Women's Swimming & Diving

Broncos Roll in Season Opener

MOSCOW, Idaho-Boise State women's swimming and diving opened the 2012-13 season with a resounding 210-90 win against in-state rival Idaho. The Broncos claimed wins in 12 of the 16 events, including a pair of individual victories each for freshmen Devin Madsen and Emri Moore. Senior Stevie Hughey won two individual titles and swam on two winning relays.

Boise State swept the top three spots in four individual events and took the top two places in both relays. The winning 200-yard medley relay team of Sam Wicks, Sydney Johansen, Hughey and Jessica Bottelberghe finished in 1:44.84, the fastest in a season opener in school history. The 400-yard freestyle relay was also the fastest to start a season, as Hughey, Taylor Padington, Madsen and Johansen finished in 3:30. 23.

Madsen, a native of Walnut Creek, Calif., cruised to wins in both backstroke events. She swam a 56.60 to win the 100-yard event and a 2:01.73 in the 200-yard backstroke, winning by more than six seconds in the longer race. She also swam the third leg of the winning 400-yard freestyle relay. After just one collegiate meet, Madsen is already the sixth-fastest 100-yard backstroker in school history and the seventh-fastest 200-yard backstroker. Both times were the fastest by a Bronco in a season opener.

Moore made her collegiate debut with wins in the 1000-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle. She clocked a 10:25.25 in the 1000 freestyle to win by more than 15 seconds and post the best time by a Bronco in the event against the Vandals. She won the 500 freestyle in 5:05.01, leading a 1-2-3-4 finish for Boise State. Moore, a Spokane, Wash., native, picked up the first two wins of her career in front of family and friends. She also took fourth in the 100-yard freestyle in 54.22.

Hughey scored individual wins in the 50-yard freestyle (24.18) and 100-yard butterfly (57.11). She swam the butterfly leg of the medley relay and led off the winning 400 freestyle relay with a split of 53.23.

Boise State dominated the breaststroke events, taking the top three spots in the 100-yard race and the top four in the 200-yard event. Sophomores Heather Harper, Johansen and Emily Campbell finished 1-2-3, respectively at the shorter distance. Harper's winning time was 1:05.52, one tenth of a second ahead of Johansen.

Campbell, who finished the 100 in 1:05.99, controlled the 200 breaststroke for her first-career victory. She clocked a 2:21.11 to win by more than two seconds and set the school record for season openers. Harper took second in 2:23.17, just ahead of teammates Chelsea Miller and Christine Raininger.

Rachel Heaney won the 200-yard butterfly, touching in 2:04.11. Heaney’s effort led a 1-2-3-4 Bronco finish and was the third-straight event Boise State took the top three spots to take a commanding lead in the meet. Her broke her own mark for the fastest 200 butterfly in a season opener. Heaney also came in third in the 100-yard buttefly.

Ciera Cortney was the top diver for the Broncos, winning the one-meter event and taking third on three-meter. Cortney's 284.85 one one-meter is the fifth-best score all-time at Boise State. That score and her 256.95 on three-meter are the highest scores posted by a Bronco diver in a season opener. Erin Kohlbeck placed third on one-meter.

Johansen was on both winning relay teams and finished second in two individual events, the 100 breaststroke and 200 backstroke. Fellow sophomore Bottelberghe took second in three individual events, the 100 backstroke, 100 freestyle and 200-yard individual medley.

Padington, Wicks, Blake Balogh and Jenni Domanowski also made their collegiate debuts during the meet. Wicks (medley) and Padington (freestyle) were each members of winning relay teams. Padington finished third in the 100-, 200- and 500-yard freestyle races. Wicks took third in the 100 backstroke and sixth in the 50 freestyle. Balogh placed second in the 1000 freestyle and fourth in the 500 freestyle. Domanowski took second in the 200 butterfly and fourth in the 100 butterfly.

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