Boise State Trails Heading Into Final Day Of MWs
Feb. 20, 2015

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    SAN ANTONIO - Brittany Aoyama captured the 100 fly title while Sam Wicks (100 back) and Emma Chard (200 free) turned in runner-up finishes, but Boise State didn't get the depth of results it wanted Friday at the Mountain West Swimming & Diving Championships and heads into Saturday's final day trailing San Diego State by 46.5 points in the team standings.

    The final day of action at the Palo Alto College Aquatic Center will begin Saturday with prelims at 11 a.m. CT. Scheduled events for Saturday are the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 1,650 free, platform diving and the 400 free relay.

    "Brittany's 100 fly, Sam's 100 back and Emma's 200 free were certainly highlights tonight," said Boise State head coach Kristin Hill. "Getting second in the 400 medley relay against this conference was an accomplishment-it was a great race. We are looking forward to a great final day tomorrow."

    San Diego State got wins in the 400 medley relay and 100 back to highlight a 223-point performance Friday night, leap-frogging the Broncos atop the team scoreboard. The Aztecs, with 493 points, lead a top five also consisting of Boise State (446.5), Nevada (368), Wyoming (268) and UNLV (212.5).

    Aoyama brought home Boise State's second title of the championships, clocking a 52.09, just four-hundredths of a second off of Amber Boucher's school record, to capture the 100 fly.

    Sam Wicks, despite a runner-up finish by just 0.26 of a second to San Diego State's Anika Apostalon (52.38) in the 100 back, bettered her previous school record of 52.92 in Friday's final, shaving 0.28 of a second off that mark and finishing with a time of 52.64.

    Freshman Emma Chard used a strong finishing kick to grab second in the 200 free, clocking a 1:46.40 in the event for an NCAA B Standard.

    The 400 medley relay of Wicks, Heather Harper, Aoyama and Katelyn Martin also finished second, coming in at 3:36.02, just under a second behind San Diego State.

    Nikki Cannon had a strong effort in the 100 back A final, finishing fifth in 54.85. Jessica Bottelberghe (54.84) and Martin (55.00) finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in the 100 fly to earn All-Mountain West honors, while Felicity Cann (1:48.66) took seventh in the 200 free.

    Freshman Amelia Draney clocked a 1:49.43 in the 200 free B Final for a 12th-place overall finish, while senior Megan Myers took 13th in the 400 IM with a time of 4:27.93. In the 100 breast B final, senior Heather Harper (1:02.64) took first for a ninth-place overall finish and Sydney Johansen (1:03.34) finished 13th.


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