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Boise State at the 2012 MW Championships

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Boise State swimming and diving enters its first Mountain West Championships Feb. 22-25, in Oklahoma City. The Broncos closed their five-year run in the Western Athletic Conference with back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011. Boise State was picked to finish second in the MW Preseason Poll, behind defending-champion San Diego State.

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

Sunday, Feb. 26
9:02 a.m. (CT)
As I'm sure you know by now, the Broncos did it last night, winning in thrilling fashion. Boise State set a Mountain West record in the 400-yard freestyle relay to overcome a one-point deficit going into the final event.

Other than the team title, Boise State's first in any sport as a member of the Mountain West, there are plenty of outstanding performances to highlight.

Amber Boucher
Mountain West Swimmer of the Year
-Third Conference Swimmer of the Year Award (2010 and 2011 WAC)
-Joins Kellen Moore (football) as only student-athletes in school history with three conference POY awards in Boise State history
-Won two individual events and four relays
-Finished second in the 100-yard freestyle
-Set Mountain West Records in the 50 free, 200 free, 100 fly and three relays (200 free, 400 free and 400 medley)
-Runner-up time in the 100 free (48.51) was under her own MW record (49.01), but teammate Stephanie North won the event in 48.34.

Kristin Hill
Mountain West Swimming Coach of the Year
-Second-consecutive Conference Coach of the Year Award
-Has led Boise State to three conference titles in the program's six seasons of existence
-Only head coach in school history

1650-yard Freestyle
Jenn Cahill
16:27.80
-Finished second
-School record (by 20 seconds)

Emily Blasko
17:01.54
-Finished 12th
-Career best
-No. 4 in school history

200-yard Backstroke
Sydney Johansen
1:58.64 (finals)
-School record
-Finished third in finals
-NCAA 'B' Cut

Jessica Bottelberghe
2:00.01 (prelims)
-Finished sixth in finals
-No. 7 in school history

Nikki Cannon
2:00.83 (finals)
-Finished fourth in consolation final, 12th overall
-Career best

100-yard Freestyle
Stephanie North
48.34 (finals)
-MW Champion
-All-Time MW Record
-Career best
-No. 2 in school history
-NCAA 'B' Cut

Amber Boucher
48.51 (fnals)
-Finished second in finals
-No. 2 in MW history
-No. 4 in school history
-NCAA 'B' Cut
-Season best

Stevie Hughey
50.59 (prelims)
-Finished third in consols, 11th overall
-Season best

200-yard Breaststroke
Heather Harper
2:16.48 (prelims)
-Finished fifth in finals
-Career best
-No. 5 in school history

Chelsea Miller
2:16.09
-Finished sixth in finals
-Season best
-No. 3 in school history
-NCAA 'B' Cut

200-yard Butterfly
Rachel Heaney
1:59.71 (finals)
-Finished third in finals
-Season best
-No. 3 in school history
-NCAA 'B' Cut

Brooke Balogh
2:02.07
-Won the 'B' Final
-Career best
-No. 10 in school history

Christine Raininger
2:02.33
-Finished third in consolation, 11th overall
-Season best

Platform Diving
Amanda Burnett
247.90
-Finished third in finals
-No. 3 in school history

Tana Loan
218.55
-Finished sixth in finals
-Career best
-No. 6 in school history

Ciera Cortney
217.45
-Finished seventh in finals
-Career best
-No. 7 in school history

Lexi Pfeiffer
185.70
-Finished 15th overall
-Career best

400-yard Freestyle Relay
Boucher, Hughey, Bottelberghe, North
3:17.55
-All-Time MW Record
-School Record
-NCAA 'B' Cut

Most of the team is participating in a long-course time trial this morning. A number of Broncos will be attempting to get Olympic Trials qualifying marks. We will pass any along if they happen.

Saturday, Feb. 25
4:57 p.m. (CT)
The festivities begin in about 30 minutes with senior recognition. Then we'll have a national anthem, coach introductions, official introductions and finally get back in the pool.

At this point, all the heat sheets tell us is that the team race is going to be awfully close. The Aztecs have their best chances to score big points at the beginning (1650 freestyle) and the end (platform diving and the 400 freestyle relay), so the championship will likely not be decided until very late in the night.

We are already two heats into the mile and Emily Blasko for the Broncos moved up at least one spot in the event. Blasko swam a career-best 17:01.54 to rank fourth with just eight swimmers left. Her guaranteed finish of 12th is one better than her seed. Blasko's time is good for third on the Boise State all-time list.

No offense to Blasko, but the Broncos hope her mark will be bumped down a notch come 6:20 p.m., as Jenn Cahill races in the fastest heat. San Diego State has four entrants in the top heat. Unlike the rest of the events, the 1650 freestyle is a timed final so the final heat is not locked in to spots 1-8.

