Swimming and Diving Travels to Face North Texas, New Mexico State
The Boise State swimming and diving team hits the road for the first time this season. The Broncos travel to Las Cruces, N.M., for a pair of double-dual meets. Head coach Krisitin Hill will lead the team against North Texas and host New Mexico State.
Boise State (2-0) will face a conference opponent for the first time this season with the match-ups against the Aggies (0-0). North Texas (1-1) will also travel to Las Cruces, giving the Broncos the opportunity to return home with four more dual meet competitions under their belts.
"Our team has been training well, and we are ready to race," said Hill. "We had a great first weekend of competition, and we look forward to this weekend being even more challenging."
See page 3 of the COMPLETE RELEASE for the meet schedule.
ABOUT THE BRONCOS: Boise State swimming and diving opened its fifth season with a weekend sweep of Rice Oct. 8 and 9, at the Boise-West YMCA. The Broncos outscored the Owls 174-88 in the traditional dual meet, winning 13 of the 16 events. The victories continued during the relay meet Saturday, and Boise State raced to a 298-176 win.
ABOUT THE AGGIES: New Mexico State gets its season started by hosting the Broncos and North Texas. The Aggies are led by two-time defending WAC Coach of the Year Rick Pratt, and are coming off a school-best second-place finish at last season's WAC Championships.
"New Mexico State is definitely a well-coached team that we enjoy going up against," Hill said.
THE SERIES WITH NEW MEXICO STATE: New Mexico State leads the all-time series 3-2. Boise State won both dual meets last season. The Broncos wrapped up their 2009-10 head-to-head schedule with a 198.5-95.5 victory against the Aggies Jan. 30, in Boise. New Mexico State finished second at the WAC Championships, behind the Broncos.
ABOUT THE MEAN GREEN: North Texas opened its season with two days of competition at home. The Mean Green started the 2010-11 campaign with a fourth-place finish in the North Texas Relays. They followed that by going 1-1 in a pair of dual meets Oct. 9. North Texas defeated Tulane 140-102 and fell to Arkansas 163-75.
THE SERIES WITH NORTH TEXAS: First meeting.
AGAINST THE LONE STAR STATE: The Broncos had never faced a team from Texas in dual-meet competition until hosting Rice to start the season. The most important moment in porgram history, however, has ties to the Lone Star State. Boise State won the 2010 WAC Championships at the Palo Alto Natatorium in San Antonio. All four conference championship meets the Broncos have competed in were held in San Antonio, as will the 2011 edition. The Broncos can take their next big step as a program in Texas as well. The 2011 NCAA Championships will take place in Austin. Boise State is yet to qualify a student-athlete for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
BRONCOS IN NEW MEXICO: Boise State is 2-2 all-time in the Land of Enchantment. All four meets came during the 2008 WAC Shootout. The Broncos fell to New Mexico State and Northern Arizona Oct. 10, before rebounding for victories against Northern Colorado and Air Force Oct. 11.
STARTING STRONG: Two Bronco freshmen posted individual victories in their first collegiate competition Friday, Oct. 8, against Rice. Rachel Heaney powered to a big win in the 200 butterfly, out-touching second place by more than five seconds. Ciera Cortney debuted on the 1-meter springboard with a score of 233.63. Cortney won the event and narrowly missed the all-time top 10 list. The Las Vegas, Nev., native returned to win the same event Sat. Oct. 9.
NOT MISSING A BEAT: Boise State junior Amber Boucher picked up right where she left off in 2010. Boucher was named the Verizon WAC Swimmer of the Week for the week of Oct. 6-12, after winning two individual events and guiding six relay teams to victory against Rice. She swam the ninth-fastest time in Boise State history to win the 100 butterfly and was victorious in the 200 freestyle. It is the fourth such award for Boucher. The Keizer, Ore., native earned WAC Swimmer of the Year honors last season.
YOUNG BLOOD: Freshmen have played key roles in the yearly improvement at Boise State, and 2010-11 looks to be no different. During the 2008 WAC Championships, Rachael Meisner became the first Bronco to reach the finals of a swimming event, finishing fifth in the 1650 freestyle. In 2008-09 Amber Boucher and Stephanie North landed on the medal podium at the WAC Championships in their first year of collegiate swimming, while North became the Broncos' first individual conference champion. At the 2010 conference meet, the freshman class contributed to 273 points in helping Boise State capture the team crown. This season's crop of newcomers may be the strongest yet. Rachel Heaney comes to campus with an Olympic Trial cut in tow. Ciera Cortney was a four-time state diving champion in Nevada. Chelsea Miller brings with her four personal best times that would be in the all-time top 10 at Boise State, including would-be school records in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes, and the 200 IM.
THE CHAMPS ARE BACK: The Broncos finished 14-4 in dual meets in 2009-10, and went on to win the team title at the WAC Championships. Boise State features a trio of swimmers who each own two individual conference titles in juniors Amber Boucher (50 freestyle, 100 butterfly in 2010) and Stephanie North (100 freestyle in 2009 and 2010), and sophomore Christine Raininger (200 butterfly and 400 IM in 2010). Boucher is the reigning WAC Swimmer of the Year. Every individual school record holder returns to the pool for the Broncos this season.
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