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Broncos Launch 2009-10 Swimming and Diving Campaign at WAC Shootout

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What’s Happening: After a record-shattering 2008-09 season, the Boise State swimming and diving team is itching to get back on the starting blocks and duplicate that success in 2009-10. The Broncos will head to San Jose, Calif. to begin the 2009-10 season at the WAC Shootout on Oct. 9-10. After reaching new heights as a team and crowning their first WAC champion last year, the Broncos will face off against some of the WAC’s best programs to open up a brand new season with high expectations for the young team.

The Competition:
Seven Western Athletic Conference teams will be at the WAC Shootout this year, including the Broncos. The Blue and Orange received a tough draw on Friday when they will be facing three-time reigning WAC champions Nevada as well as the host, San Jose State, and Hawaii. The Spartans are perennially in the top half of the WAC as well as the Wolfpack, finishing fourth (two spots over the Broncos) at last year’s WAC Championships. The Wahine and the Broncos engaged in multiple tight battles last year as the islanders squeaked out a victory in a dual meet in Honolulu last January and beat the Broncos by one half of a point at the Husky Invitational last December. To top it off, the Wahine finished only one spot in front of the Broncos at last year’s WAC Championships.

As tough as Friday will be, it won’t get much easier on Saturday when the Broncos will face three more opponents: New Mexico State, UC Davis and Fresno State. The Aggies finished third last year at WAC and edged out a victory in last year’s WAC Shootout over the Broncos. The Bulldogs enter their second year of a revived swimming and diving program and will look to improve on their ninth place finish in 2008-09. UC Davis will join the meet to open their season as well. Last year, the Aggies took second in the Big West Conference in only their fifth season as a program.

Poolside with Head Coach Kristin Hill:
“This is a great way to get the competitive season started as a conference. We're really looking forward to racing again as a team after a phenomenal season last year and a great summer of training and competition. We're ready!"

Meet Formats:
The events will take place as follows. However, diving events on both Friday and Saturday will take place at Stanford’s Maas Family Diving Facility while the swimming events will be held at the Avery Aquatic Center on the campus of San Jose State.

Friday, October 9
1)    200 Medley Relay
2)    1000 Free
3)    200 Free
4)    50 Free
5)    200 IM
6)    1M Diving
7)    100 Fly
8)    100 Free
9)    100 Back
10)    500 Free
11)    3M Diving
12)    100 Breast
13)    200 Free Relay

Saturday, October 10
1)    400 Medley Relay
2)    1000 Free
3)    200 Free
4)    50 Free
5)    400 IM
6)    1M Diving
7)    200 Fly
8)    100 Free
9)    200 Back
10)    500 Free
11)    3M Diving
12)    200 Breast
13)    400 Free Relay

2008-09 WAC Championship Highlights:
The Broncos ended last season on a high note with three medal-winning performances on the last day at the WAC Championships. Stephanie North became the Broncos first-ever WAC champion with a first-place finish in the 100 free. Her teammate, and fellow freshman, Amber Boucher finished right behind in second place to give the Broncos their first-ever 1-2 finish. Later that day, the Broncos relay team of Boucher, Chelsea Lopus, Denise Green and North took second in the 400 free relay to cap a program-best sixth place finish at the WAC Championships.

On the second day, North and Boucher earned their first medals as collegiate swimmers when they tied for third place in the 50 free. Overall, the Broncos earned a program-high 391 points, jumping Idaho in the standings from the 2007-08 Championships.