North Brings In First-Ever First Place Finish on Last Day of WAC Championships

SAN ANTONIO, Texas The Western Athletic Conference Championships wrapped up in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday with a bang for the Boise State swimming and diving team. For the first time in Boise State history, a Bronco won an event at the championships. Stephanie North took home the gold in the 100 free with fellow Bronco Amber Boucher finishing right behind her.

The duo of freshmen made Boise State history with the 1-2 finish while also setting the school record. North set the record in prelims with a time of 50.33. She entered the finals as the No.1 seed and took home the first place finish with a time of 50.41. Boucher finished directly behind her with a time of 50.60, which is a new lifetime best for her. The pair’s 1-2 finish was the highlight of the meet for the Broncos.

The fourth day opened with the 1650 free. Rachael Meisner who set the first of many records on Saturday with a time of 17:10.52 led the Broncos. Meisner shattered her own record by nearly 13 seconds en route to a fourth place finish.

Denise Green followed Meisner’s performance with a fourth place finish of her own in the 200 back. Green broke her own record with a time of 2:04.25 in prelims, and proceeded to shatter that record with a better time of 2:01.56.

After the Broncos took home the two top spots in the 100 free, Emily Irvin continued the record-breaking in the 200 breast. Irvin broke her own record in the event with a finals time if 2:18.24, beating out the old record by over one second. She finished seventh in the event.

Chelsea Lopus set another record for the Broncos in the 200 fly. Lopus recorded a time of 2:02.93 in finals for a fourth place finish. She beat out the old record by nearly one second to continue the record-breaking Day for the Broncos.

The Broncos continued to impress with a second place finish in the 400 free relay. Boucher, Lopus, Green and North set yet another team record in the event with a time of 3:23.82 en route to the runner up spot. The time obliterated the old record by 5.5 seconds.

Overall, the Broncos moved up one spot from last year, finishing in sixth place with 391 team points. Nevada took home its third-straight WAC title with Northern Arizona, New Mexico State, San Jose State and Hawaii also finishing above the Broncos. San Diego came in seventh with Idaho and Fresno State coming in seventh and eighth, respectively.

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