Boise State Leads the Way During Thursday Preliminaries

SAN ANTONIO-Boise State qualified 12 swimmers for scoring events Thursday at day two of the Western Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships at Palo Alto Natatorium in San Antonio.  The Broncos will have six swimmers in the championship finals when the meet resumes Thursday night.

Junior Amber Boucher scored the most impressive time of the day, tying the pool and WAC Championship record in the 50-yard freestyle with a 22.51. Junior Stephanie North won the sixth heat in 22.87 to qualify right behind Boucher. Sophomore Stevie Hughey also qualified for the championship final in the event with a 23.15. Hughey has had a busy first two days, swimming the third leg of each Boise State winning relay Wednesday night. Senior Kelly Forrester will swim in the consolation final for the Broncos.

Four Boise State swimmers will have the chance to score in the 200-yard individual medley. Junior Kelsy Diener leads the Bronco contingent, qualifying with a school-record 2:02.45. Sophomore Christine Raininger joins Diener in the finals. Two Boise State swimmers, juniors Morgan McLain and Emily Irvin will swim in the consolation final.

The 500-yard freestyle will be the first event at evening session. Boise State qualified four swimmers for the scoring races, two in each heat. Sophomore Jennifer Cahill broke her own school record at 4:54.56. Freshman Rachel Heaney is right behind her at 4:54.92.

Boise State leads the way with swimmers in scoring heats during the evening session. Northern Arizona and Hawai'i each have eight.

Freshman Ciera Cortney qualified fourth during the one-meter diving preliminaries Thursday afternoon with a score of 244.55. The finals are just before the 200-yard freestyle relay Thursday night.

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