Broncos Take Down WAC Champs in First Day of WAC Shootout

SAN JOSE, Cailf. – The Boise State swimming and diving team established themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the Western Athletic Conference in day one of the WAC Shootout. The Broncos went 2-0-1 in the dual scoring against Nevada, Hawaii and San Jose State. The most impressive win came against three-time defending WAC champion, Nevada, in a decisive 150-54 victory.

The Broncos scored in the top-3 overall in nearly every event en route to the double victory day. The Broncos started off the season in perfect fashion by taking the overall title in the 200 medley relay. The quartet of Morgan McLain, Emily Irvin, Chelsea Lopus and Amber Boucher posted a time of 1:46.50 to take top spot.

Freshman Jenn Cahill made her Bronco debut with a bang, finishing second overall in the 1000 free with a school record time of 10:23.16. Cahill beat out the top finishers from Nevada and San Jose State to earn big points for the Broncos. She also took third in the 500 free with a time of 5:05.51 as the top finisher for the Broncos, beating out Nevada and Hawaii for some more huge points.

Another impressive debut was turned out buy freshman Stevie Hughey, who took second in the 50 free and fourth in the 100 free with marks of 24.16 and 53.11, respectively. Stephanie North took the overall title in both events. North posted a time of 23.90 in the 50 free and 52.26 in the 100 free to continue her conference dominance in the sprint freestyle events.

Irvin captured a pair of top performance with a first-place overall finish in 200 IM and second place overall finish in the 100 breast. Irvin’s time of 2:06.87 captured the title in the 200 IM. Although she placed second overall in the 100 breast, Irvin beat out the top finishers from all three Bronco opponents in the event to earn first place points with a time of 1:05.21.

Boucher and McLain also turned in impressive performances for the Broncos. Boucher was the top finisher for the Broncos in the 200 free with a third-place overall time of 1:52.89, beating out San Jose State and Nevada. She also posted a third-place time in the 100 fly, beating out the top finisher for Hawaii to earn some big points. McLain posted a second place overall finish in the 100 back with a time of 58.51, beating out the top finishers from Nevada and Hawaii.

Erin Lionberger was the top diver for the Broncos in both diving events with a pair of tenth place finishes overall. She finished fourth against Hawaii in both events and third against San Jose State and Nevada in the 3-meter. She also notched a second place finish against San Jose State and Nevada.  

The Broncos compete in day two of the WAC Shootout tomorrow when they will score against New Mexico State, Fresno State and UC Davis at 10 a.m. (PT).

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