COLUMBIA, Mo. – Another record fell as the Boise State swimming and diving team continued to see outstanding performances on the second day of the Missouri Invitational. Christine Raininger shattered the 400 IM to lead the Broncos into fourth place out of eight teams with one day remaining. The Broncos have 344 team points, only 34 behind Nebraska in third place.
Raininger broke the first record of her career in the finals of the 400 IM. The freshman finished third in the event with a time of 4:25.84. Her finals time was an improvement of over two and a half seconds from her preliminary swim earlier in the day.
The finals heats began with the 200 medley relay just before Raininger’s record-breaking swim. Denise Green, Kelly Forrester, Amber Boucher and Stephanie North teamed up to finish fourth in the event with a time of 1:44.61. All four swimmers would go on to shine in their individual events for the Broncos.
Boucher was the top finisher for the Broncos in the 100 fly with a finals time of 57.01 and a sixth-place finish. North took the spotlight next as she finished fifth in the 200 free with a time of 1:151.60. Not to be outdone, Forrester kept the exceptional swim streak alive as she recorded a career-best time of 1:03.99 in the finals heat to also finish in fifth. Finally, Green ended the individual events with a season-best time of 57.27 and a seventh-place finish.
Just as yesterday, the second Bronco relay of the day matched the results of first Bronco relay. The Bronco team of Chelsea Lopus, North, Jennifer Cahill and Boucher took fourth in the 800 free relay. The quartet posted a time of 7:32.02 to polish off day two.
“We had a really strong day today,” said head coach Kristin Hill. “Christine Raininger just keeps getting faster and setting a new team record in the 400 IM was a great accomplishment for this phase of the season. Jenn Cahill and Stephanie North really stood out tonight for us in the 200 free. Kelly Forrester has been getting better and better and her 100 breast was outstanding tonight. Denise Green is back in her backstroke and it's great to see her determination and work pay off. Our 800 free relay did well tonight after a lot of swimming yesterday and today and we know we can be even faster come February.”
Tana Loan led the divers today with a score of 204.05 on the 1-meter board. Loan finished in 14th while teammates Erin Lionberger and Amanda Burnett finished in the next two spots, respectively.
The Broncos will conclude the Missouri Invitational tomorrow with the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 400 free relay. Fans can also check out live scoring on www.mutigers.com. Preliminaries will begin at 10 a.m. (CT) and finals will begin 4 p.m. (CT).