April 13, 2013
Boise State women’s swimming and diving held its annual awards banquet Friday, at the Allen Noble Hall of Fame Gallery. Head coach Kristin Hill announced the 2012-13 award winners, led by Swimmer of the Year Rachel Heaney and Diver of the Year Ciera Cortney.
Swimmer of the Year – Rachel Heaney
Heaney represented Boise State at the 2013 NCAA Championships and was the Broncos’ lone conference champion. She finished her junior year with seven wins in the 200-yard butterfly including the Mountain West Championships and the Mizzou Invitational. Heaney was invited to the national meet in the 200 butterfly and also competed in the 400-yard individual medley. The North Bend, Ore., native set the school record in the 200 butterfly with a 1:57.39 at the conference meet, shaving 1.2 seconds off of her own mark set during her freshman season. Her time of 4:17.04 in the 400 IM was good for fourth place at conference and is the third-fastest time in school history.
Diver of the Year – Ciera Cortney
Cortney qualified for the NCAA Zone E Diving Championships for the third-consecutive year and was the highest Bronco finisher in all three events at the zone meet. The junior won five events during dual-meet competition, the most in a season in school history. She scored 22 points at the Mountain West Championships, advancing to one championship final and two consolation finals.
Most Improved Simmer – Jessica Bottelberghe
Bottelberghe won 10 individual races in 2012-13, earning a victory in three different events. She was also a member of seven winning relays. The sophomore won the 100-yard freestyle five times after not competing the event at all last season. Bottelberghe took sixth in the 100 freestyle at the Mountain West Championships. She advanced to the championship final of all three of her individual events at the conference meet. Her improvement was seen throughout the season as well. Bottelberghe won one event in the season’s first four meets. She finished the duel season winning nine of the last 11 races she entered, including the last six. She swept the 100- and 200-yard freestyles three times in the final five meets.
Most Improved Diver – Lexi Pfeiffer
Pfeiffer stepped up in her senior season to set career bests in all three events, lead the Broncos at the Mountain West Championships, set a school record and qualify for the NCAA Zone E Diving Championships. The Las Vegas, native improved her career-best scores by 65.16 points on three-meter, 37.42 points on one-meter and 14.65 points on platform. At the conference meet she made the championship final on one-meter, finishing fifth with a 284.37. In the consolation final of the three-meter event Pfeiffer shattered the school record with a score of 317.31. She also scored on platform to total 25 points at the championships. Pfeiffer won two dual-meet events and was named Mountain West Diver of the Week once.
Coaches’ Award – Stevie Hughey
Hughey led Boise State at the Mountain West Championships with 70.5 points including a silver medal in the 50-yard freestyle and bronze in the 100-yard freestyle. The senior also took fourth in the 100-yard butterfly and earned an NCAA ‘B’ cut in all three events. Hughey was the top Bronco in all three events this season and posted the third-best 200-yard freestyle when she led off the 800-yard freestyle relay team with a career-best 1:49.39. She also set career bests in the 100 freestyle (49.86) and 100 butterfly (53.98). Hughey is the third Bronco all-time to break 50 seconds in the 100 free and the second to break 54 seconds in the 100 fly. She won seven individual events and a team-best 10 relays on the year.
Bronco Heart Award – Brooke Balogh
Balogh set six lifetime bests this season and picked up her first-career win Jan. 25, at Colorado State with a first-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle. At this season’s conference meet the junior doubled her point total from last year’s Mountain West Championships. Balogh scored in three events, including a career-best fourth-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly. She also scored in the 400-yard individual medley (ninth) and 500-yard freestyle (15th), setting career bests in all three events. She added a career best in the 200-yard freestyle during a time trial. Balogh is considered one of the team’s top ambassadors and has the fourth-highest cumulative grade-point average on the team (3.69) while majoring in mechanical engineering.
Hill also announced the 2013-14 team captains. Seniors-to-be Balogh, Cortney, Olivia Harrell and Heaney will bear the honor next season.