HOUSTON-Six event wins kept Boise State women's swimming and diving in second place on the final day of the Holiday Inn & Suites Med Center Invitational, Saturday, in Houston. Three different Broncos scored individual wins and Boise State swept the three relay events on the second day of competition at the meet hosted by Rice University. Arkansas won the invitational.
Seniors Amber Boucher and Stephanie North and freshman Jessica Bottelberghe won individual events and were on all three winning relay teams. Boucher won the 100-yard butterfly in a season-best time of 56.17. North edged out Boucher in the 100-yard freestyle for the pair's second 1-2 finish of the meet. Bottelberghe grabbed the 100-yard backstroke, the fifth win of her young career.
The trio teamed with junior Stevie Hughey to win the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:28.39, a Rice Aquatics Center Competition Pool record. Hughey was also on the winning 200-yard freestyle team to start the day. Freshman Heather Harper swam the breaststroke leg on the victorious 200-yard medley relay.
"We definitely had a better day today all around," said head coach Kristin Hill. "The 1-2 finish in the 100 free was great considering our competition. The wins in all three relays today was a good accomplishment."
Boucher held off a late charge from Arkansas' Katie Whitbeck to win by four one-hundredths of a second and remain undefeated in the 100 butterfly this season. Boucher returned to the pool immediately for the 200-yard freestyle where she clocked a season-best time to finish second.
Bottelberghe was a surprise winner in the 100 backstroke. She posted the best time in the first of two heats, and it held up through the second and faster heat. Bottelberghe took fourth in the 200-yard backstroke during the afternoon session.
North swam a blazing final 50 yards to claim her second win of the meet in the 100 freestyle. The senior was in fourth at the halfway point of the race, but was half a second faster than the rest of the field in the final 50 for a winning time of 51.14. Boucher touched the wall second in 51.46.
Jenn Cahill continued her strong swimming in her first meet of the season. Cahill finished fourth in the 1650-yard freestyle in 17:15.35, the seventh-fastest time in school history. Boise State competed in the mile for the first time this season. Freshmen Emily Blasko and Megan Myers finished 10th and 11th, respectively.
"It was nice to swim a mile this early in the year and Jenn, Emily and Megan all swam well," Hill said.
The Bronco divers took the springboards Saturday, at the University of Houston. Amanda Burnett posted the best score by a Bronco on the three-meter this season with a 263.95 to take seventh place. Ciera Cortney led the Broncos on the one-meter board with a score of 245.15, also good for seventh.
The Broncos finished with 838 points for the meet, behind the Razorbacks' 1,135 points. The host Owls finished third, Nebraska took fourth and Houston finished fifth.Boise State will split its swimming and diving squads for the Broncos' next competitions. The divers will head south to the Wildcat Diving Invitational, Nov. 18-20, in Tucson, Ariz. The swimmers will travel west