We'll try to bring you pictures and videos after tonight, but they will continue to trickle in tomorrow and next week.

Speaking of videos, here is one from the Mountain West. The conference interviewed Amber Boucher and Stephanie North after Thursday's event, talking mostly about the record-breaking battle they staged in the 50-yard freestyle

Saturday, Feb. 25
10:56 a.m. (CT)
Before the last day of prelims start today, check out this video review of Thursday. The Broncos won three events, including MW records in the 400-yard medley relay (see it in full) and 50-yard freestyle. Sydney Johansen also won the 200-yard IM.

Saturday, Feb. 25
10:40 a.m. (CT)

Looking at the event lineup for this morning, here's how the Broncos stack up.

200-yard Backstroke
MW Record: 1:55.94; Ana Dangalakova, UNLV (2009)
MW Champ. Record: Same
2011 MW Champ. Winning Time: 1:56.01; Breann Fuller, CSU
Boise State Record: 1:58.74; Denise Green (Feb. 2011)

Heat 3 of 5
Lane 8: Nikki Cannon (2:08.42)

Heat 5 of 5
Lane 2: Sydney Johansen (2:02.90)
Lane 5: Jessica Bottelberghe (1:59.65)

100-yard Freestyle
MW Record: 49.01; Amber Boucher, Boise State (Dec. 2011)
MW Champ. Record: 49.21; Leilani Roberts, BYU (2009)
2011 MW Champ. Winning Time: 49.25; Sabine Rasch, TCU
Boise State Record: 48.33; Amber Boucher (Feb. 2011)

Heat 2 of 6
Lane 6: Kelsy Diener (54.20, exhibition)

Heat 3 of 6
Lane 3: Olivia Harrell (52.78, exhibition)

Heat 5 of 6
Lane 4: Stephanie North (49.24)
Lane 6: Stevie Hughey (51.19)

Heat 6 of 6
Lane 4: Amber Boucher (49.01 -MW Record)
Lane 7: Shanelle Choi (52.00)

200-yard Breaststroke
MW Record: 2:11.26; Katelyn Weddle, SDSU (2010)
MW Champ. Record: Same
2011 MW Champ. Winning Time: 2:11.44; Lesley Young, Wyoming
Boise State Record: 2:13.64; Chelsea Miller (Feb. 2011)

Heat 4 of 5
Lane 3: Heather Harper (2:18.23)
Lane 7: Emily Campbell (2:22.56, exhibition)

Heat 5 of 5
Lane 3: Chelsea Miller (2:18.19)

200-yard Butterfly
MW Record: 1:55.52; Whitney Lopus, Utah (2009)
MW Champ. Record: Same
2011 MW Champ. Winning Time: 1:57.19; Rachel Grant, BYU
Boise State Record: 1:58.59; Rachel Heaney (Feb. 2011)

Heat 3 of 4
Lane 6: Brooke Balogh (2:04.83)

Heat 4 of 4
Lane 5: Rachel Heaney (2:01.33)
Lane 6: Christine Raininger (2:04.71)

1650-yard Freestyle (timed finals)
MW Record: 16:15.53; Kelly Marquenie, SDSU (2011)
MW Champ. Record: Same
2011 MW Champ. Winning Time: Same
Boise State Record: 16:47.44; Jenn Cahill (Dec. 2011)

*Seed times based on 1000-yard freestyle

Heat 1 of 3
Lane 4: Megan Myers (10:33.76)

Heat 2 of 3
Lane 2: Emily Blasko (10:28.25)

Heat 3 of 3
Lane 2: Jenn Cahill (10:10.74)

Saturday, Feb. 25
9:47 a.m. (CT)
"1 Day".

That has been the Broncos' motto all season, and wouldn't you know, it's never been more true than right now. Boise State has a three-point lead on San Diego State witn "1 Day" left in the MW Championships.

On paper, the Aztecs have a slight edge in the swimming events. The morning will be just as important as the evening session as each team jockeys for scoring position. All it can take is for one or two of the Broncos seeded 9-16 in an event to switch places with a San Diego State swimmer seeded 1-8.

Boise State has a big advantage entering the 100-yard freestyle, but it will take Amber Boucher and Stephanie North holding their No. 1 and 2 seeds for the potential points to be reachced. San Diego State is projected to score 62 points in the mile, but the Broncos have more potential to move up from their seed positions.

Today's platform diving event will also be crucial in the team scoring, but is hard to predict. With many of the teams unable to practice the discipline regularly, and fewer competing regularly, there is plenty of room for surprises positively and negatively. Boise State, for instance, has only competed platform twice this year and has nearly put in more practice time on the tower this week than all season combined. Still, Amanda Burnett enters the competition with the top score in the conference.

