AUSTIN, Texas-Boise State women's swimming and diving wrapped up first-day action at the 2011 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships competing in the 50-yard freestyle. Juniors Amber Boucher and Stephanie North pushed through any first-time nerves to deliver fast times.
"The first morning can be nerve-racking, especially in the 50 free which is so detailed," said head coach Kristin Hill. "But both Stephanie and Amber prepared themselves well to race."
North officially became the first Bronco to compete at the NCAA Championships, swimming in heat three of the 50-yard freestyle. North swam a career-best 22.67 to finish second in the heat. Boucher followed in heat six with a 22.48 to finish seventh.
Boucher placed 26th in the event to lead the Broncos, North was close behind in 32nd.
"Both of them look great and there are many good signs for fast swims to come tomorrow and Saturday for both Amber and Stephanie," Hill said. "They are making Boise State very proud."
Both Bronco swimmers will return to the pool Friday, in different events. Boucher will swim her best event, the 100-yard butterfly. North will follow immediately in the 200-yard freestyle.