2015-16 In Review: Winter

July 12, 2016

Boise State recently completed another successful year of intercollegiate athletics, highlighted by team and individual conference championships as well as postseason appearances and All-America honors. The department finished the year No. 70 in the Learfield Directors' Cup, the third consecutive top-75 year-end ranking and the school's 10th in the 23-year history of the award. This week BroncoSports.com takes a look back at the year that was. The series continues today with the winter sports season.

Five of the Broncos’ 16 All-America honors came courtesy of the winter sports, with gymnastics leading the way with three All-America honorees. Gymnastics hauled in their second-straight MRGC title, finished 18-2 for a school record single-season winning percentage of (.900) and closed the year as the No. 16 team in the country.

Swimming and diving excelled as well, finishing in second at the Mountain West Championships. The Boise State swimmers won eight swimming events at the conference championships, including four of five relays.

Three of Boise State’s four conference athletes of the year came in the winter season: Allie Ostrander (Women’s Indoor Track and Field), David Elliott (Men’s Indoor Track and Field) and Sam Wicks (Swimming).

Gymnastics

• 2016 Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference (MRGC) Champions, second-consecutive league title
• The 18-2 record is the best single-season winning percentage (.900) in program history.
• Achieved the highest weekly national ranking in school history (No. 9) on two different occasions
• NACGC/W All-America: Krystine Jacobsen (first-team, uneven bars) and Sandra Collantes (second-team, floor) and Maddie Krentz (second-team, floor)
• MRGC Individual Conference Champions: Mackenzie Bennion (vault), Ann Stockwell (vault), Krystine Jacobsen (uneven bars), Maddie Krentz (floor) and Sandra Collantes (floor)
Shani Remme: MRGC Freshman of the Year
Tina Bird and Neil Resnick: MRGC Co-Coaches of the Year

Swimming and Diving

• Second-place finish at Mountain West Championships
• Mountain West Women’s Swimmer of the Year and Mountain West Swimming and Diving Senior Award: Sam Wicks
• Mountain West Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year: Jeremy Kipp
• Four Mountain West Individual Champions and four Mountain West Relay Championships
• 43 All-Mountain West honors
• Set school records in nine events in 2015-16
• Sent seven swimmers to the NCAA Championships to compete in a total of nine events

Men's Basketball

• Finished the year 20-12, giving the program their fourth 20-win season in a row.
• Head coach Leon Rice has produced 20-win seasons in five of his six years at the helm.
Anthony Drmic finished his decorated career with 1,942 career points, No. 2 in school history and two points shy of the all-time record.
• Earned the No. 3 seed in the Mountain West Championship.
• All-Mountain West Honors: James Webb III (first-team), Mikey Thompson (third-team) and Anthony Drmic (honorable mention).
• All-District Honors: James Webb III (All-USBWA, All-District VIII and First-Team NABC All-District 17)
• Webb III went on to sign a partially-guaranteed two-year contract with the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers.

Women's Basketball

• Went 19-10 overall and 12-6 in Mountain West play finishing third, tied for best finish since joining the league in 2011-12
• Third-consecutive winning season and eighth under coach Presnell
• All-Mountain West Honors: Brooke Pahukoa (first-team), Shay Shaw (first-team) and Miquelle Askew (honorable mention)
Marta Hermida was named Mountain West Freshman of the Year
Yaiza Rodriguez set the school record for assists in a season at 172
• Askew set school record for points in game with 39 in win at San Jose State
• Coach Presnell became winningest coach in program history with 195 victories

Indoor Track and Field

Allie Ostrander and David Elliott were named the Women’s and Men’s Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Athletes of the Year, respectively.
• Elliott was an All-American in both the mile and 3,000m, and he also set the school records in the same events; mile (3:57.68) and 3,000m (7:53.15)
• Ostrander broke the 3,000m (8:54.27) and 5,000m (15:21.85) Mountain West records.
• Three individual conference titles: Alexis Fuller (800m), Minttu Hukka (5,000m) and Elliott (mile), and one relay conference title – the women’s distance medley relay team
• 12 All-Mountain West honors
• Other school records: women’s DMR (11:16.41), men’s DMR (9:48.34) and women’s 800m (2:08.92 – Alexis Fuller)

Wrestling

Geordan Martinez (149 pounds): All-American after finishing eighth at the NCAA Championships and also won a Pac-12 individual title
• Martinez is the only wrestler in school history to win Pac-12 individual titles as both a freshman and sophomore
Chris Castillo (157 pounds): Won a Pac-12 individual title and competed at the NCAA Championships
Rami Haddadin (125 pounds), Taylor West (165 pounds) and Austin Dewey (174 pounds) each fell one victory shy of reaching the NCAA Championships
• Former Bronco wrestlers Kirk White (1997-2001) and Ben Cherrington (2002-06) were each named to the Pac-12 All-Century Team

Stay tuned all week to relive the best of the last year in Boise State Athletics.





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