Broncos Buck Competition At Day Three of WAC Championships
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - With two days of competition already in the record books, the Boise State swimming & diving team continued to make history during the third day of competition at the 2008 Western Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championships, Friday.
The morning preliminaries stayed on pace with the rest of the week as the Broncos once again set numerous school records with nearly every individual recording personal bests and 12 earning a chance to compete in the evening finals.
“This morning we had some great finishes and some that were a little disappointing since expectations are so high,” said head coach Kristin Hill.
The afternoon featured the 3-meter diving preliminaries where the Boise State divers competed against the conference’s elite with freshman Megan Morton leading the way for the Broncos as she placed 16th out of 21 competitors tying both her personal best and school record of 284.30. Teammate Jennifer Dorling took 18th after she tallied and tied her personal best score of 283.10 in the event, while Alyssa Daly notched a score of 245.65.
Kicking off the finals was freshman Erica Christianson, who qualified for the 400 individual medley C Finals where she recorded a personal best time of 4:41.96 to place third. Immediately following was Rachael Meisner in the B Finals as she recorded a lifetime best time of 4:37.03 for fifth. It was teammate Tara Hahto who competed in the A Finals for the Broncos, taking eighth in the event with a time of 4:35.18.
In the 100 butterfly, Sammy Sanchez-O’Dell took third place after recording a personal record time of 59.57 in the C Finals, while teammate Allison Hall took the title and set a school record in the B Finals with a time of 57.50. Hall now owns the top five times in the Bronco record books in the 100 fly.
Leaving a mark in the record books for the 200 free was Nathalie Rohling and Johanna Wubbena as they competed in the B finals. Wubbena led the way for the Broncos with a third place finish in the event with a lifetime best time of 1:54.73, outreaching Rohling who took fourth after clocking a 1:54.91 in the event.
The Broncos had three individuals compete in the finals for the 100 breast, with Danielle Blow and Lauren Keele qualifying for the C Finals, while teammate Erin Stotts earned a spot in the B Finals. Keele led the way in the first heat of the event with a time of 1:08.97 to take first, while Blow clocked a 1:11.80 to finish sixth. Immediately following was the B Finals where Stotts notched a time of 1:08.63 to earn an eighth place finish.
The 100 backstroke featured the talents of freshmen Andrea Thiltgen and Denise Green. Green not only placed fourth in the B Finals, but notched a personal best and set a school record with a time of 58.72 in the event. Not to be overshadowed was Thiltgen who took fifth in the C Finals after clocking a time of 59.99.
Closing out the evening was the 400 medley relay as the Broncos recorded a seventh place finish with a time of 3:54.96 (Green, Thiltgen, Hall, Wubbena). The time set a school record in the event, knocking six seconds off the previous record.
“Tonight we either held our place from this morning or improved on it which is what we hope to do,” added Hill. “The highlight was our 400 medley relay which was nearly six seconds faster than our previous best time and it was a total team effort and a great accomplishment.”
After three days of competition, the Broncos sit in seventh place with a total of 164 points, sitting five points ahead of the University of San Diego.
“We are excited for the final day tomorrow and know we will have even more rewards for the hard work the women have put in this season,” concluded Hill.
The final day of competition begins at 11 a.m. with the preliminaries, while the finals begin at 6:30 p.m. and feature the 1650 free, 200 back, 200 breast, 200 fly, platform diving and the 400 free relay.
Live results from the 2008 Western Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championships are available at www.wacsports.com.
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