Broncos to Face Washington State and Idaho
BOISE, Idaho- The Boise State women's swimming and diving team travels north for two meets on the Palouse. The Broncos take on Washington State, Friday, Jan. 21 (5 p.m. PT) at Gibb Pool, and rival Idaho, Saturday, Jan. 22 (11 a..m. PT) at UI Swim Center. The divers will compete Saturday, beginning with the three-meter competition at 9:40 a.m. (PT), followed by the one-meter event during the second swimming break.
The Broncos will be joining the men's and women's basketball teams in Moscow, Saturday, as all three squads take on the Vandals.
"We are looking forward to competing on the Palouse," said head coach Kristin Hill. "Washington State certainly has some strong swimmers. It's a big weekend for Boise State in Moscow with three programs competing against the Vandals. We're excited to get a look at another WAC opponent before the conference championships."
For a full schedule of events, see page 3 of the complete release.
About the Broncos: Boise State (9-1) defeated Seattle twice last weekend to rebound from its first dual-meet loss of the season, Jan. 7. at No. 23 UCLA. 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 71 top-10 times this year. Boise State divers have placed 13 scores on the all-time top-10 lists. The divers have also set school records in all three events for championship-style meets.
Five Broncos posted career bests during the two meets, and others swam events for the first time in their collegiate careers as Boise State mixed up its entries to gain valuable experience for the impending WAC Championships.
Junior Amber Boucher swam the 100-yard backstroke, Friday, for the first time as a Bronco. She won the event with the fifth-fastest time in school history, and broke the Boise- - West YMCA pool record.
The second day of competition against the Redhawks marked the final home meet for the Broncos this season, and for eight Boise State seniors.
About the Cougars: Washington State (6-1) is coming off a strong showing at the USA Swimming Austin Grand Prix, Jan. 14-16, in Austin, Texas. WSU claimed victory in a pair of relays, the 400-yard medley and the 800-yard freestyle. The Broncos and Cougars shared the same water earlier this season, Jan. 7, at UCLA as each team took on the Bruins. Boise State and WSU did not score against each other in Los Angeles. Like Boise State, the Cougars' only dual-meet loss came against UCLA.
The series: Washington State leads 2-1. The Broncos defeated the Cougars last season to earn their first victory against a Pacific-10 Conference opponent, Oct. 17, when WSU visited the Boise - West YMCA. The Cougars won the first two meetings, both in Pullman, Wash., (Jan. 27, 2007; Jan. 25, 2009).
Boise State in Washington: The Broncos venture back to the state of Washington for the first time in nearly two years, hoping to change the course of history. Boise State is 0-2 all-time in dual meets at Washington State, and competed twice in the Husky Invitational at Washington, finishing sixth (2008) and 10th (2007). Just one member of the Broncos calls Washington home, diver Tana Loan, but head coach Kristin Hill hails from the Evergreen State. Hill spent much of her youth in the upper reaches of western Washington. She went on to compete at Puget Sound where she was a 25-time NAIA All-American. Boise State will compete in Washington in two weeks, Feb. 5, when it meets Seattle and Oregon State in Seattle.
About the Vandals: Idaho will be competing for the first time since Dec. 4, when it hosts Boise State. The Vandals (5-3) defeated Nevada for their first victory in Reno in program history before taking a break from competition. Idaho is led by freshmen Shana Lim (backstroke) and Sammi Mischkot (distance freestyle).
The series: The rivalry between the Broncos and Vandals is tied 2-2. Idaho claimed the first two meetings, but the Broncos knotted the series with back-to-back wins the past two seasons. Each team has won once on the opponent's home turf. Boise State won the last meeting, Jan. 24, 2010, in Boise in impressive fashion. The Broncos handed Idaho a 217-83 loss, the most lopsided in series history.
Boise State in Idaho: The Broncos are 13-11 all-time in dual meets in their home state. Boise State is currently riding an eight-meet win streak in the state of Idaho, The Broncos are 10-10 all-time at their home pool, the Boise - West YMCA Aquatics Center, after posting their second-consecutive perfect season at home.
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