COLUMBIA, Mo. – Jennifer Cahill and Emily Irvin set school records in their respective events to lead the Broncos on day one of the Missouri Invitational. The Broncos currently sit in fourth place out of the eight women’s teams in the meet.
“Today was a great start for us. We had a fantastic morning and most swims tonight were equal or faster than times put up in prelims,” said head coach Kristin Hill. “We're excited for another big day tomorrow.”
Cahill had the swim of the day as she shattered the school record in the 500 free. In the preliminary heat, Cahill posted a new best time of 4:56.83, beating out the record set by Rachael Meisner set at the 2009 WAC Championships by over two and a half seconds. Cahill posted a time of 4:56.90 in the finals to finish in seventh place.
The record-breaking continued with the next event as Irvin broke her own school record in the 200 IM. Irvin recorded a time of 2:04.82 in the “B” final to win the heat and take ninth overall in the event. Chelsea Lopus and Christine Raininger hit the wall in the two spots behind Irvin to give the Broncos a 1-2-3 sweep in the “B” final heat.
Stephanie North took eighth in the 50 free finals with a time of 24.01 although she recorded a time of 23.69 in the preliminaries. Amber Boucher matched North’s prelim time in the “B” final of the 50 free to earn a 10th place finish. The 50 free was the final individual event of the day.
The day began with the 200 free relay as the quartet of Boucher, Stevie Hughey, Kelly Forrester and North finished in seventh place. The race was close as the Bronco team posted a time of 1:35.51, less than one second behind the third place Arizona State.
The day concluded as it began with a Broncos relay team finishing in seventh. The 400 medley relay team of Morgan McLain, Irvin, Boucher and North recorded a time of 3:51.46 to close out the day one.
In the only diving event of the day, Erin Lionberger led the Broncos with a 15th-place finish and a score of 216.70 in the 3-meter event. The divers will compete in the 1-meter event tomorrow.
The Broncos will look to keep rolling in the records tomorrow on the second day of the three-day event. The order of events tomorrow is as follows: 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and the 800 free relay. Preliminaries are slated to begin at 10 a.m. (CT) with finals beginning at 6 p.m. (CT).