BOISE, Idaho The Boise State swimming and diving team is already looking forward to the 2009-10 season after crowning its first conference champion in program history in 2008-09. The 2009-10 schedule features more tough competition as the Broncos continue to improve as a young program.
The Broncos will kick off the season on Oct. 9-10 at the WAC Shootout in San Jose, Calif., before hosting Washington State in their home-opener on Oct. 17. The Pacific-10 opponent will be the first of four home meets and the only non-WAC opponent to make the trip to Boise.
"We are excited to be hosting four high-quality home meets this season,” said head coach Kristin Hill. “We bring in a Pac-10 team in Washington State, in state rival Idaho, and tough WAC conference competitors with Northern Arizona and New Mexico State.”
The Broncos will host two top WAC programs in Northern Arizona on Nov. 13 and New Mexico State on Jan. 30 in their final home meet. In-state-rivals Idaho will also make its way down into Boise with revenge on the Vandals minds after the Broncos edged out a win last year in Moscow.
On Nov. 6-7, the Broncos will make a trip to Utah for a pair of meets. They will face Mountain West Conference champions BYU as well as New Mexico and Seattle on Nov. 6 in Provo, Utah, before taking on Utah and New Mexico again on Nov. 7 in Salt Lake City.
The Broncos will not be returning to the Husky Invitational this year as they have in the past two years. This year, they will head to Columbia, Mo. for the Missouri Invitational on Dec. 4-6.
“This year we are headed to the Midwest for our December invitational and we look forward to swimming at the University of Missouri,” said Hill. “It's a phenomenal facility and we will be competing against some new teams from outside our area.”
January will bring a trip to San Diego, Calif., for another pair of meets. The Broncos will first have a tri-meet against San Diego State and Tulane on Jan. 7 before visiting WAC-rival San Diego in a dual on Jan. 9.
The Broncos will have a great look at the competition before the WAC Championships on Feb. 24-27 in San Antonio, Texas, as their last three meets of the season will be duals against conference opponents.