Wicks Claims Two Titles On Night Two
Feb. 18, 2016

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    COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Boise State swimmers pocketed two more titles and three more school records in Thursday night's finals of the Mountain West Swimming and Diving Championships at Texas A&M Natatorium.

    In the team standings, the Broncos remained in second place, shaving 9.5 points off of their deficit to first-place Nevada. The Broncos, with 254.5 points, trail Nevada (284) but extended their advantage over third-place San Diego State, which finished the night at 213 after trailing Boise State by just five entering Thursday.

    "I don't want to be too cliche but tonight was a total team effort," said Boise State head coach Jeremy Kipp. "The 200 free relay getting an A cut and a win, that was huge. Sam made a real statement in the 200 IM, I'm so happy for her, she went out and got it. The team is firing from all cylinders.

    "We talked about chipping away and chipping away. Tonight's events, there were only four individual events, and I think we'll get better as we go through the weekend. We're swimming really well," Kipp added.

    Events scheduled for Friday's penultimate day of the meet include the 400 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back. Prelims begin at 10 a.m. MT with the finals set for a 5:30 p.m. MT start.

    Senior Sam Wicks picked up the first individual Mountain West title of her career, winning the 200 IM in a school-record 1:57.18. It was her second title of the night, as she teamed with Brittany Aoyama, Katelyn Martin and Abbey Sorensen to capture the 200 free relay, Boise State's third relay win of the meet.

    The quartet set a school record and posted the team's second NCAA A cut of the meet with a title-winning time of 1:28.93. Aoyama led of the relay off before Wicks and Martin extended the lead on the middle legs. The lead was enough for Sorensen to hold off all challenges over her 50-yard leg, completing the record swim.

    Boise State swimmers pocketed two more titles and three more school records in Thursday night's finals of the Mountain West Swimming and Diving Championships at Texas A&M Natatorium.

    In the team standings, the Broncos remained in second place, shaving 9.5 points off of their deficit to first-place Nevada. The Broncos, with 254.5 points, trail Nevada (284) but extended their advantage over third-place San Diego State, which finished the night at 213 after trailing Boise State by just five entering Thursday.

    "I don't want to be too cliche but tonight was a total team effort," said Boise State head coach Jeremy Kipp. "The 200 free relay getting an A cut and a win, that was huge. Sam made a real statement in the 200 IM, I'm so happy for her, she went out and got it. The team is firing from all cylinders.

    "We talked about chipping away and chipping away. Tonight's events, there were only four individual events, and I think we'll get better as we go through the weekend. We're swimming really well," Kipp added.

    Events scheduled for Friday's penultimate day of the meet include the 400 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back. Prelims begin at 10 a.m. MT with the finals set for a 5:30 p.m. MT start.

    Senior Sam Wicks picked up the first individual Mountain West title of her career, winning the 200 IM in a school-record 1:57.18. It was her second title of the night, as she teamed with Brittany Aoyama, Katelyn Martin and Abbey Sorensen to capture the 200 free relay, Boise State's third relay win of the meet.

    The quartet set a school record and posted the team's second NCAA A cut of the meet with a title-winning time of 1:28.93. Aoyama led of the relay off before Wicks and Martin extended the lead on the middle legs. The lead was enough for Sorensen to hold off all challenges over her 50-yard leg, completing the record swim.

    "Having a freshman in the anchor was a bit of a risk but Abbey did a great job, and we knew Brittany is always stable and Sam and Katelyn in the middle there gave us tremendous splits. It's a sprint realy and it's fun to win," Kipp said.

    In the 200 IM, Wicks burst out to the lead on the opening butterfly leg before stretching it to nearly 2.5 seconds after her top stroke, the backstroke, on the second leg. The Alaska native never faltered on the breaststroke leg and, with a two-plus second advantage entering the final 50 yards, churned home for the 2.13-second win.

    "It was effort and I'd also say commitment from Sam. She trains so well and is such a great competitor and I really wanted her to go out on top," Kipp said of Wicks' performance on the night. "From finish to end it was just a great swim."

    Two more Broncos got onto the top-three of the podium Thursday, as Emma Chard turned in a runner-up finish in the 500 free, her Boise State-record time of 4:40.21 being edged out of the title by six-hundredths of a second by Air Force's Genevieve Miller. Chard's time beat her own record of 4:44.56 by over four seconds.

    Felicity Cann (4:47.22) took fourth while Blake Balogh (4:49.05) took sixth overall in the event in a strong Bronco showing.

    Katelyn Martin grabbed the second of of the top-three efforts, finishing the 50 free tied for third with New Mexico's Morgan Ginnis in 22.46.

    Sophomore Kacee Olson posted the diving contingent's first A final appearance of the meet, finishing seventh on 3-meter with a score of 308.35.

    Numerous Broncos also scored with appearances in the various B finals. Amelia Draney topped the 500 free B final for a ninth-place overall finish, while Mandy Barnes (4:53.16) was sixth and Taylor Padington (4:54.82) seventh for overall finishes of 14th and 15th, respectively.

    Freshmen Laura Williams (2:03.81) finished fifth in the 200 IM B final for a 13th-place overall finish, while in the 50 free B final, the Broncos scored three freshmen: Sorensen (fifth, 23.10), Cody Evans (sixth, 23.27) and Ally Kleinsorgen (eight, 23.32). First-year diver Cassidy Bose also scored in the 3-meter springboard competition, placing 12th overall with a score of 278.20 in the B final.

