BOISE, Idaho- The Boise State swimming and diving team heads to the desert as each squad will face its own challenge. The Bronco divers travel to Tucson, Ariz., for the Wildcat Diving Invitational. Head coach Krisitin Hill will lead the swimmers into Flagstaff, Ariz. for a conference dual meet at Northern Arizona.
Boise State (6-0) will look to remain unbeaten as they visit the Lumberjacks (1-1). The traditional dual swimming meet will be supplemented with preliminary-round diving scores from Tucson, as both teams are competing at the Wildcat Diving Invitational.
Diving coach David Legler and the divers are anxious to have the opportunity to prove themselves by competing against more than 60 of the best divers in the country. They are also looking forward to training on state-of-the-art equipment.
About the Broncos: Boise State swimming and diving is back in action after four weeks off from competition. The break was well deserved as the Broncos used the early part of the season to race out to the best start in prgoram history. Boise State's six consecutive wins to start the season equal the longest winning streak in one season by a Bronco team. Dating back to last season, the winning streak has now reached nine-consecutive dual-meet victories. The last time the Broncos lost a dual was Jan. 7, against San Diego State, in San Diego. Despite losing to the Aztecs, Boise State defeated Tulane at the same meet. The Broncos have not lost to a conference opponent since falling to Hawai'i by two points at the WAC Shootout to open the 2009-10 season.
Last Time Out: The Broncos defeated North Texas and New Mexico State in dual meets on Oct. 22-23 in Las Cruces, N.M. Boise State defeated NMSU 140.5-102.5 on the first day of competition and followed that with a 140-103 victory on the second day. Boise State also defeated North Texas by scores of 168-75 and 177-66. Junior Stephanie North was the standout for the Broncos as she claimed four individual titles (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle (twice) and 200 freestyle) and was on two winning relay teams (200 freestyle and 200 medley). North's performance earned her WAC Swimmer of the Week honors, the fourth such award in her career.
About the Wildcat Diving Invitational: The University of Arizona diving program will host its third annual Wildcat Diving Invitational Friday, Nov. 19 through Sunday, Nov. 21. Eighty-eight divers from 18 different universities are confirmed for events which will be held at the Michael Kasser Pool in the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center.
The following teams are confirmed for the invitational: Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Buffalo, BYU, Fresno State, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Northern Arizona, San Diego State, San Jose State, Southern California, Stanford, UC San Diego, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
About the Lumberjacks: Northern Arizona started its dual-meet season last weekend on the Palouse. The Lumberjacks (1-1) competed at the Vandal Relays in Moscow, Idaho, Friday, Nov. 11, before duals at Washington State (Nov. 12) and Idaho (Nov. 13). NAU fell to the Cougars, but defeated the WAC-rival Vandals. After splitting the weekend, the Lumberjacks swept the conference honors, picking up WAC Swimmer of the Week (Krista Maier) and Diver of the Week (Taryn Harris) accolades.
The Series with Northern Arizona: The Lumberjacks own the lead in the all-time series, 2-1. Boise State picked up its first victory against NAU last season, beating the Lumberjacks 185.5-114.5, Nov. 13, in Boise.
Broncos in Arizona: Boise State swimming and diving returns to the state of Arizona for the first time since its inaugural season. The Broncos swam a relay meet and a pair of duals in Flagstaff, Dec. 1-2, 2006. Boise State fell in both duals, losing to the host Lumberjacks and New Mexico State. Despite no current team member having competed as a Bronco in Arizona, three student-athletes are very familiar with The Grand Canyon State. Diver Amanda Burnett and swimmers Kelsy Diener and Paige LaPorte all hail from Arizona.
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