Broncos Head to Islands for Training and Competition

Complete Release

Boise State women's swimming returns to action Friday Jan. 4, against Hawai'i, Wisconsin and No. 1 USC in Honolulu. The meet begins at 4 p.m. (HT) from the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Center. The competition is part of Boise State's annual winter training trip. The date with USC will mark the Broncos' first dual-meet tilt with the top-ranked team in the country. The divers will compete Thursday Jan. 3, on one-meter against Eastern Michigan and Minnesota. For a complete schedule of events, see page 3 of the full release.

About the Broncos: Head coach Kristin Hill and the Broncos return 18 letterwinners from the 2012 Mountain West Champions, including nine All-MW performers and two individual champions. Senior Christine Raininger (400-yard individual medley) and sophomore Sydney Johansen (200-yard individual medley) took home gold at the conference meet. Johansen and senior Stevie Hughey return from representing Boise State at the 2012 NCAA Championships, marking the second-straight season the Broncos have a pair of NCAA returners on the roster. Junior Rachel Heaney leads the conference in the 200-yard butterfly with a school-record time of 1:58.50, nearly five seconds ahead of the second-fastest time in the event. Heaney and freshman Devin Madsen have each been named MW Swimmer of the Week once this season. Senior Lexi Pfeiffer earned MW Diver of the Week in December, becoming the first Bronco to earn the award.

Last Time Out: Boise State set four pool records and won 15 of the 16 events to defeat BYU 191-102, Dec. 15, at the West Family YMCA. Jessica Bottelberghe won three individual events and led off the winning 200-yard medley relay. Bottelberghe racked up wins in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle races, as well as the 200-yard individual medley. It was the first win in 200 freestyle of the sophomore's career, as she now has at least one victory in six different individual events. Reigning Mountain West Swimmer of the Week Rachel Heaney continued her dominant season in the 200-yard butterfly. Heaney posted a 2:02.04 to break the pool record by more than a second. Devin Madsen won both backstroke events in very different fashions. Madsen set the facility record in the 100-yard backstroke with a 56.13, just beating out BYU's Hailey Campbell (56.27) who was also under the previous pool record. It is also the fastest 100 backstroke at a dual meet in Boise State history. Madsen went on to capture the 200-yard backstroke by more than four seconds, clocking a 2:02.59. Madsen finished the meet leading off the winning 200-yard freestyle relay. She, Stevie Hughey, Shanelle Choi and Sam Wicks combined for a 1:35.40, the Broncos' fourth pool record of the day. Senior Lexi Pfeiffer won the three-meter diving competition with a score of 287.33, a career-best by more than 30 points. It is the first win of Pfeiffer's career and the first NCAA Zone qualifying score of her career.

About the Rainbow Wahine: Hawai'i is 1-1 on the year and took sixth at the Arena Invitational in November. The Broncos and Rainbow Wahine feature common opponents in BYU and Arizona, each defeating the Cougars and falling to the Wildcats. Senior Rachel Cote holds the top time in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke.

The Series: Hawai'i leads 2-0. The Rainbow Wahine defeated Boise State in the Broncos' only previous trip to the Islands, Jan. 11, 2009, by a score of 161.5-137.5. The following year at the season-opening WAC Shootout, Hawai'i was the only team to defeat the Broncos, 122-120. Boise State would go on to avenge the loss by dethroning Hawai'i at that season's WAC Championships, the Broncos' first conference title.

About the Badgers: Wisconsin (4-4) is receiving votes in the latest CSCAA Poll. The Badgers took fourth at last season's Big Ten Championships and 15th at the NCAA Championships. Wisconsin's roster features a pair of Idaho natives, Paulina Gralow (Sandpoint) and Hannah Ross (Pocatello).

The Series: First Meeting.

About the Trojans: USC, ranked No. 1 all season in the CSCAA Poll, is led by seventh-year head coach Dave Salo and is coming off third-place finishes at the past two NCAA Championships. The Trojans feature seven returning All-Americans on its roster, including senior Haley Anderson who earned a silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games. They boast 17 top-10 times nationally and nine NCAA automatic qualifying times in individual events.

The Series: First Meeting.

Pfeiffer Diver of the Week: Boise State senior Lexi Pfeiffer was named Mountain West Diver of the Week, for meets contested Dec. 3-18. Pfeiffer earned the first win of her career and the first NCAA Zone qualifying score of her career, in the three-meter event Dec. 15, against BYU. She scored 287.33 to set a personal best by more than 30 points and it is the fifth-highest mark in school history. The honor is Boise State's first Mountain West Diver of the Week award.

200 Fly Factory: Boise State boasts five of the top-10 swimmers in the Mountain West in the 200-yard butterfly. Junior Rachel Heaney (1:58.50) is nearly five seconds ahead of second place in the conference, which belongs to fellow Bronco Brooke Balogh (2:03.08). Jenni Domanowski (sixth; 2:04.64), Jessica Bottelberghe (ninth; 2:05.46) and Christine Raininger (10th; 2:05.59) are all currently in prime scoring position in the event. Heaney has four wins in 200 butterfly this season, including the Missouri Invitational, and 12 victories for her career. Heaney won the 200 butterfly at the 2011 WAC Championships as a freshman. She took third in the event at last season's MW Championships. Raininger was the 2010 WAC Champion in the 200 butterfly.

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