    Earlier in the day, during prelims, Chard (4:44.56), Cann (4:45.54) and Balogh (4:50.08) all qualified for the 500 free A final, with Chard's and Cann's times each NCAA B cuts and in the top three in school history. Chard missed her then-school record by one-hundredth of a second before obliterating it in the night's championship final.

    Draney (4:50.15) was ninth in qualifying, just seven-hundredths of a second behind Balogh, who nabbed the final spot in the championship final. Barnes (4:55.04) and Padington (4:55.56) finished 14th and 16th to grab two of the final three spots in the B final.

    "That [500 free] group has been really dedicated all year and we talked a lot about goals with them. All of them being members of the 800 free relay, and even Amelia, Mandy and Taylor, who aren't on it, the goal has been to push everyone," Kipp noted.

    The 200 IM, 50 free and 3-meter diving prelims also took place, with more strong efforts from Bronco swimmers and divers. Wicks posted the top time in the 200 IM qualifying, clocking a 1:58.66, third-fastest in school history. Williams qualified for the B final, grabbing the 16th and final slot with a time of 2:03.88.

    Martin swam a 22.38 in 50 free prelims to qualify third, while Sorensen (23.16, 12th), Kleinsorgen (23.24, 14th) and Evans (23.28, 16th) each qualifying.

    On the diving board, Olson qualified for the A final with a score of 305.75, fifth in qualifying, while Bose earned a spot in the B final, scoring 272.15 to finish 12th. Karli Kriewall (249.75) and Kiley Carlson (249.60) finished 19th and 20th, respectively.

    "Having a freshman in the anchor was a bit of a risk but Abbey did a great job, and we knew Brittany is always stable and Sam and Katelyn in the middle there gave us tremendous splits. It's a sprint realy and it's fun to win," Kipp said.

    In the 200 IM, Wicks burst out to the lead on the opening butterfly leg before stretching it to nearly 2.5 seconds after her top stroke, the backstroke, on the second leg. The Alaska native never faltered on the breaststroke leg and, with a two-plus second advantage entering the final 50 yards, churned home for the 2.13-second win.

    "It was effort and I'd also say commitment from Sam. She trains so well and is such a great competitor and I really wanted her to go out on top," Kipp said of Wicks' performance on the night. "From finish to end it was just a great swim."

    Two more Broncos got onto the top-three of the podium Thursday, as Emma Chard turned in a runner-up finish in the 500 free, her Boise State-record time of 4:40.21 being edged out of the title by six-hundredths of a second by Air Force's Genevieve Miller. Chard's time beat her own record of 4:44.56 by over four seconds.

    Felicity Cann (4:47.22) took fourth while Blake Balogh (4:49.05) took sixth overall in the event in a strong Bronco showing.

    Katelyn Martin grabbed the second of of the top-three efforts, finishing the 50 free tied for third with New Mexico's Morgan Ginnis in 22.46.

    Sophomore Kacee Olson posted the diving contingent's first A final appearance of the meet, finishing seventh on 3-meter with a score of 308.35.

    Numerous Broncos also scored with appearances in the various B finals. Amelia Draney topped the 500 free B final for a ninth-place overall finish, while Mandy Barnes (4:53.16) was sixth and Taylor Padington (4:54.82) seventh for overall finishes of 14th and 15th, respectively.

    Freshmen Laura Williams (2:03.81) finished fifth in the 200 IM B final for a 13th-place overall finish, while in the 50 free B final, the Broncos scored three freshmen: Sorensen (fifth, 23.10), Cody Evans (sixth, 23.27) and Ally Kleinsorgen (eight, 23.32). First-year diver Cassidy Bose also scored in the 3-meter springboard competition, placing 12th overall with a score of 278.20 in the B final.

    Earlier in the day, during prelims, Chard (4:44.56), Cann (4:45.54) and Balogh (4:50.08) all qualified for the 500 free A final, with Chard's and Cann's times each NCAA B cuts and in the top three in school history. Chard missed her then-school record by one-hundredth of a second before obliterating it in the night's championship final.

    Draney (4:50.15) was ninth in qualifying, just seven-hundredths of a second behind Balogh, who nabbed the final spot in the championship final. Barnes (4:55.04) and Padington (4:55.56) finished 14th and 16th to grab two of the final three spots in the B final.

    "That [500 free] group has been really dedicated all year and we talked a lot about goals with them. All of them being members of the 800 free relay, and even Amelia, Mandy and Taylor, who aren't on it, the goal has been to push everyone," Kipp noted.

    The 200 IM, 50 free and 3-meter diving prelims also took place, with more strong efforts from Bronco swimmers and divers. Wicks posted the top time in the 200 IM qualifying, clocking a 1:58.66, third-fastest in school history. Williams qualified for the B final, grabbing the 16th and final slot with a time of 2:03.88.

    Martin swam a 22.38 in 50 free prelims to qualify third, while Sorensen (23.16, 12th), Kleinsorgen (23.24, 14th) and Evans (23.28, 16th) each qualifying.

    On the diving board, Olson qualified for the A final with a score of 305.75, fifth in qualifying, while Bose earned a spot in the B final, scoring 272.15 to finish 12th. Karli Kriewall (249.75) and Kiley Carlson (249.60) finished 19th and 20th, respectively.


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