Boise State Wins WAC Swimming Title

Boise State has won the 2010 WAC Swimming & Diving Championship in San Antonio, Texas. The Broncos grabbed the lead on Day Two and never relinquished it.

Boise State won its first Western Athletic Conference women's swimming and diving championship tonight in San Antonio , Texas .  The Broncos amassed 547 team points to outdistance second-place New Mexico State , which had 466.  San Jose State came in third with 453 points, followed by Nevada with 443, Northern Arizona with 438, Hawai'i with 392, San Diego , which had 329, Idaho with 199 and Fresno State with 193.  

Bronco sophomore Amber Boucher was named WAC Swimmer of the Year in a vote of the league's coaches.  Junior Stephanie DeLima of Hawai'i was honored as WAC Diver of the year.  Despite leading her team to the WAC title in just the fourth year of the program, Boise State Head Coach Kristin Hill was not the WAC Coach of the Year—that honor went to New Mexico State head coach Rick Pratt for the second year in a row.  

"This was an amazing week for our program. The plan has always been to contend for the championship title in the fifth year of our program," said Hill.  "To win it in just the fourth year of our program is a huge testament to the hard work of each individual on this team and our staff, as well as the support of our athletic department and Boise State."

The Bronco swimmers grabbed the lead on Day Two and never let up.  Bronco sophomore Stephanie North won a second straight 100-meter freestyle tonight with a time of 49.86.  Boucher (49.96) was second.  Christine Raininger touched first to win her second event of the Championships, winning the 200 butterfly in 2:01.56.   

Boise State finished the night by winning the 400-meter freestyle relay with Boucher, Chelsea Lopus, Stevie Hughey and North brining home the gold. 

The Lady Broncos broke 15 school records and won eight titles in taking home the hardware from San Antonio.

The Bronco women pick up nine points in the Commissioner's Cup race for first-place
Boise State .  Because of a highly disappointing basketball season, however, the Broncos very well could be passed by Fresno State this spring.


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