FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - The Boise State swimming team faced some of the nation’s top teams at the Husky Invitational, where several Broncos swam personal best times.
"We had more than 55 season bests and over 30 lifetime bests this weekend,” said head coach Kristin Hill. “It was an outstanding team effort. We started off strong in preliminaries in the 500 freestyle on Thursday morning with a lot of lifetime bests and finished the meet tonight with an outstanding performance in the 400 freestyle relay by Kim Nelson, Sammy Sanchez-O'Dell, Nathalie Rohling and Jenny Nowatzke. We only rested 2 days or so and the results for this phase of our season were very promising.”
The Broncos began the invite with a 10th place finish in the 200 freestyle relay, recording a time of 1:39.86 (Nowatzke, Sanchez-O’Dell, Tara Hahto,Denise Green), marking the second fastest time in school history.
The team continued to do well as they took seventh in the 400 medley relay with a time of 4:00.43 (Green, Hahto, Allison Hall, Nowatzke).In Thursday’s final event, Hahto lead the Broncos in the 200 individual medley notching a time of 2:11.29.
Entering the second day of competition, the Broncos started out with a splash as they placed ninth in the 200 medley relay recording the second best time in the Boise State record books with a time of 1:51.02 (Green, Hahto, Hall, Nowatzke).
Individually, the Broncos had a record day as Hahto set a school record in the 400 IM as she finished 19th with a time of 4:34.77. The 100 butterfly followed with Hall leading the way with a time of 59.38.
While Hahto may have led the Broncos in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:07.37, teammates Lauren Keele (1:08.61) and Erin Stotts (1:08.68) both swam personal bests in the event. Keeping on pace with the record setting day was Green as she swam a career-best 1:00.26 in the 100 backstroke, setting a school record in the event.
The Broncos finished day two with a 10th place finish in the 800 free relay with a time of 7:50.86. This marked the first time Boise State competed in the event.
On the final day of competition, Andrea Thiltgen opened the event with a time of 2:13.46 in the 200 back, before a trio of Broncos swam personal best times in the 200 breast. Leading the way for the trio was Erin Stotts as she finished 15th with a time of 2:27.01, followed by Keele in 23rd with a time of 2:28.54, while Kim Nelson recorded a time of 2:32.01 to finish 26th in the event.
Following the record breaking event, Hall competed in the 200 fly where she notched a time of 2:08.77. Keeping on track with the record-setting day, the Broncos recorded the best time in school history in the 400 free relay (Nelson, Sanchez-O’Dell, Rohling, Nowatzke) with a time of 3:37.29, knocking nearly five seconds off of the previous record.
The final event of the competition saw Katelyn LoFland (17:24.70) and Rachael Meisner (17:34.49) recorded personal bests in the 1650 free and set a pair of school records in the event as well.
While the swimming team competed in the Emerald City, the divers took on some of the nation's elite at the Texas Invitational as the Broncos competed against University of Austin, BYU, Nebraska, New Mexico, Southern Methodist University, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
At the event, Megan Morton led the Broncos with a score of 168.05 in the one-meter and notched a score of 166.90. Jennifer Dorling recorded a score of 166.25 in the three-meter and a 151.95 in the one-meter, while teammate Alyssa Daly earned a score of 132.90 in the one-meter and a 123.90 in the three-meter.
The Broncos now take a month off for training and preparation before returning to action, Jan. 5-6 at the UC Irvine Invitational at Irvine, Calif.
“December will be a time of tough training,” added Hill. “But also a time to focus on areas that we saw this weekend that need fine tuning in order to be at our best in February at the conference championships. It's a fun process and we have a great team of women to work with who are motivated to continue to take this team to new heights."