Boise State Ready to Defend its Title
SAN ANTONIO-After a 13-1 record in dual meets, Boise State women's swimming and diving is set to defend its Western Athletic Conference Championship. The Broncos will meet their seven WAC rivals in San Antonio, Feb. 23-26, at the Palo Alto Natatorium.
Boise State won the 2010 WAC Championships with 587 points, winning five individual events and three relays. New Mexico State finished second with 494 points.
The Broncos' victory snapped a three-year winning streak for Nevada. The Wolf Pack's stretch came after Hawai'i claimed the 2006 crown. The Rainbow Wahine's lone title is the only time a WAC Champion did not defend its throne at least once since 1996.
Boise State looks to keep it the anomaly, but its repeat bid figures to face stiff challenges from San Jose State and Hawai'i, among others.
For a full schedule of the week's events, see page 3 of the complete release.
Follow it Live: Video of the finals sessions will be streamed live each night on WACSports.com. One-time subscriptions cost $5.95 per night, or a package can be purchased for the entire meet for $9.95. Live results will be available for every event on WACSports.com, as well. In addition, there will be a live blog on BroncoSports.com with pictures, interviews and results. Head over to the swimming and diving page and click on "Live From WAC 2011."
About the Broncos: Boise State completed the 2010-11 dual-meet season with a 13-1 mark, a school record for winning percentage and the second-best single-season win total. The Broncos' only setback of the year was to No. 21 UCLA.
Boise State enters the conference championships with the top time in seven individual swimming events and three relays.
About the Meet: The championship begins on Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. (CT), with both the finals of the 200-yard medley and 800-yard freestyle relays. Prelims will begin at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday while finals will start at 6:30 p.m. each night.
Boise State at the WAC Championships: The Broncos have improved every season at the conference championships. Boise State placed last of eight teams during its inagural 2006-07 season, scoring 110 points. A year later, the team more than doubled its score (243) to edge out San Diego by two points and finish seventh. Another vast improvement in the scoring column in 2009 gave the Broncos a sixth place finish (391 points) ahead of in-state rival Idaho, San Diego and newcomer Fresno State.
The leap Boise State took at the 2010 WAC Championships could only be described as monumental. After a brilliant 14-4 dual-meet record, the Broncos came in as a darkhorse. Eight victorieds and 587 points later, the fourth-year program was hoisting its first conference championship trophy.
Then-sophomore Amber Boucher was named WAC Swimmer of the Year after winning two events and helping three relays to victory.
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