BOISE, Idaho – The Boise State swimming and diving team continued to flex its muscles among the WAC’s top programs as they downed Northern Arizona 185.5-114.5. The Broncos pushed past the Lumberjacks winning 10 out of 16 events to improve their record to 5-1 against WAC teams this year.
“We knew the 200 medley relay would possibly be the closest race of the meet as they came in with a faster time, and it was definitely a tight race,” said Hill. “Taking 1-2-3 in the 1000 free and 1-2 in the 200 free certainly helped get things going our way. Katelyn Lofland was faster than she’s ever been with us this time of the season and it’s fun to see her hard work pay off. NAU has a great backstroker who swam well tonight and their divers were strong. Outside of those events, our depth and strength at the top helped us win. Our sprint, middle distance and distance freestylers continued to shine.”
Jennifer Cahill, Emily Irvin, Amber Boucher and Stephanie North each took home a pair of first-place finishes to lead the Broncos to victory. Cahill continued her dominance in the distance events, winning the 1000 and 500 free, while North continued to dominate the sprints, winning both the 50 and 100 free. Irvin took home the titles in the 100 and 200 breast events while Boucher beat out the competition in 100 fly and 200 free.
Cahill’ times of 10:27.31 and 5:07.13 led a trio of Broncos in both the distance events as the Broncos went 1-2-3 in both the 1000 and 500 free, respectively. Katelyn Lofland and Rachael Meisner rounded out the sweep in both events. The Broncos also reeled in the 1-2-3 sweep in the 200 breast with Irvin, Erin Stotts and Lauren Keele and in the 100 free behind North, Chelse Lopus and Stevie Hughey.
Chelsea Lopus was the only other individual winner for the Broncos as she brought in the title 200 fly. The Broncos brought in their 10th and final victory of the meet with an eight second victory in the 400 free relay.
“Emily was back on her game in the breaststroke, and Amber’s 100 fly and leadoff leg in the 400 free relay were both outstanding. Chelsea had great races in her 200 fly, 100 free, and her leg of the 400 free relay. We’re excited for the Missouri Invitational and look forward to racing more great teams this season.”
Erin Lionberger led the Bronco divers in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events with scores of 213.95 and 207.75, respectively.
The Broncos will train for almost a month before competing again at the Missouri Invitational on Dec. 4-6.