2016-17 Review: Winter

July 18, 2017

Boise State Athletics enjoyed a banner year during the 2016-17 season, winning five conference team championships and finishing No. 71 in the Learfield Directors' Cup. It is the fourth consecutive top-75 finish for the Broncos and the school's 11th in the 24-year history of the award. Boise State also racked up 26 individual conference title, three athletes of the year and 12 All-America honors. This week BroncoSports.com takes a look back at the year that was. The series continues with the winter sports season.

The winter belonged to the women. Three Boise State women's teams brought home conference titles during the winter season and the Broncos were represented in the postseason in every sport.

Swimming and diving ran away with yet another Mountain West championship, winning 10 even titles en route to its third MW crown and fifth overall conference title. Brittany Aoyama led the way with six event wins at the conference championships before helping the 200 freestyle relay to honorable mention All-America status at the NCAA Championships. Aoyama also set the standard in the classroom, graduating with a 3.96 grade-point average and earning Academic All-America recognition.

Boise State gymnastics claimed the Mountain Rim Gymnastics championship and achieved the highest national ranking in program history, vaulting all the way to No. 7 in the middle of the season. The Broncos earned a No. 2 seed at an NCAA Regional for the first time in school history and matched the program best with a No. 13 year-end ranking. Shani Remme posted the most outstanding individual season, earning MRGC Gymnast of the Year and qualifying for the NCAA National Championship in the all-around.

The men and women represented Boise State well on the hardwood. The women won the Mountain West Tournament title for the second time in three years and earned an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Brooke Pahukoa wrapped up her illustrious career with her second MW Tournament MVP award and helped the Broncos win a school-record 25 games. The men racked up another 20-win season, their fifth in a row, and advanced to the second round of the NIT. Chandler Hutchison blossomed into a star, earning all-conference and all-district honors. Hutchison initially declared for the NBA Draft without hiring an agent but later decided to return for his senior season.

On the wrestling mat, Austin Dewey competed at the NCAA Championships and six Broncos earned Pac-12 All-Academic honors.

Men's Basketball

  • Advanced to second round of NIT, fourth postseason appearance under Leon Rice
  • First-round NIT win at Utah marked the first postseason win away from home in program history, and the third all-time road win against a "power five" school
  • Fifth consecutive 20-win season and sixth in last seven years
  • Boise State is the only Mountain West school to win at least 11 conference games each of the last three seasons
  • Chandler Hutchison: NABC and USBWA All-District; first player in program history with 500 points, 200 rebounds and 75 assists in one season; declared for NBA Draft before returning for senior season
  • Justinian Jessup: started 31 games, most by a freshman in program history; made 50 three-pointers, second most by a freshman in program history
  • All-Mountain West: Chandler Hutchison (first team), Paris Austin (honorable mention)
  • James Reid earned CoSIDA Academic All-District accolades
  • Five Broncos named to Spring Academic All-Mountain West Team, most of any men's basketball team in the league

Women's Basketball

  • Boise State advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years and fourth in program history
  • Advanced to third postseason tournament in last four years (2014 WBI, 2015 and 2017 NCAA), eighth all-time
  • Mountain West Tournament Champions for second time since joining the league for 2011-12
  • Won program-record 25 games (25-8)
  • Recorded the seventh 20-win season in program history, the second in three years and fourth under head coach Gordy Presnell
  • Coach Presnell the 600th game of his career game and stands at 616-284
  • Brooke Pahukoa was named the Mountain West Championship MVP for the second time in her career, second player all-time to win multiple MW Tournament MVPs
  • All-Mountain West: Brooke Pahukoa, Marijke Vanderschaaf (honorable mention), Shalen Shaw (honorable mention) and Riley Lupfer (all-freshmen team)

Women's Swimming and Diving

  • Claimed the program's third Mountain West championship and fifth conference title overall in 2016-17
  • Recorded the highest national finish at the NCAA Championships (T-36th), scoring 10 points
  • Sent seven swimmers to the NCAA Championships, as well as Cassidy Bose, the first diver in program history to qualify for NCAAs
  • The 200 free relay quartet of Brittany Aoyama, Katelyn Martin, Ally Kleinsorgen and Abbey Sorensen finished 12th, earning All-America Honorable Mention as well as 10 points
  • Head coach Jeremy Kipp was named Mountain West Swimming Coach of the Year for the second-straight season
  • Matched the program record with 10 event wins at the Mountain West Championships, including becoming just the second program to sweep all five relays
  • Five Broncos won multiple Mountain West event titles, led by junior Brittany Aoyama claiming six titles, including her third-straight 100 fly crown
  • Aoyama set the Boise State single-season record with 21 individual-event wins, and set the career mark for individual-event wins with 64
  • Aoyama became the third Bronco swimmer and/or diver to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America recognition, being named to the Women's At-Large Second Team

Women's Gymnastics

  • 2017 Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference (MRGC) Champions, third-consecutive league title
  • Earned a 197.625 against Denver on March 10 - the highest team score in program history
  • Achieved the highest national ranking in program history (No. 7) on Feb. 13
  • Earned a No. 2 seed at an NCAA Regional for the first time in program history
  • Finished the season ranked No. 13, tying for the highest end of year ranking in program history
  • MRGC Individual Conference Champions: Sarah Means (vault and balance beam), Diana Mejia (uneven bars), Alex Esmerian (balance beam), Shani Remme (balance beam and all-around) and Abby Webb (floor)
  • Shani Remme: MRGC Gymnast of the Year; MRGC Balance Beam Specialist of the Year; Qualified to the NCAA National Championships as an all-arounder where she earned a 39.3625 - the highest all-around score at nationals in program history
  • Diana Mejia: NACGC/W All-America (second team, uneven bars); MRGC Uneven Bars Specialist of the Year
  • Mary Frances Bir: MRGC Vault Specialist of the Year
  • Tina Bird and Neil Resnick: MRGC Co-Coaches of the Year; NACGC/W West Region Co-Head Coaches of the Year

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