Harper Qualifies for Olympic Trials in 100 Breaststroke

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FEDERAL WAY, Wash.-Boise State freshman Heather Harper clocked a 1:12.14 in the 100-meter breaststroke Saturday, at the USA Swimming Sectionals in Federal Way, Wash. Harper earned the first U.S. Olympic Trials cut of her career, going under the time standard of 1:12.19.

Swimming near her hometown of Redmond, Wash., Harper squeaked into the championship final where she was seeded seventh with a 1:12.57. She moved up three spots at night, dropping just enough time to qualify for trials. See video of the race below.

Fellow Broncos Brooke Balogh and Jessica Bottelberghe also competed at the sectional meet. Four high school seniors who have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Boise State squad next season- Talie Anchustegui, Jenni Domanowski, Emri Moore and Sam Wicks- joined their future teammates in Federal Way, as well.

Bottelberghe swam seven events, finishing as high as 12th in both the 100- and 200-meter butterfly events. She took 13th in the 100-yard backstroke finishing in 1:04.49, half a second off of the Olympic Trials cut.

Balogh competed in four events, including an eighth-place finish in the 200-meter butterfly. She also swam in the evening session of the 400-meter individual medley where she took 15th.

Wicks finished just ahead of Bottleberghe in the 100 backstroke, but missed the trials qualifying mark by one-tenth of a second.

Harper becomes the fifth current Bronco to qualify for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials which will be held June 25-July 2, in Omaha, Neb. Amber Boucher (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 100 butterfly); Stephanie North (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle); Rachel Heaney (200 butterfly); and Chelsea Miller (200 breaststroke) have already earned their places at the meet. Domanowski (200 butterfly) will come to Boise State with a trials cut in tow.

Junior Christine Raininger will compete at the 2012 Canadian Olympic Trials March 27-April 1, in Montreal. Raininger owns cuts in the 200 butterfly, and 200 and 400 individual medley. She will be joined by incoming freshman Taylor Paddington (Campbell River, B.C.) who has met the Canadian standard in five freestyle events.