North Captures 100 Free Title at Missouri Invitational

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Stephanie North broke a record and took the overall title in the 100 free to lead the Broncos through the final day of the Missouri Invitational. The Broncos finished in fourth place out of eight women’s teams and broke six school records over the weekend.

North highlighted the Broncos’ final day with an outstanding swim in the 100 free. The reigning WAC champion in the event broke her own school record in the finals to take the title with a time of 50.06. In the prelims, North recorded a time of 50.80 to place her as the second seed in the finals.

Jennifer Cahill broke her second record of the weekend in the 1650 free. The freshman continued to turn out excellent swims with a time of 17:07.88 in the mile, placing fourth.

The 200 fly brought much more success as Chelsea Lopus and Christine Raininger teamed up to finish third and fifth in the event, respectively. Lopus finished with a time of 2:03.44 while Raininger continued to impress with a time of 2:05.25.

The Broncos’ relay teams also continued to turn out impressive results as the Broncos took third in the 400 free relay. Kelly Forrester, North, Lopus and Amber Boucher recorded the second-best time in school history of 3:26.38 to finish only behind teams from Missouri and Arizona State.

Emily Irvin took seventh in the 200 breast to lead the Broncos in that event and Morgan McLain took tenth in the 200 back.

Amanda Burnett and Erin Lionberger competed on the platform diving event for the Broncos, finishing in eighth and ninth, respectively. The pair of divers were the first to compete on the platform for the Broncos this year. Burnett's score of 186.30 set a new school record, shattering the old record of 106.30 set by Megan Morton at the WAC Championships in 2008.

The Broncos will next compete in San Diego, Calif. against San Diego State and Tulane on Jan. 7 before facing the University of San Diego on Jan. 9.

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