Divers, Relays Carry Broncos Past Denver
Jan. 23, 2016

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    BOISE, Idaho - It came down to the final event of the day, and the foursome of Brittany Aoyama, Katelyn Martin, Emma Chard and Felicity Cann proved up to the task, capturing the 400 free relay to seal Boise State’s 156-144 victory over Denver Saturday at the Boise West YMCA.

    The Bronco quartet trailed the Denver team of Johanna Roas, Lauren Moden, Morgan Wice-Roslin and Zoe Huddleston by 0.12 after the first leg, but Martin’s second leg pulled the Broncos ahead by 0.24 of a second at the halfway point. From there, Chard extended the lead to just under a second and Cann closed it out with an anchor leg of 50.53 to give the Broncos the win in a time of 3:23.01, over two seconds ahead of the Pioneers’ 3:25.35.

    “It was a tough win, Denver came ready to go, they had a heck of a meet coming down to the last relay,” said Boise State swimming and diving head coach Jeremy Kipp. “That’s what you want this time of year. I told our team they’re battle-tested, you want to win those close races against really good teams. And our divers had some great scores, so it was a total team effort.

    “We were probably behind around the first half of the race and our women never gave up, they stuck to it. We’ve had a plan, and that’s to be really dominant in that relay,” Kipp said of the decisive relay.

    Also stepping up for the Broncos Saturday was the diving contingent of Karli Kriewall, Kacee Olson, Cassidy Bose and Jordan Marthens. Kriewall opened the meet by taking the 3-meter event with a NCAA Zone qualifying score of 299.40, and took second on 1-meter with another zone qualifying score of 270.00. Olson captured the 1-meter with her own qualifying score of 277.20 while taking third on 3-meter with a score of 294.45. Bose provided the Broncos’ fifth zone qualifying score of the day with her 295.05 on 3-meter as she finished second in Boise State’s top-three sweep of the event.

    Overall, the Bronco divers outscored their Denver counterparts, 31-7, to key the Boise State win.

    “Today we were really consistent, we’ve been working on that throughout the season. We’re really hitting our stride heading into conference,” said Boise State diving coach Brandon Blaisdell. “Karli’s performance was really important, especially for her confidence, and we’ve really been focusing on bringing what we do in practice over to the meets. This performance by the divers gives us a little more confidence, conference is going to be tough and we still have work to do before we get there.”

    Saturday, Boise State captured X of the 16 events, paced by four wins by Aoyama (100 free, 100 fly, 200 medley relay, 400 free relay) as well as three wins apiece from Cann (200 free, 500 free, 400 free relay) and Martin (50 free, 200 medley relay, 400 free relay).

    After Kriewall opened the meet with her win on 3-meter, the 200 medley relay foursome of Sam Wicks, Laura Williams, Aoyama and Martin topped the field with a time of 1:42.06, holding off Denver’s two quartets which took second and third.

    Cann picked up the first half of her 200 and 500 free sweep in event four, capturing the 200 in 1:48.93 while Emma Chard came in second at 1:51.28 and Cody Evans fourth at 1:53.78.

    Denver, however, pulled ahead with three straight wins as Johanna Roas took the 100 back (54.85), Amanda Sanders the 100 breast (1:03.46) and Heidi Bradley the 200 fly (2:05.78). The Pioneers went 1-2 in the 100 back and 200 fly, with Boise State’s Williams taking second in the 100 breast with a time of 1:04.50.

    Martin got Boise State back in the win column just before the halfway point, capturing the 50 free in 23.55, but the Pioneers went 2-3-4 behind her as Denver took a 79-71 lead after eight events.

    Olson and the divers got the Broncos back into it by taking first, second and fourth on 1-meter, and Aoyama followed with a win in the 100 free as Martin scored with a third-place effort and Evans added points by taking fourth. Despite Morgan McCormick capturing the 200 back in the next event, Wicks, Abby Sorensen and Emily Tanasse went 2-3-4, respectively, to keep the Broncos from losing significant ground.

    The teams traded wins over the final five events, with Cann’s win in the 500 free and Aoyama’s in the 100 fly boosting the Broncos to a six-point cushion into the 400 free relay, when Cann’s anchor leg sealed the win.

    The Broncos will conclude their dual season next Saturday (Jan. 30) at home, hosting Oregon State at noon.

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