Boise State Swimming & Diving Dots Pair of Recruits for 2008-09 Season
BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State swimming and diving team inked two new commitments to join the Bronco family for the 2008-09 season, announced head coach Kristin Hill, Friday.

"We have done a great job of building this new program, and these women will be outstanding contributors to our quest to develop a highly competitive swimming and diving team,” said head coach Kristin Hill. “For us it has been about more than just fast times. We are always striving to grow our team with great students and leaders who are motivated and excited about our team vision. With Emily and Stephanie we have added strong students who have team leadership experience, and they will both be positive contributors to our team both in and out of the pool. Our goal as a team is to place high at our conference championships and bring in swimmers and divers who have the potential to qualify for the NCAA Championships. We are now one step closer to that goal."

Here is a look at the 2008-09 recruiting class:

Emily Irvin (breaststroke, fly and IM):
Irvin, a native of Bakersfield, Calif., is senior at Stockdale High School where she competes for coach Adam Bledsoe ... Outside of the high school season, she swims for the Bakersfield Swim Club under coach Keith Moore ... Three-year Valley Champion in the 100 breast ... Holds both the area and school record in the 100 breast and 100 fly ... Serves as the captain of her swim team at Stockdale ... Member of the National Honor Society and the Fellowship of the Christian Athlete.

Hill on Irvin:
“Emily comes from a strong club team as she swims with Keith Moore at Bakersfield Swim Club. Keith called me about Emily in the fall and thought she would be a great match for our program. We followed her progress this season and after the great time drops she had I'm so excited for the opportunity to work with her. She will be a great addition to our breaststroke core and could emerge as one of our top breaststrokers this next season. Emily is a very strong student and she found a great fit here at Boise State academically within our math department.”

Why Irvin chose Boise State: “I choose Boise State because it has everything I wanted for my major, as well as a great team. Kristin is great and I cannot wait to swim with her as my coach. The city of Boise is also beautiful, so I am looking forward to living there.”

Top Times:
100 Breast 1:06.45
200 Breast 2:24.41
100 Fly 59.93
200 Free 1:59.03
200 IM 2:12.63

Stephanie North (sprint freestyle):
North attends Henley High School where she swims for coach Dan Simmer at both her high school and Klamath Basin Aquatics Sports ... The Klamath Falls, Ore., native holds eight school records in addition to seven state titles ... A two-time All-America consideration ... Earned four varsity letters in both swimming and track ... Served as swim team captain for two years and named girls track captain for one.

Hill on North: “Stephanie is from a smaller town in Oregon and is really someone I consider to be untapped. Her coach, Dan Zimmer, has clearly done a great job, and we look forward to her growth as she becomes part of a bigger program at the collegiate level. Stephanie is a multi-sport athlete and it will be fun to see her focus even more on her swimming at this level. She comes from a big family and was looking for a family atmosphere which is exactly what we have here at Boise State, both in the athletic department and within our swimming and diving program. She will make an immediate impact in our sprinting program and could grow to be one of the best sprinters in our conference.”

Why North chose Boise State: “I decided to choose Boise State because on my recruiting visit I fell in love with the town and school. The coaches and girls on the team are absolutely amazing. It really feels like one big family, a lot like my own. When in the recruiting process, Coach Hill kept in touch and made it feel like she truly cared.”

Top Times:
50 Free 24.06
100 Free 52.36
100 Fly 1:02.41
100 Back 1:03.69
200 IM 2:15.59

Irvin and North are just the latest to join the Bronco family as four swimmers and a diver committed during the fall. Here is a deeper look at the 2008-09 recruiting class:

Amber Boucher (sprint freestyle, sprint butterfly):
Boucher, a native of Keizer, Ore., is a senior at McNary High School where she swims for Coach Kim Phillips and holds the school record in every freestyle and relay event ... 2006 High School State Champion in the 50 free and finished second in the 100 free ... Hold the district league record in the 50 and 100 free ... Two-time high school All-American (2005, 2006) ... Named Statesman Journal All-Region Team and Female Swimmer of the Year in 2006 ... Remains undefeated in league competition as a freshman, sophomore and junior.

Brittney Jones (diver):
Jones attends Auburn High School in Auburn, Wash., where she dives for Jim Sutherland both at her high school and with Pacific Northwest Diving Club ... Placed in the top six each of her four years at the Washington State High School Championships, finishing as high as 4th her junior year ... Jones is the school record holder for both 6 and 11 dives ... Received the outstanding underclassman award her freshman year ... Lettered in water polo (9th, 10th), gymnastics (9th, 10th), and cheerleading (11th grade) ... Earned the Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association distinguished scholastic award each year in high school.

Paige LaPorte (freestyle and butterfly):
LaPorte currently attends Pinnacle High School where she swims for Ben Frank and Cheri White ... The Scottsdale, Ariz., native competes with Scottsdale Aquatic Club under coach Kevin Zacher ... Arizona State Champion in the 100 free and finished third in the 50 free ... Two-time All-American in the 400 free relay and holds school records in the 50 free, 200 medley relay and the 400 free relay ... Recognized by the Arizona Interscholastic Association as a Scholar Athlete ... Awarded an All-American Scholar Award by USA Swimming.

Erin Lionberger (diver):
Lionberger, a native of Longmont, Colo., attends Longmont High School where competes under Susan and Andy Welsh and holds the school record for six and 11 dive events ... Trains with Sagebrush Diving under coach Kevin Sage ... Received consideration as a 3-time All American ... Has finished in the top 10 at the Colorado State High School Championships throughout her high school career.

Morgan McLain (sprint freestyle, backstroke, IM):
McLain joins the Broncos from Pierre, S.D., where she attends T.F. Riggs High School and swims for Kent Huckins with Pierre Swim Team ... Holds numerous state records including the 100 and 200 backstroke and 100 breaststroke (short course meters) and the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke (long course meters) ... 2007 state champion in the 200 IM, 100 and 200 back, 50 and 100 free, and 100 and 200 breaststroke.

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