What’s Happening: After a stellar start to the 2009-10 season, the Boise State swimming and diving team will welcome Washington State to Boise on Saturday at 1 p.m. for its home-opener. The Broncos and Cougars will meet for the third time in program history and for the first time at the West YMCA in Boise.
The Competition: The two previous meeting between the Broncos and Cougars ended up in lopsided victories for the Cougars in Pullman, Wash. The most recent meeting came last January when the Cougars prevailed 138-63 only one day after the Broncos beat Idaho in nearby Moscow.
The Cougars set a school record last year by sending three swimmers to the NCAA Championships, but finished ninth at the Pac-10 Conference Championships. Saturday’s dual meet will be the first of the season for the Cougars while the Broncos already have experience from the WAC Shootout under their belts.
Poolside with Head Coach Kristin Hill:
On the WAC Shootout…
“We knew coming into the meet that we had the opportunity to beat each team we faced, but actually doing it speaks very highly of the work our young team put in last spring, last summer and over the past six weeks.”
On the upcoming dual vs. Washington State:
“This is the first time we’ve had the opportunity to compete against Washington State in Boise and we are a much improved team, so it will be a fun meet. Erica Quam, the Cougars’ head coach, and I coached against each other at rival schools in Texas so its nice to be able to continue the rivalry now that we are both in the great northwest.”
WAC Shootout Highlights:
The Broncos posted the best start in program history, going 5-1 against opponents at the WAC Shootout. The Broncos only loss came by a narrow margin to Hawaii, but the Broncos did win I convincing fashion over three-time defending WAC champs Nevada.
Stephanie North and Jennifer Cahill led the Broncos with some dominating performances. North pulled in three overall titles while Cahill took a pair of title in her Bronco debut. Freshmen Stevie Hughey and Christine Raininger also made impressive debut for the Broncos with Raininger earning first place points in the 400 IM.
Amber Boucher took the overall title in the 50 free on the second day while Morgan McLain, Emily Irvin and Chelsea Lopus also earned some huge points for the Blue and Orange.