Led by underclassmen, Coach Kristin Hill's team recorded a 1-2-3 sweep over their Pac-10 opponents in the 1000-yard freestyle to gain the eaerly advantage. Sophomore Jennifer Cahill and freshmen Rachel Heaney and Brooke Balogh swept the Cougars aside to score big points for Boise State. Heaney also picked up a win in the 200-yard butterfly with the seventh-fastest time in the short history of the program. The Lady Broncos never relinquished control after that.
"We are excited about to(last night's) performance," said Coach Hill. "We came away with a victory last year against WSU at home, but to be able to come to Pullman and win is a great accomplishment for this program."
Sophomore Christine Raininger fought her way to a win in the 400 IM. Junior Amber Boucher, a star on the 2010 Western Athletic Conference Champion team, captured two individual titles and helped the Broncos win both relays. Boucher set s Pullman pool record with a 54.88 in the 100-meter butterfly and now has all 10 of the fastest times in school history. Stephanie North won the 100 and 200-yard freestyles, going wire-to-wire in the 100, and anchored both relay teams.
Boise State then made the short trip to Moscow and won nine of 11 events to down the Vandals this afternoon.
"This weekend emphasized our team's resilience and strength," said Coach Hill. "We had fast swims last night against Washington State and the turnaround between the two meets was pretty quick. Our team did an excellent job of getting themselves ready to swim fast again today against the Vandals."
The Broncos (11-1) placed at least two swimmers in the top three in every individual swimming event, including five top-three sweeps. Heaney exploded for wins in the 1000-yard freestyle, the 200-yard butterfly and the 500-yard freestyle.
"Rachel had a phenomenal weekend," said Hill. "She was really tested with the events we needed her to swim. She stepped up and then some."
The Lady Broncos were aided by sweeps in the 200-yard breaststroke and freestyle races. Boucher captured the 200 and helped both relay teams win, while freshman Chelsea Miller won the 200-yard breaststroke. North won the 100-yard freestyle by nearly two seconds. Sophomore Stevie Hughey won the 200-yard IM and freshman Ciera Cortney made a splash with second place finishes in both diving events.
Boise State will travel to Seattle next Saturday to take on Oregon State and host Seattle University. The Broncos look to defend their WAC title February 23-26 in San Antonio, Texas. With wins against Washington State, Idaho and Seattle already this season, Oregon State remains the only division I swimming program in the states of Idaho, Washington and Oregon the Broncos have not defeated.
"One of our goals is to be the premiere swimming and diving program in the Northwest," Hill said. "Right now we are on the right track."