Sunday, January 29, 2012

Boise State Swimming Team Wins Again

The talented Boise State swimming and diving team captured all 16 events in defeating Colorado State 186-105 yesterday at the West Family YMCA in Boise on Senior Day.

Amazing seniors Amber Boucher and Stephanie North each won two individual events and two relays in leading the Broncos.  Jennifer Cahill and freshman Heather Harper also had two individual wins for Coach Kristin Hill.

Boucher won the 50-yard freestyle by more than half a second with a time of 23.51 and also was victorious in the 100-yard butterfly (55.28).  North touched first in the 100-yard backstroke (57.07) and won the 100-yard free by nearly a full second.  Boucher and North helped bring the Broncos home in the 200-yard medley and freestyle relays.  

Sydney Johansen and Stevie Hughey were the other members of the winning freestyle team and Johansen was a winning member of the medley relay team.
Cahill won the 1,650-yard freestyle in 17:28.21 and then won the 500-free with a time of 5:05.03.  Teammate Brooke Balogh finished second.  Harper fought from behind to win the 100 breaststroke (1:06.12), overtaking Colorado State's Kelly Matthews.   Harper beat Matthews by four seconds in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:22.05.  

Emily Irvin won the 200 free (1:53.65) to lead a Bronco sweep that also included Balogh and Jessica Bottelberghe.  Bottleberghe won the 200 backstroke (2:04.97) for her eighth win of her freshman year.

Rachel Heaney led from start to finish in the 200 butterfly, touching in 2:05.94.  Christine Raininger won the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:09.17.

Amanda Burnett placed first in the three-meter diving with the third-highest score in school history--285.15.  Ciera Cortney won the short dive with a score of 271.25, a seasonal best.  Shayna Solomon of Colorado State finished second in both events.     

Boise State now prepares for its first Mountain West Conference Championships February 22-25 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.