Before we get too far into what can and can't happen today, let's look at what did happen yesterday.

200-yard Freestyle Relay
Boucher, Hughey, Johansen, North
1:30.14
-All-Time MW Record
-School Record
-NCAA 'B' Cut

400-yard Individual Medley
Christine Raininger
4:16.20 (finals)
-MW Champion
-No. 5 in MW History
-School Record
-NCAA 'B' Cut
-NCAA 'B' Cut

Rachel Heaney
4:21.59 (finals)
-Finished seventh in finals
-No. 7 in school history
-Career best

Chelsea Miller
4:22.20 (prelims)
-Finished eighth in finals
-Season best

Brooke Balogh
4:22.70 (prelims)
-Career best
-Finished 13th overall

Megan Myers
4:29.88
-Career best
-Finished second in 'C' Final

100-yard Butterfly
Amber Boucher
52.30 (prelims)
-All-Time MW Record
-MW Champion
-No. 2 in school history
-Season best
-No. 10 nationally
-NCAA 'B' Cut

Stevie Hughey
54.46 (finals)
-Finished fourth
-Career best
-NCAA 'B' Cut

Shanelle Choi
56.50 (prelims)
-Season best

Olivia Harrell
58.71 (time trial)
-Season best

200-yard Freestyle
Stephanie North
1:47.01 (finals)
-MW Champion
-No. 5 in MW history
-No. 4 in school history
-Season best
-NCAA 'B' Cut

Jenn Cahill
1:49.50 (finals)
-Finished 10th overall
-Career best

Emily Irvin
1:51.04 (prelims)
-Finished 15th overall
-Season best

Emily Blasko
1:51.93 (finals)
-Career best
-Finished second in 'C' Final

100-yard Breaststroke
Sydney Johansen
1:01.42 (finals)
-Silver medal
-School record
-No. 2 in MW History
-NCAA 'B' Cut

Emily Irvin
1:02.60 (prelims)
-Finished fourth in finals
-Career best
-No. 5 in school history
-NCAA 'B' Cut

Heather Harper
1:02.75 (prelims)
-Finished sixth in finals
-Career best
-No. 7 in school history
-NCAA 'B' Cut

Emily Campbell
1:04.55
-Career best

Chelsea Miller
1:05.26 (time trial)
-Season best

100-yard Backstroke
Jessica Bottelberghe
54.96 (prelims)
-Finished seventh in finals
-Career best
-No. 4 in school history

Nikki Cannon
56.70 (prelims and finals)
-Finished 14th overall
-Career best

Friday, Feb. 24
7:53 p.m. (CT)

Boise State won three individual events and the 200-yard freestyle relay Friday, to take over the team lead. The Broncos have a three-point advantage on San Diego State heading into the final day, 506-503.

Plenty more to come tonight on the web site.

Friday, Feb. 24
5:57 p.m. (CT)
We are just about ready to go with the Friday night session. We will start with the 200-yard freestyle relay. We will also swim the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back. There will also be a three-meter synchronized diving exhibition.You can get a complete review of what happened this morning if you CLICK HERE.

Again, there won't be a lot of updates here during the meet, so stay tuned on twitter and live stats. First, a preview of the night's first event...

200-yard Freestyle Relay
MW Record: 1:30.55; Wyoming (2010)
MW Champ. Record: Same
2011 MW Champ. Winning Time: 1:31.05; BYU
Boise State Record: 1:30.63; Boucher, Hughey, Diener, North (2011)

Boise State enters as the second seed in the event, behind UNLV. The Broncos' team of Boucher, Hughey, Bottelberghe and North clocked a 1:32.21 at the Missouri Invite for the seed time. It appears Sydney Johansen has ridden her hot meet into this relay. She swam freestyle on the 200-yard medley relay and clocked a 22.66 split. The performances by Boucher and North have been well documented and Hughey was fifth in the championship final in the 50 free.

UNLV is still technically the team to beat, but the Broncos have shown the individual prowess to take the event and possibly earn a bid to the NCAA Championships. It will likely take something close to a 1:29.00. It's going to take a big effort from everyone, but it's not out of the realm of possibility.

Friday, Feb. 24
2:24 p.m. (CT)

Quickly: Boise State has 10 up (A Final) and four down (B Final) tonight. SDSU has eight up and eight down. UNLV has seven up and eight down.

Friday, Feb. 24
12:17 p.m. (CT)
Sydney Johansen broke a school record and qualified second in the 100 breast. Irvin is fourth and Harper is fifth. All of the Broncos set career bests.

Getting the 100 backstroke started just now. It is the final championship event of the morning. There will be a handful of time trials after this is over. Here's a look at what the Broncos have going in the 100 back.

