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OKLAHOMA CITY- It all comes down to this. Boise State and San Diego State will decide the team title at the Mountain West Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday night, at Oklahoma City Community College. The Broncos carry a slim edge through 14 events, leading 506-503.
Boise State did what it needed to in the morning to set itself up with a shot at the trophy. The Broncos qualified two swimmers for the 'A' Final of three events, plus a consolation berth in two of them.
Stephanie North and Amber Boucher took the top two qualifying spots in the 100-yard freestyle. North broke Boucher's MW record with a career-best 48.54. Boucher checks in just behind her at 48.80. Stevie Hughey will swim in the consolation final after a 50.59 seeded her 10th.
Boise State also features duos in the championship heats of the 200-yard backstroke and the 200-yard breaststroke. Freshmen Sydney Johansen and Jessica Bottelberghe will be seeded fifth and eighth in the backstroke with room to move up and steal points. Johansen swam a career-best 1:59.52, but was a half second behind the top four qualifying times. Bottelberghe snuck into the finals at 2:00.01 and will look to go under two minutes at night.
Nikki Cannon jumped into the consolation final after being seeded 24th entering the race. Her time of 2:01.60 is a career best.
In the breaststroke it will be two more underclassmen. Sophomore Chelsea Miller earned the No. 4 seed and freshman Heather Harper is seventh. Miller swam a 2:16.09 to earn an NCAA 'B' Cut and the No. 3 time in school history. She also holds the top time at 2:13.64, from last year's WAC Championship final. Harper set a career best and just missed a provisional cut with a 2:16.48, fifth in school history.
In the 200-yard butterfly the Broncos will have Rachel Heaney in the championship final and a pair of teammates in the 'B' Final. Heaney came in at 2:00.71, two one-hundredths off of a 'B' cut. Brooke Balogh and Christine Raininger finished 10th and 11th in prelims. Balogh set a career best as she touched in 2:03.05.
The Aztecs have one swimmer in each 'A' Final and one swimmer in each 'B' Final. However the afternoon session also includes the 1650-yard freestyle, arguably their strongest event in the meet.
The platform diving final could also go a long way to determining the championship. Boise State has three divers in the 'A' Final, while San Diego State qualified four. Amanda Burnett (third), Tana Loan (fifth) and Ciera Cortney (seventh) will look to improve on their qualifying marks. Lexi Pfeiffer advanced to the consolation final where she finished seventh with a career-best 185.70 to score two points.
The meet will end with the 400-yard freestyle relay, an event in which the Broncos are the favorite.
The first two heats of the mile (1650 freestyle) start at 3:40 p.m. (CT), with the top heat leading off the night session at 6:05 p.m.