Broncos Begin New Year in Southern California
Boise State women's swimming and diving looks to avenge its only dual-meet loss in the past 24 months when the Broncos travel to UCLA Jan. 4, as part of the team's winter training trip.
The Broncos suffered their only dual-meet loss last season at the hands of then-No. 23 UCLA, 178-116. The meet begins at 1 p.m. (PT) at the Spieker Aquatics Center. Boise State will also compete at the San Diego Relays, Jan. 7, against Rice, Tulane, UCLA and the host Toreros. The Broncos won the San Diego Relay Meet in 2011.
For a complete schedule of events, see page 3 of the full release.
Last Time Out: The Broncos competed at the Missouri Invitational for the third-straight season, finishing runner up for the second-consecutive year.
Boise State scored 819 points in the meet, well ahead of Big 12 foe Kansas (604 points) in the first meeting between the two schools. The No. 15 Tigers led the way with 999 points, but Boise State closed the gap from a year ago. The Broncos lost to then-25th-ranked Missouri by 361 points at the 2010 Missouri Invitational, this year's deficit was less than half.
Senior Amber Boucher led the way with a Mountian West record in winning the 100-yard freestyle.
Scouting the Field
The Series: UCLA leads 1-0. The Bruins defeated Boise State last season (Jan. 4), 178-116, in Los Angeles. It was the Broncos' only dual-meet loss of the year. Boise State won five events against the No. 23 Bruins. Stephanie North won twice (50- and 100-yard freestyle) and Amber Boucher added another victory (100-yard butterfly) before teaming up to win the 400-yard freestyle relay. Ciera Cortney also added a win on the one-meter springboard.
Evenly Matched: The Broncos and Bruins are both among the nation's best in all five relay events. Listed below are the times and NCAA rankings in each of the five relay events.
San Diego Relays
The Series: San Diego leads 2-1. The teams have met six times at invitationals, including four WAC Championships as the Toreros were previously affiiate members of the Broncos' former conference.
About the Owls: Rice is the defending Conference USA Champion. The Owls are 1-4 in dual meets this season. Recently, Rice finished sixth at the Phil Hansel Cougar Classic in Houston and second at the Incarnate Word Christmas Invitational in San Antonio.
The Series: Boise State leads 2-0. The Broncos defeated Rice twice in 2010-11. The Broncos and Owls met earlier this season at the Rice Invitational.
About the Green Wave: This will be Tulane's first team competition since Nov. 19, when it finished 10th at the Phil Hansel Cougar Classic in Houston. The Green Wave are 1-4 in duels this year, including a win against Vanderbilt. Tulane is led by Kayla Alf-Huynh, who holds the school record in the 100-yard butterfly.
The Series: Boise State leads 1-0. The only previous meeting came Jan. 7, 2010, in San Diego.
Last Season: The Broncos won nine of the 10 events at the 2011 San Diego Relays to claim the team title. Amber Boucher guided six of the nine winning teams.
Boucher Tops in MW History: Senior Amber Boucher set an all-time Mountain West record in the 100-yard freestyle on the final day of the Missouri Invitational (Dec. 3). Her winning time of 49.01 bested the previous mark of 49.21 set at the 2009 MW Championships.
Boucher Takes Second Weekly Award: Senior Amber Boucher was named Mountain West Swimmer of the Week for the week of Nov. 28-Dec. 4, after setting a conference record in the 100-yard freestyle and helping the Broncos to a second-place finish at the Missouri Invitational.
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