Vandal Swimming and Diving hosts BSU Saturday

SWIMMING AND DIVING KICKS OFF A RIVALRY DAY TRIPLE HEADER THIS SATURDAY ON THE CAMPUS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO. In addition to the competition, Saturday marks Senior Day for the Vandal swim team, with honors extended to current seniors Elizabeth Jagusch, Alyson O'Brien, and Staci Stratton, as well as Mary Skidmore Sasala (now a student assistant after three years as a letter winner).

The following is an official press release from the University of Idaho Athletics Media Relations Department.

Two words can fire up any University of Idaho team. The swim team is no exception and vows to have its "A game" on when Boise State visits the UI Swim Center Saturday morning to launch a full day of Vandal-Bronco competitions.

The meet begins with 3-meter diving at 9:45 with the main swimming competition starting at 11 a.m. During the day's events, Idaho's three graduating seniors along with student manager and former swimmer Mary Skidmore Sasala will be honored for their contributions to the program.

"We have three great seniors," coach Tom Jager said of Elizabeth Jagusch (Ketchikan, AK - Has the third, fourth, sixth, ninth and 10th best all-time times in the 100 breaststroke, Alyson O'Brien (Sequim, WA - Has top four 100 free times in school history, in addition to all but one Top Ten 200 free time), and Staci Stratton (Lake Oswego, OR - Idaho record holder in 50 free - 23.68 - also has second and eighth best 50 free times), who between them have 12 school records. "They've seen our program grow and develop."

A victory against their in-state rival in their last home meet, however, is what is on the minds of the seniors.

"I want to focus on just beating Boise," Stratton said. "When I was a freshman, it was like, ‘Who's Boise?' Then you begin to understand the rivalry. It grows with us."

The Broncos come in as the defending Western Athletic Conference champions, which makes winning even more tantalizing.

"It's a huge rivalry," Jagusch said. "To go out with a bang like that would be great."

As for Jager, the rivalry is one thing; competing against the returning conference champ is another – particularly going against a veteran team with a freshmen-laden unit.

"They could come here anytime and we'd be fired up," Jager said. "They are the best team in the WAC. They're a great barometer."

And rival.

"It's Boise," Stratton said. "We'll have our A game."

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