SAN ANTONIO - After a short four years of existence, the Boise State swimming and diving team has risen to the top of the Western Athletic Conference. The Broncos turned in another solid day on Saturday to take their first-ever WAC crown. Amber Boucher was also named the WAC Swimmer of the Year, earning five gold medals at the WAC Championships.
"This was an amazing week for our program. The plan has always been to contend for the championship title in the fifth year of our program," said head coach Kristin Hill. "To win it in just the fourth year of our program is a huge testament to the hard work of each individual on this team and our staff, as well as the support of our athletic department and Boise State."
On Saturday, the Broncos won three more events, pushing their team total to eight WAC titles in 2010. Stephanie North repeated as the WAC champion in the 100 free with a NCAA provisional time of 49.86, which is also a school record. Boucher finished directly behind her fellow Bronco for the second consecutive year with another provisional time of 49.96.
Christine Raininger earned her second individual title of the meet in the 200 fly with a school record time of 2:01.56. Senior Chelsea Lopus placed eighth in the event as well. The third title of the day came in the last event of the day - the 400 free relay. The Broncos edged out San Jose State with a school record and NCAA provisional time of 3:23.02.
Another Bronco record fell in the 200 back when Denise Green earned a fourth-place finish with a time of 2:01.48. Teammate Morgan McLain finished in fifth in the event with a 2:03.51. Emily Irvin also earned a sixth-place finish in the 200 breast to help the Broncos to their first-ever WAC title. Senior Lauren Keele also scored for the Broncos in 14th. Fellow senior Katelyn Lofland placed tenth in mile in Saturday's first event.
Over the four-day meet, the Broncos broke 15 school records and earned eight WAC titles. In addition, the Broncos' 547 points also shattered the school record for WAC scoring.
The Broncos dominated the final standings with 587 points. San Jose State posed the closest threat with 494 points. The Spartans were followed by New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, San Diego, Idaho and Fresno State.
"This is a great win for Bronco Nation!" added Hill.