Heaney Earns MW Weekly Honor

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-Boise State junior Rachel Heaney was named Mountain West Swimmer of the Week, for meets contested Nov. 19-Dec. 2, the conference announced Wednesday. Heaney won the 200-yard butterfly in school-record time to highlight a strong weekend of swimming Nov. 29-Dec. 1, at the Missouri Invitational.

Heaney competed in four individual events at the meet, scoring in all of them as she advanced to three championship finals and one consolation final.

She continued to add to her lead over the rest of the Mountain West in her marquee event, the 200 butterfly, becoming the first student-athlete in the conference to post an NCAA provisional qualifying time in the event. Her time of 1:58.50 is an NCAA B cut, broke her own school record from her freshman season and is nearly five seconds faster than the second-best time in the MW, held by fellow Bronco Brooke Balogh. Heaney was the only swimmer in the meet to break 2:00 during finals as she cruised to victory. She is now the seventh-fastest swimmer in the 200 butterfly in Mountain West history.

The North Bend, Ore., native also raced to a third-place finish in the 400-yard individual medley, clocking a lifetime-best 4:19.92 to become just the second woman in Boise State history to break the 4:20 barrier.

Heaney's meet started with back-to-back events on the first day of competition. She narrowly missed her career best in the 500-yard freestyle with a 4:53.59 in prelims to qualify fifth. She followed that with a 12th-place finish in the next event, the 100-yard butterfly, with a 55.89. Heaney would go on to complete the double in finals as well, taking seventh in the 500 freestyle and 16th in the 100 butterfly. Her prelim time in the 500 free is the ninth-fastest in school history.

As a team Boise State took second in the final standings, 280 points clear of Mountain West foe UNLV in fourth. Heaney was one of two conference student-athletes to earn a victory at the meet (Jessica Heim, UNLV; 1650-yard freestyle) and her 49 points in individual events was second best by a Bronco, ranking third among MW competitors.

Her top time from the Missouri Invitational in each of the four events she competed currently rank in the top 10 in the conference. Heaney also helped her 200-yard medley relay team to the sixth-fastest time in school history, swimming the butterfly leg.

Heaney and the Broncos are back in action in the team's home opener Dec. 15, against BYU at the Boise-West Family YMCA. The weekly award is the second of the season by a Bronco (Devin Madsen, Nov. 7) and the eighth since joining the Mountain West last year. It is the first conference weekly honor of Heaney's career.

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