SAN DIEGO, Calif.-Boise State women's swimming claimed victory in nine of 10 events to take the team title Sunday, at the San Diego Relays. The Broncos posted school-record times in all six non-traditional races, and top-10 times in three traditional relays.
"We have been training really well and are swimming a little tired, but that's when racing hard can really pay off," said head coach Kristin Hill. "We won a lot of races today and are focusing well on details, which will be the key to being very fast at the end of the season."
Boise State won the first seven events of the day to build a comfortable lead against Western Athletic Conference rival San Jose State. The Spartans won the eighth event, the 1500-yard freestyle relay, but Boise State rebounded to win the final two.
The Broncos beat San Jose State by nearly 50 points, 184-138, while distancing themselves from host San Diego (66 points), and Loyola Marymount (52).
Junior Amber Boucher paced Boise State, contributing to six of the nine winning relays. Boucher led off three of the races, and anchored two more. The Keizer, Ore., native staked her claim as the strongest swimmer at the meet, posting the fastest time in each leg she swam.
"Swimming five or six races in two hours is pretty challenging, and most stepped up to the challenge well and performed," Hill said. "Amber Boucher gets the 'animal award' for her effort and consistently-fast racing from start to finish this afternoon."
Freshman Ciera Cortney once again led the Bronco divers at the final day of the Bruin Diving Invitational. Cortney scored a 165.15 in the platform event. She was followed closely by sophomore Lexi Pfeiffer (151.55) and senior Tana Loan (129.40).
The Broncos' winter training trip concludes this week.
"The team support and focus today was impressive and we're excited for our last two days of training here in California before heading back to Boise to prepare for the final phase of another great season," Hill said.
The Broncos will return home to host Seattle, Friday and Saturday, at the Boise-West YMCA. The meet Friday evening begins at 6:30. Competition picks up again Saturday at noon. The meets are the final two chances for Boise State fans to come cheer on the team at home this season. Saturday will be senior day.
1. Boise State 184
2. San Jose State 138
3. San Diego 66
4. Loyola Marymount 52