COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Boise State swimming and diving team went 2-1 in dual meets at the Air Force Invitational, Saturday.
The Broncos earned victories over Colorado School of Mines (196-42) and Air Force (159-83). The Broncos only loss came to Denver, with a score of 62-180.
“We won our first meet against another Division I school,” said head coach Kristin Hill. “Both of our relays raced well and set a new team record, while we had a lot of freshmen that preformed extremely well.”
Leading the way for the Broncos was freshman Tara Hahto, who finished second in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.75) and took third in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:16.01.
Jenny Nowatzke had a record day as she garnered a third place finish in the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.09, while grabbing a sixth place finish in the 200 free (2:03.22).
The strongest race of the day came from freshman Nathalie Rohling, who swam a 54.97 in the 100 free to earn a third place finish in the event. Teammates Allison Hall and Denise Green also notched third place finishes, as Hall swam a 59.93 in the 100 butterfly and Green recorded a time of 1:02.31 in the 100 backstroke.
In the distance events, freshman Rachael Meisner took fourth in the 1000 free (11:00.54) while sophomore Katelyn LoFland finished fifth in the 500 free with a time of 5:28.39.
As a team, Boise State performed extremely well in their relay events as it broke school records in both the 200 medley and 200 free. The Broncos kept pace with Denver throughout the 200 free, but in the end were out touched by the Pioneers giving them a second place finish in the event with a time of 1:41.52. They also garnered a second place finish in the 200 medley with a time of 1:51.78.
Freshman diver Megan Morton led the Broncos with a second place finish in the one-meter after posting a score of 195.80, just two points shy of the lead. Morton also garnered an eighth place finish in the three-meter with a score of 164.95
“It was a tough weekend,” added Hill. “Swimming in altitude isn’t easy. We’re still getting into the heavy training days of our season, but the girls did great and they’re happy. Overall we’re excited about our performance and to return home to host San Jose State.”
The Broncos now look to face San Jose State, Friday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m., at the West YMCA in Boise, Idaho.