Broncos Ready for Fast Missouri Invitational

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Boise State women's swimming and diving returns to the Missouri Invitational Nov. 29-Dec. 1, in Columbia, Mo., for the fourth-consecutive season. The Broncos will face eight opponents, including the host Tigers and Mountain West foe UNLV.

Boise State placed second at the same meet in 2010 and 2011, finishing behind Missouri each year. The Broncos took fourth at the 2009 edition, their first trip to the Missouri Invitational. Drury, Florida International, Lindenwood, Missouri S&T, St. Louis and UC Davis will also be in Columbia for the meet. For a complete schedule of events, see page 3 of the complete release (linked above).

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 fell at No. 13 Arizona Nov. 17, 166-108, at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center in Tucson, Ariz. The Broncos (2-1) earned three event wins but it was not enough to stave off their first loss of the year. Freshman Emri Moore won the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 5:01.30, it was Moore's third win in the event in as many tries during her first collegiate season. Moore's victory set the pace for the Broncos' strongest showing of the day, finishing 1-2-4 in the 500 freestyle. Results from the preliminary rounds of the Wildcat Diving Invitational were used in the dual-meet scoring, where junior Ciera Cortney gave Boise State two more wins. Cortney was the top scorer among Broncos and Wildcats Friday, in the three-meter event and again Saturday, on one-meter. The setback was just Boise State's fourth dual-meet loss in the last three calendar years, with two of them coming at the hands of top-25 opponents.

November to Remember: Boise State is enjoying one of the fastest months of November in school history. With two days of scheduled competition still remaining in the month, the Broncos have posted the best times for November in eight individual events and one relay (200 medley). Ciera Cortney also recorded the highest three-meter diving score for the month at the Wildcat Diving Invitational. Four of the remaining November bests will be on notice during the first two days of the Missouri Invitational.

About the Missouri Invitational: Missouri welcomes eight swimming and diving teams to the Mizzou Aquatic Center for three days of competition. The Broncos will face the host Tigers, Drury, Lindenwood, Missouri S&T, St. Louis, UC Davis and UNLV. Clemson will compete in the diving events. Each day of the Missouri Invitational will consist of preliminary heats in the morning session (10 a.m. CT) and finals heats at night (6 p.m. CT). The meet will follow the NCAA Championships format. Events will be circle seeded for preliminary heats with the top three heats making it back to finals in the 500 freestyle and 400 IM, the top four heats in all 100 and 200 yard races and the top five heats in the 50 freestyle. Only the fastest heat of the 1650 freestyle will be swum during finals.

Last Season: Boise State set four then-school records at the 2011 Missouri Invitational, including the platform diving mark set by Amanda Burnett which still stands. Amber Boucher set a then-Mountain West record to win the 100-yard freestyle and helped Boise State claim the 400-yard freestyle relay. Jennifer Cahill set two school records with one outstanding swim in the 1650-yard freestyle. Cahill clocked a 16:47.44 in the mile and along the way she split a 10:10.74 for the fastest 1000-yard freestyle in school history. She would go on to better both marks at the MW Championships. Jessica Bottelberghe tied the Boise State record in the 200-yard individual medley at 2:01.94. The Broncos finished second in the team competition, behind 15th-ranked Missouri. Boise State scored 819 points in the meet, well ahead of Big 12 foe Kansas (604 points) in the first meeting between the two schools. The Tigers led the way with 999 points, but Boise State closed the gap from a year ago. The Broncos lost to then-25th-ranked Missouri by 361 points at the 2010 Missouri Invitational, the 2011 deficit was less than half. In all, Boise State placed 55 times on the school's top-10 lists with 30 lifetime-bests, four school records and 12 NCAA 'B' cuts.

For a list of Boise State's all-time bests at the Missouri Invitational see page 6 of the complete release (linked above).

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.

Broncos Tabbed Second: Boise State was picked to finish second in the Mountain West by a vote of the conference coaches. The Broncos led the way with five first-place votes and totaled 59 points, but finished one point behind San Diego State (60) in the preseason projections. Boise State is the defending champion, topping the Aztecs by five points at the 2012 MW Championships in the closest team race in meet history. SDSU won the 2011 crown. The Broncos were also picked to finish second behind the Aztecs in the 2011-12 preseason poll.

400 Free Relay Dominant: Boise State recently saw its 21-meet winning streak in the 400-yard freestyle relay come to an end. The Broncos touched the wall behind Arizona Nov. 17, during their dual meet with the No. 13 Wildcats. Before then, Boise State had not lost the 400 freestyle relay in nearly three years, a win streak that dated back to Dec. 6, 2009, at the 2009 Missouri Invitational, finishing third behind Missouri and Arizona State. The Broncos have now won 24 of their last 26 races in the 400 freestyle relay, including the past three conference championships.

Quick Start: In six seasons as a program Boise State has quickly built an impressive record board, but the 2012-13 squad put its stamp on one of the all-time lists during its win at Idaho to start the season. Seven individual events (five swimming and two diving) and both relays featured the fastest times by a Bronco in a season opener. Devin Madsen clocked the best times in a season opener in the 50 backstroke (26.72), 100 backstroke (56.60) and 200 backstroke (2:01.73). Emily Campbell's 2:21.11 in the 200 breaststroke is the best to kick off a season, as is Rachel Heaney's 2:04.11 200 butterfly. Ciera Cortney broke her own season-opener records on both springboards. Boise State also cruised to victories with first-meet records in the 200-yard medley relay (1:44.84) and 400-yard freestyle relay (3:30.23).

Head of Her Class: Boise State head coach Kristin Hill earned Conference Coach of the Year honors each of the past two seasons. Hill is the reigning Mountain West Swimming Coach of the Year after leading the Broncos to the team title in their first season as a member of the league in 2011-12. She was named the Western Athletic Conference Swimming Coach of the Year for 2010-11 after Boise State won its second WAC title.


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