Broncos Split Against UCLA, Kansas
Jan. 6, 2017

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    WESTWOOD, Calif. - Boise State swimming and diving finished up its training trip to Southern California with Friday's tri-meet at UCLA, beating Kansas, 181-113, and narrowly falling to UCLA, 164-130.

    The Broncos captured four of the 14 swimming events, led by two victories apiece from senior Brittany Aoyama and junior Emma Chard. Aoyama captured the 50 free along with her signature event, the 100 fly, and Chard swept the 200 and 500 frees. Boise State did earn the maximum points in the meet-closing event, the 400 free relay, due to UCLA exhibitioning its teams, although the Bronco A team of Aoyama, Chard, Katelyn Martin and Felicity Cann finished second to the UCLA A quartet by just 0.27 of a second, and the Bronco B team of Cody Evans, Emmie Jennings, Abbey Sorensen and Ally Kleinsorgen took third in 3:29.19 to edge UCLA's B team by 0.40 of a second.

    "The team was truly a mixed bag today. We had some really good in-season times while it also looked like we had a few victims to a long training camp, but we're happy with the performance," said Boise State head coach Jeremy Kipp. "We would have liked to win more races but both UCLA and Kansas offered some excellent competition."

    The Bronco divers had a strong showing, especially on 1-meter where Boise State captured places 2-5. Senior Karli Kriewall led the way there with a zone-qualifying score of 290.55, followed in order by junior Kacee Olson (zone-qualifying 282.95), sophomore Cassidy Bose (255.10) and freshman Taylor Hosein (240.25). Senior Jordan Marthens took eighth with a score of 226.20. UCLA's Ciara Monahan captured the event with a score of 306.45. On 3-meter, Bose was the top Bronco, taking third with a score of 266.05 with Kriewall in fifth at 252.05, Olson in sixth at 242.80 and Hosein in seventh at 236.65.

    Chard picked up the first win of the day for the Broncos as she and Cann went 1-2 in the 200 free in the third event. Chard touched the pad in 1:50.29 with Cann right behind her at 1:51.04. In the seventh event, the 50 free, Aoyama got on the board with a win as her time of 23.03 edged UCLA's Linnea Mack by 0.11 of a second, while Martin took third in 23.40.

    "Brittany continues to have an excellent senior year," Kipp said. "I was surprised, to be honest, because she had worked really hard over the camp, but she just keeps getting faster. It's been really fun to watch her take it to a new level."

    After the 3-meter diving competition, Aoyama and Mack engaged in another duel, this time in the 100 free. Mack would get the edge this time, clocking a 49.77, just 0.12 of a second ahead of Aoyama. The Broncos would get their final two victories in back-to-back events later in the meet, as Chard and Aoyama took the 500 free and 100 fly consecutively. Chard and Cann once again went 1-2 for the Broncos, with Chard's winning time of 4:53.11 over three seconds ahead of Cann's 4:56.88 and nearly four seconds ahead of UCLA's Michaela Merlihan in third. Aoyama followed in the next event, the 100 fly, by clocking a 53.39 to beat UCLA's pair of Amy Okada and Katie Grover by 2.30 seconds and 2.88 seconds, respectively.

    "Emma sweeping a very good field in both freestyle events was good. She looked like she raced well and was really feeling the stroke," Kipp said. "Again, coming off of a camp with her we were not sure where she would be but she rose to the challenge."

    Boise State turned in other top-three finishes in various events, beginning with the meet opener, the 200 medley relay, in which the foursome of Ally Kleinsorgen, Robin Pinger, Katelyn Martin and Cody Evans clocked a 1:44.38 to finish second behind UCLA's winning time of 1:42.12. Sorensen turned in a pair of top-three finishes in each of the backstroke events, taking second in the 200 (2:01.62) and third in the 100 (56.24), while Kleinsorgen took fourth in the 100 with a time of 56.34. Junior Emily Mathis was third in the 200 breast (2:20.93) while freshman Robin Pinger finished fourth in both breaststroke events.

    The Broncos (2-1) return to action next week, visiting Idaho for a two-day dual meet from Jan. 13-14.

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