Broncos Host Wyoming for Senior Day, Big Splash

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Boise State women's swimming and diving hosts Wyoming Saturday, Jan. 19, at the West Family YMCA and Boise Aquatic Center. The meet starts at 11 a.m. with both diving events, followed by swimming competition. Boise State will be celebrating the careers of five seniors competing in their final home meet between the diving and swimming events. It is also Big Splash, where members of the Boise State football team will take part in an exhibition diving competition.

About the Broncos: Boise State is 5-2 in dual meets this season with three duels remaining before the Broncos take aim at their fourth-consecutive conference title. 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.

About the Cowgirls: Wyoming comes to the West YMCA with a perfect 4-0 mark in dual-meet competitoin this season. Wyoming finished fourth at the 2012 Mountain West Championships and was projected to take fourth again this year in the preseason coaches' poll despite losing Kelsey Conci, the first back-to-back All-American in program history. This year the Cowgirls feature more depth as 13 different student-athletes combine for 29 top-16 times in the Mountain West, including nine times ranking in the top five. Among the highest-ranked Cowgirls is sophomore Jordan Denny, whose sister Morgan competed for Boise State in the program's second and third seasons. Denny sits in the top four of the 100-yard backstroke (fourth), 200-yard backstroke (third) and 200-yard freestyle (fourth).

The Series: First dual meet. Boise State and Wyoming have shared the pool at two invitational meets, including last season's Mountatin West Championships. The first meeting was at the 2007 Husky Invitational, where the Cowgirls finished sixth and the Broncos took ninth.

Strength on Strength: On paper Boise State and Wyoming match up evenly in a number of events, including two of the stronger races for each squad. The 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard butterfly, competed back-to-back, could go a long way in determining the outcome of the meet. The Broncos boast three of the top eight times in the Mountain West in the 100 breaststroke, paced by Sydney Johansen who ranks fourth. The Cowgirls, however, feature the second- and third-fastest times in the event. In the 200 butterfly, Boise State has the top two times in the conference, followed closely by Wyoming's rankings of fourth and sixth.

About Big Splash: The fifth installment of Big Splash will take place Saturday, between the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle events. Nine members of the Boise State football team will take part in the exhibition diving event, six divers, two judges and a master of ceremonies.

Last Time Out: Boise State women's swimming and diving picked up two dual-meet wins Friday, in Honolulu. The Broncos defeated Wisconsin and host Hawai'i and fell to No. 1 USC to finish the day 2-1. Boise State finished ahead of Wisconsin in seven of the 11 events to win 126-78 in its first dual-meet competition against a Big Ten school. The Broncos won six events against Hawai'i on their way to a 115-89 win, their first duel win in three meetings with the Rainbow Wahine. The top-ranked Trojans won all 11 events against Boise State for a 163-41 victory. Wisconsin was receiving votes in the most recent College Swimming Coaches Association Poll. Jessica Bottelberghe led the Broncos with a second-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle and a third-place showing in the 200-yard freestyle. Bottelberghe also led off Boise State's third-place 400-yard freestyle relay team. She was joined by Stevie Hughey, Sam Wicks and Sydney Johansen on the 400 freestyle relay, combining for a 3:27.93. Hughey took home a third-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly, her only individual event of the day. Hughey swam a 56.87, ahead of all Badgers and Rainbow Wahine. Johansen also enjoyed a fast day, individually. She was Boise State's top finisher in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:07.75 for fourth place. Johansen was part of an impressive trio of Broncos in the 100-yard breaststroke. She took seventh in 1:06.63, sandwiched by teammates.


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