Broncos Cruise Past Fresno State in Dual Meet
Boise State swimming and diving won their third meet of the season 199-106 as they hosted the Fresno State Bulldogs on Saturday in Boise. The Broncos took the top spot in all 17 events of the dual meet, and broke two school records en route to the team victory.
The divers got the meet started on the one-meter diving board. Freshman Brittany Jones brought in the first place points for the Broncos as she recorded a score of 224.10. Another freshman, Erin Lionberger, wasn’t too far behind with a score of 214.10, which earned her a second place finish. Sophomore Tana Loan finished in sixth place for the Broncos with a score 147.38.
The swimmers kicked off their day with the 200 Medley Relay and took home another first place finish. Freshman Morgan McLain, sophomore Tara Hahto, freshman Amber Boucher and sophomore Kim Nelson earned the first place finish with a time of 1:48.97. The team beat out the fellow Boise State group Denise Green, Lauren Keele, Kirdy Franco and Sammy Sanchez O’Dell, who cam in second with a time of 1:51.16.
The Broncos continued with a podium sweep in 1000 free, led by Katelyn Lofland, who brought in another first place finish with a time of 10:36.56. She was followed by Sam Eichner in second and Kelly Knapp in third with times of 11:19.97 and 11:50.69, respectively.
The Broncos kept on rolling as Stephanie North earned another first place finish in the 200 free with a school-record time of 1:54.17. Hahto and Paige Laporte rounded up the top three for another clean sweep for the Broncos. Hahto recorded a time of 1:58.94 while Laporte followed with a time of 1:59.53.
“This meet gave us the opportunity to swim new events,” said head coach Kristen Hill. “It was great to see Stephanie (North) excel at the 200 free and break the school record. It really shows her versatility.”
It was back-to-back record breakers as Denise Green broke her own record in the 100 back with a time of 58.37 for another first place finish. McLain followed closely in second with a time of 58.87. Johanna Wubenna finished in fourth for the Broncos with a time of 1:02.67.
“Green, North and Erin Stotts were our standout swimmers today. Green had a great swim in the 100 back. It was a personal-best and school record. This is the fastest she’s ever been at this part of the season, which is very promising for later in the season.”
The 100 breaststroke brought another first place finish for the Broncos as Erin Stotts was the first to touch with a time 1:07.76. Nelson was next to finish with a second place time of 1:10.67. Tisha Taylor finished in fourth with a time of 1:13.27.
Franco and Lofland brought in another one-two finish for Boise State in the 200 butterfly. Franco recorded a time of 2:11.83 for a first place finish and Lofland followed in second with a time of 2:17.35.
Boise State continued to dominate in the 50 free with another one-two-three finish. Amber Boucher was the first to touch with a time of 24.15. Morgan Denny finished in second, recording a time of 25.37. Sanchez O’Dell wasn’t far behind as she finished in third place with a time of 25.80.
Nelson reeled in another first place finish for the Broncos as she recorded a time of 54.98. Laporte and Wubenna, who finished in second and third with times of 55.32 and 57.17 respectively, followed Nelson for another clean sweep.
Franco recorded her second first place finish for the Broncos in the 200 back, recording a 2:10.90. Hahto was the next Bronco to touch at 2:13.55, which earned her a third place finish. Teammate Erica Christianson finished fourth for the Broncos at the 2:19.61 mark.
The 200 breaststroke ended in another one-two-three finish for Boise State, but this time Erin Stotts led the Broncos with a first place time of 2:23.36. Emily Irvin was the next to touch at the 2:25.56 mark, and Keele rounded out the scoring for the Broncos with a time of 2:25.74.
Another event, another sweep as the Broncos swept the 500 free. Green led the Broncos in the event with a first place time of 5:16.61. Rachael Meisner was the next to finish for the Broncos in second place with a time of 5:27.41. Denny finished in third with a time of 5:29.92.
The 100 fly brought more of the same results as Boucher narrowly beat out Franco for the top spot. Boucher came out on top with a time of 58.18 followed by Franco at the 58.54 mark. Laporte rounded out the top-three with a time of 101.74.
The divers took over the pool again for the three-meter diving event. Jones took home the first place finish for the second time of the day with a score of 2:40.22. Lionberger finished right behind her teammate, finishing with a score of 206.32. Loan finished in seventh for the Broncos with a score of 130.80.
“I was very pleased with all of the divers’ performances,” said diving coach C.J. Hardy. “Now, we are going to focus on the meet at BYU, but if we keep heading in the direction we are going, I think we are on target for compete at the WAC championships.”
The swimmers took to the pool again with the 200 IM. The Broncos brought in another one-two-three finish in the closest race of the day. North took first place with 2:14.14 finish, but won by a fingertip as Nelson finished right behind her with 2:14.19 time. Erica Christianson completed the sweep with a third place time of 2:20.77.
The 400 IM was another clean sweep for the Broncos. Hahto led the charge for the Broncos with a first place time of 4:43.44. Irvin followed right behind, recording the second place time of 4:48.76. Keele rounded out the sweep with a third place finish at the 4:53.59 mark.
To end the day, the teams moved back into relays with the 200 free relay. The Broncos completed a clean sweep of the meet with yet another first place finish. McLain, Green, Denny and Bouher brought in the first place finish with a time of 1:39.79, edging out another Boise State team. The team of Nelson, Sanchez-O’Dell, North and Laporte came in a close second, recording a time of 1:40.16.
The win was the third of the year for the Broncos, who will hit the road on Dec. 4 to head to the Husky Invitational in Federal Way, Wash. The divers will head to the BYU Invitational on Dec. 5 in Provo, Utah.
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