COLUMBIA, Mo.-Boise State women's swimming and diving remains in second place after the second day of competition at the Missouri Invitational, Saturday, in Columbia, Mo. Junior Amber Boucher and sophomore Christine Raininger led the way for the Broncos as each won individual events. Boise State swimmers combined for 28 lifetime-best times after recording 33 personal records on the first day of the meet.
The Broncos amassed 613 points through the first two days, trailing only No. 25 Missouri (872 points). Boise State is leading Nebraska (460 points), Drury (355 points) and Truman State (180 points). Drury is ranked No. 4 and Truman is ranked No. 8 in the Division II coaches' poll.
"Today was another outstanding day for us," said head coach Kristin Hill. "We're so proud of the way the team competed. We had so many lifetime bests."
Boucher took home her second title of the weekend, this time in the 200-yard freestyle. The Keizer, Ore., native did so in impressive fashion with school record times in her preliminary heat and again in the final. Both were fast enough to earn Boucher an NCAA provisional qualifying time and her mark now stands at 1:47.88.
Junior Stephanie North finished fourth in the event, while junior Kelsy Diener and sophomore Jennifer Cahill also scored, finishing 10th and 11th overall, respectively. North turned in an NCAA 'B' standard in the event during the morning session.
Boucher has posted school record times in seven of her eight qualifying swims thus far at the Missouri Invitational, and she has achieved three NCAA 'B' cuts.
Raininger won the 400-yard individual medley in a season-best time of 4:22.44. She was accompanied by three Broncos in the top seven of the event. Freshman Chelsea Miller clocked the fifth-fastest time in school history to finish third (4:26.56), followed closely by classmate Rachel Heaney in fourth with the sixth-fastest time (4:26.71). Redshirt sophomore Madison Gray rounded out the Boise State contingent in the A Final, taking seventh place in 4:28.53, a personal best.
Freshman Brooke Balogh and senior Tara Hahto also scored in the 400 IM, giving the Broncos 72 points in the event. Balogh turned in a lifetime best of 4:31.02 to finish second in the B Final. Hahto finished seventh in the B Final in a season-best time of 4:34.57.
"The 400 IM was our best event as a team today, but Amber's 200 free was the swim of the day," Hill said. "At the same time, I hesitate to single anyone out because there were so many great swims and huge time drops today."
Senior Denise Green started the evening session with a school-record time of 26.68 in the 50-yard backstroke leading off the 200-yard medley relay. Senior Kelly Forrester, Boucher and North followed to set a Boise State record in the relay event, finishing third overall in a time of 1:43.39. The Boise State 'B' relay team clocked the fifth-fastest time in school history, finishing seventh in 1:45.70.
Freshman Ciera Cortney posted another school record diving score, this time in the one-meter event. Cortney's score of 250.45 is the best score recorded by a Bronco diver at a championship-style meet. Her mark is No. 7 on the overall top-10 list. The Las Vegas native finished eighth in the event. Cortney also finished eighth with a championship-meet record in the three-meter competition, Friday.
Green and junior Morgan McLain advanced to the A Final of the 100-yard backstroke where Green finished fourth with the No. 2 mark all-time, 56.17. McLain turned in a career best 56.95 to qualify in the top eight, and finished seventh in the evening session. Sophomore Lily Donohue also scored in the event with lifetime bests in both swims Saturday. Senior Jenny Nowatzke turned in personal bests in the 100 backstroke twice, as well.
Miller and Forrester also posted historic times in the 100-yard breaststroke. Miller swam a season best to qualify for the A Final. The San Antonio, Texas, native swam even faster in the evening session, finishing sixth and turning in the ninth-best time in school history, 1:04.25. Forrester ran away with the B Final in a time of 1:04.02, the seventh-fastest in Boise State history.
The Missouri Invitational concludes Sunday with preliminary events starting at 10 a.m. (CT) and the finals taking place at 1 p.m. (CT). Live stats are available at HERE.