Boise State Opens New Year at UCLA and the San Diego Relays

Boise State swimming and diving returns to competition after more than a month dedicated to training. The Broncos will take part in a pair of meets in Southern California, looking to pick up where they left off last time out.

Boise State (7-0) first takes on No. 23 UCLA, Jan. 7, in Los Angeles. The meet marks the second time this season Boise State will match up with a ranked opponent, the first time in a dual (No. 25 Missouri, Dec. 3-5).

The divers will remain in Los Angeles to wrap up the three-day Bruin Diving Invitational, while the swimmers will move down to the San Diego Relays, Jan. 9, hosted by University of San Diego.

For the divers, the springboard events will count toward the dual-meet score for Boise State and UCLA, meaning the team scores will not be official until Saturay.

The San Diego Relays will pit the Broncos against the host Toreros and WAC-rival San Jose State. The meet consists of 10 relay races, varying from traditional distances and strokes, to three-leg races.

See page 3 of the complete release for the meet schedules.

About the Broncos: Boise State is a perfect 7-0 start in dual meets this season, yet turned in its best performance of the year in a championship setting at the Missouri Invitational. The 2010-11 Broncos already stand alone with the second-best single-season win total. Boise State won 14 dual meets in 2009-10, en route to claiming the Western Athletic Conference Championship. After rewriting the record books last season, the Bronco swimmers have already notched 11 school records and 62 top-10 times this year. Boise State divers have placed seven scores on the all-time top-10 lists. The divers have also set school records in all three events for championship-style meets.

Last Time Out: Boise State delivered arguably the best team performance in program history Dec. 3-5, at the Missouri Invitational. The Broncos set 13 school records at the 21-event invitational. Boise State swimmers posted 86 lifetime-best times on the way to finishing second at the meet.

Junior Amber Boucher set all-time bests in all four individual events she swam, and contributed to the 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relay records. For her efforts, Boucher was named WAC Swimmer of the Week for the week of Dec. 1-7, her second weekly honor of the season.

Freshmen Rachel Heaney and Chelsea Miller etched their names into the Boise State record books with No. 1 times in the 200-yard butterfly and 200-yard breaststroke, respectively.

All four Bronco divers earned at least one career best. All three championship-meet diving records fell as freshman Ciera Cortney earned the marks in both of the springboard events. Redshirt junior Amanda Burnett became the first Bronco to post a qualifying score for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships at a championship style meet with her school record total of 261.15 on the platform. It was the second time Brunett set the record in as many weeks. Boise State has never sent a diver to the zone meet. She earned WAC Diver of the Week recognition for the week of Dec. 1-7. It is her second-career weekly award.

About the Bruins: UCLA (7-1) enters the meet with the Broncos ranked No. 23 in the latest TYR/CSCAA Division I Swimming & Diving Poll. The Bruins have been idle since wrapping up the Texas Invite, Dec. 4. UCLA swimmers notched 23 NCAA ‘B' times.

The Series: First meeting.

About the Bruin Diving Invitational: The Broncos will be one of nine teams converging on Los Angeles for the three-day Bruin Diving Invitational. Also competing: UCLA, Stanford, California, Cal Poly, San Diego State, Fresno State, Tulane and Colorado State. The schedule can be found on the next page. The event marks the third-consecutive weekend of competition the Boise State divers will take part in a championship-style meet.

About the San Diego Relays: The Broncos will meet a pair of familiar opponents in San Diego. The host Toreros competed in the WAC until this season, and also visiting USD Sports Center Pool will be current WAC member San Jose State. The meet will not be a traditional set up, as the teams will compete in 10 events, all relay races. The schedule of events can be found on the next page.

San Diego (1-3) finished seventh at last season's WAC Championships. The Toreros now participate in the Moutain Pacific Sports Federation, a league specializing in Olympic sports. This is the first year women's swimming and diving has been sponsored by the MPSF. San Diego leads the all-time series against Boise State 2-1. The Broncos' lone victory came last season, winning 235.5-134.5 in San Diego.

San Jose State (4-1) is well-rested, having last competed Nov. 18-20, at the Arena Invitational in Long Beach, Calif. The Spartans placed eighth at the 20-team meet, picking up three NCAA ‘B' cuts along the way. The strong showing helped them garner eight votes in the latest swimming coaches' poll, and rank them sixth in the Mid-Major Poll. San Jose State wll dual Cal State Bakersfield, Jan. 8, before attending the San Diego Relays.The all-time series is tied 2-2, with the Broncos winning the latest meeting, last season at the WAC Shootout, 130-112. 

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