The Boise State swimming and diving team will make a big splash at its first Olympic Trials.
Five Broncos team members and an incoming recruit will compete next week in Omaha, Neb. The trials, which feature about 1,700 swimmers and more than 100 in some events, begin Monday.
For several of them, being able to get an opportunity at a second swim in the semifinals would be pretty big, Boise State coach Kristin Hill said. For others, just coming out with a new lifetime best would be a good achievement.
Boise State participants include outgoing stars Amber Boucher (100-meter freestyle, 100 butterfly, 50 freestyle) and Stephanie North (100 freestyle, 50 freestyle); returning team members Heather Harper (100 breaststroke), Rachel Heaney (200 butterfly) and Chelsea Miller (200 breaststroke); and incoming recruit Jenni Domanowski (200 butterfly).
North is the highest-ranked Bronco at No. 33 in the 100 freestyle.
A Bronco will be in the pool Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, June 29 and July 1. The top 16 in each event advance to the semifinals, where the top eight move on to the finals. The top two go to the Olympics in most events, with six advancing in the 100 freestyle.
I just am going in with an open mind, Boucher said. Its a whole new experience. Ive never been at an Olympic Trials before. It will be the best of the best there. Im just excited to get there and race hard.
Boucher has competed since she was 3 and competed year-round since she was 13. This might be her last meet.
Ive always wanted to go to the Olympic Trials, my whole life, she said. For a long time it was an unattainable goal, more like a dream.
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