BOISE, Idaho The Boise State swimming & diving team took to the water in its third annual Blue & Orange intersquad meet as the Blue squad outscored the Orange squad for the second consecutive year, 175 to 121, Wednesday.
Getting out to an early lead was the Blue squad as they took the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:50.42 (Denise Green, Tara Hahto, Sammy Sanchez-O’Dell and Morgan McLain), outreaching the competition who clocked a time of 1:51.51 (Jenny Nowatzke, Kelly Forrester, Chelsea Lopus, and Stephanie North).
Making a mark for the Blue squad was junior Katelyn Lofland as she took the title in both the 800 free (8:31.60) and 400 free (4:15.41). However, not to be overshadowed was freshman Amber Boucher who beat out the competition in the 200 free (1:58.56) and 50 free (24.55). Green dominated in the backstroke as she took the title in the 100 (1:01.32) and 200 (2:14.58), while Sanchez-O’Dell did much of the same in the butterfly as she clocked a 59.86 in the 100 fly and a 2:11.65 in the 200 fly. Proving to be an overall force was McLain, who out touched the competition in the 200 IM with a time of 2:13.25.
The Orange squad did not walk away empty handed as Forrester grabbed the team’s first victory in the 100 breast after clocking a time of 1:07.50, followed by a win in the 100 free when North outreached the Blue squad and recorded a time of 54.14 in the event. While the Blue squad may have taken the initial relay of the day, the Orange squad took home the title in the final event of the afternoon in the 400 free relay after clocking a time of 3:44.44 (Johanna Wubbena, Nowatzke, North, Nathalie Rohling).
Not to be overlooked were the Boise State divers, who had a competition of their own. While freshman Erin Lionberger took the first round of the competition, it was Brittney Jones who grabbed the title during the second round.
The intersquad meet served as a tune up in anticipation of the season opener against the University of Utah and the University of Washington, Oct. 3-4. The two-day meet will be held at the West YMCA beginning Friday, Oct. 3 at 6 p.m.