BOISE, Idaho-Boise State women's swimming and diving coasted to victory in its two-day invitational meet, ending Saturday, at the Boise-West Family YMCA. The Broncos won seven events on the second day to run its total to 15 event victories in the 19-event meet. Boise State finished with 885 points, bettering New Mexico (656) and Seattle (375).
"We had some good swims today, but as a team last night was stronger," said head coach Kristin Hill. "Friday was really an outstanding night for us. We have some work to do to be strong on the second day of a meet like this. We looked a little tired."
The second day of competition started with three-meter diving. New Mexico's Gabby Erickson won her second diving event in as many days, but Bronco seniors Tana Loan and Amanda Burnett took second and third, respectively. Loan and Burnett set career bests, while Loan's score of 253.50 is the fifth-best all-meet score all-time on the three-meter.
The swimming events were bookended by relays. The Broncos took the top-two spots in the 200-yard medley relay in the first swimming event. The meet finished with another Boise State win, this time in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
"We performed well in our relays," Hill said. "We had a lot of competition within our team, especially on the medley relay. You wouldn't know who was on our 'A' and 'B' teams if you didn't know any better, and that's fun. It's fun to compete for top spots on relays."
Amber Boucher was on both of the winning relay teams and added a pair of individual wins. Boucher led a Bronco charge in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle events. She won each event as Boise State claimed the five fastest times in both races. The senior improved her Mountain West-best time in the 100 freestyle, clocking a 51.44. Fellow senior Stephanie North was also on both winning relay teams and won the 100-yard backstroke, her first-career win in the event.
Junior Christine Raininger won the 400-yard individual medley in 4:33.59. She was followed immediately by teammates Chelsea Miller, Brooke Balogh and Rachel Heaney. Miller also finished second in the 200-yard breaststroke.
Heaney cruised to victory in the 200-yard butterfly later in the meet. The sophomore led a 1-2-3 Boise State finish, winning by more than two and a half seconds.
New Mexico and Seattle each won one swimming event on the second day. The Lobos' Monica Dudley claimed the 1000-yard freestyle. The Redhawks' Alexis Moorehouse won the 200 breaststroke.
"We appreciated being able to host two teams this weekend," Hill said. "There were some good races up and down every heat between all the teams."
The Broncos will return to action Oct. 28 and 29, at the Rice Invitational in Houston, where they will be joined by four other teams, Arkansas, Houston, Nebraska and host Rice.