Broncos Head to Missouri Invitational

Boise State women's swimming and diving is set for its fall focus meet at the Missouri Invitational, Dec. 1-4, in Columbia, Mo. It is the third-consecutive year the Broncos (2-0) will attend the meet, finishing second last season after a fourth-place showing in 2009.

The meet features both men's and women's teams. On the women's side, eight schools will be represented, including the host Tigers, ranked No. 15 in the country. The invitational meet will last three days with a long-course time trial on Sunday.

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. Twelve 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 swimmers and divers split up for Boise State's last competition. The divers traveled to the Wildcat Diving Invitational. The swimming squad knocked off Seattle 185-76, Nov. 19, on the road.

Senior Amber Boucher won three individual events and one relay against the Redhawks. Freshman Jessica Bottelberghe won two more events, running her season total to seven. Junior Christine Raininger won the 400-yard individual medley in pool-record time. Fellow junior Jenn Cahill won the 500- and 1000-yard freestyle events, Cahill's first wins of the season. Senior Stephanie North and freshman Sydney Johansen each tallied one event victory.

Scouting the Field
About the Tigers: Missouri's women's swimming and diving team enters its own invitational ranked No. 15 in the CSCAA/TYR poll. The Tigers boast three top-15 times, nationally and three top-100 times in the 100-yard backstroke. Missouri is 4-1 on the season with its only loss coming at the hands of No. 10 Texas A&M.

THE SERIES: Boise State and Missouri have met twice previously, at the 2009 and 2010 editions of this meet. The Tigers have won each of the two Missouri Invitationals the Broncos have attended.

About the Panthers: Drury claimed its third-straight  NCAA-II National Championship in 2011, the eighth in program history. The Panthers are 0-1 this year with an invitational win in their most recent outing.

THE SERIES: Boise State and Drury have met twice previously, at the 2009 and 2010 editions of this meet. The Panthers finished fourth at the 2010 Missouri Invitational and fifth in 2009.

About the Jayhawks: Kansas enters its first invitational meet of the year with a 4-3 record in duels. The Jayhawks finished fourth at last year's Big 12 Championships.

THE SERIES: First meeting.

About the Fighting Sioux: North Dakota is 4-3 this year, its fourth season at the NCAA Division I level. The Fighting Sioux are in their first year as affiliate members of the Western Athletic Conference for swimming and diving.

THE SERIES: The only previous meeting came at the 2009 Missouri Invitational. North Dakota finished eighth.

About the Mean Green: North Texas enters the meet 3-2 and coming off a win against Rice in its last competition. The Mean Green finished third at the 2011 Sun Belt Championships. Sophomore Catherine Johnson remains unbeaten in one-meter diving this year.

THE SERIES: Boise State leads 2-0. The Broncos defeated North Texas twice last season at a two-day, three-team meet in Las Cruces, N.M.

About the Billikens: Saint Louis holds a 6-2 record in dual-meet competition this season. Freshman Melanie Battaglia (breaststroke) was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week earlier this season. The Billikens finished 10th at last season's Atlantic 10 Championships.

THE SERIES: First meeting.

About the Aggies: UC Davis, under 37th-year head coach Barbara Jahn, is the defending Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Champion. Senior Kayleigh Foley leads the Aggies with top-80 times in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events.

THE SERIES: Boise State leads 1-0. The Broncos defeated the Aggies at the 2009 WAC Shootout in San Jose, Calif. The two schools have meet twice previously at invitational meets, the 2007 and 2008 Husky Invites. UC Davis finished eighth in 2007, just ahead of Boise State. The Aggies took seventh a year later, with the Broncos finishing sixth.

Last Season: The Broncos, led by Amber Boucher, re-wrote the school record book at the 2010 Missouri Invitational. Boucher won three individual events, set four school records and claimed four NCAA 'B' cuts to guide Boise State to a second-place finish. She also helped two relay teams set school records, including the victorious 400-yard freestyle relay. Boucher was named WAC Swimmer of the Week after her performance.

On the boards, Amanda Burnett set the school record on the platform to take third. Brunett's 246.10 still stands as the record and made her the first Bronco to qualify for the NCAA Zone Championships at a championship-style meet. She also set a then-career-best on the one-meter. Burnett earned WAC Diver of the Week honors as the Broncos swept the weekly awards.

As a whole, Boise State set 13 school records at the meet.

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