Broncos Set to Compete at National Championships
STANFORD, Calif.-For the second-consecutive year Boise State women's swimming and diving will be represented at the ConocoPhillips National Championships. Seven Broncos will compete at the 2011 edition, Aug. 2-6, at the Avery Aquatic Center in Stanford, Calif.
Rising seniors Amber Boucher and Stephanie North will compete in the 50-, 100- and 200-meter freestyle events (Thursday, Saturday and Wednesday, respectively). Boucher is also entered in the 100-meter butterfly (Tuesday). She will be joined in the butterfly by Boise State teammates Rachel Heaney and Stevie Hughey.
Heaney, a rising sophomore, will also take part in the 200-meter butterfly (Friday). Hughey, a rising junior, will swim in the 400-meter medley relay with her hometown club team.
Incoming freshman Sydney Johansen will compete in four individual events at the national championships. Johansen will swim the 100-meter backstroke (Wednesday), 100- and 200-meter breaststrokes (Thursday and Saturday) and 200-meter individual medley (Tuesday).
Johansen will share the 200 breaststroke field with future teammate Chelsea Miller, a rising sophomore.
Rising senior Kelsy Diener will compete in the 200-meter backstroke event (Friday).
Boucher, Diener and North will team up in all three relay events, the 400-meter freestyle (Wednesday), the 800-meter freestyle (Thursday) and the 400-meter medley (Saturday).
Boucher and Miller are participating in the national championships for the second-consecutive year. This is the second time North and Heaney have qualified, but the first time either will compete.
"I'm just looking forward to the experience," North said. "Being able to share the pool with some of the fastest swimmers in the world is exciting. The adrenaline will definitely play a factor."
North enters with the highest seed of any Bronco, 34th in the 50 freestyle.
Boucher will lead off with her premier race, the 100 butterfly, in the first event of the week. She is seeded 64th in a field that includes Dana Vollmer who set the American record in the event last month at the FINA World Championships.
Prelims will begin each day at 9 a.m. (PT) and finals will start nightly at 6 (PT).The meet will be televised live by Universal Sports Aug. 2-3, beginning at 7 p.m. (MT). The meet will be packaged and aired on NBC Aug. 6 at 2 p.m. (MT) and Aug. 7 at 3 p.m. (MT), with re-airs each night on Universal Sports. All sessions will also be webcast live at USASwimming.org/nationals.
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