Boise State Swimming and Diving Inks Five Recruits

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BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State swimming and diving team completed its early signing period with five new commitments for the 2008-09 season, announced head coach Kristin Hill, Tuesday.

“We are so pleased with the start of this class for 2008-09 season,” said head coach Kristin Hill. “We have met several needs in both swimming and diving, and these newcomers will all make an impact on our team. Our relays will be stronger as we have added several sprint freestylers to the team. We have filled some spots in middle distance and distance freestyle events, as well as butterfly and diving. We are in a great place this early in the season and we look forward to welcoming these women to Boise State next fall. It’s a great time to be a Bronco!”

Here is a look at the 2008-09 recruiting class:

Amber Boucher (sprint freestyle, sprint butterfly):
Boucher, a native of Keizer, Ore., is a senior at McNary High School where she swims for Coach Kim Phillips and holds the school record in every freestyle and relay event ... 2006 High School State Champion in the 50 free and finished second in the 100 free ... Hold the district league record in the 50 and 100 free ... Two-time high school All-American (2005, 2006) ... Named Statesman Journal All-Region Team and Female Swimmer of the Year in 2006 ... Remains undefeated in league competition as a freshman, sophomore and junior.

Hill on Boucher: “Amber was highly recruited and we feel very fortunate that she has chosen to be a Bronco! She will excel in our program with a lot of great, hardworking teammates to push her. Amber has speed and strength in both freestyle and butterfly and will add a great deal to our relays and sprint freestyle events. She is very driven and will be a great leader for our team in years to come.”

Why Boucher choose Boise State:  “I chose Boise State because it was close to home and it is a place I feel I will be successful both academically and athletically.  Both Boise State University and the city of Boise are very beautiful and friendly.”

Top Times:
50 Free 23.71
100 Free 51.04
200 Free 1:53.87
100 Fly 57.58
200 IM 2:12.90

Brittney Jones (diver):
Jones attends Auburn High School in Auburn, Wash., where she dives for Jim Sutherland both at her high school and with Pacific Northwest Diving Club ... Placed in the top six each of her four years at the Washington State High School Championships, finishing as high as 4th her junior year ...  Jones is the school record holder for both 6 and 11 dives ... Received the outstanding underclassman award her freshman year ...  Lettered in water polo (9th, 10th), gymnastics (9th, 10th), and cheerleading (11th grade) ...  Earned the Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association distinguished scholastic award each year in high school.

Hill on Jones: “Brittney is motivated and ambitious and has a great personality that will add to our team.  She is a strong student and she understands what it takes to be successful as a student athlete.  We are excited to have her join our program and look forward to her continued improvement as she works with CJ over her collegiate diving career.” 

Why Jones choose Boise State: “Coach Hardy reminds me of my coach who I have dived with for the past four years.  Boise State is the closest university with a diving program to my home town, and I am excited my parents will be able to get to my home meets.  After visiting I realized Boise State all in all is a perfect school for me.”

Top Scores:
6-Dive (1-meter) 259.0
9-Dive (1-meter) 311.0
11-Dive (1-meter) 389.0
9-Dive (3-meter) 311.0

Paige LaPorte (freestyle and butterfly):
LaPorte currently attends Pinnacle High School where she swims for Ben Frank and Cheri White ... The Scottsdale, Ariz., native competes with Scottsdale Aquatic Club under coach Kevin Zacher ... Arizona State Champion in the 100 free and finished third in the 50 free ... Two-time All-American in the 400 free relay and holds school records in the 50 free, 200 medley relay and the 400 free relay ... Recognized by the Arizona Interscholastic Association as a Scholar Athlete ... Awarded an All-American Scholar Award by USA Swimming.

Hill on LaPorte: “Paige is someone I enjoyed right from the start of the recruiting process.  She is an intelligent, well spoken young woman who we know will excel in our program.  She is a tall, strong, versatile swimmer who will make an immediate impact in all freestyle and butterfly events.  We are very excited to have Paige join our family!” 

Why LaPorte choose Boise State: “I was very impressed with my initial conversation with Coach Hill.  Our talks were filled with the same interests and goals for her developing a new team, and for me a college career.  I plan to study Biology and found the department had a lot to offer.  On my recruiting trip to campus my feelings were confirmed and I knew I wanted to attend Boise State.  The campus was more beautiful than I expected, and the camaraderie of the team made me feel right at home.  I look forward to bringing my enthusiasm and spirit to the Bronco team!”

Top Times:
100 Free 54.16
500 Free 5:07.94
1650 Free 17:45.75
100 Fly 59.55
200 Fly 2:10.22

Erin Lionberger (diver):
Lionberger, a native of Longmont, Colo., attends Longmont High School where competes under Susan and Andy Welsh and holds the school record for six and 11 dive events ... Trains with Sagebrush Diving under coach Kevin Sage ... Received consideration as a 3-time All American ... Has finished in the top 10 at the Colorado State High School Championships throughout her high school career.

Hill on Lionberger: “Erin was someone our diving coach, CJ Hardy, targeted early in the recruiting process.  He was impressed with Erin’s competitive nature and her desire to compete at the highest level.  Erin is aggressive and her best diving is definitely ahead of her.  She comes highly recommended as a teammate and a strong diver with potential from all of the coaches who have spent time with her.  We are looking forward to having Erin join us here in Boise next fall.”

Why Lionberger choose Boise State:  “The campus is really beautiful, the coaches and professors were great, and it was a perfect fit for me.”

Top Scores:
6-Dive 249.6
11-Dive 467.5

Morgan McLain (sprint freestyle, backstroke, IM):
McLain joins the Broncos from Pierre, S.D., where she attends T.F. Riggs High School and swims for Kent Huckins with Pierre Swim Team ... Holds numerous state records including the 100 and 200 backstroke and 100 breaststroke (short course meters) and the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke (long course meters) ...  2007 state champion in the 200 IM, 100 and 200 back, 50 and 100 free, and 100 and 200 breaststroke. 

Hill on McLain: “Morgan has only begun to scratch the surface of her full potential.  She is a strong and fit athlete who has excelled in several different sports but has now chosen to focus on swimming at the collegiate level.  Morgan is fun, dedicated, and eager to learn which all fit well with the values of our program.  We can’t wait to get her on campus next fall.” 

Why McLain choose Boise State: “I believe Boise State will open up many opportunities, both academically and in swimming.  I was very inspired by the coaches and by the camaraderie of the team.” 

Top Times:
50 Free 24.36
100 Free 54.06
100 Back 1:00.26
100 Breast 1:10.24
200 IM 2:13.42

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