Broncos Bust Records But Fall to Utah and San Diego State

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Despite the success of several Broncos recording career-bests times, the Boise State swimming and diving team fell to the University of Utah 156.0 t0 126.0, and San Diego State, 168.0 to 132.0, Saturday.

"We had a challenging day today," said head coach Kristin Hill. "We had a few lifetime bests which of course is exciting, but as a team we didn’t perform. We have a young team and with that comes a big learning curve. We are working on a lot of details that will pay off, but right now we are still in process. It was great to see Utah do so well as Greg (Winslow, head coach) and I are good friends from early on in our coaching ca-reers when we coached together in Colorado."

The Broncos began the competition with the 200 medley relay, where the Broncos finished fourth while setting a school-record time of 1:52.14 (Johanna Wubbena, Tara Hahto, Allison Hall, Jenny Nowatzke).

Following the medley relay was the 1000 freestyle where Katelyn LoFland took a third place finish with a time of 10:50.50, placing her third in the Bronco record books.

Nathalie Rohling led the way for the Broncos in the 200 free with a second place finish clocking a time of 1:58.57, while Nowatzke followed her performance in the 100 back-stroke with a time of 1:03.10 to place sixth on the Bronco’s top ten performance list.

In the 100 breaststroke, Hahto took second place with a time of 1:08.44, edging out teammate Lauren Keele, who finished third with a career-best time of 1:08.86. The hot streak continued into the 200 butterfly as Hall clocked a time of 2:08.10 to finish second, while Sammy Sanchez-O’Dell made her debut performance in the event, recording a time of 2:14.56.

Nowatzke dominated the sprint during the 50 free as she garnered a third place finish with a time of 25.57. The 100 free followed with Kim Nelson leading the way for the Broncos, as she finished third with a career-best time of 55.29.

After the first break in the meet, the Broncos came out to ready to compete as Andrea Thiltgen led the way in the 200 back with a time of 2:17.32 for a fifth place finish. Ashley Cecil recorded a career-best time of 2:19.40 in the event.

Hahto notched yet another time into the Bronco’s top ten list as she recorded a time of 2:28.61 in the 200 breast to finish fourth in the event.

The 500 free showcased Rachael Meisner’s ability in the distance events, as she led the Broncos with a second place finish with a time of 5:17.10. That same event featured LoFland, who notched a time of 5:22.07, and Kim Nelson, who tallied a ca-reer-best and top-ten time of 5:27.41.

The 100 fly followed with Hall leading the way with a fourth place finish, clocking a time of 1:00.44, while teammate LiAnne Choitz recorded a career-best time of 1:03.42, knocking nearly four seconds off of her previous best.

Entering the final events of the competition, Hahto led the Broncos in the 200 individual medley with a second place finish (2:13.77). Also taking place in the event was Hall (2:17.01), Lauren Keele (2:17.09), Thiltgen (2:17.95) and Meisner (2:18.24) who all notched top-ten times in the Bronco record books.

The Broncos were fired up entering their final event of the meet and their enthusiasm showed as they took third with a time of 1:41.12 (Nowatzke, Rohling, Sancehz-O’Dell, Kim Nelson), which marked the second fastest time in school history.

The diving team was led by Jennifer Dorling, who tallied 188.55 points in the three-meter for ninth place, while notching 169.20 in the one-meter for a 10th place finish.

Freshman Megan Morton recorded a 10th place finish in the three-meter (187.05) and 12th in the one-meter (130.40), while teammate Alyssa Daly garnered a 12th place finish in the three-meter (150.65) and placed 11th in the one-meter with a score of 148.05.

"We are ready for a week off school and some focused training during Thanksgiving week," added Hill. "We are looking forward to fast swimming at the Husky Invitational in two weeks."

The Broncos will take a week off for Thanksgiving break before returning to action at the Husky Invitational, Nov. 29- Dec. 1, at Federal Way, Wash.

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