Broncos Break Records But Fall to Utah and Washington
BOISE, Idaho During the second day of competition against some of the toughest teams the Broncos will face all year, the Boise State swimming & diving team continued to record top-times, but came up short against the University of Utah, 211-89, and the University of Washington, 187-107, Saturday.
“This was a great start to our season,” said head coach Kristin Hill. “We were a little flat today compared to last night, but it’s something that we learn from and with it being so early in the season, it is something we will overcome. There were still some good swims and we took a lot from this meet that will allow us to be better over the months to come.”
Continuing with record-setting relay times from the first day, Boise State took to the blocks in the 400 medley relay. While the competition was fierce, the Broncos recorded the third-best time in Boise State history after clocking a time of 4:01.93 (Morgan McLain, Tara Hahto, Sammy Sanchez-O'Dell, Stephanie North), which was good enough for fifth.
The first individual event of the day was the 1000 free which featured the talents of junior team captain Katelyn Lofland, sophomore Rachael Meisner and newcomer Paige LaPorte. Leading the way for the Broncos in the distance event was Meisner as she finished the event in fourth with a time of 10:44.76, while Lofland took fifth (10:50.94) and LaPorte placed ninth (11:08.31).
Making a splash in the 200 free was freshman Amber Boucher as she finsihed the event in eighth with a time of 1:58.14.
Sprinting her way to the top in the 100 back was Morgan McLain as she clocked a time of 59.53 to place fourth overall, just outreaching teammate Green who finished with fifth with a time of 59.54.
It was in the 100 breast that freshman Emily Irvin made her presence known as she recorded a 1:07.36 to finish the event in second overall. Not to be overshadowed was senior team captain Lauren Keele who recorded a third placed finish with a time of 1:07.99, just two-hundredths of a second behind her career best.
While the competition was fierce in the 200 fly, it did not seem to affect the talents of junior Chelsea Lopus as she completed the event with a time of 2:09.82 to finish fourth overall.
Leading the way for the Broncos in the 50 free was North, who outreached the competition to record a time of 24.06 and finished the event in fourth. In addition to leading the team in the event, she also set a school record in the event with her time.
Breaking up the swimming events was the diving competition as the Boise State divers took to the 3-meter for the second day. Leading the way for the Broncos was freshman Brittney Jones as she recorded a 222.37 in the event to place third overall. Also making a splash was freshman Erin Lionberger, who scored a 219.97 to place fourth, while sophomore teammate Tana Loan notched a 160.50 to finish the event in seventh.
Kicking off the second half of the meet was the 100 free, which was lead by North as she blew away the competition with a personal-best time of 52.34 to place third overall. Her time also marked a school-record, beating the previous record by just six-tenths of a second.
Looking to leave her mark in the 200 back was Lopus as she recorded a 209.99 in the event to place sixth overall. Her time earned her a spot in the Boise State record books as it ranks fifth. Not to be overshadowed was sophomore Tisha Taylor, who notched a career-best time with a 2:15.99 to finish first in her heat and 10th overall.
Following the backstroke was the 200 breast, which showcased several Broncos in the event. However, none stood out like Hahto, who finished the event with a time of 2:27.89 to place fifth overall.
During the second distance event of the meet, Meisner blew away the competition after clocking a time of 5:13.20 to finish the 500 free fourth overall.
It was Kirdy Franco that led the way for the Broncos in the 100 fly as she blew past the competition to finish the event in fourth overall with a time of 58.58. Her time not only marks a personal best, but ranks among the top-five in the Boise State record books.
The final individual event of the competition was the 200 IM, which was led by Lopus as she completed the event with a time of 2:10.37 to place sixth overall.
With the final relay of the competition, Boise State entered three teams in the 400 free relay. The team leading the way for the Broncos featured the talents of Boucher, North, Green and Jenny Nowatzke as it finished the event with a record-breaking time of 3:36.12 to place third. The relay shattered the previous record by one second.
Closing out the two-day event was the diving competition as the women looked to make a splash on the 1-meter boards. The Broncos sprung into action with Lionberger leading the way with a second place finish after tallying a score of 209.32. Not to be outdone was Jones, who placed third with a total of 197.99, while Loan finished seventh after posting a score of 161.70.
“We weren’t afraid to get up and race teams that are a step or two ahead of us and that’s admirable in our team,” added Hill. “This is a great group of women and it’s going to be an amazing season.”
The Broncos will not get much of a break in the competition as they now prepare for the WAC Shootout hosted by New Mexico State in Las Cruces, N.M. The two-day competition begins Friday, Oct. 10 and concludes Saturday, Oct. 11.
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