

San Diego State had three divers in the consolation final, taking first, sixth and eighth. The Aztecs will not be represented in the A Final, so they finish the event with 13 points. Pfeiffer is guaranteed to score at least 11.

Feb. 20 - Noon (CT)
Boise State's swimmers just finished up a morning warmup session. The Broncos spent most of the morning working on starts and relay exchanges. Also going on this morning is the folks from the Mountain West getting everything ready for their web stream of each finals session. Don't forget to check that out tonight and each night following... it's FREE!

This afternoon we get everything started with the 1-meter diving prelims at 12:30 p.m. (CT). Live scoring can be found at Dive Meets, and stay tuned to our Twitter feed @BroncoSportsSD. We'll be back with a recap of prelims right here. Be sure to read the event preview below if you haven't already.

Feb. 19 - 11:48 p.m (CT)
The first day of competition eases us into the 2013 Mountain West Championships with one diving event and two relays on the swimming side. Prelims of 1-meter diving begin at 12:30 p.m. (CT), with consolation (B) final (9th-16th) taking place immediately after. The A final on the springboard (1st-8th) will go between the relays at night. Those swimming events are the 200-yard medley relay and the 800-yard freestyle relay.

Here's our preview of tomorrow's first event...

1-Meter Diving
2012 Winning Score- 311.85 (Gabby Erickson, New Mexico)
Mountain West Record- 347.48 (Michole Timm, New Mexico; Jan. 12, 2013)
Meet Record- 330.65 (Tawni Jones, BYU; 2010)
Boise State Record- 288.75 (Ciera Cortney; Feb. 24, 2011)

With one of the most accomplished springboard divers in conference history, New Mexico's Gabby Erickson, graduating after the 2012 season the race for the 1-meter title is up for grabs. Last year's runner-up (Kristen Meier of San Diego State) ia also gone, leaving Boise State's own Ciera Cortney as the top returner in the event. However, Grace Huang from Nevada is the 2012 WAC Champion and is now a member of the Mountain West.

Twenty Mountain West divers have posted an NCAA Zone qualifying score on 1-meter this season (265.0), led by Michole Timm's (New Mexico) conference-record score of 347.48. Timm set the mark last month, bettering the previous Mountain West record which was held by her former teammate Erickson. Timm's current teammate Megan Harper ranks second in the conference with a 325.20.

Cortney stands at 10th entering the meet with a season-best score of 284.85. Senior Lexi Pfeiffer, who took 13th last season, has the 16th-best score this year at 274.05. Last season it took a 240.45 to make the A Final and a 212.75 to qualify for the B Final.

The addition of Fresno State and Nevada to the conference will likely be felt most in diving, making the already-unpredictable set of events even more difficult to project. The Bulldogs and Wolf Pack each boast a pair of student-athletes in the top eight of the conference in the 1-meter event.

Throughout the week we'll be making note of what the meet would look like if everything played out by the psych sheet. Below is a glimpse at how 1-meter diving would shake out.

Team Scoring on Paper
New Mexico- 2 in A Final ("up") and 0 in B Final ("down"); 37 points
San Diego State- 2 up/1 down; 32 points
Nevada- 2 up/0 down; 29 points
Fresno State- 2 up/0 down; 23 points
UNLV- 0 up/1 down; 9 points
Colorado State- 0 up/2 down; 9 points
Boise State- 0 up/2 down; 8 points
Wyoming- 0 up/1 down; 6 points
Air Force- 0 up/1 down; 2 points

Feb. 19 - 6:23 p.m. (CT)
Practice number two at the Palo Alto College Aquatic Center is coming to a close. Quick session for the Bronco swimmers on the eve of the meet's first day. As has been discussed in the pre-meet release and notes, this facility is not foreign to the Broncos. Boise State won the 2011 WAC Championships right here in at Palo Alto, setting seven pool records in the process. Five of those still stand and here's a giant reminder for everyone else that walks in the pool...

The divers will get things started tomorrow with the 1-meter prelims at 12:30 p.m. (CT). First-year diving coach Allison Brennan ran Ciera Cortney and Lexi Pfeiffer through two practices today to get a feel for the boards and for one last chance to get championship-ready. Cortney placed third on 1-meter last season at the MW Championships, Pfeiffer took 13th in the event.

The swimmers aren't the only ones to have experienced success at Palo Alto. Cortney broke through as a freshman at the 2011 WAC Championships to grab a silver medal in the 1-meter event. She scored 288.75, less than four points shy of first place. That mark still stands as the school record for a championship-style meet.

Off to dinner. We'll be back with a more in-depth preview of tomorrow's events.

Feb. 19 - 10:32 a.m. (CT)
The Bronco swimmers are just wrapping up their first practice since arriving in San Antonio. They will be back at the pool later this evening for another practice. The divers are still getting a feel for the boards here and going through a practice. There will be more informative updates coming later in the day, but for now check out a couple of pictures from this morning.

The Madsen sisters Devin (Boise State, right) and Alex (Fresno State, left) embrace on the pool deck. Boise State head coach Kristin Hill talks with the team during Tuesday's practice.














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