BOISE, Idaho-Boise State swimming and diving improved its record to 2-0 with a 298-176 win against Rice, Saturday at the Boise-West YMCA. The Broncos and Owls squared off in a modified meet consisting of 12 relay races, and one diving event.
"We came out a little flatter today, but we still got up and raced," said Boise State Head Coach Kristin Hill. "The more they can learn to swim fast when they're tired, the better off we will be as the season progresses. The purpose of this weekend was to get two days of fast racing in, and I think overall the team did a really great job."
The Broncos won 10 of the 12 swimming events, and placed three times on all-time top-10 lists. In the 800-yard freestyle relay, Boise State 'A' clocked the fifth-fastest time in school history (7:43.21), and the Boise State 'B' team posted the No. 10 time in school history (8:02.84). In the final event of the meet, the 200-yard freestyle relay, Boise State 'A' finished in 1:37.21, the eighth-best time in Bronco history.
The closest race of the day came in the 400-yard medley relay. Rice 'A' led for the first 15 lengths before Stephanie North entered the pool for Boise State 'A'. The Broncos trailed by more than a full second until North closed the gap with a 50.56 final leg to reel in the victory and out-touch the Owls by six one-hundredths of a second.
"Stephanie overcoming their final swimmer (Shelby Bottoms), who is a really good 100 freestyler as well, definitely showed that she's a competitor," Hill said. "I think we have a team of competitors, and in those close races people really got up and raced, and that was fun to see."
The meet began with the 1-meter diving competition. Ciera Cortney picked up her second victory in as many days, scoring 228.9 points. Amanda Burnett finished second, and Lexi Pfeiffer improved her score from Friday to place third in the event.The Broncos return to the pool Oct. 22 and 23, in Las Cruces, N.M., for dual meets against North Texas and host New Mexico State.