Robin Pinger
Boise State Univeristy

Women's Swimming & Diving Courtesy: Boise State Athletics

Broncos Complete Sweep in the Palouse with Victory Over Washington State

Boise State extends win streak in duals to 12 straight.

PULLMAN, Wash. - Robin Pinger and Ally Kleinsorgen combined for 38 team points as Boise State swimming and diving completed a weekend sweep in the Palouse with a impressive 151-108 road victory over the Pacific-12 Conference's Washington State Cougars in Pullman, Wash. Boise State won 10 of the 14 events on the day — diving did not compete — as they raced past the Cougars by 43 points at Gibb Pool on the WSU campus.  

"I am excited about how well we competed this weekend overall, getting both victories," said Boise State head coach Christine Mabile. "It is great to get a win over a power-five school like Washington State and is a great way to build momentum and confidence. We had a lot of people contribute this weekend and had some solid performances by our freshmen who stepped up and competed like they belong here. The seniors did a great job in leading the way for us both in the water and on the deck. They have bought into their roles and have taken it to heart by racing well and helping out with the younger members of the team. It was a great start to our season!"

The Broncos completed their season-opening weekend with a pair of road victories over Idaho on Saturday and Washington State Sunday morning to improve to 2-0 on the year and extend Boise State's current win streak in duals to 12. 

Boise State turned in the top-four times in the 100 backstroke and three of the top-four times in the 100 freestyle, 200 free, 500 free, 1,000 free and 200 back. It won the 400 medley relay — recording three of the top four times out five teams — and turned in the top-two times of the 200 free relay that swam as exhibitions since the team victory was already clinched. 

Pinger, a junior from Portland, Ore., recorded a team-high 20 points against the Cougars claiming two titles and a fourth-place finish in three individual races. After placing fourth in the 200 free (1:55.14), Pinger won the 100 butterfly  with a career-best 56.09 and 100 free (51.36). She was also part of Boise State's 200 free relay team that clocked the top time of 1:35.49.

Kleinsorgen, from Succasunna, N.J., placed second in the overall individual points standings at the meet with 18. The senior won both individual races she competed in taking the 50 free (23.56) and 200 backstroke (2:00.31) titles. In addition, Kleinsorgen swam the lead leg in the winning 400 medley relay team that turned in a 3:47.50 and the first leg of the 200 free relay that clocked the best time. 

Freshman Katie McCoy tallied the third most points for the team and fifth most overall with 14. McCoy won the 100 back (56.03), then took third in the 200 back (2:02.77) and fourth in the 100 fly (58.85). 

Senior Laura Williams added 13 team points with a victory in the 200 breaststroke (2:19.14) and second in the 100 breast (1:04.67). She also swam a leg in both relay teams that turned in the top times in each race. 

Brittany Wen tallied 12 team points to place seventh overall at the meet. Wen turned in the winning time for the 200 fly (2:04.53) followed by a third-place finish with the top Bronco time in the 400 individual medley (4:33.68). 

Lauren Vitort was another freshman who impressed on the day tallying 11 points by taking second in two races and third in another. Vitort placed second in the 200 free (1:50.83) and 100 free (51.91), followed by third in the 500 free (5:08.07). She was also on the 200 free relay team that turned in the top time overall. 

Sophomore Hayley Hill swam one race against the Cougars winning the 500 free with a time of 5:01.35. Senior Mandy Barnes claimed the title in the 1,000 free with a 10:24.05 in her lone individual race of the day. Meanwhile, sophomore Molly Hogg claimed second in the 100 back with a 56.64.

Boise State will be back in action next Friday when they travel to San Diego, Calif., for a quad-meet at UC San Diego featuring the Broncos, UCSD, UC Davis and Mountain West rival San Diego State. 
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