Broncos Dominate Pool In San Diego
Jan. 2, 2017

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    SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Boise State's swimmers controlled the pool at the UCSD Invitational Monday, racking up 354 points over the eight swimming events to top the six-team field. The Broncos captured six of the eight swimming events led by senior Brittany Aoyama and sophomore Ally Kleinsorgen, who posted three victories apiece.

    The Broncos, along with Air Force, were the only teams in the field to not have any divers compete in the two springboard events. With diving scores included, the Broncos, despite only competing in the eight swimming events, still finished second in the overall scoring (354) to San Diego State (462), which entered its diving contingent in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events. San Jose State was third with 327.5 points, followed by UC San Diego (230), Incarnate Word (125) and Air Force (95.5).

    The 500 free and the 100 breast were the only swimming events Boise State did not win Monday, although the Broncos turned in finishes of second and third in those events, respectively. The quartet of Aoyama, Ally Kleinsorgen, Emily Mathis and Felicity Cann opened the meet with a nine-second victory over San Diego State in the 800 medley relay, clocking a winning time of 8:14.82. Aoyama followed that with her second win of the day, taking the 100 fly in 54.22 with fellow senior Katelyn Martin coming in third in 56.42.

    Aoyama would capture her third and final victory of the day four events later, in the 100 free. There, she clocked a 51.74, out-touching Air Force's Lydia Knutson by 0.24 of a second. Martin finished seventh in 53.11 to give the Broncos another top-eight finish.

    Kleinsorgen picked up her second win of the day in the third women's event and her signature race, the 100 back. The Bronco sophomore touched the pad in 56.24 for a 1.37-second victory over runner-up Colleen Humel of San Jose State, with fellow sophomore Abbey Sorensen coming in third in 57.68. The Bronco pair of Kleinsorgen and Sorensen would team up with Martin and sophomore Cody Evans to capture the meet's final swimming event, the 200 free relay, in 1:35.78, nearly a half-second ahead of San Diego State (1:36.26).

    Junior Emma Chard posted a trio of top-three finishes, including a victory in the 200 IM in which she clocked a 2:06.98 to beat Incarnate Word's Alona Kyselova by two-hundredths of a second. Mathis finished the race in 2:10.31 to finish fourth. Chard also came in second in the 500 free, touching in 4:53.47 to lead a Bronco foursome in the top eight as Cann (5:03.55) took fourth, freshman Ally Schultz (5:06.48) sixth and Evans (5:08.76) eighth. Chard was the top Bronco finisher in the 100 breast, taking third in 1:05.82, just 1.16 seconds behind Anshani Phetbenjakul of UC San Diego.

    Boise State returns to action Friday (Jan. 6), heading an hour north to Westwood to face host UCLA and Kansas in tri-meet action.

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