Broncos Rout Wyoming, 189.5-110.5
Jan. 24, 2015

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    BOISE, Idaho - Just over two weeks after suffering its first dual-meet loss of the campaign, the Boise State swimming and diving team bounced back to score a 189.5-110.5 victory over Mountain West rival Wyoming Saturday at the Boise West YMCA.

    The Broncos claimed their 17th-straight home win by capturing 14 of the meet's 16 events, led by four wins from both junior Sam Wicks (100 back, 100 free, 200 IM, 200 medley relay) and sophomore Brittany Aoyama (100 fly, 50 free, 200 medley relay, 400 free relay). Senior diver Erin Kohlbeck (1- and 3-meter), senior Jessica Bottelberghe (200 fly, 400 free relay), sophomore Felicity Cann (200 free, 400 free relay) and freshman Emma Chard (500 free, 400 free relay) each picked up a pair of wins.

    "Today was a great day of competition. Wyoming swam fast last week at home against Denver so we knew it could be a tight meet," said Boise State head coach Kristin Hill. "The 1-2 finishes in the 50, 200 and 500 frees as well as in 3-meter diving were outstanding. Nikki Cannon's win in the 200 back was a big one for her and our team, and our distance swimmers showed up with strength today which made it fun."

    For the second-straight meet, Kohlbeck swept the 1- and 3-meter diving events, scoring 311.85 in the latter. She also set a season best on 1-meter with a winning score of 286.13. The Broncos swept the top three spots on 3-meter, with Karli Kriewall posting a career-best 304.65 and Kacee Olson taking third with a score of 285.68.

    On 1-meter, Jordan Marthens took fourth with a score of 228.15.

    "It was a great day for Bronco diving. Erin finished her last home meet with two wins and two great scores," said Boise State head diving coach John Lynch. "The top-3 sweep on 3-meter is a testament to how hard all six of the Bronco divers work every day."

    The top-3 sweep on 3-meter opened the meet by giving the Broncos a 16-3 advantage in the team scores. The quartet of Wicks, Sydney Johansen, Aoyama and Katelyn Martin cruised to victory in the 200 medley relay to extend the lead in the opening swimming event.

    Wyoming's Nicole Hlavacek would capture the 1,000 free but Blake Balogh took second and Megan Myers made a strong finishing kick to place third to save the Broncos some points. Cann and Wicks would capture the 200 free and 100 back, respectively, before Wyoming captured its only other event victory of the day as Maria Harutjunjan (1:05.24) clipped Heather Harper by seven-tenths of a second to take the 100 breast.

    Jessica Bottelberghe would take a thrilling 200 fly next, beating Wyoming's Molly Coonce by 0.03 of a second, followed by another photo finish in the 50 free as Aoyama (23.59) touched the pad just 0.06 of a second faster than teammate Katelyn Martin and Wyoming's Emily Ridout, who finished in a dead heat for second in 23.65.

    Continuing the theme of close finishes, Wicks (51.54) edged Ridout by 0.24 of a second to take the 100 free and in the next race Cannon (2:04.57) touched just five-hundredths of a second ahead of Wyoming's Abby Sullivan in the 200 back.

    Freshman Emily Mathis kept the winning streak going in the 200 breast, touching the pad in 2:20.52, 0.14 of a second ahead of Hartunjunjan, while Chard would use a strong finishing burst to overcome both Wyoming's Kelly Sheldon and teammate Balogh to win the 500 free in 5:00.76, 0.15 of a second ahead of Balogh.

    Aoyama (100 fly) and Wicks (200 IM) would collect wins in the next two events before the quartet of Chard, Cann, Aoyama and Jessica Bottelberghe would cruise to a 4.48-second victory in the 400 free relay, finishing in 3:25.11.

    "Though this win was great, we are really focused on competing at our best in three weeks at the Mountain West Championships and in March at the NCAA Championships," Hill said. "I would say that we are on track to accomplish some big things this season."

    The Broncos close the regular season at home next Saturday (Jan. 31), hosting Nevada at 11 a.m. at the Boise West YMCA. The meet will also feature "The Big Splash" featuring members of the Boise State football team competing against one another in relay races and a diving contest.


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