Santa Clara Meet another Opportunity for Trials Cuts

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SANTA CLARA, Calif.-Boise State swimming and diving will be well represented at the Santa Clara International Invitational. Two former Broncos, four returning team members and one incoming freshman will participate in the long-course meet Friday through Sunday, at the George F. Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara, Calif.

The meet features many of the top American swimmers as well as international standouts who will represent their countries at the 2012 Olympics. For the Broncos, it serves as one of the final chances to qualify for the upcoming U.S. Olympic Trials (June 25-July 2; Omaha, Neb.). Invitations to the trials are earned by achieving time standards (also known as cuts) in individual events. Five current or past Boise State swimmers have already earned at least one U.S. Olympic Trials cut.

Prelims will start at 9 a.m. (PT) each day with the top 27 qualifying for finals. The finals will consist of three heats of nine in each event, beginning at 5 p.m. (PT). Live results can be found HERE.

Former Broncos Amber Boucher and Stephanie North have each qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle events. Boucher also owns a cut in the 100-meter butterfly. Both will be looking to add the 200-meter freestyle, while North is also within reach of the 100-meter backstroke standard.

Rising senior Stevie Hughey is looking for her first trials cut. Hughey has come within a quarter second of qualifying in the 50 freestyle. Her 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly times are also knocking on the door.

Rising junior Rachel Heaney will be in Omaha thanks to her time in the 200-meter butterfly. Heaney will be looking to add a cut in the 400-meter freestyle, with potential to reach the time standards in the 800 freestyle, 100 butterfly and 400 individual medley.

Rising sophomores Heather Harper and Sydney Johansen look to parlay impressive freshman collegiate campaigns into a strong summer of long-course swimming. Harper earned her first trials cut in March, in the 100 breaststroke. She will have a chance to add the 200 breaststroke to her schedule of events at Olympic Trials. Johansen, who became the first Boise State underclassmen to compete at the NCAA Championships in 2012, is on the verge of claiming her spot at the trials. She has been within a second and a half of the standard in each the 100 and 200 breaststrokes and the 200 individual medley.

Incoming freshman Devin Madsen will also be competing at the meet in Santa Clara. Madsen, who specializes in the backstroke and sprint freestyle events, does not yet own a trials cut but will look to add that to her résumé before stepping on campus in the fall.

This is a USA Swimming sanctioned meet, meaning the athletes will be representing their club teams rather than colleges and universities. Boucher, Harper, Heaney, Hughey and North will all be competing for Boise YMCA Swim Team. Johansen is attached to her hometown Arden Hills Swimming, while Madsen is a member of Crow Canyon Sharks Swim Club.

Rising junior Chelsea Miller also qualified for Olympic Trials, achieving her cut in the 200-meter breaststroke last summer.

Stay tuned to @BroncoSportsSD on Twitter for updates throughout the weekend.

Schedule of Events
Friday, June 1
100 Free
200 Breast
400 Free
100 Fly
400 Free Relay

Saturday, June 2
400 IM
200 Free
200 Back
50 Free
800 Free Relay

Sunday, June 3
200 Fly
100 Breast
100 Back
200 IM
800 Free
400 Medley Relay