Jan. 26, 2012
By Sarah Thomsen
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- The Rams head to Boise, Idaho to face their Mountain West rival Boise State in what might be their toughest meet of the 2011-12 season. CSU will face the Broncos Saturday with diving beginning at 10:30 a.m. MT at the Boise West YMCA Pool.
Boise was a strong competitor in the Western Athletic Conference, winning their championships in 2010 and again in 2011. These victories are made only more impressive considering this is just the sixth season of their swimming and diving program’s existence.
New to the Mountain West this season, the Broncos (3, 1) show no sign of stopping their success and are shaping up to be some of the toughest competition the Rams (4-5, 1-1 Mountain West) have seen this season.
“Kristen Hill has done a great job in their short existence,” Head Coach Chris Woodard said. “Their growth curve was steep. They made moves quickly. But when I look at them this year compared to last year, to me, they seem like even more of a consistent team. Not only do they have the heavy hitters, but they’ve got a lot of depth as well.”
While the Rams head to Idaho with two-straight “Ws” under their belt, they’re not letting themselves get cocky.
“I think it gives the team a little bit more confidence,” Woodard said, “to be in tough situations and be able to pull it out in the end. I think they’re now understanding that they’re never really out of it until they take themselves out, but I’ll feel much better when they’re all wins.”
Woodard knows what the Rams have to do to pull out a win against a team as strong as Boise State.
“It will literally take every kid that we take having probably their best meet of the year,” Woodard said.
Quoting Head Coach Chris Woodard…
On how confident the athletes feel with two-straight wins:
“Not that they weren’t impressing each other during competitions or during training, but now they’re becoming a little more vocal about it. So instead of just really working a set and counting on people to step up with them, they’ll kind of push each other a little bit and be a little more vocal about what they expect from each other. And that’s something that I encourage; and that’s what I want to see.”
On shortening their times:
“I would expect some time drops, just because of the competition that we’re going up against. If it doesn’t bring out the best in them I’ll be disappointed. So I expect that we’re going to drop some time. For them to go lifetime best at this point of the season, it’s certainly not unheard of, but I would say it’s a little bit unusual just coming off of the amount of volume and intense work that we did at the training camp.”
On the elevation change:
“It certainly helps, although it’s not going down to sea level. So I don’t talk to them much about expecting to feel really good because you’re no longer at mile high. It’s still a strange pool that you’ve never been in before with tough competition. So I don’t view that as a huge advantage.”