Bronco Swimming and Diving Kicks Off 2007-08 Season in Colorado

What’s Happening The Boise State University swimming and diving team looks to open its season at Fort Collins, Colo., Friday, at 5 p.m., before heading to Colorado Springs for their second meet, Saturday, at 1 p.m.

The Broncos kick off their season against Colorado State, Friday, Oct. 12, followed by Air Force, Denver and Colorado School of Mines, Saturday, Oct. 13.

“We’re excited to get in there and race,” Bronco head coach Kristin Hill said. “We’re competing at altitude, which will be challenging for our first competition and it will make a difference. It’s good because then we can just focus on racing rather than worrying about our times so much. Just working on race strategy and racing will be a good way to start our season.”

Bronco Swimmers The Broncos returned five from their inaugural team, welcoming 21 newcomers for the 2007-08 season, which includes 18 freshmen.

“We have 18 freshmen and their just anticipating new things,” Hill said. “A lot of them have come in and feel like they’re whole new swimmers. They’re excited about that and that our program has allowed them to take advantage of new things and give them new opportunities. They don’t really know what to expect as far as the level of competition goes, and they won’t know a lot of the people they’re competing against, so it’s kind of fun.”

Leading the way for Boise State is junior Holly Chatelain who recorded nine top-five finishes last season, including a first-place finish in the 1000 free against Oregon State and two first-place finishes against Nevada in both the 200 IM and 500 free ... Chatelain was named team captain for the 2007-08 season and holds the Boise State record for the 100 fly, 500 free and 1000 free.

“We’ve got a few returners from last season,” Hill added. “The expectations they set for of themselves has risen just by having such great competition with the incoming freshmen class in both swimming and diving. So, I think the returners will be a lot of fun to watch.”

Head Coach Kristin Hill On...

The team workouts...
“The team is strong. A lot of them haven’t lifted before and they’ve been in the weight room for five weeks, which is great. We’re starting to get into our heaviest training phase, so I’m not going to say that they’re completely at rest, because they’re not by any means. They’re pretty worn out, but that is just a part of swimming.”

The divers...
“The divers are working hard as well in practice and the weight room. We should see some neat things from them.”

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