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Boise State women's swimming and diving hosts its final home meet of the season against Mountain West foe Colorado State. This is the final meet for the Broncos before the MW Championships Feb. 22-25, in Oklahoma City. The Broncos were picked to finish second in the preseason coaches' poll.
The second all-time meeting with the Rams also marks the final home competition for six seniors. The Broncos will honor their outgoing teammates before the meet. For more information about the graduating class, see page 3.
The Broncos and Rams will go head-to-head in 16 events, including two diving competitions and the mile. For a complete schedule of events, see page 3.
About The Broncos: Boise State earned a duel win and an invitational victory to kick off the 2011-12 campaign, before taking second at the Rice Fall Invitational. The Broncos travled to Seattle and brought home its season dual-meet win of the year before wrapping up the fall portion of their schedule at the Missouri Invitational. Boise State finished second behind Missouri.
Boise State returns 16 letterwinners from last year's Western Athletic Conference Champions. The Broncos won 10 events, including all five relays, en route to posting the ninth-highest point total in meet history (835) and taking their second-straight conference crown. Amber Boucher was named the WAC Swimmer of the Year for the second-consecutive season, and head coach Kristin Hill was named Coach of the Year. Boucher and fellow senior Stephanie North competed at the 2011 NCAA Championships.
Last Time Out: The Broncos defeated Oregon State 148-114, in their last meet, Jan. 21, at the Boise-West Family YMCA. Boise State won seven events, including two each from Amber Boucher and Stephanie North. Emily Irvin also earned a win in the 500-yard freestyle. It was the second-straight win against the Beavers, evening the all-time series.
Boucher set a pool record in the 200-yard freestyle. She and North also helped the Broncos' 200-yard medley relay team set the venue mark. Boucher was named MW Swimmer of the Week for her efforts.
About the Rams: Colorado State enters the meet riding back-to-back wins against Northern Colorado and New Mexico Jan. 20 and 21, respectively. Chris Woodard is in his first year as head coach of the Rams. Senior distance swimmer Jennifer Lamb leads Colorado State with the No. 2 time in the conference in the mile and the fourth-best time in the 500-yard freestyle. Shayna Solomon ranks No. 4 in the conference on the one-meter springboard and is the Rams' top three-meter diver as well.
The Series: Colorado State leads 1-0. The only previous meeting between the Broncos and the Rams was the first meet of Boise State's second season, Oct. 12, 2007, in Fort Collins, Colo. Colorado State won the first 12 events in the meet before former Bronco Tara Hahto claimed the 200-yard breaststroke for the first win of her career. Boise State also won the 400-yard freestyle relay in the final event of the meet with an all-freshmen team.
Races to Watch: The 1650-yard freestyle is not often competed at dual meets, but the Broncos and Rams will square off in the mile for the first individual swimming event of the meet. Both teams are expected to enter their shcool record holders in the event, Boise State's Jennifer Cahill and Colorado State's Jennifer Lamb. Cahill and Lamb each hold season best times among the best in the conference and are separated by less than a second. Lamb checks in at second in the MW with a 16:46.51, Cahill is third at 16:47.44.
The 100-yard breaststroke also promises to be compelling for similar reasons. The Broncos' Sydney Johansen (third; 1:03.21) and Heather Harper (fifth; 1:03.26) sandwich Colorado State's Kelly Matthews (fourth; 1:03.22) in the conference rankings, with all three being separated by five one-hundredths of a second. Matthews picked up two wins in the 100 breaststroke last week. Harper took second against Oregon State last weekend, finishing in 1:05.12. Johansen did not compete in the event last weekend.
Boucher Tops in MW History: Senior Amber Boucher set an all-time Mountain West record in the 100-yard freestyle on the final day of the Missouri Invitational (Dec. 3). Her winning time of 49.01 bested the previous mark of 49.21 set at the 2009 MW Championships.
Boucher's Third MW Weekly Honor: Senior Amber Boucher earned her third MW Swimmer of the Week honor Jan. 25, after setting two pool records in the Broncos' 148-114 win against Oregon State.