Freestyle Middle Distances Preview

Freestyle Middle Distances
In the middle distances of the freestyle event, Amber Boucher and Stephanie North are once again at the top of the 200. Madison Gray, from Winnemucca, Nev., will make an immediate impact in the 200 and chase the school record Boucher set at the WAC Championships last season. Jennifer Cahill returns after a freshman season in which she lowered the school record time in the 500 free four times, and also set new standards for herself in the 200 freestyle. Cahill, a native of Wailuku, Hawaii, will be challenged in the 500 by three newcomers as well as returners Denise Green and Emily Irvin. Green, a senior from North Bend, Ore., finished fifth last year in the 500 freestyle at the WAC Championships. Irvin, a Bakersfield, Calif., native, provides the Broncos with versatility, and is a strong option in the 500 freestyle.

Coach Hill's Take: "Amber Boucher and Stephanie North are our top 200 freestylers. We expect to see quite a few right on their heels this season, including Jenn Cahill, Madison Gray, Olivia Harrell and Kelsy Diener. Our leader in the 500 is sophomore Jenn Cahill, followed closely by senior Denise Green and Junior Emily Irvin. Freshman Olivia Harrell will give us another weapon in the middle distances, and another swimmer to challenge for a relay spot in all three freestyle relays. Freshman Brooke Balogh in the 500 freestyle is someone who will really grow through our program, and we anticipate some great swims this season from Kelsy Diener in both the 200 and 500 freestyle races. She could be one of our top swimmers in both of those events.

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