Broncos Make First Trip to Zone Diving Championships

BOISE, Idaho-Boise State swimming and diving continues to make history in its fifth season as two Bronco divers prepare to compete at the Zone E Diving Championships March 10-12, in Minneapolis. Redshirt junior Amanda Burnett and freshman Ciera Cortney will each take part in the competition which serves as a qualifying meet for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. It is the first time the Broncos will compete at the zone championships.

Boise State is one of 20 schools represented among the 57 women who will participate. NCAA Division I Diving Zone E is made up of the 13 states west of Texas.

The women's competition will begin Thursday, with the 3-meter event. The 1-meter competition will take place Friday and the meet finishes Saturday with the platform. Prelims will begin at 10 a.m. (MT) on each day.

Burnett and Cortney are two of 36 divers who will compete in all three events.

Six women will qualify for the NCAA Championships from Zone E. The breakdown is as follows:

1st Qualifier: 1st place finisher on platform
2nd Qualifier: 1st place finisher on 3-meter
3rd Qualifier: 1st place finisher on 1-meter
4th Qualifier: 2nd place finisher on 3-meter
5th Qualifier: 2nd place finisher on 1-meter
6th Qualifier: 3rd place finisher on 3-meter

If a student-athlete repeats as a qualifier on multiple events, the next person in line on a given event moves up a slot into the group of qualifiers. The complete list of qualifiers will be available Saturday after the completion of the platform event.

Boise State has qualified two swimmers for the NCAA Championships, Amber Boucher and Stephanie North. The championship meet runs March 17-19, in Austin, Texas. It marks the first time Boise State will be represented at the prestigious meet.

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