Boise State Swimming and Diving: Back-to-Back WAC Champs

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SAN ANTONIO-Boise State women's swimming and diving finished the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Champions just has it began, champions. The Broncos won the 400-yard freestyle relay, Saturday, in the meet's final event to run its team point total to 835, the ninth-highest team score conference history.

Junior Amber Boucher was named WAC Swimmer of the Year for the second-consecutive season, winning all three individual events she swam and guiding four relay teams to victory. Boise State head coach Kristin Hill earned her first WAC Coach of the Year honor. The Broncos won by 258 points, the largest margin of victory in the meet since 2003. It is also the first time since 2003 that a school has claimed victory in all five relay races at one meet.

Boucher closed her weekend by anchoring the relay team after winning the 100-yard freestyle in a school-record time of 48.33. Junior Stephanie North took the silver medal and sophomore Stevie Hughey finished sixth. The trio was joined by junior Kelsy Diener on the 400 freestyle relay.

Freshman Rachel Heaney earned the Broncos a third victory on the final day in the 200-yard butterfly with a school-record 1:58.59.  Heaney made the finals of all three events she swam, finishing no lower than fifth, during her first conference championship. Sophomore Christine Raininger finished third in the event.

Three wins on the day brought the Boise State total to 10 for the week, the most by one team at the WAC Championships since 2007.

Heaney was far from the only freshman to contribute to the Broncos' performance. Chelsea Miller also reached the finals of her three events, earning two medals. Miller finished her week with a second-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke, Saturday. Brooke Balogh made two championship heats, including an eighth-place finish in the 200 butterfly. Ciera Cortney became the first Bronco diver to advance to the finals of a springboard diving event, Thursday, taking second place in the one-meter event. Cortney scored in all three diving competitions during her first conference championship.

Senior Denise Green placed second in the 200-yard backstroke with a school-record time of 1:58.74. Green led a group of four Broncos to finish in the top eight in the event. It was the third time during the week Boise State accounted for half of the entries in a championship final.