SAN ANTONIO, Texas The records continue to pour in for the Boise State swimming and diving team at the WAC Championships in San Antonio, Texas. Once again, the Broncos set records in every swimming event and turned in a top-2 performance in the 200 free. Boise State still remains in sixth after the third day of competition.
The 200 free may have been the third event of the day, but it has been the highlight of the meet for the Broncos. Freshman Stephanie North turned out another outstanding performance with a time of 1:49.70 in finals. The time was good enough for a second place finish; the highest finish thus far for the Broncos.
The day started with 400 IM with Chelsea Lopus leading the charge. Lopus recorded a time of 4:28.60 in the prelims, breaking the old record of 4:32.62. In finals, Lopus turned in an even better time with a 4:27.25 and a fourth place finish.
Freshman Amber Boucher led the Broncos in the 100 fly by breaking her own record of 56.85 set in December. Boucher originally broke the record with a time of 56.13 in prelims and re-broke it in finals with a time of 55.69. Her record-breaking performance turned in a sixth place finish.
Emily Irvin duplicated Boucher’s performance with a sixth place finish of her own in the 100 breast. Irvin also broke her own record in the event with a prelim time of 1:03.94. In finals, she broke it again with a time of 1:03.57.
The 100 back brought in yet another record-breaking performance from Denise Green. Green finished in ninth with a new team record of 56.28. Green now owns the top-5 times in the event in Boise State history with the record-breaking performance in finals and her previous time of 57.46, which broke the record in prelims.
The day finished up with the 400 medley relay. The event brought two new team records as Green broke the 100 back record for the third time of the night to lead off the relay with a 100 back time of 56.21. The relay team of Green, Irvin, Lopus and North turned in an overall time of 3:47.05, shattering the previous record by nearly four seconds.
In the 3-meter diving event, Erin Lionberger finished in 15th out of the 31 divers. She recorded a score of 214.45 to lead the Broncos in the event.
Saturday will be the fourth and final day of the championships with the 1,650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 400 free relay and the platform diving event on the schedule. The Broncos sit comfortably in sixth place entering the last day of competition. A sixth place finish would be the best finish in the brief history of the young program at the WAC Championships.