Broncos Start Strong at Hawkeye Invite

Dec. 6, 2013

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IOWA CITY, Iowa-The Boise State women's swimming and diving team concluded the first day of competition strong, finishing in second behind Notre Dame. Boise State has 204 points, behind Notre Dame's 232. After the first day of competition, the Broncos posted several top-10 Boise State best times and two NCAA `B' cuts.

Freshmen Katelyn Martin and Brittany Aoyama placed in the 50-yard freestyle finals. Martin clocked in at 22.83 for second place, one-hundredth of a second out of the victory. Aoyama finished in sixth with a 23.01. Sam Wickstouched in at 23.08 for ninth place overall. Martin and Aoyama's times were fast enough for an NCAA `B' cut. Aoyama touched in at 22.96 in the prelims to make the cut.

"Katelyn Martin's 50 freestyle was certainly a highlight this morning and now as of tonight she has broken 23 seconds four times, which is great," head coach Kristin Hillsaid.

Seven Broncos swam fast enough in the preliminary round of the 500-yard freestyle to compete in the final round. Freshman Felicity Cann recorded the fifth-fastest time in Bronco history in the finals, touching in at 4:51.35 for third place. Sophomore Blake Balogh finished in fourth, recording a time of 4:51.46. Her time is the eighth-fastest time in the Bronco record books. Cann, Balogh and Taylor Padingtonrewrote the top-10 records for this event on Friday. Padington's 4:52.20 prelim time was the ninth-fastest score in the record books.

Johansen, Jorgensen and Bottelberghe competed in the 200-yard IM finals. Johansen touched in fifth, in 2:02.41. Jorgensen (2:01.84) and Bottelberghe (2:03.69) scored for Boise State in the `B' finals and finished for 9th and 12th place, respectively.

The divers competed on the one-meter on the first day of competition. Senior Ciera Cortneyfinished the day sixth with a 252.30.

The 400-medley relay of Madsen, Johansen, Aoyama, Bottelberghe touched in with a time of 3:41.72 for third place.

"We had an outstanding morning and really responded well this evening," said Hill. "There was some adversity to overcome after getting disqualified in the 200 freestyle relay, but this team is great at focusing on what's ahead and leaving the past behind. We have a strong day tomorrow and it will be exciting to see this team perform."

The Broncos will prepare for day two of competition, which begins tomorrow at 10 a.m. CT with the preliminary round. The finals will begin at 6 p.m.

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