Boucher Earns Third Olympic Trials Cut

STANFORD, Calif.-Boise State swimming and diving rising senior Amber Boucher qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100-meter freestyle Wednesday night at the 2011 ConocoPhillips National Championships.

Boucher earned the trials cut while leading off the 400-meter freestyle relay. The Keizer, Ore., native clocked a time of 57.09 to get the squad off to a fast start and claim another spot for herself at the upcoming Olympic Trials.

It is the third event in which Boucher has qualified for the trials. She earned cuts in the 50-meter freestyle and 100-meter butterfly last month at the USA Swimming Western Region Sectional Championships. The two-time Western Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Year missed the standard in the 100 freestyle by one one-hundredth of a second at the sectional meet.

Stephanie North, who already owns an Olympic Trials cut in the 100 freestyle, anchored the relay team with a blazing 56.08. It was the sixth-fastest anchor leg in the field and propelled Boise YMCA Swim Team to a 24th-place finish. Boise State teammate Kelsy Diener also swam on the relay team.

North continued her strong showing Thursday, in the 50-meter freestyle. The rising senior finished 37th in the preliminary swim. North was less than one-tenth of a second from finishing in the top 32 and becoming the first Bronco to earn a spot in the finals at the prestigious meet.

The ConocoPhillips National Championships continue through Saturday, and all seven Broncos in the meet have races remaining.

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