Boise State's swimming team continues to make great strides up the Western Athletic Conference standings.
The Broncos knocked off one of the WAC's top powers yesterday, crushing Northern Arizona 185.5-114.5 in Boise. Boise State captured 10 of 16 events to run their league mark to 5-1.
Jennifer Cahill, Emily Irvin, Amber Boucher and Stephanie North each won two events. Cahill was victorious in both the 500 and 1,000-meter freestyle, North won the 50 and 100 free, Irvin touched first in the 100 and 200-meter breaststroke and Boucher was first in both the 100-meter butterfly and 200-meter freestyle.
Boise State went 1-2-3 in both the 500 and 1,000-meter freestyle, a combination that will serve them well at the WAC Championships. Kately Lofland and Rachael Meisner completed the Bronco sweep in both events. Boise State also was 1-2-3 in the 200-meter breast with Irvin, Erin Stotts and Lauren Keele taking the top three positions and Chelsea Lopus and Stevie Hughey finished behind North to give the Broncos yet another sweep in the 100-meter freestyle.
"We knew the 200 medley relay would possibly be the closest race of the meet as they came in with a faster time, and it was definitely a tight race," said Head Coach Kristin Hill. "Taking 1-2-3 in the 1000 free and 1-2 in the 200 free certainly helped get things going our way. Lofland was faster than she's ever been with us this time of the season and it's fun to see her hard work pay off. NAU has a great backstroker who swam well tonight and their divers were strong. Outside of those events, our depth and strength at the top helped us win. Our sprint, middle distance and distance freestylers continued to shine."
Lopus was the other individual winner for the Broncos as she captured the title 200 fly. The Broncos also won the 400-meter freestyle relay.
"Emily was back on her game in the breaststroke, and Amber's 100 fly and leadoff leg in the 400 free relay were both outstanding, said Hill. Chelsea had great races in her 200 fly, 100 free, and her leg of the 400 free relay. We're excited for the Missouri Invitational and look forward to racing more great teams this season."
Boise State is now off for almost a month before competing again at the Missouri Invitational on December 4-6.