Boise State junior Lauren Sale became the first Bronco swimmer to win a gold medal at the Pacific Games at Apia, Samoa.

Sale, who is swimming for the Samoa National Team, won the 200-meter backstroke title to claim a gold medal.

It is also the first gold medal won by a Samoan female swimmer in the nation’s history. Sale recorded a personal best 2 minutes, 19.56 seconds in the preliminary rounds. That led all swimmers. Her previous best was 2:20.62.

Her winning time Tuesday was 2:20.84. She continues in the Pacific Games today in the 50-meter backstroke and the 100-meter butterfly.

TWO BRONCOS AT WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES: Boise State’s Clare O’Brien and Ahmed Muhumed are competing at the 30th Summer Universiade in Naples, Italy.

O’Brien, who is representing Australia, is a junior from Queensland. She had the ninth-fastest time in the 10,000 meters (34:42.55).

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She is a three-time All-American at BSU.

Muhumed. a sophomore, is representing Somalia. A cross country runner, he took eight in his 800 heat (3:55.35). He is scheduled to run in the 5,000 meter on Saturday. The games conclude Sunday.

He was named the Mountain West Cross Country Freshman of the Year in 2017, and was named to the All-Mountain West first team in cross country in 2018.

HAWKS FALL BEFORE DAY OFF: The Boise Hawks allowed six runs in the fourth inning Tuesday afternoon and that was too much to overcome on the road in an 8-2 setback to Hillsboro in a Northwest League game.

Boise (13-13) takes today off before beginning a six-game homestand Thursday. The first three games are against Hillsboro (16-10).

Vladimir Dilone led Boise on Tuesday, going 2 for 2 and driving in a run.

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