Boise State will open the season with the Idaho Vandals on Saturday at the Boise West Family YMCA and Boise City Aquatic Center.
BOISE STATE TENURE
Two-time NCAA All-American and All-Pac-12 swimmer Meghan Hawthorne begins her third season as an assistant swim coach on the Boise State staff in 2017-18.
BOISE STATE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
During Meghan’s first two years as the assistant swim coach the Broncos have won one MW title (2017) and placed second once (2016). In addition, the Broncos have earned 92 all-conference honors, won nine individual and nine relay titles at the MW Championships, advanced nine swimmers and one diver to the NCAA National Championships (four swimmers as individuals and nine on relays). Academically the team has received two CSCAA Scholar All-America Team honors and a NCAA Public Recognition Award for multiple top-10 APR scores in the sport of swimming & diving, including a perfect 1,000 for 2015-16. Individually, the members of the swim team have accumulated two CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, three CoSIDA Academic All-District, nine CSCAA Scholar All-Americans, 10 CSCAA Honorable-Mention Scholar All-Americans, two Boise State Top-10 Scholars (2017), 46 Academic All-Mountain West honors and 35 Mountain West Scholar Athlete awards for maintaining a 3.5 cumulative GPA or better.
During the 2016-17 season the team won its third Mountain West title and had three individual swimmers and all five Bronco relays qualify for the NCAA Championships.
The Broncos finished tied for 36th at the NCAA National Championships, the program’s highest national finish, with 10 points. Boise State’s 200 free relay, consisting of seniors Brittany Aoyama and Katelyn Martin and sophomores Ally Kleinsorgen and Abbey Sorensen, finished 12th overall to earn All-America honorable mention, just the third time a Bronco swimmer or relay had ever scored and earned All-America status at the national meet.
Boise State became just the second team in Mountain West history to sweep all five relay titles at the conference championship meet. Overall, the Broncos earned 49 All-Mountain West honors and matched the program record at a conference championship meet by capturing 10 event titles: all five relays in addition to the 100 back (Kleinsorgen), 100 fly (Aoyama), 50 free (Martin), 100 free (Aoyama) and 200 free (Emma Chard). Additionally, the Broncos set or matched nine program event records during the season.
The Broncos won four of five relay events and four individual titles on their way to a second-place finish at the 2016 Mountain West Championships where they also set eight school event records.
Senior Sam Wicks captured five event titles and was named Mountain West Swimmer of the Year at the meet. Overall, Boise State swimmers and divers took home a combined 43 All-Mountain West honors from the meet. Bronco swimmers also qualified for seven events at the 2016 NCAA Championships in Atlanta.
PREVIOUS COACHING EXPERIENCE
Hawthorne was a coach with Rattler Swim Club in San Fernando, Calif., from 2009-2015 and swam for the club from 2001-14. As a coach, she worked with young swimmers from ages 7-18 on technique work and endurance training. She also served as the assistant coach for the swim team at Viewpoint School in Calabasas.
COLLEGIATE AND NATIONAL TEAM SWIM CAREER
Hawthorne was a two-time All-American over her four-year career at the University of Southern California (2011-14), earning the honors with top-eight national finishes in the 200 IM (2012-13). She was also a two-time All-America honorable mention in the 400 IM (2012-13). Hawthorne reached the finals seven times at the Pac-10, then Pac-12, Championships, during her career, topping out with fourth-place efforts in the 400 IM in 2012 and 2013. USC finished in the top six of the NCAA team standings in each of her four years in Troy, with consecutive third-place finishes from 2011-12.
Hawthorne was a USA Swimming National Team member from 2012-14, and in 2012 she reached the final of the 400 IM at the U.S. Olympic Trials but finished sixth, just missing a spot in London. She would go on to earn a silver medal in the same event for the U.S. at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia.
Hawthorne graduated from USC in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in human biology and a minor in occupational science. She is currently working on a Masters in educational leadership. Hawthorne’s high school recently honored her in February of 2017 by inducting her into the Chaminade College Preparatory (West Hills, Calif.) Hall of Fame.
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