Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Boise State to Face Auburn Friday

The #37 Boise State tennis team heads to the annual Blue-Gray Classic in Montgomery, Alabama this weekend.  It's a good test of where the Broncos are nationally.  In the opening match Friday, the Broncos will take on #22 Auburn.

Besides those two, there are six other ranked teams in this year's competition.  #17 Texas Tech is the favorite, with #21 Pepperdine, #26 Notre Dame, #32 Alabama, #46 Arizona and #69 Penn State also competing.  

Stay tuned to this blog for the most up-to-date results.

Another Relay, Another Win for Boise State

One thing we know for sure now--the San Antonio pool is built for speed.

Boise State won its second relay race in as many events at the Western Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championships in San Antonio and, pardon the pun, but blew their competition out of the water.  The Bronco quartet of Amber Boucher, Jennifer Cahill, Stevie Hughey and Stephanie North knocked more than 13 seconds off their season best with a blistering 7:12.91.  Unlike the earlier medley relay, Coach Kristin Hill's group was favored in this one and they did not disappoint, defeating second-place Hawai'i by nearly five seconds.  Boise State's time is eight seconds better than last year when they won the WAC title in the event.  Just like in the 200 medley relay earlier tonight, the Bronco swimmers threatened the existing WAC record.  In this longer race, the 5.78 seconds difference in Boise State's time and the WAC mark of 7:07.13 set by SMU in 2003 isn't much.

San Jose State, which was seeded second, again met their match and finished fourth.  Beginning to think there is something to the altitude theory.  Northern Arizona snuck in for third with New Mexico State touching fifth and Fresno State taking sixth.  Nevada and Idaho were disqualified and did not pick up points.

  1 Boise State  'A'                    7:26.32    7:12.91 
     1) Boucher, Amber JR             2) Cahill, Jennifer SO         
     3) Hughey, Stevie SO             4) North, Stephanie JR

After two events, here is the scoring:

1.  Boise State 80
2.  Hawai'i 62
2.  New Mexico State 62
2.  San Jose State 62
5.  Northern Arizona 56
6.  Fresno State 50
7.  Idaho 30
8.  Nevada 22

Boise State Wins First Relay Race at WAC Swimming Championships

Good news.  In this blog last week, I suggested that one reason for San Jose State having the best times in the WAC was because they mostly competed in pools with no altitude.  Just a hunch.

And we may not know if that is a good explanation or not.  But in the 200-yard medley relay today in San Antonio, Boise State bucked the odds and won the event.  Denise Green, Kelly Forrester, Stevie Hughey and Kelsy Diener swam the event in 1:41.36, two seconds faster than their season best of 1:43.39.  The Bronco time is four seconds better than last year, when they finished sixth.  Boise State's time was just 1.48 seconds off the all-time WAC record of 1:39.88 set by SMU in 1999. San Jose State, which came in with a time of 1:43.20, did do better than that (1:42.04) but finished third.  New Mexico State was second, while Idaho took fourth, followed by Hawai'i and Fresno State.

The 800-yard freestyle relay is being run now.  Those are the only two finals scheduled for tonight.