Boucher Caps Big Week With WAC Swimmer of the Week Award
DENVER, Colo.-Boise State junior Amber Boucher was named Verizon Western Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Week, Tuesday, for the week of Dec. 1-7. Boucher assaulted the school record book during the three-day Missouri Invitational, Dec. 3-5, in Columbia, Mo. The Keizer, Ore., native posted NCAA provisional qualifying times in all four individual events she competed, while garnering three individual titles and four school records. Boucher also helped two relay teams set school records, including one relay victory, as the Broncos finished second at the invitational.
The honor is Boucher's second WAC Swimmer of the Week award this season (Oct. 6-12), and fifth of her career. The Broncos have earned three weekly honors this season, and 11 in program history.
Boucher earned her first win Friday as she claimed first in the 100-yard butterfly in 53.44. She took second in the final of the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.80. It was the third time Boucher had lowered the record in the 50 freestyle Friday, including the leadoff leg of the 200-yard freestyle relay. The reigning WAC Swimmer of the Year returned Saturday to win the 200-yard freestyle in 1:47.88 and help the 200-yard medley relay set the school record at 1:43.39. Boucher closed the weekend by winning the 100-yard freestyle in 49.59 and then racing down the competition as the anchor of the Broncos' 400-yard freestyle relay. She overcame more than a half-second deficit to earn Boise State the overall victory in the event and a school record of 3:21.45, a NCAA 'B' cut.
Boucher and the Broncos return to competition Jan. 7 at UCLA, and Jan. 9 at the San Diego Relays.
Burnett Claims Second WAC Diver of the Week Honor
Boise State redshirt junior diver Amanda Burnett was named Verizon Western Athletic Conference Diver of the Week, Tuesday, for the week of Dec. 1-7. Burnett solidified her mark as the most accomplished diver in Boise State history as she became the first Bronco to qualify for the NCAA Zone Championships on the platform with her school-record score at the Missouri Invitational, Dec. 3-5, in Columbia, Mo.
It is the second weekly honor of Burnett's career as she remains the only Bronco diver to earn the award.
Burnett amassed 246.1 points to top the Bronco record book, bettering her own mark set Nov. 21, at the Wildcat Diving Invitational in Tucson, Ariz. She finished third in the event. The Glendale, Ariz., native not only becomes the first Boise State diver to qualify for the zone meet on the platform, she is the first to reach a qualifying score in any diving event while competing at a championship-style meet. Boise State has never sent a diver to the NCAA Zone Championships.
Burnett also posted a career best on the one-meter, scoring a 239.3, Saturday. She started the weekend with a 209.55 in the three-meter competition.
Burnett and the Broncos return to action at the Bruin Diving Invitational, Jan. 7-9, in Los Angeles.