Incoming Broncos Win Big at State

Nov. 18, 2013

BOISE, Idaho - Monica Bottelberghe and Emma Chard, both future Bronco swimmers, each won state titles over the weekend at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

"We knew that both Monica and Emma would be great additions to our program and that their best swimming was ahead of them," said head coach Kristin Hill. "This success at their high school state meet solidifies that belief, and it's great to have swimmers go faster after we have already made our commitment to their collegiate careers."

Bottelberghe, a senior from Columbia River High School in Vancouver, Wash., nabbed the title in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.86 for her third straight championship in the 200 free. Despite taking a 10 week hiatus for an illness, she defended her 200 free crown. Also placing in the 100-yard freestyle, she finished third with a time of 51.66. Bottelberghe, the Greater Saint Helens League swimmer of the year, will compete at senior sectionals in March. "Monica has dealt with so many challenges so well over the last few months, and that makes her win in the 200 free with a great time that much more sweet," Hill said.

Chard, a senior from Henry Foss High School in Tacoma, Wash., took the individual title in the 100-yard freestyle in 50.17. She finished in second in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:03.89). Chard set the 3A meet record in the 100 free last year.

"Emma's win in the 100 freestyle is awesome, with a really fast time that puts her ahead of any incoming recruit we have ever had in the 100 freestyle. Her 1:03.8 in the breaststroke is not a surprise, but it is very encouraging, especially since she was so strong this summer."

Bottelberghe and Chard have finished their high school campaigns and will focus on their club seasons before joining the Broncos for 2014-15.

"Having two incoming team members finish in the top three in the 100 free in a very strong swimming state is great for our team. We are really proud of both of them and we are excited to see their training continue to progress this short course club season and through the long course season this coming summer. They are a part of a very strong recruiting class for us, and with one or two more additions to the class over the next few months, this team will be at our best going into the 2014-2015 season."

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