BOISE, Idaho – The Boise State swimming and diving team continued its early season success with a convincing 178-116 win over the visiting Washington State Cougars. The win marks the first time the Broncos have taken down a Pac-10 team in a dual meet.
“We have a lot of respect for Washington State, so to beat them here (in Boise) shows that we are in a really good place as a team,” said head coach Kristin Hill. “We had a hard week of training so it was a good surprise to have the team swim this fast, which really shows a lot about the spirit of this team.”
The 200 medley relay set the tone for the rest of the day with a first-place finish over a pair of Cougar teams. Morgan McLain, Emily Irvin, Amber Boucher and Stephanie North edged out a victory with a time of 1:45.90.
McLain had a career day after helping the relay team to the top spot. She finished second in the 100 back with a career-best time 57.58. Denise Green took fourth in the event as well. McLain had an even more impressive performance in the 200 back when she took the title with another career-best time of 2:04.57. Green took second to give the Broncos a 1-2 sweep.
North swept the sprint freestyle events with first-place finishes in both the 50 and 100 free. She took the 50 free title with a time of 24.35 and out touched the Cougars in the 100 free with a time of 52.63. Kelly Forrester was the next Bronco finisher in both events, taking fourth in the 50 free and third in the 100 free.
Irvin matched North’s performances by sweeping the breaststroke events for two more Bronco wins. She recorded the top times of 1:05.81 in the 100 breast and 2:22.55 in the 200 breast. Erin Stotts took second in the 200 breast to give the Broncos consecutive 1-2 finishes.
Jennifer Cahill kept up the success of last weekend with a top performance in the 1000 free and a second place finish in the 500 free. Cahill, Rachael Meisner and Katelyn Lofland finished 1-2-3 in the 1000 free to begin the individual events and give the Broncos an immediate lead that they would not relinquish.
Erin Lionberger swept the diving events for the Broncos, recording a season-high 232.70 in 1-meter and a 245.02 in the 3-meter. Tana Loan took second in the 1-meter and third in the 3-meter while Lexi Pfeiffer took third in the 1-meter and second in the 3-meter.
The Bronco ended the day the same way it began with another relay title in the 400 free relay. Boucher, Stevie Hughey, Chelsea Lopus and North recorded a time of 3:29.84 to take the title and secure the win for the Broncos.