Follow the 2011 WAC Swimming and Diving Championships
2011 Western Athletic Conference
Boise State women's swimming and diving heads to the 2011 WAC Championships seeking to defend its title. Follow all of the action as it happens, right here on BroncoSports.com.
We will be bringing you up-to-the-minute results as well as interviews and pictures starting Monday, Feb. 21, from San Antonio.
5 p.m. Wednesday, May 18
2011 WAC Championships by the Numbers
Of course, the big news was sending Amber Boucher and Stephanie North to the NCAA Championships. It was the first time the Broncos qualified a student-athlete for the prestigious meet and they represented Boise State well.
Boucher scored All-America status with a 12th-place finish in the 100 fly. Her five points in the eventh were good enough to put the Broncos at 39th in the team standings.
For more on the season in review, click HERE.
6 p.m. Thursday, March 3
We hope to wrap up this blog tomorrow afternoon with a final breakdown of record performances.
For now, enjoy the pictures.
2:50 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 27
We hope to bring you more tomorrow. It is a quick turnaround to get back to Boise. We will be leaving the hotel at 6:15 a.m.
Lots of pictures still to be uploaded.
Thanks to everyone who followed along all week, hope you enjoyed reading as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you.
1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26
11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26
Boise State set five school records on its way to winning three events and extending its lead in the meet as a team.
Additional Season Bests
Prelims start momentarily with the Broncos competing in 19 swims. Boise State swimmers own the top seed in three of the four events taking place this morning. Jenn Cahill is also the top seed in the 1650 freestyle that will take place tonight. Not to mention the Broncos have the No. 1 time in the 400 free relay that will close the meet.
Check back for results.
2:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26
A breakdown of record performances will come tomorrow. For now, what you really need to know is Boise State is in first with 585 points. The Broncos lead second-place Hawai'i by 181 points. The final day of competition should be a lot of fun.
4:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25
The Broncos are about to head off to the pool for the evening session. We will bring you as many updates as possible from Palo Alto Natatorium as Boise State looks to extend its lead in the team scoring.
3:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25
For swimming tonight, the Broncos lead the way with 20 scoring swims. Here is a breakdown of all of the teams.
Boise State- 20 (15/5)
Highlights from day three prelims:
The Bronco divers are competing in the prelims of the three-meter event right now. Results will be posted when available.
10:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 25
400 IM (School record- 4:20.46, Christine Raininger)
100 Fly (School record- 53.44, Amber Boucher)
200 Free (School record- 1:45.22, Amber Boucher)
100 Breast (School record- 1:03.57, Emily Irvin)
100 Back (School record- 55.74, Denise Green)
San Jose State looks to make its move today with a pair of swimmers in the top three of each the backstroke and breaststroke events; three of the top six in the 200 free; and the second-ranked 100 fly and 400 IM participants.
After swimming prelims, the preliminary rounds for three-meter diving take place, with Boise State represented by Amanda Burnett, Ciera Cortney and Tana Loan.
Stay tuned for more updates.
8:55 a.m. Friday, Feb. 25
12:20 a.m. Friday, Feb. 25
Amber Boucher's 22.30 in the 50 free was not only a school, pool and meet record, it would be a Mountain West Conference record. The time also would have taken third at the Pac-10 Conference Championships and would have been fast enough to win the Big 12 Conference Championship.
Ciera Cortney was 3.45 points away from doing more than just winning the one-meter diving competition. Cortney's school-record score of 288.75 narrowly missed the winning score of 292.20 posted by Emma Friesen of Hawai'i. Friesen has the 2008 NCAA Championship in the one-meter to her credit and now owns four WAC Championships in the event. She is just the latest in a long line of impressive Rainbow Wahine divers. Friesen's win gives Hawai'i eight-straight WAC Championships in the one-meter diving event. Cortney, who became the first Bronco to reach the finals in a springboard event Thursday, almost brought it all to a screeching hault. Her second-place finish is the first time a Boise State diver has earned a medal in any event, and was just another instance of a Boise State student-athlete outperforming expectations and helping the team inch closer to defending its WAC title.
Check back in the morning for a photo gallery of Thursday night's events.
Midnight Friday, Feb. 25
-Boise State finished 1-2-3 in the 50-yard freestyle, with each swimmer (Amber Boucher, Stephanie North and Stevie Hughey) going faster than Boucher's winning time from 2010.
11:50 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24
Additional Season Bests
9:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24
Head diving coach David Legler talked about the accomplishment and previewed tomorrow's three-meter competition.
We will have swimming analysis soon.
6:05 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24
Here is a breakdown of the events:
200 IM (School record- 2:02.45)
50 Freestyle (School record- 22.51)
After diving the swimmers will return to the pool for the 200-yard freestyle relay. Boise State is seeded second in the relay.
