Boise State women's swimming and diving wraps up its regular season Friday and Saturday, on the road. The swimmers will take on Denver Jan. 25 and Colorado State Jan. 26, while the divers travel to the Air Force Diving Invitational for a two-day competition. Both swim meets will begin at noon (MT) at the respective campus pools.
This is Boise State's first trip to Colorado since October 2007, the program's second year. For a full breakdown of the weekend's events see page 3 of the complete release.
About the Broncos: 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 Pioneers: Denver is 5-4 on the season and looking to snap a three-meet losing streak. The Pioneers have dropped close meets against Wyoming, Utah and BYU in January, but their wins include an October victory against UNLV. Denver is led by sophomore backstroke- and butterfly-specialist Samantha Corea, who has four NCAA 'B' cuts and ranks as high as 10th nationally (200-yard backstroke). Denver's roster features two Idaho natives in senior Racheal McGinnis (Hailey, Idaho) and freshman Madeline Eyolfson (Boise, Idaho; Boise High School). After winning the past two Sun Belt Conference Championships, Denver will compete for the Western Athletic Conference title this season.
The Series: Denver leads 1-0. The Pioneers defeated Boise State 180-62 Oct. 13, 2007, in the only previous meeting between the two programs. That meet- held in Colorado Springs, Colo.- also featured Air Force and Colorado School of Mines. The Broncos went 2-1 at the meet, earning the first wins in program history.
About the Rams: Colorado State enters the meet 0-6 on the year, but did finish third at the Tennessee Invitational in its midseason meet. Senior backstroker Breann Fuller returns after redshirting last season. Fuller, a two-time MW champion in each the 100- and 200-yard backstroke events, ranks in the top 30 in the country in both events this season. Eight other Ram swimmers combine for 17 more spots in the Mountain West top 16. Colorado State finished seventh at last season's MW Championships and was picked to place fifth this year in the preseason coaches' poll.
The Series: Tied 1-1. Last year Boise State swept a 16-event meet against Colorado State in Boise. The Rams defeated the Broncos 142-89 Oct. 12, 2007, in Boise State's only previous trip to Fort Collins.
About the Air Force Diving Invitational: Boise State will be joined by divers from Air Force, BYU, Colorado College, Colorado State, Idaho, New Mexico, Northern Arizona, San Diego State, UCLA, UNLV, Utah and Wyoming at the two-day meet on the campus of the U.S. Air Force Academy. The women will compete one-meter and platform Friday, with Saturday being the women's three-meter competition. It will be Boise State's third and final meet to include platform prior to the Mountain West Championships. The upcoming NCAA Zone E Championships will also be held at the same facility. The zone meet is March 14-16, Ciera Cortney and Lexi Pfeiffer have each posted qualifying scores this season.
Last Time Out: Boise State women's swimming and diving earned 12 event wins on its way to a 192-108 victory against Wyoming Saturday, at home. Ciera Cortney broke the school record in winning the three-meter diving event. Rachel Heaney bettered her own pool record in the 200-yard butterfly. Heaney dominated the field in her marquee event, posting a 2:01.61 and winning by more than three and a half seconds. Cortney opened the meet with a steady performance on the higher springboard to score 306.75, the best score in any meet in Boise State history. Jessica Bottelberghe and Devin Madsen each won two individual events to take home individual high-point honors. Bottelberghe touched the wall first in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle events clocking a 51.37 and a 1:51.01, respectively. Madsen ran away with both backstroke events, narrowly missing pool records in each. She won the 100-yard race in 56.22, less than a tenth slower than her own facility mark. The freshman took the 200-yard backstroke by nearly four seconds in 2:01.86. That time was less than half a second off a 15-year-old pool record. The Broncos did beak the pool record in the 200-yard medley relay for the second time this season. The team of Bottelberghe, Sydney Johansen, Stevie Hughey and Sam Wicks clocked a 1:43.63 to win the event and shave one tenth of a second off the mark set by the same quartet Dec. 15, against BYU.