BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State swimming and diving team claimed a lead at the WAC Championships for the first time in program history after day two of the four-day meet. The Broncos set school records in all four events on Saturday and Amber Boucher earned her first individual title to lead the Broncos. The Broncos have 230 points as a team to lead the nine-team field with San Jose State's 204 points finishing in second.
"We did an outstanding job this morning in prelims and that put us in a great position to compete well for team points tonight," said head coach Kristin Hill. "We had eight swimmers who competed in the top-8 which is the most we've ever had in a single session."
Boucher captured her first title in the 50 free with a record-breaking swim in the finals. The sophomore recorded a time of 23.06 to take the top spot with teammate Stephanie North finishing in second with a time of 23.22.
A trio of Broncos finished in the top-8 in the 500 free to begin the day with freshman Jennifer Cahill leading the way. Cahill had a record-breaking swim, finishing in second with a time of 4:55.22. She had broken the record earlier in the day with a prelim time of 4:55.55. Denise Green and Rachael Meisner also scored some big points for the Broncos, finishing in fifth and seventh respectively.
Freshman Christine Raininger led another trio of Broncos in the top-8 of the 200 IM in the second event of the day. Raininger was the top finisher for the Broncos in fourth place followed by teammates Emily Irvin in sixth and Chelsea Lopus in eighth. Raininger swam a 2:04.32 in finals but set the school record earlier in the day with a prelim time of 2:04.23.
Thursday's competition ended with the 200 free relay and a second-place finish in the event for the Broncos. Boucher, Stevie Hughey, Lopus and North were just barely outtouched as the team recorded a time of 1:33.24. San Jose State won the event, touching just .05 seconds earlier than the Broncos.
"Amber and Stephanie's 1-2 finish in the 50 free was obviously a highlight and finishing second in the 200 free relay was awesome - we came into the meet with the fourth best time and nearly won it," added Hill. "What a great day for Bronco Nation!"
The WAC Championships continue tomorrow with the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 400 medley relay and the 1-meter diving. The Broncos are poised to add to their 24 point lead with multiple swimmers in the top-5 in many of the events.