Hemming to Compete at World Triathlon Championships

BOISE, Idaho-Boise State women's swimming and diving continues to make its mark on the national and global scene.

Freshman diver Breanna Hemming will represent the United States at the ITU (International Triathlon Union) Junior World Championships, Sept. 10-11, in Beijing. Hemming secured one of three invitations handed out by USA Triathlon.

The Kiowa, Colo., native earned her spot on the team as the top American finisher at the PATCO (Panamerican Triathlon Confederation) Pan American Junior Championships July 11, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Hemming crossed the line in 1:03.21, good for seventh place overall and less than two minutes behind the winner. She clinched a berth in the World Championships by virtue of being the top American, a top-eight finisher and within five percent of the winning time.

The strong racing continued for Hemming at the USA Triathlon Junior Elite National Championships, Aug. 7, in Chula Vista, Calif., finishing second.

Junior Elite triathletes compete on a sprint-distance course. The race covers a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike ride and five-kilometer run.

Hemming's honor continues a strong summer for the Broncos. Fellow diver Ciera Cortney qualified for the USA Diving National Championships on one-meter and took home a national title on the three-meter at the AAU National Championships.

Seven Boise State swimmers competed at the 2011 ConocoPhillips National Championships, including rising senior Stephanie North who went on to become the first student-athlete in school history to reach the finals at the prestigious meet. North placed 24th in 100-meter freestyle with the 80th-fastest time in the world this year. Five swimmers have qualified for Olympic Trials next summer.

Bronco fans will be able to follow Hemming's experience in Beijing on BroncoSports.com, as she will contribute occasional first-hand reports. Check back Tuesday to find out how her travels went and what she is doing to prepare for the competition.

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