BOISE, Idaho - Several Broncos join more than 30 U.S. Olympians, including Olympic gold medalists Michael Phelps and Natalie Coughlin, as they will compete Aug. 3-7 at the 2010 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships in Irvine, Calif.
"This is the first time in the history of our young program that we've had qualifers for summer nationals," said head coach Kristin Hill. "This is the most prestigious, highest level meet in the United States this summer, so we are proud to have representatives of our program competing. We know this is the first of many national level competitions for the Broncos."
Rising junior Amber Boucher will compete in the 100 meter butterfly, 100 meter freestyle, as well as several relays. Bronco Senior Denise Green will compete in the 100 meter backstroke. Incoming freshman Chelsea Miller will compete in the 100 and 200 meter breaststroke. Other individual Bronco qualifiers who achieved the standards but aren't traveling to compete include Stephanie North (50 and 100 meter freestyle) and incoming freshman Rachel Heaney (200 meter butterfly). Heaney will be competing in Irvine the following week at the Speedo Junior National Championships.
The meet, which will take place at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine, is one of the biggest swimming events of the year. The meet will serve as the selection meet for the 2010 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships, which will take place in Irvine, August 18-22, and will feature top competitors from Japan, Australia, Canada and more than 20 other countries. Both Nationals and the Pan Pacific Championships will also serve as the selection meets for the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China.
The National Championships will follow the traditional meet schedule of morning prelims and evening finals. Finals begin at 6 p.m. PT and prelims begin at 9 a.m. PT. Tickets are available for purchase online at Irvine2010.com and are $15 for a day pass and $10 for a single session pass. An all-session general admission ticket can also be purchased for $60.
The competition will be broadcast by NBC in two shows on Aug. 7 and 8. The NBC show on Aug. 7 will air from 4-6 p.m. ET and the show on Aug. 8 will air from 4:30 to 6 p.m. ET. In addition, Universal Sports will broadcast finals LIVE on August 3 (6-8:30 p.m. PT) and 4 (6 - 8 p.m. PT). Olympic gold medalist Rowdy Gaines will serve as the analyst and Dan Hicks will handle the play-by-play duties for the broadcast. The meet will also be webcast LIVE by Swimnetwork.com throughout the duration of the competition.