VIDEO: Broncos Open Season at Idaho

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Kristin Hill Previews Idaho Meet

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Boise State women's swimming and diving opens its seventh season with a trip to in-state rival Idaho. The Broncos and Vandals square off Saturday Oct. 6, at 11 a.m. (PT) at the UI Swim Center in Moscow, Idaho.

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For a complete schedule of events, see page 3 of complete release.

About the Broncos: Head coach Kristin Hill and the Broncos return 18 letterwinners from the 2012 Mountain West Champions, including nine All-MW performers and two individual champions. Senior Christine Raininger (400-yard individual medley) and sophomore Sydney Johansen (200-yard individual medley) took home gold at the conference meet. Johansen and senior Stevie Hughey return from representing Boise State at the 2012 NCAA Championships, marking the second-straight season the Broncos have a pair of NCAA returners on the roster.

Boise State will not be at home in the 2012-13 season until Dec. 15, against BYU. It is the Broncos' latest home opener since the inaugural 2006-07 season (Jan. 12).

Broncos in Season Openers: Boise State is 7-6 in season openers. The Broncos are 7-1 the past three seasons, winning a duel each of the last two years and posting a 5-1 mark at the 2009 WAC Shooutout. The lone loss at the Shootout came by just two points against Hawai'i (122-120). Boise State has cruised to victories to start the past two seasons. The Broncos downed Rice 174-88 in Boise to begin the 2010-11 campaign. Last season started with a 198-96 win against Idaho, also at the Boise West YMCA. Opening the season in Moscow means Boise State begins the year in the Gem State for the third-consecutive season and four out of the last five. The previous three occurrences all came at home, however. In addition to the duels the last two years, the Broncos opened the 2008-09 slate by hosting Utah and Washington. Boise State fell to the Utes (173-68) and Huskies (139-96). See page 6 of complete release for a list of top Bronco times in season-opening meets.

400 Free Relay Dominant: Boise State will put a streak on the line Saturday when it competes in the 400-yard freestyle relay against the Vandals. The Broncos have won 20-consecutive races in the event. They have not lost the 400 freestyle relay in nearly three years, a win streak that dates back to Dec. 6, 2009, and spans three conference championships. Boise State's last loss in the event came at the 2009 Missouri Invitational, finishing third behind Missouri and Arizona State. The Broncos have won 23 of their last 24 races in the 400 freestyle relay.

About the Vandals: Head coach Mark Sowa returns for his second season at the helm of Idaho women's swimming and diving. The Vandals set 12 school records last season and finished seventh at the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Championships. Sophomore Rachel Millet hits the water in 2012-13 after an outstanding freshman campaign, setting school records in the 50-, 100- and 200-yard freestyle events in addition to the 100-yard butterfly and a pair of relays. Seniors Kelsie Saxe (breaststroke) and Paige Hunt (diving) as well as junior Lyndsay Williams (individual medley) also return to the team as school-record holders.

The Series: Boise State leads 4-2. Idaho is the only school Boise State has faced in a duel each year of the program's existence. The Vandals topped the Broncos in the first two meetings, but Boise State has responded with four-straight victories. The rivalry kicks off the season for both teams for the second-straight year. Nine current Broncos have tallied at least one individual event victory against Idaho in their careers. Junior Rachel Heaney leads the way with four wins against the Vandals, including three Jan. 22, 2011, the last time Boise State visited Moscow. Sophomore Jessica Bottelberghe won three event titles against Idaho last season in her collegiate debut. Senior Jennifer Cahill and junior Chelsea Miller also have multiple wins in their careers against Idaho. See page 6 of complete release for a list of top Boise State times against Idaho.

Last Meeting (Oct. 8, 2011): Boise State broke one pool record and won 15 events, as they rolled to a 198-96 win against Idaho at the Boise-West Family YMCA and Aquatic Center. Stephanie North and Jessica Bottelberghe each won three individual events and one relay. Two of Bottelberghe's classmates joined her with victories in their first collegiate events (Heather Harper- 100 breast; Emily Blasko- 1000 free).

Fresh Faces: Head coach Kristin Hill and the Broncos welcome seven freshmen swimmers to the fold this season. Talie Anchustegui, Blake Balogh, Jenni Domanowski, Devin Madsen, Emri Moore, Taylor Padington and Sam Wicks will begin their collegiate careers as members of the 2012-13 Boise State squad. They will look to  follow in the footsteps of the strong freshmen performances before them.

Young Blood: Freshmen have played key roles in the yearly improvement at Boise State. During the 2008 WAC Championships, Rachael Meisner became the first Bronco to reach the 'A' final of a swimming event, finishing fifth in the 1650-yard freestyle. In 2008-09 Amber Boucher and Stephanie North landed on the medal podium at the WAC Championships in their first year of collegiate swimming, while North became the Broncos' first individual conference champion. At the 2010 conference meet, the freshman class contributed to 273 points in helping Boise State capture the team crown, including two individual titles by Christine Raininger. The 2011 crop of newcomers was the most battle-ready yet. Rachel Heaney delivered a conference championship and holds the school record in the 200-yard butterfly. Ciera Cortney became the first Bronco diver to medal when she grabbed silver on the one-meter board and claimed the school records for championship-style meets in both springboard events. Chelsea Miller hauled in two medals at the 2011 WAC Championships and owns the 200-yard breaststroke school record. In 2012 Sydney Johansen's win in the 200-yard individual medley at the MW Championships made it four-straight seasons a Boise State freshman has won at least one individual conference championship. Johansen also took home silver and bronze in individual events and was a member of two championship relay teams. She competed at the 2012 NCAA Championships as a member of the Broncos' 200-yard freestyle relay team and in three individual events.

Broncos Tabbed Second: Boise State was picked to finish second in the Mountain West by a vote of the conference coaches. The Broncos led the way with five first-place votes and totaled 59 points, but finished one point behind San Diego State (60) in the preseason projections.

Boise State is the defending champion, topping the Aztecs by five points at the 2012 MW Championships in the closest team race in meet history. SDSU won the 2011 crown. The Broncos were also picked to finish second behind the Aztecs in the 2011-12 preseason poll.

World-Class Broncos:

A lofty mark of excellence in the swimming world is competing at the Olympic Trials. Six current Broncos spent part of their offseason on the national stage, four from the United States and two Canadian. Jennifer Domanowski, Heather Harper, Rachel Heaney, Chelsea Miller, Taylor Padington (Canada) and Christine Raininger (Canada) represented their club teams and Boise State at their respective meets. Eight current and former Broncos competed.

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