Boise State women's swimming and diving will split up for the first time this season when the divers travel to the Wildcat Diving Invitational in Tucson, Ariz., and the swimmers head to Seattle. The diving meet takes place Nov. 18-20, and the Broncos will swim the Redhawks Nov. 19, at 10 a.m. (PT).
This marks the second-straight year the Broncos will participate in the diving meet hosted by Arizona. It is the second time Boise State and Seattle will meet this season. The Redhawks finished third at the Boise State Invite Oct. 14-15.
For a complete schedule of events, see page 3 of the full release.
About the Broncos: Boise State earned a duel win and an invitational victory to kick off the 2011-12 campaign, before taking second at the Rice Fall Invitational. The Broncos knocked off in-state rival Idaho in the season opener, and won their own invitational meet against New Mexico and Seattle. Eleven different Broncos have won events this season, and three relays remain unbeaten.
Boise State returns 16 letterwinners from last year's Western Athletic Conference Champions. The Broncos won 10 events, including all five relays, en route to posting the ninth-highest point total in meet history (835) and taking their second-straight conference crown. Amber Boucher was named the WAC Swimmer of the Year for the second-consecutive season, and head coach Kristin Hill was named Coach of the Year. Boucher and fellow senior Stephanie North competed at the 2011 NCAA Championships.
Last Time Out: The Broncos took second at the five-team Rice Fall Invite, finishing behind Arkansas. Boise State claimed seven event victories, including three relays.
Senior Stephanie North won two individual events and anchored all three winning relay teams the meet. The victorious 400-yard freestyle relay team set a Rice Aquatics Center Competition Pool record. North won the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events as she earned her second Mountain West Swimmer of the Week award.
Fellow senior Amber Boucher won the 100-yard butterfly and finished second to North in both sprint freestyle races.
Scouting the Competition
About the Wildcat Diving Invitational: The Arizona men's and women's diving teams will host a three-day, 16-team invitational meet Nov. 18-20, at Hillenbrand Aquatic Center. The women will compete the three-meter Friday, one-meter Saturday and platform Sunday. The Broncos will be joined by four other Mountain West teams (Air Force, New Mexico, UNLV and Wyoming). The Pacific-12 will be the most-represented conference with six entries (Arizona, Arizona State, California, Stanford, UCLA and Utah).
Competition starts at Noon (MT), Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. (MT), Sunday. Admission to the Wildcat Diving Invitational is free.
Last Season: Amanda Burnett set a then-school record on the platform at this meet last season to take third. Ciera Cortney, competing in her first championship-style meet as a collegiate diver, paced the Broncos in the springboard events. Cortney finished 27th on the one- and three-meter boards.
About the Redhawks: Seattle is off to a 1-9 start in dual-meet competition. The Redhawks earned their lone victory against Cal State Bakersfield, Nov. 5, in Stockton, Calif. Seattle has competed every weekend since the Boise State Invite (Oct. 14-15), which was its season opener. The Broncos' visit marks the second home meet of the year. First-year head coach Craig Nisgor brought in seven newcomers to join 14 returning letterwinners. Seattle finished 4-16 a year ago and took eighth at the 2011 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships. This weekend marks the first competition of the season for the Redhawks. Seattle's roster features school record holders in five events. Junior Alexis Morehouse owns both breaststroke records. Classmate Marina Pomar-Enders holds the distance freestyle marks.
The Series: Boise State leads 5-0.The Broncos earned three victories against the Redhawks last season. Seattle visited Boise for two days of competition Jan. 14 and 15, and the Broncos repaid the trip Feb. 5, in Seattle. The teams also met twice during the 2009-10 season in Utah. Boise State came away victorious Nov. 6 in Provo, 228-64, then again a day later in Salt Lake City, 235-58. The Redhawks' trip to Boise earlier this season was a duel and does not factor into the series record.
Home on the Road: Senior Amber Boucher set two pool records at Seattle's Connolly Center last season. Boucher shattered the previous marks in the 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard freestyle.
North Wins Weekly Award: Senior Stephanie North was named Mountain West Swimmer of the Week, for the week of Oct. 24-30. North won two individual events and anchored three victorious relay teams at the Rice Fall Invitational, Oct. 28-29, in Houston. It is North's second swimmer of the week honor of the season.
Atop the Mountain: Junior Christine Raininger owns the top 400-yard individual medley time in the Mountain West this season. The Broncos also ahve five swimmers with at least one time in the top three of the conference. Freshman Jessica Bottelberghe has eight top-10 times. Boise State also has the conference's best times in the 800-yard freestyle and 400-yard medley relays. For a more complete listing of where the Broncos rank in the conference and nationally, see page 8 of the full release.