Broncos Pass First Road Test

LAS CRUCES, N.M.-Boise State swimming and diving picked up a pair of dual-meet wins Friday in Las Cruces, N.M., against North Texas and host New Mexico State. The Broncos (4-0) defeated the Mean Green 176-67 and downed the Aggies 140.5-102.5. Boise State ran its streak to seven-straight dual meet victories and eight-consecutive wins in duals against Western Athletic Conference opponents.

The Broncos won 10 of the 11 swimming events in the double dual, including all 11 events against UNT.

"We had a good night of racing tonight," said head coach Kristin Hill. "The majority of our times were faster than two weeks ago, which is great."

The fastest times came in two dominant performances by relay teams.

The meet started with a 400-yard medley relay in which Boise State 'A' cruised to victory in a time of 3:53.83, the seventh-fastest in school history. In the final event of the evening Boise State 'A' won the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:37.03, No. 8 all-time at Boise State. The last relay was led off by junior Amber Boucher who posted the fastest 50-yard freestyle time by a Bronco this season, 23.78.

Boise State was led individually by junior Stephanie North, who picked up two victories. North swept the sprint freestyle events for the second time this season. The Klamath Falls, Ore., native won the 50-yard freestyle in a season-best time of 24.01, and followed with a victory in the 100-yard freestyle.

In the closest event of the day sophomore Christine Raininger tied for first in 200 IM, posting a season-best time of 2:09.65.

Freshman Chelsea Miller flashed her speed in coming from behind on the last leg of the 200-yard breaststroke to garner her first collegiate win. Miller swam the final 50 yards in 36.40 seconds-1.8 seconds faster than the leader at the 150-yard mark-to win by less than three-tenths of a second. Freshman Rachel Heaney won the 200-yard butterfly for the second time in her young career. Freshman Ciera Cortney led the divers with a third-place overall finish in the 3-meter competition, winning the event against the Mean Green.

 In addition to the freshmen, redshirt-sophomore Madison Gray picked up her first win as a Bronco with a career-best time in the 500-yard freestyle, 5:09.22.

Amber Boucher (200-yard freestyle) and Jennifer Cahill (1,000-yard freestyle) also picked up overall first-place finishes. Morgan McLain earned the win against UNT in the 200-yard backstroke.

The Aggies (1-1) won 168-75 against the Mean Green (1-3).

"We look forward to more fast times tomorrow as we add the 100s of strokes and the 400 IM," Hill said.

All three teams will be back in action at 11 a.m., Saturday, at the NMSU Swimming and Diving Complex.

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