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BSU diver plunges into the record books

18 FEB 2017: The 2017 Mountain West Swimming and Diving Championship Platform prelims held at Texas A&M Natatorium in College Station, TX. Jack Dempsey/NCAA Photos

A sophomore athlete is making a real splash at Boise State University. Cassidy Bose is the first diver ever to make the NCAA Championships.

"It's really awesome," Bose told us during her last practice before getting on a plane to Indiana. "I still just don't actually believe it yet I guess."

Bose is diving into uncharted waters. After just two years diving under head coach Brandon Blaisdel, she will compete at NCAA's in Indianapolis Saturday, March 19.

"(I) wasn't really expecting it," Blaisdel said. "I think going into it, in my head, I thought in a couple years this could be her event, she could qualify... we just need a little more experience."

Cassidy qualified for the big meet a week ago, but tells KBOI 2News, she wasn't even aware she was close until a divier on another team came up and started congratulating her.

"I actually didn't even like realize, because i don't look at the scores or places or anything," she said.

And just as she did at the qualifying meet, she plans on keeping calm and collected again this Saturday.

"She sticks with events she's really comfortable with," her coach said.


There are three diving events at the championships: one meter springboard, three meter springboard, and platform diving. Cassidy qualified in platform.

But at BSU, there is no high-dive for Cassidy to learn and practice on.

"We work with what we got," she said.

So, at BSU, she practices on the one meter springboard, which is barely off the water. She also does most of her work on land, and over at the West YMCA, where there is a high dive, but still no platform.

"I think we do a pretty good job," Blaisdel said.

She's doing a pretty great job, working hard with what she has. And now, she's plunging head-first into Boise State's history books.

"It kind of set the bar high right away," Coach said.

"I'm just really excited for the experience, I think it'll be really cool," Bose said. "(I'm just going to) go out there and have fun and cheer on my teammates."

Along with Bose, seven BSU swimmers qualified for the NCAA swimming and diving championships.

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