Broncos Enjoy Big Results at Sectionals

July 24, 2013

GRESHAM, Ore. - Three individual silver medals and a relay championship highlighted the standout performances by Boise State swimming student-athletes at the 2013 Speedo Western Section Championship July 16-20, in Gresham, Ore. Eight current Broncos competed for Boise YMCA Swim Team, leading the women’s squad to a third-place finish at the meet, which was competed in a long-course meters pool. Another current Bronco and an incoming freshman were also at the meet with their hometown teams.

Rising junior Heather Harper may have had the best week of any Bronco. Harper placed second in the 100-meter breaststroke with a career-best time of 1:11.94, topping the time she posted last spring when she qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials. Harper was fourth in the 200-meter breaststroke with another career best, clocking a 2:37.40. She also swam breaststroke on both of Boise YMCA’s top medley relay teams, including the gold-medal 200-meter quartet. The 400-meter medley relay team took third to wrap up the week.

Rising seniors Rachel Heaney and Chelsea Miller added silver medals in individual events. Heaney finished second in the 200-meter butterfly while Miller was runner-up in the 200 breaststroke. Miller was just behind Harper in the 100 breaststroke with a lifetime-best 1:12.54 to finish third. The San Antonio native also competed in the 200- and 400-meter individual medley events.

Heaney enjoyed a busy week in her home state. In addition to defending the silver medal she earned at the same sectional meet in 2010 and 2011, the North Bend, Ore., native advanced to the finals of the 400 individual medley (10th), 800-meter freestyle (13th) and 100-meter butterfly (21st). Heaney clocked career bests in the 400 IM and 800 freestyle.

Rising sophomore Sam Wicks competed in six individual events and all five relays for Boise YMCA. Wicks advanced to finals in four events, highlighted by a ninth-place finish in the 50-meter freestyle. She also swam at night in the 100-meter freestyle and 100- and 200-meter backstroke races. Wicks anchored all three relay teams and led off both medley squads, as Boise YMCA finished no worse than fifth in any relay.

Rising junior Jessica Bottelberghe had the most swims of any Bronco at the meet. Bottelberghe had six individual events on her program, making finals in five of them, and swam on all five relays. Her best showing was a third-place finish in the 100 butterfly. Bottelberghe led off the three freestyle relays, anchored the winning 200 medley and swam butterfly on the 400 medley.

Talie Anchustegui was the fourth member of the championship 200 medley relay team. Anchustegui, a rising sophomore, was also on all three freestyle relays for Boise YMCA. Individually, she swam in four events with her best showing in the 100 butterfly with a 17th-place finish.

Another busy Bronco was rising junior Sydney Johansen. With six individual events on the schedule, Johansen made it back for two finals. She took 13th in the 100 breaststroke for her top place but also helped three relays. Johansen swam the third leg on the 200 freestyle relay (second place) and 400 freestyle relay (third place), while anchoring the bronze-medal 400 medley relay.

Olivia Harrell rounded out Boise State’s contingent at the meet. Harrell, a rising senior, competed in five individual events. She posted career-best times in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly races.

Rising sophomore Emri Moore competed at the meet as a member of the Spokane Waves. Moore’s top finish came in the 1500-meter freestyle, in which she placed seventh. She added three other finals appearances during the meet.

Incoming freshman Felicity Cann was also at the meet, competing for her home team, King Aquatic Club. Cann took 12th in the 100 freestyle for her best result of the meet.

Next up for Boise State on the summer circuit is the U.S. Open Championships July 30 through August 3, in Irvine, Calif. Six Broncos will compete at the meet. Bottelberghe, Harper, Heaney, Johansen and Wicks will be joined by rising sophomore Devin Madsen.

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