100-yard Backstroke
MW Record: 52.22; Leona Jennings, SDSU (2009)
MW Champ. Record: 52.95 Breann Fuller, CSU (2009)
2011 MW Champ. Winning Time: 53.27; Kelsy Conci, Wyoming
Boise State Record: 54.29; Stephanie North (2012)

Boise State's entries:

Heat 2 of 5
Lane 3: Kelsy Diener (59.83, exhibition)

Heat 5 of 5
Lane 5: Jessica Bottelberghe (55.51)
Lane 6: Nikki Cannon (56.87

Cannon makes her conference championship debut in the 100 back. Bottelberghe looks to build on her ninth-place finish in the 200 IM, yesterday, in her premier event.

Friday, Feb. 24
12:04 p.m. (CT)
Boise State has the top qualifier in all three events so far. The 100 breaststroke is on the way.

100-yard Breaststroke
MW Record: 1:00.29; Katelyn Weddle, SDSU (2010)
MW Champ. Record: 1:00.65 Katelyn Weddle, SDSU (2010)
2011 MW Champ. Winning Time: 1:00.75; Lesley Young, Wyoming
Boise State Record: 1:01.94; Kelly Forrester (2011)

Boise State's entries:

Heat 1 of 4
Lane 5: Emily Campbell (1:06.80, exhibition)

Heat 2 of 4
Lane 5: Emily Irvin (1:03.59)

Heat 3 of 4
Lane 4: Sydney Johansen (1:03.21)

Heat 4 of 4
Lane 5: Heather Harper (1:03.26)

Johansen (third), Harper (fifth) and Irvin (eighth) all rank in the top eight of the conference in the 100 breaststroke and the way Johansen has swam so far this meet, there is no telling what she can do.

Harper is also poised for a top time in her marquee event. Irvin will be swimming back to back events, but her season-best time of 1:03.59 is just two one-hundrdedths off her career best set as a freshman. Breaking that mark in the 'A' Final would be an ideal way for her meet to end.

Friday, Feb. 24
11:23 a.m. (CT)
Raininger has the top time in 400 IM qualifying. Three Broncos will swim the 'A' Final and one in the 'B' Final. 100 fly prelims going on now. Here's a look at what to expect in the 200 freestyle later.

200-yard Freestyle
MW Record: 1:45.85; Amber Boucher, Boise State (2012)
MW Champ. Record: 1:46.59 Lorena Diaconescu, UNLV (2001)
2011 MW Champ. Winning Time: 1:47.07; Kelly Marquenie, SDSU
Boise State Record: 1:45.22; Amber Boucher (2011)

Boise State's entries:

Heat 5 of 7
Lane 5: Emily Irvin (1:50.65)
Lane 7: Emily Blasko (1:52.87)

Heat 6 of 7
Lane 2: Jenn Cahill (1:51.96)

Heat 7 of 7
Lane 4: Stephanie North (1:47.61)

Amber Boucher set the all-time MW record in the 200 freestyle leading off the Broncos' winning 800 free relay. She will not be in the event. Remember everyone is limited to three individual events and with the 100 fly immediately before the 200, this has traditionally been the event she sits out.

Still, North has the top time in the event and anchored the Broncos' relay team with the second fastest split in the field- behind only Boucher's lead off. Irvin, Cahill and Blasko are all in the top 20 of the field and will look to move up and secure points for Boise State.

Friday, Feb. 24
11:01 a.m. (CT)
The first heat of the 400 IM just started, but here's a look at the 100-yard butterfly coming up next.

100-yard Butterfly
MW Record: 52.41; Whitney Lopus, Utah (2009)
MW Champ. Record: 52.44 Whitney Lopus, Utah (2009)
2011 MW Champ. Winning Time: 52.95; Hannah Caron, Utah
Boise State Record: 52.05; Amber Boucher (2011)

Boise State's entries:

Heat 2 of 5
Lane 1: Olivia Harrell (58.76, exhibition)
Lane 6: Shanelle Choi (58.44)

Heat 3 of 5
Lane 5: Stevie Hughey (55.38)

Heat 4 of 5
Lane 4: Amber Boucher (54.22)

Despite having five of the top 20 times in the conference, Boise State had to pick and choose on the 100 fly. Only three of the four Broncos in the event will be able to score, but they could tack points onto the team total.

The most likely to score big points is Boucher. She enters with the No. 2 time in the conference, but the returning All-American in the event has looked as strong as ever at these championships.

UNLV's Katelyne Herrington has the top seed with a season best of 52.43. While relay splits aren't a perfect indicator of what to expect, there may be something to draw from the results of the 400-yard medley relay. Boucher and Herrington each swam the butterfly leg, with Boucher clocking a 51.82 split and Herrington checking in at 53.20.

