Bronco Swimmers and Divers to be Challenged in Tucson

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Boise State women's swimming and diving faces the highest-ranked dual-meet opponent in school history Saturday, when it travels to No. 13 Arizona. The Broncos (2-0) and Wildcats (4-2) square off Saturday Nov. 17, at noon (MT) at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center in Tucson, Ariz. Boise State's divers will also head to the desert to take part in the Wildcat Diving Invitational, Friday through Sunday, at the same facility.

Boise State and Arizona have never met in head-to-head competition, only sharing the pool at the past two NCAA Championships. The Broncos are 5-12 all-time against current Pacific-12 Conference members in dual meets, including a 4-1 mark in the past five meetings. For a complete schedule of events, see page 3.

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 won 10 events at Oregon State on their way to a 177-85 win Nov. 3, in Corvallis, Ore. Freshman Devin Madsen won two individual events and helped a Bronco relay to victory as Boise State improved to 2-0 on the season. Madsen ran away with individual wins in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke events for the second time in as many meets in her young career. She also led off the winning 200-yard medley relay with the fastest backstroke leg in the field. Madsen also led off the third-place 200-yard freestyle relay team. Stevie Hughey and Jessica Bottelberghe accounted for three wins on the day. Hughey claimed victory in the 50-yard freestyle and anchored both winning relays. She also took second in the 100-yard butterfly.

400 Free Relay Dominant: Boise State will put a major streak on the line against the Wildcats 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 meet Saturday will conclude with the event.

About the Wildcats: In his second season as head coach, Eric Hansen has Arizona ranked No. 13 in the CSCAA Poll. In his first season, the Wildcats finished fifth at the NCAA Championships. The team is led by junior sprint freestylist Margo Geer who is already a 13-time All-American and was a finalist in the 50-meter freestyle at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials. Geer has the top time in the NCAA this season in the 100-yard freestyle. Arizona has multiple swimmers in the top 25 in the country in five different events. Arizona is coming off back-to-back close losses at the hands of fellow Pacific-12 Conference schools USC and UCLA. The Wildcats traveled to Southern California for the meets Nov. 9 and 10, respectively.

The Series: First Meeting.

About the Wildcat Diving Invitational: Boise State returns to the meet for the third-consecutive season. The Broncos will be joined by Arizona, Arizona State, Buffalo, BYU, California, New Mexico, Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado, San Diego State, Stanford, Tulane and UNLV. Each day will start with prelims, followed by consolation finals (9-16) and championship finals (1-8). Scores will reset after prelims.

Races to watch:
1000-Yard Freestyle: Boise State senior Jenn Cahill posted the best time in the Mountain West last time out at Oregon State, clocking a 10:16.68 in the 1000-yard freestyle. That mark falls between the two top times at Arizona this season: Ashley Evans' 10:14.63 and Shannyn Hultin's 10:19.13.

200-Yard Backstroke: Bronco freshman Devin Madsen has cruised to victory in the 200-yard backstroke during each of her first two collegiate meets. Madsen will face her toughest test yet Saturday, as the Wildcats boast three times under 2:01.

Swimmer of the Week: Boise State freshman Devin Madsen was named Mountain West co-Swimmer of the Week, for the week ending Nov. 4. Madsen led the Broncos to a 177-85 victory over Pac-12 foe Oregon State Nov. 3, in Corvallis, Ore., with two individual wins and leading off a victorious relay.

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