Broncos Led By Freshmen In Swimming Season Opener

FORT COLLINS, Colo. The Boise State swimming and diving team had an incredible start to the 2007-08 season as the Broncos broke several school records against Colorado State, Friday.


In her first collegiate meet, freshman Tara Hahto took the individual title in the 200 breaststroke, out-swimming her competition by nearly two seconds. Teammate Allison Hall also started her Bronco career with a splash as she was touched out in the 200 butterfly to place second in the event.  Jenny Nowatzke finished out he trio of freshmen with stellar nights as she kept on pace with her competition to take third in the 50 freestyle.


“Even though they’re still in the learning phase,” said head coach Kristin Hill. “They still know how to perform and race, which is exactly what we’re looking for. We know there are many great things ahead as we continue to learn more and as the other freshmen and upper classmen continue to develop during the season.”


As a team, the Broncos were outstanding as they finished second in the 400 medley relay with a team comprised entirely by freshmen.


“We have a really young team with 18 freshmen,” added  Hill. “With it being their first college meet of their careers, it’s exciting, but at the same time there is a lot of pressure involved in that. There is some inexperience when comparing them to the experience of the upper classmen, but those same inexperienced swimmers also made up four of our top highlights from the meet. The 400 medley relay was all freshmen, Tara’s 200 breaststroke, Ally’s 200 fly and Jenny’s 50 freestyle."


“This isn’t necessarily when we expected to see fast swimming,” Hill added. “It’s exciting to see it so early in the season and shows that we’ve got a lot to look forward to this season.”


The Broncos now travel to Colorado Springs to take on Air Force, Denver and Colorado School of Mines.


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