Boucher swam a 52.05 last season to win her second WAC title in the 100 fly. That time ranked her No. 7 in the country by the end of the year and was .03 off the first NCAA automatic qualifying standard in school history. Will she be able to overcome Herrington? Will one of them take down the MW record? Will we see an 'A' Cut? Lots of exciting questions to be answered tonight. But it all starts with prelims.

Wih circle seeding, Boucher and Herrington will not be in the same prelim heat.

Hughey finished runner up to Boucher at the 2011 WAC Championships and figures to factor into the finals here as well.

Friday, Feb. 24
10:47 a.m. (CT)
Here's a look at the day's first event, the 400-yard individual medley.

400-yard Individual Medley
MW Record: 4:06.70; Zsuzanna Jakabos, UNLV (2009)
MW Champ. Record: Same
2011 MW Champ. Winning Time: 4:10.77; Rachel Grant, BYU
Boise State Record: 4:16.75; Christine Raininger (2011)

Boise State's entrants:

Heat 2 of 3
Lane 3: Rachel Heaney (4:24.36)
Lane 4: Christine Raininger (4:18.89)
Lane 7: Brooke Balogh (4:29.80)

Heat 3 of 3
Lane 6: Chelsea Miller (4:26.32)
Lane 8: Megan Myers (4:37.76)

Raininger enters the event as the No. 2 seed. SDSU's Melanie Garibaldi is the top entrant, but the two are separated by less than half a second. There is a big gap between Raininger and N. 3, Victoria Thicke-Rattray of TCU (4:21.51).

The Broncos have five swimmers in the event, the most of any team. UNLV and TCU each have four, while SDSU and New Mexico have three apiece.

Friday, Feb. 24
10:22 a.m. (CT)

The 400-yard individual medley will lead us off in prelims in about 38 minutes. First, let's take a look back at how things went yesterday. Below are superlatives from Day 2 at the MW Championships.

400-yard Medley Relay
Bottelberghe, Johansen, Boucher, North
3:35.59
-All-time MW Record
-MW Championship Meet Record
-School Record
-Won race by 2.81 seconds
-NCAA 'B' Cut
-No. 14 nationally, entering Thursday

500-yard Freestyle
Jenn Cahill
4:49.81
-School record (also set during prelims)
-Career best
-Finished fourth

Emily Blasko
4:56.28
-Career best
-Finished 12th

Rachel Heaney
4:58.19 (finals)
4:57.46 (prelims)
-Prelims time is a season best
-Finished 13th in finals

Brooke Balogh
4:57.13
-Career best
-Won the 'C' Final

200-yard Individual Medley
Sydney Johansen
1:59.93
-MW Champion
-School record
-NCAA 'B' Cut (first in 200 IM in school history)
-No. 8 in MW history
-Boise State's first individual MW Champion
-Conference championship by a Boise State freshman four-straight years

Christine Raininger
2:02.21
-Career best
-No. 5 in school history
-Finished fifth in finals

Jessica Bottleberghe
2:01.94
-Tied career best
-Tied No. 2 time in school history (was record before Johansen)
-Won the consolation final to finish 9th

Chelsea Miller
2:05.42 (finals)
2:05.11 (prelims)
-Season best in prelims

Emily Campbell
2:06.14
-Career best

Heather Harper
2:08.26
-Career best

50-yard Freestyle
Amber Boucher
22.31
-All-Time MW Record (also set in prelims, 22.43)
-MW Championships Record (also set in prelims)
-MW Champion
-No. 2 time in school history
-Season best
-No. 19 nationally
-NCAA 'B' Cut

Stephanie North
22.33
-No. 2 in MW history (behind Boucher)
-No. 2 in MW Championship history (behind Boucher)
-MW Silver Medalist
-Career best
-No. 3 time in school history
-Held MW record for two minutes during prelims (22.44)
-No. 21 nationally
-NCAA 'B' Cut

Stevie Hughey
22.93
-Finished fifth in finals
-Career best
-NCAA 'B' Cut

Shanelle Choi
24.06 (prelims)
-Season best
-Finished seventh in the 'C' Final

Olivia Harrell
24.26
-Career best

Kelsy Diener
24.07
-Season best

Three-Meter Diving
Tana Loan
259.85
-Career best
-Finished seventh in finals

Amanda Burnett
306.15
-School record
-Won consolation finals to finish ninth

Ciera Cortney
287.60
-Finished second in consolations to score 10th
-No. 4 in school history

Thursday, Feb. 23
7:57 p.m.

Through two days and eight events, Boise State is in second place. The Broncos trail San Diego State by four points, 299-295. UNLV is in third at 210.

A handful of huge performances kept Boise State right on the Aztecs' heels during a day that was- on paper -very favorable to SDSU. A victory in the 400-yard medley relay and individual wins from Sydney Johansen and Amber Boucher highlighted the night.

