Feb. 15, 2018
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Emma Chard and Abbey Sorensen won the 500-yard and 50-yard freestyle races, respectively, to lead Boise State Thursday at the Mountain West Championships as the Broncos jumped from fourth-place into first. Boise State also won the 200-yard freestyle relay for the third-consecutive year on its way to recording 356 team points on the day to move into first place with 491 points. They lead San Diego State who is in second with 451.5 points and third-place Nevada (433).
The Broncos dominated the freestyle events. In addition to winning the 200 free relay, Boise State sent six into the 500-yard free finals and three into the 50 free A final tallying a combined 204 points. Emily Mathis led a foursome of Broncos in the 200-yard individual medley by placing third, while Laura Williams took seventh, Robin Pinger 12th and Brittany Wen 17th. The Broncos also scored on the 3-meter springboard where Cassidy Bose took 15th and Taylor Clark 22nd.
200-Yard Individual Medley
- The second day of the MW Championships began with the first of four preliminary rounds starting with the 500-yard freestyle. This event is usually a strong point for the Broncos and it was again this year in the prelims with four advancing into the A Finals.
- Emma Chard led the charge clocking the best time overall of the 58 participants and ninth-best all-time in program history with a NCAA B cut time of 4:45.86.
- Freshman Lucia Davis was right behind Chard placing second with a time of 4:46.72, followed by freshman Hayley Hill (4:48.59) in sixth and sophomore Alyssa Schultz (4:49.49) in seventh, all three recorded career-best times.
- Mandy Barnes just missed making the A Final in the 500 free turning in a career-best 4:49.49 to place ninth in the prelims, while Cody Evans made the C Final with a career-best 4:58.09 to place 24th.
- The second event of the morning was the prelims for the 200-yard individual medley where Boise State had four competing with two advancing to the A Final Thursday night, as well as one making the B and C Finals.
- Emily Mathis clocked a 2:00.85 to place second, followed by Laura Williams in fourth with a 2:01.30, both were career bests and NCAA B cut times.
- Robin Pinger turned in a season-best 2:02.72 to place 12th overall to make the B Final.
- Freshman Brittany Wen also clocked a career-best time of 2:04.85 (24th) to make the C Final.
- Boise State had six swimmers compete in the 50 free prelims with three reaching the A Final in the evening.
- Leading the way for the blue and orange was junior Abbey Sorensen who swam the top time of the prelims out of 80 competitors, as well as a career-best and NCAA B standard 22.44.
- Ally Kleinsorgen recorded a 22.80 (NCAA B cut) to place fourth, while Emmie Jennings turned in a 23.04 which was good for eighth, both times were season best and advanced each Bronco into the A Final.
- Four other Broncos swam the 50 free as an exhibition race with all four clocking career-best times, Robin Pinger (23.37), Molly Hogg (23.77), Georgia Zacest (23.85) and Emma Segneri (24.10).
- The final preliminary event on Thursday was the 3-meter springboard featuring the Broncos’ Cassidy Bose and Taylor Clark.
- Bose tallied a 255.06 in the prelims to place 14th overall and advance into the consolation final.
- Clark recorded a 228.51 to place 22nd overall to earn three team points for the Broncos.
200-Yard Freestyle Relay
- Cassidy Bose competed in the 3-meter dive consolation final Thursday afternoon tallying a 231.51 to finish in 15th place (12 team points).
- Boise State was the two-time defending MW Champion in the 200-yard freestyle relay heading into this year’s meet, they left as the three-time champs and with 64 team points.
- Abbey Sorensen led off the relay with a career-best 50-yard split of 22.37, followed by Emmie Jennings, Robin Pinger and Ally Kleinsorgen on the anchor leg. The Bronco foursome clocked a 1:29.39 (NCAA B standard) to win by more than a second over second-place San Diego State.
- Boise State’s time also ranked fourth all-time in MW and Boise State history.
200-Yard Individual Medley
- Emma Chard recorded the best time in the morning’s prelims with the ninth-ranked time in program history. She followed that up by winning the MW Championship with the third-best time and her second NCAA B cut time of the day with a 4:43.04 in the final, good for 32 team points.
- Hayley Hill turned in a career-best and NCAA B cut time in the final clocking a 4:45.94 to place fifth overall and tallying the Broncos 25 team points.
- Lucia Davis placed sixth overall when she turned in a time of 4:48.15 to hand Boise State 24 points.
- Alyssa Schultz swam a 4:51.81 in the final to place eighth overall for 22 team points.
- Mandy Barnes earned the Broncos 16 points when she placed 11th overall with a time of 4:49.54, while Cody Evans placed 22nd (3 points) with a career-best 4:55.22.
- Boise State had four swimmers reach the finals Thursday night led by Emily Mathis’ third-place finish overall on a time of 2:03.83 which earned the Broncos 27 points.
- Laura Williams finished the day in seventh when she recorded a 2:02.77 in the final, good for 23 points.
- Robin Pinger took 12th overall with a 2:03.07 (15 points), followed by Brittany Wen who placed 17th (nine points) on a career-best time of 2:03.76.
- Three Broncos advance into the finals of the 50 free led by junior Abbey Sorensen who recorded 22.53 to win the race and securing 32 points for the Broncos.
- It was the second-straight year that Boise State has won the 50 free with then-senior Katelyn Martin winning it in 2017.
- Kleinsorgen followed with a fourth-place result on a 22.83 (26 points), while Jennings placed sixth (24 points) on a 22.98, just short of tying her career-best time of 22.97.
- All three times in the finals by Boise State were NCAA B standard times.