Women's Swimming & Diving

Boise State Swimming and Diving Enjoys Strong Morning

SAN ANTONIO-The Boise State women's swimming and diving team put itself in prime position to score big points on day three of the Western Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships, Friday, at Palo Alto Natatorium. The Broncos qualified 15 swimmers for championship finals in the five individual events to take place Friday night.

Boise State will account for half the championship field in the 100-yard butterfly and 400-yard individual medley. The Broncos dominated the preliminary rounds of the 100 butterfly, qualifying four of the top seven swimmers, including the top three. Junior Amber Boucher clocked a school-record 52.46 to take the top spot. She was followed by sophomore Stevie Hughey and freshman Rachel Heaney. Sophomore Lily Donohue qualified seventh.

Sophomore Christine Raininger is the top qualifier in the 400 individual medley. Raininger is the defending WAC Champion in the event. Freshman Chelsea Miller qualified third, along with redshirt sophomore Madison Gray and freshman Brooke Balogh.

Three Broncos will participate in the 100-yard breaststroke championship final, led by senior Kelly Forrester's school-record time of 1:01.94 to qualify second. Miller and junior Emily Irvin also earned spots in the top heat.

In the 200-yard freestyle, junior Stephanie North will be the No. 1 seed in the finals after posting a career-best time in prelims, outdistancing the nearest competitor by nearly two seconds. Junior Kelsy Diener will also swim for the gold.

Boise State also have two swimmers in the championship final of the 100-yard backstroke. Senior Denise Green qualified second with a school-record 55.01. Donohue is also in the 'A' final.

Five more Bronco swimmers will take part in the consolation final: Jennifer Cahill (200 freestyle), Tara Hahto (400 IM) Emily Irvin (100 butterfly) Morgan McLain (100 backstroke) and Erin Stotts (100 breaststroke).

The preliminary round for three-meter diving is currently taking place, the top eight qualifiers will compete Friday night, before the 400-yard medley relay.

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