There will be plenty more to come in the recap on BroncoSports.com. Stay tuned for the story, plus a rundown of the days' superlatives right here.

Thursday, Feb. 23
4:51 p.m.

Tonight will get started with the 400-yard medley relay. The Broncos are seeded second in the event. UNLV is No. 1 in the conference. Action starts at 6 p.mm. (CT).

400-yard Medley Relay
MW Record: 3:38.33; Utah (2011)
MW Champ. Record: Same
2011 MW Champ. Winning Time: Same
Boise State Record: 3:37.88; Green, Forrester, Boucher, North (2011)

We won't be able to bring you many in-meet updates on this page, but stay on top of everything with the live stats link above and on Twitter @BroncoSportsSD

Thursday, Feb. 23
4:34 p.m.

While the team is getting stretched out and pumped up for tonight's events, we'll let you experience the excitement of Boise State's win in the 800-yard freestyle relay last night (in condensed fashion).

Thursday, Feb. 23
4:03 p.m. (CT)
For the story on Thursday's morning session, CLICK HERE.

Thursday, Feb. 23
2:45 p.m. (CT)
The Broncos advanced four divers out of prelims in the three-meter event, including Tana Loan qualifying for the 'A' Final tonight. Amanda Burnett, Ciera Cortney and Lexi Pfeiffer all dove in the consolation final.

Burnett set a school record to win the consolation final, scoring a 306.15. Cortney finished right behind her with a 287.80. Pfeiffer scored 16th-place points.

To hold everybody over before swimming tonight, here's a look back at the 200-yard medley relay from last night. The 800-yard freestyle relay will be up later in the afternoon.

200-yard medley relay

Thursday, Feb. 23
2:21 p.m. (CT)

Photo gallery from all of Wednesday's action...

 

Thursday, Feb. 23
1:16 p.m. (CT)

Three-meter diving prelims are still going on. Once consolations are finished, we will have a morning recap on the site. For now, here's a quick recap of what happened in the morning's swimming events:

50 Freestyle
-Stephanie North set the all-time MW record with a 22.44 in heat six, only to see Amber Boucher break the record with a 22.43 in the eighth heat. North's time is a career best.
-Stevie Hughey had the sixth-fastest time in qualifying with a 23.04.
-Olivia Harrell scored a career-best 24.26 in an exhibition swim.

500 Freestyle
-Jennifer Cahill broke her own school record with a 4:50.34, as she posted the No. 2 time in prelims.
-Emily Blasko (ninth) and Rachel Heaney (10th) qualified for the 'B' Final.
-Blasko's time of 4:56.57 is a lifetime best.

200 IM
-Sydney Johansen and Christine Raininger will swim the 'A' Final tonight after each clocked career-best times. (Johansen, 2:02.47; Raininger, 2:02.98).
-Jessica Bottelberghe will swim in the consolation final.
-Chelsea Miller swam a season-best 2:05.11 and qualified for the Bonus Final.

100 Back (time trial)
-Stephanie North broke the school record in 54.29.

Thursday, Feb. 23
Noon (CT)

Jenn Cahill will swim in the 'A'Final of the 500 freestyle after clocking the second-fastest time in prelims. Her 4:50.34 is a school record and she will try to improve on that tonight. Emily Blasko and Rachel Heaney will both be in the consolation final.

The 200 IM is going on right now. Already lifetime bests for three Broncos. Here's a look at the alway-s exciting 50 free that will take place in about 15 minutes.

50-yard freestyle
MW Record: 22.45; Cassie Stelow, Wyoming (2010)
MW Champ. Record: Same
2011 MW Champ. Winning Time: 22.69; Kimberly Bierwith, SDSU
Boise State Record: 22.30; Amber Boucher (2011)

Heat 4 of 8
Lane 2: Kelsy Diener (24.69; exhibition)

Heat 5 of 8
Lane 3: Shanelle Choi (24.32)
Lane 8: Olivia Harrell (24.47; exhibition)

Heat 6 of 8
Lane 4: Stephanie North (22.78)

Heat 7 of 8
Lane 6: Stevie Hughey (23.59)

Heat 8 of 8
Lane 5: Amber Boucher (22.80)

Amber Boucher looks to add another chapter to her illustrious career in her first individual event at the MW Championships. She comes in as the No. 4 seed in the event and will swim right next to top seed Kelsey Conci of Wyoming in prelims. Boucher won the 50 free at the 2010 and 2011 WAC Championships. Stephanie North has finished in the top three at every conference championship of her career. She took second behind Boucher at the past two WAC Championsips. North is seeded third.

Thursday, Feb. 23
11:16 a.m. (CT)

We'll get you results from the 500 as soon as we can, including which Broncos advanced to the evening session. First, here's a look at what the 200-yard individual medley holds in store.

