Boise State women's swimming and diving continues the early portion of its dual-meet schedule Friday, Oct. 14 and Saturday, Oct. 15, against New Mexico and Seattle at the Boise-West Family YMCA and Aquatic Center. It is the last chance for fans to catch the team in town until January. Friday's events get underway at 6:30 p.m. while Saturday starts at 11 a.m.
The Broncos (1-0) welcome the Lobos (1-0) and Redhawks (0-0) for the first invitational hosted by Boise State. Get real-time results at BroncoSports.com.
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Admission is free and the first 25 fans get a free t-shirt.
ABOUT THE BRONCOS: Boise State returns 16 letterwinners from last year's Western Athletic Conference Champions. The Broncos won 10 events, including all five relays, en route to posting the ninth-highest point total in meet history (835) and taking their second-straight conference crown. Amber Boucher was named the WAC Swimmer of the Year for the second-consecutive season, and head coach Kristin Hill was named Coach of the Year. Boucher and fellow senior Stephanie North competed at the 2011 NCAA Championships.
Last Time Out: The Broncos cruised to victory against Idaho for the fourth-straight meeting between in-state rivals. Boise State claimed 15 of 16 event titles, including all 14 swimming events. The Broncos claimed one pool record (200 medley relay) and set two career bests.
About the Lobos: New Mexico returns 23 letterwinners, including a handful of school record holders in head coach Tracy Ljone's sixth season. The Lobos come to Boise with a 1-0 record, after defeating Air Force 167-133 Oct. 8, in Albuquerque. Diving coach Abel Sanchez was named Mountain West Women's Diving Coach of the Year last season. The Lobos finished eighth at the 2011 MW Championships. They were picked to finish seventh this season. Senior Ashlee Erickson won both diving events in New Mexico's season opener. Erickson is one of four all-conference divers returning for Sanchez. The Lobos earned wins in five individual swimming events and one relay. Sophomores Monica Dudley and Jorgi Hobson hold school records in the 1650-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly, respectively.
THE SERIES: The Broncos won the only previous meeting between the teams, Nov. 6, 2009, in Provo, Utah. Boise State won all 14 swimming events against the Lobos. Winners in eight of the 12 individual swimming events are still on the Broncos' roster.
About the Redhawks: First-year head coach Craig Nisgor brought in seven newcomers to join 14 returning letterwinners. Seattle finished 4-16 in dual-meet competition a year ago and took eighth at the 2011 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships. This weekend marks the first competition of the season for the Redhawks. Seattle's roster features school record holders in five events. Junior Alexis Morehouse owns both breaststroke records. Classmate Marina Pomar-Enders holds the distance freestyle marks.
THE SERIES: Boise State leads 5-0. The Broncos earned three victories against the Redhawks last season. Seattle visited Boise for two days of competition Jan. 14 and 15, and the Broncos repaid the trip Feb. 5, in Seattle. Boise State set two West YMCA pool records the last time Seattle was in town. The teams also met twice during the 2009-10 season in Utah. Boise State came away victorious Nov. 6 in Provo, 228-64, then again a day later in Salt Lake City, 235-58.
Together Again: This is the second time the trio of teams has shared a pool. The Broncos, Lobos and Redhawks all competed Nov. 6, 2009, in Provo, Utah. Boise State earned wins against both teams. It is the only previous meeting between Boise State and New Mexico, and was the first for the Broncos and Redhawks. The teams were joined by host BYU. Boise State took three overall wins in the quad meet, including two by then-sophomore Stephanie North.
Best of the (Mountain) West: Stephanie North was named MW Swimmer of the Week for competition from Sept. 23-Oct. 8. North won three individual events and one relay in the Broncos' season opener against Idaho Oct. 8, in Boise. North won the 50-, 100- and 200-yard freestyle races and swam the anchor leg of the winning 400-yard freestyle relay team. Her 50-freestyle time leads the league after the first full weekend of competition, while her 100-freestyle time ranks second.
World Class Broncos: A lofty mark of excellence in the swimming world is Olympic Trials qualifying times (cuts). The Broncos enter the 2011-12 season with five student-athletes already qualified for their respective Olympic Trials, four from the United States and one Canadian. Amber Boucher, Rachel Heaney, Chelsea Miller, Stephanie North and Christine Raininger attained or improved upon their qualifying times this past summer, firmly supplanting the Broncos on the national radar.
A NEW MOUNTAIN TO CLIMB: After rising from worst to first in four short years in the WAC, and closing out their five-year run in the conference with a second-straight title, the 2011-12 Broncos face a new challenge in a new league. Boise State enters the Mountain West this season ready to take on the new test. The Broncos were picked to finish second in the conference this season in the preseason coaches' poll. Boise State will host three dual meets against conference opponents before the MW Championships Feb. 22-25, in Oklahoma City. The Broncos welcome New Mexico (Oct. 14 and 15) and Colorado State (Jan. 28) to the West YMCA during the season.
FRESH FACES: Head coach Kristin Hill and the Broncos welcome nine freshman to the fold this season. Seven swimmers and two divers look to make their mark on the program and follow in the footsteps of those before them. A Boise State freshman has won at least one individual conference championship each of the past three seasons. Who will it be this year?
"It's hard to say who is going to stand out in this group," Hill said. "We are really looking forward to what they can do in our training program. These girls all need something different and we work hard to make sure they get that."