Mountain West Conference Championships, Day Three

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, February 24. WITH 506 points through 14 events, Boise State took over first place on day three of the 2012 Mountain West Swimming and Diving Championships at the Oklahoma City Community College Aquatic Center in Oklahoma City, Okla. San Diego State is just three points behind the Broncos in second with 503 points, followed by UNLV in third with 379.5. Wyoming moved into fourth in the standings with 302.5 points, followed by TCU (238), New Mexico (232), Colorado State (204) and Air Force (129).

Boise State chipped away at the Mountain West record book for the third day in a row. Senior Amber Boucher earned her third individual all-time MW record of the meet with a time of 52.30 in the preliminaries of the 100-yard butterfly. She went on to win the finals with a time of 52.38. Whitney Lopus of Utah held the previous all-time record of 52.41 set at the 2009 NCAA Championships.

Boucher and her teammates also earned a second MW relay record with a 1:30.14 in the 200-yard freestyle relay to start the finals session on Friday night. Wyoming set the previous record of 1:30.55 at the 2010 MW Championships.

Boise State junior Christine Raininger won her first MW title with time of 4:16.20 in the 400-yard individual medley relay.

Boise State’s Stephanie North, who swam the anchor leg for the winning 200-yard freestyle relay team, won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:47.01.

San Diego State junior Katelyn Weddle medaled for the third year in a row in the 100-yard breaststroke. She won the event for the second time in her career with a time of 1:00.83.

Wyoming’s Kelsey Conci set a Mountain West Championship record in the 100-yard backstroke to end Day Three. The senior won the race in a time of 52.92. The previous record of 52.95 was set by Colorado State’s Breann Fuller at the 2009 MW Championships.

The final day of the 2012 MW Swimming & Diving Championships begins with the 200-yard backstroke preliminaries at 11 a.m. CT. The finals competition starts at 3:40 p.m. CT with the first of three timed final heats of the 1,650-yard freestyle.

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