SAN ANTONIO-Boise State kept the pressure on the rest of the field, Friday, at the Western Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships at Palo Alto Natatorium. The Broncos won three gold medals, two silver and three bronze on the third day of competition to tighten their grip on first place with 585 points. Hawai'i sits in second with 404 points. The day finished with Boise State claiming its fourth relay victory.
Junior Amber Boucher defended her title in the 100-yard butterfly with a school- and pool-record time of 52.05. Boucher missed the NCAA Automatic Qualifying mark by three one-hundredths of a second. No Bronco has ever clocked an automatic qualifying time. Her time is fourth in the nation coming into the day, according to CollegeSwimming.com. Boucher was followed by sophomore Stevie Hughey in second place and freshman Rachel Heaney in fourth place. Sophomore Lily Donohue rounded out the Boise State group with a sixth-place finish.
Junior Stephanie North won the 200-yard freestyle by nearly two seconds, with a 1:46.96. North became the second Bronco to swim the event in less than 1:47.00, Boucher set the school record earlier this week leading off the winning 800-yard freestyle relay team. North's time is an NCAA provisional mark. Junior Kelsy Diener finished sixth in the championship final of the 200 freestyle.
Sophomore Christine Raininger was the Broncos' top finisher in the 400-yard individual medley, placing second with a school-record and NCAA provisional qualifying time of 4:16.75. Freshman Chelsea Miller grabbed the bronze medal with a time of 4:21.71. Redshirt sophomore Madison Gray came in fifth and freshman Brooke Balogh placed eighth.
Seniors Kelly Forrester and Denise Green led Boise State with third-place finishes in the 100-yard breaststroke and 100-yard backstroke events, respectively. Green lowered her school record to 54.53, an NCAA 'B' cut. Forrester claimed the school record in her preliminary swim with a 1:01.94, a provisional qualifying time.
Donohue claimed her second sixth-place finish of the day in the backstroke event, just ahead of junior Morgan McLain in seventh. Miller finished sixth in the breaststroke and Irvin scored an eighth-place finish.
Green, Forrester, Boucher and North teamed up to win the 400-yard medley relay in 3:37.88, a pool and meet record. The Broncos have won each of the four relay events through the first three days of competition.
Freshman Ciera Cortney led the Boise State divers with a 10th-place finish in the three-meter event.
The WAC Championships wrap up Saturday, as the Broncos look to clench their second-straight conference title.