Boise State Completes Weekend Sweep
LAS CRUCES, N.M.- Strong team and individual performances kept Boise State swimming and diving perfect in dual meets. The Broncos (6-0) defeated North Texas and New Mexico State for the second-straight day, Saturday, in Las Cruces, N.M. Boise State claimed seven overall victories at the 13-event meet to earn the weekend sweep.
The Broncos added wins against New Mexico State (2-2) in the 1,000-yard freestyle and the 50-yard freestyle to defeat the Western Athletic Conference-rival Aggies 140-103. Boise State also won the 100-yard backstroke, 500-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke against North Texas (1-5) to beat the Mean Green 177-66.
"We swam with a lot of confidence today, which is what we need this time of the season," said head coach Kristin Hill. "Our relays were especially excellent. Having strong relays is important in a win and I love seeing the confidence in our relays."
For the second-consecutive day Boise State turned in historic times in the relay events, starting with the 200-yard medley relay. After strong opening legs by seniors Denise Green and Tara Hahto, juniors Amber Boucher and Stephanie North extended the lead for Boise State 'A', and the Broncos posted the 10th-fastest time in school history, 1:46.54, to defeat New Mexico State 'A'.
"We knew the 200 medley relay was going to be very tough against New Mexico State," Hill said. "But we got after it and overcame a fast Aggie team."
The Broncos also posted a win and the No. 10 all-time mark in the 400-yard freestyle relay to wrap up the weekend.
North once again gave Boise State a big lift individually. She won two more events to run her season total to six. The two-time defending WAC champion in the 100-yard freestyle held off a strong battle by New Mexico State senior Kelly Conrad to win the event. North also won the 200-yard freestyle in her season debut in the race.
Sophomore Christine Raininger picked up a win in the 400-yard individual medley in her season debut in the event. Raininger, who holds the school record in the 400 IM, cruised to victory by more than four-and-a-half seconds.
Boucher added an individual win in the 100-yard butterfly with the 10th-fastest time in school history, 56.39.
On the springboard, freshman Ciera Cortney notched her third victory in the one-meter event this season. Cortney improved by more than 48 points from Friday, posting a score of 240.35 and just missing the all-time top-10 list at Boise State by 15 one-hundredths of a point.
"Ciera was really consistent," said head diving coach David Legler. "Some of the things we've been focusing on in practice really came through in her dives today."
Also turning in strong performances for Boise State were sophomore Shanelle Choi and redshirt-sophomore Madison Gray. Choi was the second finisher for the Broncos in the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly, including finishing second overall in the freestyle event.
After garnering her first win as a Bronco Friday, Gray won the 500-yard freestyle against North Texas, finished third in the 400 IM, and helped Boise State 'A' to victory in the 400 freestyle relay.
"Madison's performances were exciting after a redshirt season last year," said Hill. "She's happy to be racing and contributing points to the team. Shanelle swam well today and is really finishing races strong."
The Broncos will return to training for the next four weeks before the swimming and diving squads split up for the next competition. The divers will head to the Wildcat Diving Invitational Nov. 19-21, in Tucson, Ariz. The swimmers will next compete against WAC-foe Northern Arizona, Nov. 20 in Flagstaff, Ariz.
New Mexico State defeated North Texas 160-83.
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