Dr. Kustra, Coyle Host Breakfast of Champions

April 30, 2014

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BOISE, Idaho—Boise State University President Bob Kustra and Athletic Director Mark Coyle held the 2014 Breakfast of Champions Wednesday (April 30) morning at the Stueckle Sky Center, which honored athletic champions this school year. Those recognized included two conference champion teams, six individual league champions and three All-Americans.

The swimming & diving team, led by head coach Kristin Hill, won its third conference title in four years this past February in capturing the Mountain West crown. The program also claimed 17 all-conference honorees, garnered one individual conference title and sent six swimmers to the NCAA Championships. Senior Rachel Heaney won her third conference title in the 200-yard butterfly. Freshman Brittany Aoyama became the first Bronco swimmer to qualify for the national championships in an individual event. Aoyama, along with Jessica Bottelberghe, Heather Harper, Sydney Johansen, Katelyn Martin and Sam Wicks also represented the Broncos at the NCAA Championships.

The men’s tennis team, under the helm of head coach Greg Patton, won its third-straight Mountain West title. Five Broncos earned all-conference honors, helping the 25th-ranked Broncos to a 28-4 record. Seniors Andy Bettles and Nathan Sereke earned conference honors in singles play, while Bettles/Thomas Tenreiro and Brendan McClain/Garrett Patton won conference honors in doubles. Boise State heads to Los Angeles, May 10-11 (Saturday-Sunday), to compete in the first round of the NCAA Championships.

Junior gymnasts Kelsey Morris and Ciera Perkins led the No. 19 Broncos this season. Morris won the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championships on uneven bars and all-around, while Perkins tied with Morris for the MRGC title on uneven bars and won the floor exercise. Perkins also garnered the MRGC Gymnast of the Year accolade. Both gymnasts represented Boise State at the NCAA Championships. Morris tied the school record at nationals on uneven bars (9.85), while Perkins set the school record at nationals on floor exercise (9.90). Perkins earned second team All-America honors on floor exercise.

Senior wrestlers J.T. Felix and Jake Swartz led the 25th-ranked Broncos in 2013-14. Swartz was named the Pac-12 Wrestler of the Year after he won his third-straight conference championship at 184 pounds. Swartz finished seventh at the NCAA Championships, earning All-America honors. Felix was crowned Pac-12 champion at heavyweight and also competed at the NCAA Championships. He garnered the Gorriaran Award at nationals, given annually to the wrestler with the most pins in the least amount of minutes. Felix claimed three pins in 6:59, and became the first Bronco to win the award since Larry Quisel in 1999.

Junior long-distance runner Emma Bates has become the most-decorated female athlete in Boise State history. The Elk River, Minn., native has garnered seven All-America honors in her three years at Boise State. Bates has won four Mountain West Championships and holds five Boise State track and field records as well as the league record in the 5,000m. She was the 2013 NCAA Cross Country National runner-up and was named USTFCCCA West Region Women’s Athlete of the Year.

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