Broncos Get First Victory of The Season in WAC Shootout


LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Boise State swim team earned its first victories of the season by outscoring Northern Colorado, 177-65, and Air Force, 155-87, in day two of the WAC Shootout.

The Broncos kicked off the day with the 400 medley relay, finishing fifth overal in the event. The quartet of Morgan McLain, Emily Irvin, Chelsea Lopus and Stephanie North started the day off right for the Broncos, beating out both Air Force and Northern Colorado with a time of 3:59.47.

The success kept rolling into the 1000 freestyle with Katelyn Lofland and Rachael Meisner finishing fifth and sixth overall, once again beating out both Northern Colorado and Air Force. The pair finished less than a half-seond apart with times of 10:47.41 and 10:47.88 respectively.

Next up, the Broncos competed in the 200 free with a pair of Broncos racing for third and fourth. Amber Boucher was able to hold off her teammate with a time of 1:59.27, taking third in the event. Nathalie Rohling was right behind her with a time of 1:59.31.

WAC Swimmer of the week North got the Broncos back on top with a first-place overall finish in the 50 free with a time of 24.26.

The Broncos kept reeling in the first-place finishes as Lopus finished the 400 individual medley with a time 4:35.23. Lopus finished second overall, but her time was good enough to beat the nearest competitor by nearly five seconds.

Boise State took to the 3-meter board next with Brittney Jones leading the way with a score 206.05, taking a third-place finish against Norther Colorado and Air Force. Teammate Erin Lionberger placed sixth with a score of 187.85, and Tana Loan finished eighth with a score of 135.65.

The swimmers took the spotlight again with the 200 butterfly as Lopus kept raking in the points, finishing fifth overall and first over Northern Colorado and Air Force. Lopus recorded a time of 2:12.48 for the victory.

The 100 free was much more of the same story for the Broncos as Boucher finished third overall with a time 53.67, beating out both opponents for another Broncos victory.

The Broncos saw more top performances as Denise Green and McLain finished one and two in the 200 back. Green posted a time of 2:11.03, narrowly edging out McLain, who clocked a time of 2:11.26.

Another top finisher came in the 500 free when Irvin finished third overall with a time of 5:14.85. The time was fast enough to beat out both opponents for another first-place finish for the Broncos.

Lionberger was once again the top finisher for the Broncos in the 1-meter with a fourth place finish. Lionberger led the Broncos with a score 194.40. Jones earned a fifth-place finish with a score of 184.40. Loan added a ninth-place finish with a score of 138.45.

Erin Stotts got the swimmers started up again in the 200 breast, finishing fourth overall but beating out both opponent teams with a time of 2:25.00.

The day finished up just the way it began - with another Boise State victory in the 400 free relay as they recorded a time of 3:36.34. The team of North, Rohling, Boucher and Green finished fifth overall and edged an Air Force team for first-place in the relay.

The dual victories over Air Force and Northern Colorado were the first of the season for the Broncos, who will next compete at San Jose State in another WAC meet on Nov. 1.

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