BOISE, Idaho-- Boise State University Swimming and Diving Head Coach Kristin Hill released the Broncos' 2010-11 schedule Tuesday. The fifth season of swimming and diving at Boise State will feature two home meets.
"We are excited about the schedule we have put together this season," Hill said. "It will give us a chance to build on our success from last season, and take our program to the next level."
The Broncos begin their defense of the WAC Championship with a home dual meet Oct. 8-9, against Rice at the West YMCA in Boise. From there, the Broncos head to the desert for a pair of dual meets at New Mexico State against the host Aggies and North Texas, Oct. 22-23.
The Broncos will be spread across Arizona in November. The divers will compete at the Wildcat Diving Invitational in Tucson, Ariz., Nov. 19-21, while the swimmers travel to Flagstaff, Ariz. for a WAC meet against Northern Arizona, Nov. 20. The fall schedule rounds out at the Missouri Invitational in Columbia, Mo., Dec. 3-5.
Boise State will spend the holiday season in Southern California for training and a dual meet against UCLA, Jan. 7. The Broncos will also compete in the San Diego Relays Jan. 9.
The team will gear up for the championship meets with competitions against familiar opponents. Seattle will come to the West YMCA Jan. 14-15, for the Broncos' second and final home meet of the year. In the following weeks, Boise State will be making a tour of the northwest with a dual meet at Washington State Jan. 21, followed by a dual at Idaho, Jan. 22. The head-to-head schedule will wrap up with a pair of duals in the Emerald City where Seattle will host the Broncos and Oregon State. Hill wants to achieve more than just wins against the regional rivals.
"One of our goals is to be the number one swimming and diving program in the northwest," Hill said, "and that's why we have all of the other area teams on our schedule. We will see Seattle University twice this season. We will see Oregon State in Seattle in February, which will be a nice tune-up for conference. We also travel to Pullman Washington State and the University of Idaho. We are hoping to build on last season's win against WSU, our first dual win against a Pac-10 school. There is more to our schedule than just the local schools, though. It is important to see teams from all over the country, and we will get to do that at the Missouri Invitational."
The Broncos will look to repeat as champions at the WAC Championships Feb. 23-26, in San Antonio, Texas. For qualifying Broncos, the Zone Diving Championships will be March 11-13 in Minneapolis, Minn., and the NCAA Championships take place March 17-19 in Austin, Texas.