200-yard individual medley
MW Record: 1:58.47; Zsuzanna Jakabos, UNLV (2009)
MW Champ. Record: Same
2011 MW Champ. Winning Time: 1:59.40; Rachel Grant, BYU
Boise State Record: 2:01.94; Jessica Bottelberghe (2011)

Heat 1 of 6
Lane 2: Heather Harper (2:15.46)

Heat 3 of 6
Lane 2: Emily Campbell (2:08.78; exhibition)

Heat 4 of 6
Lane 3: Sydney Johansen (2:03.65)
Lane 7: Chelsea Miller (2:05.76)

Heat 5 of 6
Lane 5: Jessica Bottelberghe (2:01.94)

Heat 6 of 6
Lane 6: Christine Raininger (2:03.73)

Jessica Bottelberhge is the Broncos' highest seed, ranked fifth in the event. Sydney Johansen and Christine Raininger are ninth and 10th, respectively. If either of them are to qualify for the 'A' Final it would be a big gain for Boise State.

The 200 IM is a little more even than the 500 free. SDSU owns two of the top three seeds. UNLV checks in second and Wyoming has the fourth-fastest time coming in.

Thursday, Feb. 23
10:27 a.m.
The first event of this morning's prelims is the 500-yard freestyle.

500-yard freestyle
MW Record: 4:42.57; Whitney Lopus, Utah (2008)
MW Champ. Record: 4:47.18; Whitney Zimmer, SDSU (2010)
2011 MW Champ. Winning Time: 4:44.57; Kelly Marquenie, SDSU
Boise State Record: 4:51.96; Jennifer Cahill (2011)

The Broncos will have six swimmers in the 500-yard freestyle, including half of the entries in the fifth heat. Here's a breakdown of the Boise State participants with their seed times.

Heat 4 of 6
Lane 5: Jenn Cahill (4:53.94)

Heat 5 of 6
Lane 1: Emily Blasko (5:02.68)
Lane 5: Emily Irvin (4:53.47)
Lane 6: Rachel Heaney (4:58.30)
Lane 8: Brooke Balogh (5:03.62)

Heat 6 of 6
Lane 1: Megan Myers (5:02.64)

Emily Irvin and Jenn Cahill come into prelims ranked fifth and sixth, respectively, in the event.

The 500 freestyle is one of San Diego State's strongest events as the Aztecs enter with the top three seeds in the event and seven swimmers with a seed time under 5:01. Three Aztecs rank in the top five all-time in the conference in the event, including defending champion Kelly Marquenie.

Thursday, Feb. 23
10:12 a.m. (CT)
Teams are putting the finishing touches on their warmups before this morning's preliminary swims. Today features the 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard individual medley, 50-yard freestyle and three-meter diving.

Before we get too far from last night, here are superlatives achieved during the first session.

200-yard medley relay
1:41.20 (Bottelberghe, Irvin, Hughey, Johansen)
-School record

800-yard freestyle relay
7:13.40
-No. 2 in school history

Brooke Balogh
200 freestyle: 1:51.98 (time trial)
-Lifetime best

Jessica Bottelberghe
50-yard backstroke: 25.83 (LO)
-Lifetime best

Amber Boucher
200-yard freestyle: 1:45.85 (LO)
-All-time MW Record
-Season best
-No. 2 in school history

Emily Campbell
100-yard backstroke: 58.52 (time trial)
-Lifetime best

Olivia Harrell
200-yard freestyle: 1:53.82 (time trial)
-season best

Wednesday, Feb. 22
7:01 p.m. (CT)
Boise State won the 800-yard freestyle relay in a time of 7:13.40, No. 2 in school history. Amber Boucher's lead-off time of 1:45.85 is an all-time MW record in the 200-yard freestyle.

The Broncos took fourth in the 200-yard medley relay with a school-record time of 1:41.20. The medley relay was extremely fast with the top three teams all touching in under the previous MW record. Wyoming won the event in 1:38.56.

In the one-meter finals, Ciera Cortney finished third with a 272.95. Amanda Burnett took sixth, scoring 261.10. All told, Boise State netted 38 points in one-meter diving, the most for a single diving event at a conference championship in school history.

Wednesday, Feb. 22
6:29 p.m. (CT)

Well, the diving finals are almost done, but here's that video we promised. Watch to see what David Legler had to say about the divers' performances on the one-meter in prelims and consolations.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 22
5:47 p.m. (CT)
The first finals session is upon us and all of the teams are in the pool practicing their starts and relay exchanges. While the Broncos and their counterparts put the finishing touches on their preparations, we'll give you a preview of what's to come. Remember to follow the progress on the live results link above, or on Twitter @BroncoSportsSD.

