Broncos Gear Up For Bulldog Invitational

Oct. 10, 2013

BOISE, Idaho-Boise State's women's swimming and diving is gearing up for the Bulldog Invitational in Fresno, Calif., this weekend. The action kicks off on Friday, Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. MT, and will resume on Saturday at 11 a.m. MT.

Along with Fresno State, the Broncos will face No. 3 Cal and San José State this weekend. This weekend's contest will be the first matchup between Boise State and Cal. Boise State is 2-0 all-time against Fresno State, and 2-2 against San José State. The Broncos and the Spartans last met up in an invitation in 2011 in the San Diego Relays.

"We are excited about the level of competition this weekend," said head coach Kristin Hill. "With the exception of NCAA's, we've never had the opportunity to race against Cal swimmers so we are really looking forward to that. San José State was a great rivalry when we were in the WAC, so it's great to see them join the Mountain West Conference this season. Fresno State is a relatively young team but they have some great competitors and we look forward to racing opportunities throughout the weekend."

Last weekend, the Broncos began their 2013-14 campaign against Idaho. The upperclassmen are leading the way, and alongside a strong senior corps, Juniors Heather Harper and Sydney Johansen had started the season off strong. Johansen was on two winning relays and Harper won individual titles in the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke.

"We had a lot of great early-season races last weekend here in Boise and it will be fun to take our team on the road and try to top those swims this weekend," said Hill.

After shattering season-opening records and a pool record, freshmen Felicity Cann and Brittany Aoyama will try to better their marks.

"Felicity Cann and Brittany Aoyama both raced really well for their first collegiate competition. Heather Harper and Sydney Johansen posted some strong early-season times. Our relays had speed, and as a team we are certainly ahead of where we were a year ago in both training and competitiveness," said Hill.

"Our leadership is strong, including all four of our team captains and more, and that's going to allow this team to reach our goals. We have thoughtful leaders who care a lot about our vision as a team, and that's really important in good leadership. We definitely want to improve from last week in several areas, and after another week of tough training in the pool, the weight room and dryland, we just keep getting better. This team is excited to race and they aren't afraid to put everything out there which is fun to be a part of."

Bronco fans can follow the action this weekend live on the Mountain West Network.

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