Broncos Face Final Duals Saturday in Seattle

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BOISE, Idaho- The Boise State women's swimming and diving team will face a familiar foe and a regional rival when it travels to Seattle, Feb. 5, for a double-dual meet at the Connolly Center. The Broncos meet host Seattle for the third time this season, and also square off against Oregon State in the double-dual meet.  It is the final dual meet of the season as the Broncos prepare to defend their title at the 2011 WAC Swimming and Diving Championships, Feb. 23-26, in San Antonio.

With wins against Washington State, Idaho and Seattle already this season, Oregon State remains the only division I swimming program in the states of Idaho, Washington and Oregon the Broncos have not defeated.

"One of our goals is to be the premiere swimming and diving program in the Northwest," Hill said. "Right now we are on the right track."

This meet is swimming only, as neither the Redhawks nor the Beavers sponsor diving. The Boise State divers will next be in action at the conference championships.

For a full schedule of events, see page 3 of the release.

About the Broncos: Boise State (11-1) is on a four-meet win streak since suffering 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 75 top-10 times this year. Boise State divers have placed 14 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 swept their trip to the Palouse, knocking off Washington State, 143-119 (Jan. 21) and rival Idaho, 160-83 (Jan. 22).

Against the Cougars, Boise State jumped out to a quick lead with a win in the 200-yard medley relay and a 1-2-3 sweep in the 1000-yard freestyle. After Washington State inched closer throughout the meet, the Broncos clinched the victory with a 1-2 finish in the 400-yard individual medley and a win in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Junior Amber Boucher won two individual events and helped the Broncos win both relay events against the Cougars. Boucher won the 100-yard butterfly 54.88, setting a pool record. It is also the sixth-fastest time at Boise State, and gives her the 10 best times in program history. She also won the 50-yard freestyle by nearly a full second with the 10th-fastest time in school history.

Boise State won nine of 11 swimming events on the way to its third-straight win against the Vandals.

The Broncos placed at least two swimmers in the top three in every individual swimming event, including five top-three sweeps.

Freshman Rachel Heaney led three of the Boise State sweeps, earning victories in the 1000-yard freestyle, the 200-yard butterfly and the 500-yard freestyle events.

About the Redhawks: Interim head coach Kat Cuevas leads a young Seattle team with just two seniors on the roster. The Redhwaks (4-13) have won their last two meets since dropping two in Boise. Seattle enjoyed a weekend sweep against Whitworth (Jan. 28) and Nevada (Jan. 29) at home. Seattle is in year four of the five-year reclassification process to become a full NCAA Division I member.

The Series: Boise State leads 4-0. The Broncos earned a pair of victories against the Redhawks Jan. 14 and 15 when Seattle visited Boise. The teams also met twice last season in Utah. Boise State came away victorious Nov. 6 in Provo, 228-64, then again a day later in  Salt Lake City, 235-58.

Boise State in Washington: The Broncos venture back to the state of Washington for the second time in two weeks after not competing in the neighboring state for nearly two years. Boise State  shook off the rust last week with a win at Washington State, its first win in the Evergreen State, moving the Broncos to 1-2 all-time in dual meets at WSU. They are no strangers to Seattle, either, competing 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 42nd 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.

About the Beavers: Oregon State (2-8) enters its final dual meet of the season fresh off a weekend split against Washington State and Idaho. The Beavers fell to the Cougars, 156-106, Jan. 28, before rebounding the next day to defeat the Vandals, 111.5-93.5. Oregon State is led by junior Jenni Dole (backstroke and breaststroke) and sophomore Rachel O'Brien (butterfly).

The Series: Oregon State leads 2-0. The Broncos and Beavers have faced off every other year, with the first meeting coming in the second competition of Boise State history. Oregon State won the first meeting 123-79, Nov. 10, 2006, in Corvallis, Ore. Boise State hosted the Beavers in the final dual meet of the 2009 season (Feb. 7), falling 177-11.