SAN ANTONIO-The first full day of the Western Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships is in the books, and Boise State is in first place with another two victories. The Broncos put on the most impressive show of the day taking the top three spots in the 50-yard freestyle. Boise State took the momentum into the 200-yard freestyle relay, winning with an NCAA 'B' cut time. The Broncos also racked up big points on the diving board.
Junior Amber Boucher led the 50-yard freestyle crew with a school, pool and meet record 22.30. The time is another top-15 mark nationally for Boucher. Junior Stephanie North was right behind her with a 22.75, the first time in her career she recorded a sub-23-second time. Coming from the fifth-seed, sophomore Stevie Hughey went 23.01 to finish third and complete the sweep. All three times were better than Boucher's winning time in the same event last season. Senior Kelly Forrester also scored in the event with a seventh-place finish in the consolation final.
Junior Kelsy Diener joined the three medalists to win the 200-yard freestyle relay in a time of 1:30.63. The mark betters the previous school record by more than two and a half seconds.
Diener lowered the school record she set earlier in the day in the 200-yard individual medley to place second with a 2:01.95. Sophomore Christine Raininger finished sixth with a season-best 2:04.38. Juniors Emily Irvin and Morgan McLain finished first and third, respectively, in the consolation final of the event. Irvin posted a career-best 2:04.28.
The 500-yard freestyle was also full of record-setting performances. Sophomore Jennifer Cahill turned it on in the final 50 yards to claim the bronze medal and set the school best at 4:51.96, an NCAA provisional qualifying time. Freshman Rachel Heaney also had a strong finish to post a career-best 4:53.20 and finish fifth. Senior Denise Green won the consolation final in 4:55.64, a career best and the sixth-fastest time of the evening session. Redshirt sophomore Madison Gray finished fourth in the B final.
The scoring did not stop with the swimmers, as freshman Ciera Cortney recorded the best performance by a Bronco diver at a conference championship. In the one-meter diving competition, Cortney became the first Boise State diver to reach the finals of a springboard event and took full advantage. The Las Vegas native was nearly flawless, scoring 288.75, the most by a Bronco in a championship-style meet. The score vaulted Cortney to a silver medal, less than three and a half points behind first place. The champion, Hawai'i senior Emma Friesen, was the 2008 NCAA Champion in the event.
The Broncos have 281 points after the second day of competition. Hawai'i sits in second place with 215 points, followed by San Jose State (193) and Northern Arizona (190).
Action resumes Friday with the preliminaries in the morning and finals in the evening.