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Broncos Host Season Opener Against Utah and Washington

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What’s Happening: The Boise State swimming & diving team kicks off the 2008-09 season with a true test as it opens the season against the University of Utah and the University of Washington in a two-day event, Friday and Saturday, held at the West YMCA in Boise, Idaho.

The Teams: The meet features a pair of swimming powerhouses in Utah and Washington. Here is a closer look at the competition...

The University of Utah is led by sophomore Natalie Edge, senior Jen Fredsall and junior Beth Gunderson. Last season, Edge took the title in the 100-meter free at the Mountain West Conference championship, while Fredsall placed first in the 100-meter fly. In addition, both Fredsall and Gunderson were Olympic Trial qualifiers in their respective events.

The University of Washington finished 12th overall at the NCAA Championships last season and are currently ranked 24th in the preseason poll. The Huskies return a number of strong competitors including Erin Campbell, who currently owns the school record in both the 200-meter backstroke and the 100-meter butterfly. In addition, she earned All-American honors at the NCAA Championships last season.

Meet Schedule:

Friday, Oct. 3, 6 p.m.

1 meter diving

200 medley relay

200 freestyle

400 IM

50 freestyle

3 meter diving

100 butterfly

100 freestyle

500 freestyle

200 freestyle relay

10 minute break

100 backstroke

100 breaststroke

400 freestyle relay

 

Saturday, Oct. 4, Noon

1 meter diving

400 medley relay

1000 freestyle

200 freestyle

100 backstroke

100 breaststroke

50 freestyle

200 butterfly

3 meter diving

100 freestyle

200 backstroke

200 breaststroke

500 freestyle

100 butterfly

10 minute break

200 IM

400 freestyle relay

 

 

Meet the Men: In addition to the women competing, the Broncos have invited the men’s teams from both Utah and Washington to compete at the meet. This is the first competition in which the Boise State women’s team has competed and hosted an event in which the men’s teams will also be competing.  Look for Washington senior Evan Bernier to make a splash for the Huskies, while Utah will look to freshman Major Robinson to make an impact in the backstroke for the Utes.

Last Time Out: With the pressure of the final day of competition weighing heavily on the line, the Boise State swimming & diving rose to occasion as 13 individuals competed in the finals at the 2008 Western Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championships, earning the Broncos a seventh place finish, Saturday.

Much like every other day, the Broncos shined brightly throughout the morning preliminaries as they set both school records and swam personal bests in nearly every event, with 11 individuals outright qualifying for the evening finals.

 “This was a great end to our conference championships and our second season of competition,” said head coach Kristin Hill. “Our mile was the top scoring individual event this weekend and we are really proud of Rachael Meisner, Nathalie Rohling, and Katelyn Lofland.”

 “Denise Green was outstanding in the 200 backstroke today, swimming a lifetime best this morning and then bettering it tonight,” added Hill. “Tara Hahto continued to contribute to the team in the 200 breaststroke. Allison Hall’s morning swim in the butterfly was a best by three seconds and she came back tonight and finished fourth overall which was outstanding and a great reward for her effort.”

After all was said and done, the Broncos finished the 2008 WAC Swimming & Diving Championships in seventh place after tallying 243 points, skidding by USD by two points, and outscoring last year’s total by 133 points.

“Ending with the 400 freestyle relay at a 3:32 was a great culmination to the week,” added Hill. “We look forward to a break for most of the team, spring training, and we continue to be excited about the continued rise in success with our program here at Boise State!”

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