Broncos in Position for Strong Finish at WAC Championships

SAN ANTONIO-Another strong morning session by Boise State qualified 13 Broncos for championship heats on the final day of competition, Saturday, at the Western Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships.

Boise State has the top qualifier in three events and the top-seeded team in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

School records were set in each of the four events completed in the morning session.

Senior Denise Green paced the Broncos in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:59.30, followed closely by junior Kelsy Diener at 1:59.84. Green and Diener became the first Broncos to break the two-minute mark in the event. Sophomore Lily Donohue and junior Morgan McLain will join them in the championship final.

Junior Amber Boucher continued her dominating performance at the WAC Championships with the fastest time in the 100-yard freestyle, 48.48. It is another top-15 time nationally, the fourth of the week for Boucher. Junior Stephanie North qualified second in the event. Sophomore Stevie Hughey will be seeded No. 7 in the 'A' Final.

A pair of Bronco freshmen each bettered their own records in the final two preliminaries of the day. In the 200-yard breaststroke Chelsea Miller posted a 2:13.64 to qualify second. Rachel Heaney was the only swimmer in the field to break two minutes in the 200-yard butterfly, touching at 1:58.70. Spohomore Christine Raininger, the defending champion in the event, qualified fifth and freshman Brooke Balogh is the eight seed.

Sophomore Jennifer Cahill and redshirt sophomore Madison Gray will lead off the evening session in the final heat of timed finals in the 1650-yard freestyle. Cahill is the No. 1 seed in the event.

The Broncos have 585 points heading into the final seven scoring events, ahead of second-place Hawai'i with 404 points.

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