Boucher Scores Boise State's First Points at NCAA Championships

AUSTIN, Texas- Boise State junior Amber Boucher became the first Bronco to score at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, Friday, with a 12th-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly. Boucher posted a 52.90 to touch fourth in the consolation final, good for five team points.

"Amber raced hard today and put points on the board for Boise State which is what we came here to do," said head coach Kristin Hill. "She was so consistent in training this year and she worked really hard for this opportunity to compete here at the national championships. I'm really proud of her."

Boucher qualified 14th with a 52.71 in her preliminary swim, just 13 one-hundredths of a second away from making the championship final. Boucher also became the program's first All-American, with honorable mention accolades. Her winning time of 52.05 at the Western Athletic Conference Championships still ranks seventh-fastest in the country this season.

Junior Stephanie North competed in the 200-yard freestyle Friday, clocking a 1:48.57 to finish 52nd in the event.

The championship meet wraps up Saturday, both Bronco swimmers will compete in the 100-yard freestyle. Boucher and North were each invited to the national championships in the event and both have a chance to score more points for Boise State.

"We're looking forward to tomorrow's final day of racing and we'd love to add to today's point total with both Stephanie and Amber."

The Broncos sit in 35th place in the team standings after two days.

"It's extremely meaningful to have our first scoring swim at NCAA's," Hill said. "Only 40 teams have scored here, so we are excited to see our program recognized nationally in our fifth year."

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