Boise State and SJSU lead the way with six swimmers each in the championship finals. The Spartans do not have a diver in the top eight.
Stay tuned for results. Races start at 6:30.
4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24
The Broncos are headed into a team meeting shortly before we depart for the pool for the evening session.
We will bring you updates as often as possible.
1: 30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24
After the first preliminary round the Broncos will have 12 scoring swims tonight, the most of any team, in addition to the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Highlights of the prelims:
Divers are currently competing in one-meter prelims. We will give you updates when possible.
11:25 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 24
11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 24
No Bronco swims unitl the third heat, with Jennifer Cahill (No. 3) and Denise Green (t-No. 6). In heat four Madison Gray (No. 8) will represent Boise State. In the fifth and final heat a pair of freshmen swim for the Broncos, Rachel Heaney (t-No. 6) and Brooke Balogh (No. 18).
With four Broncos seeded in the top eight, the 500 has all the makings of a high-scoring event for the Broncos. As the coaches have been stressing all week, it starts with the morning swims. If you finish in the top eight in the prelims you are guaranteed top-eight points. Nine through 16, guaraneed to score. Outside of the top 16, no scoring.
Boise State's depth is what makes it among the favorites on paper. If everyone can move up a spot or two,, the 500 free could give the Broncos a nice cushion.
We will be back with results and analysis.
8:40 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23
7:50 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23
Amber Boucher led off with a 1:45.22, more than two and a half seconds faster than her own school record in the 200 free. It is also currently a top-15 time nationally.
The race for second was too close to call, but the order of finish will be updated when available.
In time trial action, Harrell, Diener, Balogh, Gray, Green and Donohue posted career bests. Raininger scored a season best.
6:55 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23
Before that starts, there will be seven Broncos swimming time trial events. Olivia Harrell (100 fly), Christine Raininger (100 fly), Kelsy Diener (100 back), Brooke Balogh (200 free), Madison Gray (200 free), Denise Green (200 free) and Lily Donohue (200 fly).
6:47 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23
Boise State's winning time of 1:41.36 is a school record by more than two seconds. The Broncos were followed closely by New Mexico State. San Jose State placed third.
The 800 free relay will go off in about 30 minutes.
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23
6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23
For now, watch what head coach Kristin Hill has to say in advance of this week's event.
2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23
Noon Wednesday, Feb. 23
The conference then honored the 2010-11 WAC Swimmers and Divers of the week. Boise State claimed five of the awards, three for swimmer Amber Boucher, one for swimmer Stephanie North and one for diver Amanda Burnett.
The Broncos got in one more morning tune-up swim after breakfast, perfecting their strokes and turns before the meet gets officially underway tonight with two relay events.
The practice ended with assistant coach Justin Brosseau addressing the team and getting everyone ready for the task at hand.
We will be providing live results and analysis of every meet session, starting tonight. Be sure to stay tuned. The photo gallery linked above includes shots from this morning's events.
12:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23
Midnight Wednesday, Feb. 23
One swimmer, freshman Brooke Balogh, competed in one of the first timed events of the week. Balogh swam in the third heat of time trials Tuesday night, swimming the 100-yard butterfly. She clocked a career-best time, breaking 58 seconds for the first time.
Tomorrow will bring the first scoring competitions of the championships with the 200-yard medley and 800-yard freestyle relays. The Broncos have the top time in the conference in the 800 free relay (7:26.32) and are less than two-tenths of a second off San Jose State's WAC-leading time in the 200-yard medley relay. Boise State's best time in the medley relay is 1:43.39.
Wednesday starts with a banquet breakfast for every team, hosted by the conference. There will be a slideshow video of each team, as well as ceremonies honoring each conference swimmer and diver of the week during the 2010-11 season and the seniors for each team. Boise State earned four WAC swimmer of the week awards and one diver of the week honor.
2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22
10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22
We will have more after lunch.
1:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22
The divers headed over to the pool early with head diving coach David Legler to take advantage of the facilities on hand. The photo gallery below showcases the pool which was not used for the WAC Championships a year ago as it underwent construction.
After the swimmers finished getting a feel for their turns and relay starts, the team loaded up the vans and headedto dinner. Rudy's Bar-B-Q was the destination of choice as everyone enjoyed a wide range of authentic Texas barbecue with turkey, brisket, chicken and ribs.
The Broncos will swim twice more Tuesday, in preparation for the first day of competition Wednesday.
More updates to come tomorrow. Be sure to check back for a meet preview. In the meantime, CLICK HERE to see a photo gallery of Monday's practice.
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