Broncos Complete Day One of WAC Shoot-Out With Record-Breaking Performances
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Boise State swimming and diving team made a splash at the WAC Shoot-Out, but despite posting some great times and setting a pair of school records, the Broncos fell to New Mexico State, 106-136, and Northern Arizona, 103-139, Friday.
A quartette of Broncos approached the starting blocks to kick off the meet with the 200 medley relay, which featured the talents of Denise Green, Tara Hahto, Chelsea Lopus and Stephanie North. The competition was fierce as the Broncos kept on pace with the competition to finish second to NAU with a time of 1:48.94.
Upon finishing the relay, the Broncos set out to prove themselves in the 1000 freestyle as junior captain Katelyn Lofland placed second in the event overall, with a time of 10:38.32, beating out both NAU and NMSU.
Proving to be a force to be reckoned with was freshman Amber Boucher as she clenched a second place finish in the 200 free after clocking a time of 1:57.17 in the event.
After posting incredible times in last weekend’s opening meet and being named WAC Swimmer of the Week, freshman Stephanie North continued with her hot streak as she finished second to New Mexico State in the 50 free as she posted a time of 24.13.
Making her presence known was Lopus as she competed in her first solo event of the evening in the 200 individual medley. Not only did the junior beat out the competition to earn a second place finish overall, but her time of 2:08.79 marked a Boise State school record.
Making a splash of their own were the divers as they took to the 1-meter to break up the swimming events. Leading the way for the Broncos was freshman Erin Lionberger, who after posting a score of 197.10, placed fourth against both NAU and NMSU. Also making a mark for the Broncos was Brittney Jones as she placed ninth after tallying a score of 178.45, while teammate Tana Loan finished 10th with a mark of 133.25.
Entering her third and final event of the day was Lopus as she led the way for the Broncos in the 100 fly. The junior transfer notched a second place finish against the competition after recording a time of 58.63.
The Broncos strongest performance of the night came in the 100 free as a pair of freshman led the way. Taking the title outright was North with a time of 52.26, while teammate Boucher followed close behind to tap the wall at the 53.33 mark to place second.
The freshman continued to prove themselves as serious competitors for the Broncos as Morgan McLain took third in the 100 back after posting a time of 1:00.11.
The distance events continued to be a strong suit for Boise State as sophomore Rachael Meisner and Lofland took the starting blocks in the 500 free. Placing third in the event was Meisner after clocking a time of 5:14.63, outreaching Lofland who placed fourth as she touched the wall at the 5:15.33 mark.
Making a splash on the 3-meter was Lionberger as she garnered a score of 186.40 to place fifth on the boards. Not to be overshadowed was Jones, who placed ninth with a mark of 162.55, while Loan took 12th with a score of 130.15.
Continuing with the record breaking times was freshman Emily Irvin as she notched a school-record in the 100 breast with a time of 1:06.48, which was good enough for fourth.
Closing out the first day of competion was the 200 free relay, where the Broncos took third after clocking a time of 1:39.35 (Boucher, McLain, Sammy Sanchez-O'Dell, Jenny Nowatzke).
“It was a lot of fun,” said head coach Kristin Hill. “We swam great and we are so excited to get back in the pool tomorrow after some rest tonight.”
Boise State will now prepare for the second day of competition at the WAC Shoot-out where the Broncos will face Air Force and Northern Colorado, Saturday, Oct. 11 with the first event starting at 10 a.m. MT.
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