Swimming and Diving Adds Jessica Bottelberghe
Bottelberghe Bolsters Bronco Swimming and Diving
BOISE, Idaho- Boise State swimming and diving Head Coach Kristin Hill announced, Friday, Jessica Bottelberghe of Vancouver, Wash., signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Broncos. Bottelberghe, currently a senior at Columbia River High School, specializes in the backstroke, butterfly, freestyle and individual medley.
"Jessica is probably the most versatile swimmer we've ever had on the team," Hill said. "She can do everything. She's very focused and driven, both academically and athletically."
The defending WIAA 3A state champion in the 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard IM, Bottelberghe has competed at the state meet all three years. She earned third and fourth place finishes as a freshman, and placed second twice as a sophomore before breaking through last season. Bottelberghe is coached at Columbia River by Tim Hegedus where she owns school records in the 100-yard freestyle, 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard medley relay. She is also a six-time district champion, including three titles as a freshman.
As a member of the Portland Aquatic Club, Bottelberghe is coached by Jody Braden and Jack Ridley, and has earned the opportunity to compete on some of the biggest national stages. She swam at the 2009 NSCA Nationals, advancing to the finals. Also in 2009, Bottelberghe competed in the Summer Long Course Junior Nationals, Short Course Senior Nationals, and Short Course Junior Nationals. She added a finals appearance at Summer Junior Nationals in 2010.
"I swam with Jody and for Jack growing up," said Hill. "So it's special to be able to get one of their swimmers on our roster."
Bottelberghe was born into a swimming family as both parents have collegiate swimming and diving in their bloodlines. Her mother was a swimmer at North Dakota, while her father was a diver for the Fighting Sioux. Her mother was inducted into the UND Swimming Hall of Fame.
She owns six personal-best times that would be fast enough to land in the top 10 all-time at Boise State, including a would-be school record in the 200-yard IM.
Also a standout on the Columbia River track and field team, Bottelberghe plans to compete for the Broncos on the track, as well. She is a two-time district champion in the 800-meter run, placing fourth at state as a sophomore, and second as a junior. Her runner-up finish last season helped the Chieftains claim the WIAA 3A State Championship.
Bottelberghe has twice been named a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American, and is a member of the National Honor Society. She is a three-time Columbia River High School Scholar Athlete in both swimming and track and field. Bottelberghe is involved in NHS, key club and link crew.
"When I first stepped onto the Boise State campus I felt an overwhelming sense of confidence," Bottelberghe said. "The team was enthusiastic and the coaches were excited. From that point on I wanted to become part of the dream, in and out of the pool. Blue has always been my favorite color."
Read more about Bottelberghe and her decision in THIS ARTICLE by Paul Valencia of The Columbian.
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