Broncos Grab Seven Wins At Jean Freeman Invite
Dec. 6, 2014

  • Full Meet Results

    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - One night after topping nine events, Boise State came back strong on the final day of the Jean Freeman Invitational in Minneapolis Saturday night, claiming seven events.

    Senior Heather Harper hit an NCAA B Standard in the 200 breast for the second straight meet, this time touching the pad in a career-best 2:13.77. Harper was also part of Boise State's winning 200 medley relay team (1:42.56), along with Sam Wicks, Jessica Bottelberghe and Felicity Cann. A second Bronco quartet of Nikki Cannon, Sydney Johansen, Brittany Aoyama and Monica Bottelberghe finished right behind in 1:43.59.

    In the 200 breast, fellow Broncos Emily Mathis (2:17.00), Emma Chard (2:18.29) and Whitney Jorgensen (2:18.88) took third, fourth, and fifth respectively. Mathis also took second in the 400 IM in the next event, clocking a career-best 4:21.57.

    "Overall it was a strong weekend of racing. After a phenomenal meet two weeks ago at Texas A&M our goal this weekend was to just race and compete after two more strong weeks of training," said Boise State head coach Kristin Hill. "In the end we came out with some new best times which was a little unexpected but a great surprise. Heather Harper had an outstanding swim tonight with a new best time in the 200 breaststroke. Emily Mathis dropped eight seconds from her 400 IM lifetime best that she set two weeks ago - she just keeps getting faster."

    Jessica Bottelberghe picked up her first individual win of the night, and second win overall, in the 100 free with a final time of 50.76. Younger sister Monica took fourth in 52.05.

    Nikki Cannon finished her sweep of the weekend's backstroke events, adding the 100 to her ledger Saturday, touching the pad in 55.73.

    Two more Broncos would pick up two wins apiece Saturday. Blake Balogh captured the 1,650 free in 17:12.29 then was part of the winning 400 free relay team along with Aoyama, who touched first in the 100 fly (53.56) just before the relay. Joining them on the winning relay team were Monica Bottelberghe and Cann. Three more Broncos finished in the top five in the 1,650 free as Amelia Draney (17.14.68) took second, Emri Moore (17:32.13) took fourth and Megan Myers (17:36.50) finished fifth.

    Wicks clocked a 54.57 to finish second behind Aoyama in the 100 fly.

    "Jessica showed great racing consistency and speed in her 100 freestyle races. Brittany Aoyama had a strong win in the 200 fly, breaking 2:00 for the first time in an event she really hasn't competed in for several years, and her 100 fly and 100 free lead off in the 400 free relay tonight were both strong swims, Hill continued. "Nikki Cannon had great finals swims in both her 100 and 200 back. Sam Wicks posted two new best times this weekend in the 200 back and the 100 fly, two events she doesn't regularly compete in but are clearly strengths for her. Now it's time to get back to Boise and prepare for finals and train hard for our next set of meets in January and the championship phase of our season in February and March that's just around the corner."

    Bronco divers closed their weekend with five top-15 finishes on the 1-meter Saturday. Erin Kohlbeck paced the Broncos by scoring 258.10 to place fourth, while Jordan Marthens (240.50, fifth), Karli Kriewall (230.75, 10th), Kiley Carlson (228.40, 11th), Kacee Olson (221.95, 14th) and Tory Moyer (153.95, 33rd) rounded out the contingent.

    "Solid performances for everyone today. Erin did a nice job taking fourth against a tough Minnesota squad," said Broncos head diving coach John Lynch. "We played with a couple of new dives that probably cost [Erin] the contest but this was a great meet to try out new dives."

    Boise State resumes competition after the New Year, traveling to San Diego for the USD Relay Meet on Jan. 3 then remaining there for a scrimmage against San Diego State and North Texas on Jan. 6. From there, the Broncos travel to Denver to face the Pioneers on Jan. 8.

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