200-yard Medley Relay
MW Record: 1:39.62; Wyoming (Feb. 23, 2011)
MW Champ. Record: Same
2011 MW Champ. Winning Time: Same
Boise State Record: 1:41.36; Green, Forrester Hughey, Diener (Feb. 23, 2011)

The Broncos hold the top time in the conference entering the meet at 1:41.80. That squad (Bottelberghe, Harper, Boucher, North) however, will not be competing tonight. Remember, athletes can only compete in three individual events and four of the five relays during the meet. Boise State will instead rely on its vast depth and turn to Bottelberghe, Irvin, Hughey and Johansen without skipping a beat.

Wyoming returns three of the four legs from its MW record-setting 200 medley relay team last season and checks in No. 2 in the conference coming into the meet.

San Diego State and UNLV are third and fourth, respectively.

800-yard Freestyle Relay
MW Record: 7:10.18; UNLV (Feb. 25, 2009)
MW Champ. Record: Same
2011 MW Champ. Winning Time: 7:11.69; San Diego State
Boise State record: 7:12.91; Boucher, Cahill, Hughey, North (Feb. 23, 2011)

The 800-yard freestyle relay figures to be one of the best races of the meeet and could change the outlook on the entire meet for a handful of teams.

Boise State comes in with the conference's top time at 7:21.33. TCU and San Diego State are directly behind the Broncos at 7:26.33 and 7:26.93, respectively. Middle-distance freestyle is one of the Aztecs' greatest strengths and will look to put together a complete team race. If Amber Boucher can supply a lead off leg as quick as last year (1:45.22) the Broncos will be in position to not only win, but also to threaten an NCAA Championships berth in the event.

1-Meter Diving Finals
Boise State advanced Amanda Burnett and Ciera Cortney to the finals of the one-meter diving competition. Burnett finished second in qualifying, while Cortney was fourth.

For more on how diving did today, check back soon for an invterview with head diving coach David Legler.

Wednesday, Feb. 22
2:10 p.m. (CT)
One-meter diving prelims are in the books and the Broncos are poised to put up big scores in the team standings.

Amanda Burnett and Ciera Cortney both qualified for the finals later tonight by placing in the top eight. Burnett scored a 268.55 to qualify second and Cortney's 258.20 is good for fourth.

Boise State will also have two divers in the consolation finals. Lexi Pfeiffer was the top qualifier for conols with a ninth-place finish in prelims, scoring a 228 (12 points behind eighth place). Tana Loan will join Pfieffer after taking 10th with a 225.65.

The Broncos are the only team with four divers advancing out of prelims. New Mexico and San Diego State each have three. All three Lobos will be diving at night, including the top qualifier Ashlee (Gabby) Erickson. The Aztecs placed two in finals and one in the consolation heat.

Erin Kohlbeck and Breanna Hemming led the way in exhibition scoring on one-meter. Kohlbeck scored a 243.95 and Hemming tallied 227.5.

Wednesday, Feb. 22
11:41 a.m. (CT)

The first day of competition is here. We will get started with one-meter diving prelims at 12:30 (about 45 minutes from now). The consolation round (places 9-16 from prelims) will take place right after prelims are over. Finals (places 1-8) will be competed in the evening session.

There will also be two relay events tonight. The 200-yard medley relay and the 800-yard freestyle relay. We will have previews of those events later in the afternoon. For now, here's a look at how the one-meter diving event stacks up.

MW Record: 337.20; Ashlee (Gabby) Erickson, New Mexico
MW Championships Record: 330.65; Tawni Jones, BYU (2010)
School Record: 318.15; Jennifer Dorling
School Championship Record: 288.75; Ciera Cortney (2011)

Amanda Burnett and Ciera Cortney rank No. 8 and No. 9, respectively, in the conference coming into the meet. Ashlee Erickson of New Mexico is the MW leader on one-meter. Cortney led the Broncos at the 2011 WAC Championships with a second-place finish in the event. Her 288.75 in the finals is the championship-style meet school record.

Last season at the MW Championships, it took a 252.15 to qualify in the top eight and a 221.75 to advance out of the prelims.

Tuesday, Feb. 21
1:26 p.m. (CT)



Tuesday, Feb. 21
1:04 p.m. (CT)

The team just made it back to the hotel from a morning swim and lunch. Boise State shared the pool with Colorado State and San Diego State, while the Bronco divers were also joined by TCU on the boards. The Broncos have another practice in store this afternoon. The divers will get going around 3:30, and the swimmers will join them about an hour later.

The 2012 MW Championships begin tomorrow afternoon, with one-meter diving and a pair of relays.

Diving prelims will start at 12:30 p.m. Swimming events will start with the 200 medley relay at 6 p.m.