Boise State Swimming and Diving Heads to Utah, BYU

Oct. 23, 2013

Boise State women's swimming and diving travels to Utah this weekend, to take on Utah and BYU in separate dual meets. The Broncos (2-0) and the Utes (1-1) will compete on Friday, Oct. 25, at 3 p.m. (MT) at the Ute Natatorium in Salt Lake City. The Broncos will then head to Provo, Utah, to square off against the BYU Cougars (2-0) on Sunday, Oct. 27 at noon (MT) at Richards Building Pool.

About the Broncos: The Broncos are ranked No. 19 in the Endless Pools Division I rankings. Head coach Kristin Hill enters the 2013-14 season with a strong senior class of five, including 2013 Mountain West champion Rachel Heaney (200-yard butterfly). Heaney also competed at the 2013 NCAA Championships in the 200 butterfly. After opening the season at home against Idaho, Boise State will return Jan. 25 against for its next home meet against Denver at 1 p.m. (MT).

Last Time Out: The Broncos return to competition after competing at the Bulldog Invitational in Fresno, Calif. Boise State finished in first after two days of competition with 1232 points, with Fresno State coming in second at 765.5, and then San Jose State (751.5) and Cal (591). The Broncos finished the Bulldog Invitational with nine titles, including six individual titles and three relay victories. The Broncos won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:43.15 with Jessica Bottelberghe, Heather Harper, Brittany Aoyama and Katelyn Martin. The mark was good for a pool and meet record, which Cal set in the year prior.

About the Utes: The Utah women's swimming and diving team is coming off a 204-96 loss to Arizona last weekend at home. Head coach Joe Dykstra is in his first year under the helm at Utah, coming from North Texas and Washington. The Utes return a strong senior class this season, including Samantha Zuch and Traycie Swartz. Swartz holds the school records in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke. .

Last Time Out: The Broncos are 0-4 against Utah, with the last matchup between the two schools in 2009. Utah edged Boise State out 162-137 in Salt Lake City.

About the Cougars: BYU will host Boise State in its home opener for the 2013-14 season on Sunday, Oct. 27 at noon. The Cougars are coming off a dual victory over Colorado Mesa (280-82) and Colorado State (192-176) at the Intermountain Shootout. Their 200-yard freestyle relay touched in at 1:36.50 for the relay title.

Last Time Out: Boise State and BYU are 1-1 all-time in dual meets. Sunday's matchup against the Cougars will be the third competition between the two schools. The Cougars won the first matchup in 2009 with a 199-99 victory. The Broncos hold the most recent win, downing the Cougars last year 191-102 in Boise.

Races to Watch:

500-yard freestyle: Felicity Cann and Taylor Padington went under five minutes in the 500 free last weekend, in 4:56.52 and 4:59.50, respectively. Blake Balogh and Brooke Balogh also had strong times, finishing in 5:01.67 and 5:01.94. Utah's Zuch finished the race in second last weekend in 5:04.58.

100-yard butterfly: BYU's Kimberly Doroghian won the individual title in 55.51. Boise State's Brittany Aoyama has won two titles in 54.95, against Idaho and at the Fresno Invitational.

Conference Honors: The Broncos have swept weekly conference honors two weeks in a row. Freshman Felicity Cann garnered the first weekly accolade, and senior diver Ciera Cortney won her first award of her career, both for their performances against Idaho in the season opener. A week later, freshman Brittany Aoyama won the weekly swimming accolade and Cortney won again for diving, both for competition at the Fresno State Invitational.

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