Broncos Finish 36th At NCAAs
March 18, 2017
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Boise State wrapped up its incredible 2016-17 campaign Saturday on the final day of the NCAA Championships, finishing tied for 36th overall in the team standings with 10 points thanks to the 200 free relay's 12th-place finish Thursday.
It is just the third time that Boise State has scored at the national meet, and the highest team finish in program history. The Broncos previously finished 39th (five points) in 2011 and tied for 47th (two points) in 2012.
"I thought we ended on a good note. We dropped time on the 400 free relay in a super-competitive field," said Boise State head coach Jeremy Kipp. "It was validation of an awesome season all around. You can talk about conference championship and focus on the stars, but it was a team effort. We scored at nationals on the relay which the ultimate expression of team. A lot of people here were happy to see us do well, which i take as validation of a great season. For our young swimmers to see that, it changes them. The realm of possibilities is open pretty wide. Its never perfect, and it is kind of sad the season has to end, but we're looking forward to next year and building on this year's success."
Boise State also had its 200 free relay of Brittany Aoyama, Katelyn Martin, Ally Kleinsorgen and Abbey Sorensen earn All-America honorable mention with its 12th-place finish Thursday while establishing a program record time of 1:28.31 in that day's prelims.
Saturday, the Bronco 400 free relay of Aoyama, Abbey Sorensen, Martin and Cody Evans came up just 0.58 of a second short of qualifying for the evening finals, as their time of 3:15.67 was good for 19th overall. UCLA took the final qualifying spot for the consolation final (16th) with a time of 3:15.09.
Aoyama and Martin were the first Broncos in action during prelims, competing in the 100 free with Aoyama tying for 36th with a time of 48.78 and Martin taking 41st in 48.90.
Sophomore diver Cassidy Bose became the first Bronco to officially compete at the NCAA Championships, finishing 44th on platform with a score of 189.90
Junior Emma Chard was the final Bronco in action at the meet, competing in the 1,650 free and finishing 35th with a time of 16:45.05.
"Emma's still battling an illness, but she decided not to scratch the mile, and she earned her swim," Kipp said. "Being sick with a fever and still going out there, I was proud of Emma that she didn't quit. This meet was a learning experience for her and I know she'll come back super motivated."
For Aoyama, Martin and fellow swimmer Felicity Cann, the conclusion of the meet marked the end of standout collegiate careers in which the trio won a combined 25 Mountain West titles and were part of the first group of Boise State relay teams that swept all five events at the Mountain West Championships (2017). Aoyama leaves Boise State as its record-holder in the 100 fly (52.04, twice), while Martin owns the top time in the 50 free (22.11). Aoyama and Martin also leave as part of the program's record-holding relays in the 200 free relay (1:28.31), 400 free relay (3:15.38), 200 medley relay (1:37.63) and 400 medley relay (3:34.40), while Aoyama and Cann are part of the record-holding 800 free relay (7:03.96).
"It's bittersweet as with every senior class to swim your final race. I told the three of them that even though I only worked with them for two years, I feel I got the chance to watch them grow so much," Kipp said of the trio of seniors at nationals. "It speaks to their commitment to the University and to this program. It's the way you want to end whether you finish as an All-American or not. Every swimmer wants to finish their collegiate career and last swim at NCAAs."
Boise State Individual/Relay Finishes At The 2017 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships
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