BOISE, Idaho-Boise State junior Amber Boucher was named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Week, for the week of Oct. 6-12, the conference announced Tuesday. It is Boucher's fourth-career weekly honor and the ninth swimmer of the week award for the Boise State program.
Boucher led the Broncos to decisive victories against Rice Friday (Oct. 8) and Saturday (Oct. 9). The Keizer, Ore., native picked up two individual wins Friday, and was a member of six winning relay teams over the weekend.
The reigning WAC Swimmer of the Year began her season, Friday, with a dominant performance in the 200-yard freestyle, winning by more than two seconds. Boucher built on that effort with a time of 56.33 in the 100-yard butterfly, the fastest time in the WAC this season and the ninth-best in Boise State history. She was a member of the winning 400-yard freestyle and 200-yard medley relay teams which helped the Broncos to a 174-88 win on the first day of competition. The 200-yard medley team used Boucher's lead-off leg to clock the seventh-fastest time in school history.
In the Saturday relay meet, Boucher guided the Broncos to victory in four events, and etched her name into the record books in twice more. She helped to win the 150- and 300-yard butterfly relays, and set top-10 times in the 200- and 800-yard freestyle relays. The 800-yard freestyle relay group finished with the fifth-fastest time by a Bronco squad, and the 200-yard freestyle relay team landed the No. 8 time in Boise State history. The Broncos defeated Rice 298-176 on day two.
Boucher and the Broncos return to action Oct. 22 and 23, against North Texas and New Mexico State in Las Cruces, N.M.