Boise State women's swimming and diving returns to action at Oregon State. The Broncos (1-0) and Beavers (0-3) square off Saturday Nov. 3, at 11 a.m. (PT) at the Dixon Recreation Center in Corvallis, Ore.
Boise State and Oregon State have met four times previously, including each of the past two seasons, but the Broncos have not traveled to Corvallis in nearly six years. The last time the Beavers hosted the meet was during Boise State's inaugural season, Nov. 10, 2006. For a complete schedule of events, see page 3 of the complete release.
About the Broncos: Head coach Kristin Hill and the Broncos return 18 letterwinners from the 2012 Mountain West Champions, including nine All-MW performers and two individual champions. Senior Christine Raininger (400-yard individual medley) and sophomore Sydney Johansen (200-yard individual medley) took home gold at the conference meet. Johansen and senior Stevie Hughey return from representing Boise State at the 2012 NCAA Championships, marking the second-straight season the Broncos have a pair of NCAA returners on the roster.
Boise State will not be at home in the 2012-13 season until Dec. 15, against BYU.
Last Time Out: Boise State women's swimming and diving opened the 2012-13 season with a resounding 210-90 win against in-state rival Idaho. The Broncos claimed wins in 12 of the 16 events, including a pair of individual victories each for freshmen Devin Madsen and Emri Moore. Senior Stevie Hughey won two individual titles and swam on two winning relays. Boise State swept the top three spots in four individual events and took the top two places in both relays. Madsen, a native of Walnut Creek, Calif., cruised to wins in both backstroke events. She swam a 56.60 to win the 100-yard event and a 2:01.73 in the 200-yard backstroke, winning by more than six seconds in the longer race. Both times were the fastest by a Bronco in a season opener. She also swam the third leg of the winning 400-yard freestyle relay. Moore made her collegiate debut with wins in the 1000-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle.
About the Beavers: Head coach Larry Liebowitz is in his eighth season guiding Oregon State women's swimming. The Beavers are led by junior Crystal Kibby who specializes in the breaststroke and individual medley events. Kibby took home individual victories against the Broncos last season in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events and the 400-yard individual medley. Oregon State opened the season facing UCLA, Utah and UC Santa Barbara Oct. 12, at UCLA. The Beavers dropped all three duels. They got a win from freshman Sammy Harrison in the 500-yard freestyle.
The Series: Boise State broke two pool records and won seven events on its way to claiming a 148-114 victory Saturday against Oregon State at the Boise-West Family YMCA. The Broncos' 200-yard medley relay team led off the meet with a win and facility record in 1:44.52. Amber Boucher, who swam the medley relay, clocked the fastest time in West YMCA history to win the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.28. Ciera Cortney set a then-school record in the three-meter diving event.
Last Meeting (Jan. 21, 2012): Boise State and Oregon State are tied 2-2 in the all-time series. The Broncos have won the last two meetings (Feb. 5, 2011, and Jan. 21, 2012) to even the score. Despite the recent team success, senior Jenn Cahill is the only current Bronco with an individual win in her career against the Beavers. Former Broncos Amber Boucher and Stephanie North each tallied five-career wins in the series. Boise State has won both relay events in each of the last two meetings. See page 6 for a list of top Boise State times against Oregon State.
Race to Watch: 200-Yard Breaststroke Oregon State's Crystal Kibby boasts a season-best of 2:19.52, but the next four fastest times in the meet are held by Broncos. Emily Campbell leads the charge with a 2:21.11 posted in the season opener.
Bronco Relay: Boise State will make its season debut in the 200-yard freestyle relay against Oregon State. The Broncos qualified their 200 freestyle relay for the 2012 NCAA Championships after clocking a 1:29.73 in a time trial at the MW Championships. It was the first time Boise State or a member of the Mountain West sent a relay to the meet. Returners Stevie Hughey and Sydney Johansen were members of the 200 freestyle relay at nationals.
Broncos Tabbed Second: Boise State was picked to finish second in the Mountain West by a vote of the conference coaches. The Broncos led the way with five first-place votes and totaled 59 points, but finished one point behind San Diego State (60) in the preseason projections. Boise State is the defending champion, topping the Aztecs by five points at the 2012 MW Championships in the closest team race in meet history. SDSU won the 2011 crown. The Broncos were also picked to finish second behind the Aztecs in the 2011-12 preseason poll.
400 Free Relay Dominant: Boise State has enjoyed a recent string of dominance in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The Broncos have won 21-consecutive races in the event. They have not lost the 400 freestyle relay in nearly three years, a win streak that dates back to Dec. 6, 2009, and spans three conference championships. Boise State's last loss in the event came at the 2009 Missouri Invitational, finishing third behind Missouri and Arizona State. The Broncos have won 24 of their last 25 races in the 400 freestyle relay. The event will not be competed against the Beavers.
Success in the Classroom: Boise State was named a College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America Team for the Fall 2011 semester. The Broncos ranked 23rd among Division I teams with a 3.41 cumulative grade-point average. Boise State had the fifth-best team GPA that semester among schools qualifying student-athletes for the 2012 NCAA Championships. Boise State repeated the team honor in the spring and six Broncos picked up individual awards.
World-Class Broncos: A lofty mark of excellence in the swimming world is competing at the Olympic Trials. Six current Broncos spent part of their offseason on the national stage, four from the United States and two Canadian. Jennifer Domanowski, Heather Harper, Rachel Heaney, Chelsea Miller, Taylor Padington (Canada) and Christine Raininger (Canada) represented their club teams and Boise State at their respective meets. Eight current and former Broncos competed.
Head of Her Class: Boise State head coach Kristin Hill earned Conference Coach of the Year honors each of the past two seasons. Hill is the reigning Mountain West Swimming Coach of the Year after leading the Broncos to the team title in their first season as a member of the league in 2011-12. She was named the Western Athletic Conference Swimming Coach of the Year for 2010-11 after Boise State won its second WAC title.
Quick Start: In six seasons as a program Boise State has quickly built an impressive record board, but the 2012-13 squad put its stamp on one of the all-time lists during its win at Idaho to start the season. Seven individual events (five swimming and two diving) and both relays featured the fastest times by a Bronco in a season opener. Devin Madsen clocked the best times in a season opener in the 50 backstroke (26.72), 100 backstroke (56.60) and 200 backstroke (2:01.73). Emily Campbell's 2:21.11 in the 200 breaststroke is the best to kick off a season, as is Rachel Heaney's 2:04.11 200 butterfly. Ciera Cortney broke her own season-opener records on both springboards. Boise State also cruised to victories with first-meet records in the 200-yard medley relay (1:44.84) and 400-yard freestyle relay (3:30.23).
Fast Frosh: Two Bronco freshmen posted individual victories in their first collegiate competition Saturday, Oct. 6, at Idaho. Devin Madsen and Emri Moore each tallied two individual wins. Madsen ran away with the 100- and 200-yard backstroke events, while also posting the meet's fastest lead-off leg in the 200-yard medley relay and helping the Broncos to a win in the 400-yard freestyle relay. She took just one meet to break into the Boise State top 10 in each of the 50, 100 and 200 backstroke events. Moore won the 500- and 1000-yard freestyle races in commanding fashion to kick off her Bronco career.