OKLAHOMA CITY- Boise State set three school records and an all-time conference best during the morning session Thursday, at the 2012 Mountain West Swimming and Diving Conference Championships.
The Broncos busted out in the 50-yard freestyle behind record-breaking performances from Amber Boucher and Stephanie North. The senior duo traded the all-time Mountain West record in the sprint event during prelims. North swam the sixth heat in 22.44, one one-hundredth of a second better than the previous conference and meet record set in 2010. Boucher swam the eighth heat in 22.43 to best North by the slimmest of margins.
Boucher and North will be seeded 1-2 heading into the finals, looking to continue a tradition of racing neck-and-neck at conference championships. Boucher won the 2010 and 2011 WAC titles in the 50 free, while North grabbed silver in each. The pair started their careers tying for third in the 50 free at the 2009 WAC Championships.
For North, the 22.44 is a lifetime best. Boucher's time is a season best and just off her school-record 22.30 from last year.
North also swam a 100-yard backstroke time trial, clocking a 54.29 to set a school record. Coming into this season, North's best time in the 100 back was 1:00.96.
Jennifer Cahill broke her own school record in the 500-yard freestyle, turning in a 4:50.34 to qualify second for tonight's 'A' Final. She will be the lone Bronco in the top flight, but two teammates
The Broncos got lifetime bests in the 200-yard individual medley from Sydney Johansen (2:02.47), Christine Raininger (2:02.98), Emily Campbell (2:06.65) and Heather Harper (2:08.26). Johansen and Raininger will swim in the 'A' Final, while Jessica Bottelberghe will compete in the 'B' Final.
On the diving boards the Broncos advanced four out of prelims for the second-straight day. Tana Loan led Boise State in the three-meter event, qualifying for the 'A' Final. Amanda Burnett, Ciera Cortney and Lexi Pfeiffer all earned a spot in the consolation final.
In conolations Burnett set the school record with a 306.15 to finish first. Cortney checked in second with a 287.60. Pfeiffer took eighth in the 'B' Final.
The Broncos will have 12 swims tonight (nine in scoring heats) and one diver in action during the finals session. Boise State is tied for the most swimmers in 'A' Finals with six, joined by San Diego State. The Aztecs also have three divers in the top eight. Finals start at 6 p.m. (CT).