Boise State Swimming & Diving Inks Two Swimmers For 2008-09 Season

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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, Tuesday.

Here is a look at the latest duo to join the 2008-09 recruiting class:

Kelly Forrester
Forrester attended Chaparral High School where she swam for head coach Dave Hildebrandt ... State champion in the 100 breaststroke, 200 medley relay, 200 free relay and 400 free relay ... Holds the school record in the 200 medley relay and 200 free relay ... Was a member of the 200 medley relay team that set the state record ... During her time at Chaparral, she was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Athletes Supporting Athletic Programs.

Coach Hill on Forrester: "We are so fortunate to have attracted two more top swimmers to our program. Kelly will have to sit out this first year since she chose to take classes at the community college at home, but that will give us a full year to build up her training again. She is extremely talented, powerful, and has an amazing feel for the water. She is a fierce competitor, but she has a warm personality and will contribute a positive attitude and excitement for finding a place that fits her well as a student athlete.“

Why Forrester choose Boise State: “I chose Boise State for a few reasons...one of the biggest being the coach. I learned how important your team and coach are in determining your own success, and I feel that Boise State has the kind of team and coaching staff to help me reach my own goals, and also contribute to the team. Boise is also a beautiful city, and I’m looking forward to being close to my brother and sister-in-law! “

Kirsten “Kirdy” Franco
Franco attended Spanish Springs High School where she swam for head coach Ted Banson ... Outside of the high school season, Franco swam with RENO Aquatics under coach Dave Hoover ... Three-time state champion in the 100 fly ... The school record in the 100 fly, 100 back and 200 IM ... Was a High School All-American and High School regional record holder in 100 fly ... Named state high school swimmer of the year for the 2007-2008 season ... Served at the Veterans Hospital for two years and volunteered at the local animal shelter.

Coach Hill on Franco: “Kirdy Franco is going to be one of the best kickers I have worked with, and we had some outstanding kickers at Texas A&M. She has raw speed and as she continues to develop her endurance, her potential is endless. She could be our top 50 and 100 butterflyer, though she will have some people to compete with for that spot! Kirdy was looking for a family atmosphere and that's exactly what we have here. Her character is strong and she is a hard worker. It will be exciting to watch her continue to improve - we know her best swimming is ahead of her and it will be exciting to watch her exceed her goals."

Why Franco choose Boise State:
“I didn’t want to go some where that was too far away from my family! When I arrived to Boise State it just felt like I was at home and I knew this is where I belonged!”

Top Times:
100 Backstroke 58.78
200 Bakstroke 2:09. 59
100 Butterfly 56.54
200 Butterfly 2:08.39
200 IM 2:13.88

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