Broncos Return Home to Face Seattle
The Boise State women's swimming and diving team returns home for the first time in more than three months, Friday and Saturday, to host Seattle. The Broncos opened defense of their Western Athletic Conference Championship with a pair wins against Rice, Oct. 8-9, at the Boise - West YMCA Aquatics Center.
This is the final home meet of the season for Boise State, and Saturday will be the last home meet for eight Bronco seniors. This year's senior class will be honored before Saturday's first event. For more on the group that helped lay the foundation for Boise State swimming, see page 7 of the complete release.
The teams first take to the pool Friday, beginning at 6:30 p.m.. The second meet begins at noon, Saturday. For a full meet schedule, see page 3 of the complete release.
About the Broncos: Boise State (7-1) suffered its first dual-meet loss of the season, Jan. 7. at No. 23 UCLA, but responded by winning the San Diego Relays, Jan. 9. 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 WAC Championship. After rewriting the record books last season, the Bronco swimmers have already notched 11 school records and 70 top-10 times this year. Boise State divers have placed 12 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: The Broncos enter this meet fresh off their winter training trip which took them to Southern California. Boise State competed against No. 23 UCLA and swam at the San Diego Relays.
Junior Stephanie North claimed two individual wins and classmate Amber Boucher added another against the Bruins. The Broncos added a relay championship in the day's final event, and freshman Ciera Cortney notched the one-meter diving title, but it was not enough to overcome the home team who won 178-116.
Boise State claimed victory in nine of 10 events to take the team title 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. 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).
The Bronco divers competed in the Bruin Diving Invitational at UCLA. Cortney led the Boise State contingent, advancing to the finals in both springboard events. The Las Vegas native set school records for championship-style meets in the prelims of the one-meter and three-meter competitions, including a 270.00 on the shorter board, qualifying her for the NCAA Zone Championships.
About the Redhawks: Interim head coach Kat Cuevas leads a young Seattle team with just two seniors on the roster. The Redhwaks (2-11) come to Boise well rested, last competing Dec. 4 at Brigham Young. Seattle enjoyed wins in the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke events against the Cougars. Seattle is in year four of the five-year reclassification process to become a full NCAA Division I member.
The series: Boise State leads 2-0. The Broncos earned a pair of victories against the Redhawks last season, as the teams met twice in Utah. Boise State came away victorious Nov. 6 in Provo, 228-64, then again a day later in Salt Lake City, 235-58. The two squads will meet again, Feb. 5, in Seattle.
Boise State At the West Y: The Broncos are 8-10 all-time at their home pool. Boise State is currently riding a six-meet win streak at the Boise - West YMCA Aquatics Center, after posting a perfect 4-0 record last season, and sweeping the season-opening weekend against Rice at home in October. Boise State hosted its first meet during its inaugural season, Jan. 12-13, 2007, against Nevada. The Broncos dropped both duals, falling by just two points (113-111) on the second day of competition. The following season Boise State earned its first home victory, Oct. 19, 2007, knocking off San Jose State, 172-125.
Boise State earns National Recognition: Boise State women's swimming and diving received votes in the TYR/CSCAA Division I Swimming & Diving Poll for the first time in program history. The Broncos earned three votes in the poll released Dec. 16. Boise State increased its total to six votes in the most recent poll, released Jan. 12. The poll, voted on by members of the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA), is released once a month.
A Cut Above: Juniors Amber Boucher and Stephanie North have each earned NCAA ‘B' qualifying times for the second-consecutive year. Boucher owns qualifying marks in the 50, 100 and 200-yard freestyle events, as well as the 100-yard butterfly. North earned her cut in the 100-yard freestyle. The duo also joined senior Kelly Forrester and sophomore Stevie Hughey to post a qualifying time in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
In the Zone: Redshirt junior Amanda Burnett and freshman Ciera Cortney continue to lead Boise State diving to new heights. Burnett became the first Bronco to qualify for the NCAA Zone Championships on the platform with her school-record performance Dec. 5, at the Missouri Invitational. Cortney earned the first qualifying score of her career on the one-meter Jan. 8, at the Bruin Diving Invitational. Burnett and Cortney are the only Bronco divers to post qualifying scores while competing at championship-style meets. Boise State has never sent a diver to the Zone Championships.
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