Broncos Roll In Season Opener
Oct. 7, 2017

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    BOISE, Idaho - Boise State swimming and diving opened its 2017-18 campaign Saturday with a convincing 167-122 victory over in-state rival Idaho at the Boise West Valley YMCA. Senior Emma Chard and junior Ally Kleinsorgen led the Broncos with four victories apiece in the pool, while junior diver Cassidy Bose posted a Zone Qualifying score on 1-meter and just missed another qualifying score on 3-meter.

    The Broncos return to action with a dual meet at Nevada on Oct. 27.

    Saturday, Boise State posted the top time or score in 15 of the 16 events at the meet, with Idaho only coming out on top in 3-meter diving.

    "We had some really great in-season swims already, but also had a lot of swims where we saw some rust, shaking off some of the dust from a month and a half of training. It was a mixed bag, as a coach of mine used to say," said Boise State head coach Jeremy Kipp. "But I'm really proud of [our leaders], they kind of stepped in, and they've got some big shoes to fill from last year's senior class and the class before them."

    Chard and Kleinsorgen bookended the swimming events by being part of Boise State's victorious 200 medley and 400 free relays. In the opener, Kleinsorgen, Chard, Laura Williams and Cody Evans touched first in 1:44.72, with the Bronco B relay of Abbey Sorensen, Robin Pinger, Monica Bottelberghe and Georgia Zacest right behind them at 1:45.59. In the finale, Kleinsorgen and Chard teamed with Evans and Sorensen to post the top time at 3:28.60, with the B team of Pinger, Zacest, Bottelberghe and freshman Madison Frederick second in 3:33.76.

    Chard picked up individual wins in the 100 breast (1:05.13), in which she went 1-2 with Laura Williams (1:06.04), and the 100 free, in which she clocked a 51.65 to lead a top-four sweep along with Evans (52.08), Kleinsorgen (52.19), and Bottelberghe (52.21). Kleinsorgen, meanwhile, picked up the first of her individual wins in her specialty, the 100 back, touching first in 54.96 to lead Frederick (58.72), Zacest (59.15) and freshman Lauren Sale (59.20) in a top-four sweep. Kleinsorgen got her second individual victory in the 100 fly, clocking a winning time of 57.15.

    On the diving boards, the pair of Bose and freshman Tatum Thompkins performed well, opening by taking second and third, respectively, on 3-meter. There, Bose's score of 276.75 was less than four points off of the Zone Qualifying standard of 280, while Thompkins' score of 253.13 was good for third. Idaho's Janelle Lucas captured the event with a score of 288.90. Bose, however, would rebound on 1-meter, topping the six-diver field with a zone qualifying score of 276.78, with Thompkins (232.95) taking fourth in her collegiate debut.

    Back between the lanes, Evans and Sorensen each finished the day with three victories. In addition to her two relay wins, Evans also captured the 200 free in 1:53.36, while Sorensen added wins in the 50 free (23.24) and the 200 back (2:02.41) to her 400 free relay victory. In both of her individual wins, Sorensen paced a top-four Bronco sweep, as in the 50 free she was followed by Bottelberghe (23.80), Pinger (23.89), and freshman Lydiah Almeter (24.79), and in the 200 back led the freshman trio of Sale (2:06.23), Molly Hogg (2:06.86) and Frederick (2:08.35).

    Senior Emily Mathis captured the 200 breast in 2:20.03, while additional Bronco wins were picked up by Mandy Barnes in the 200 fly (2:07.41), Ally Schultz in the 500 free (5:09.00), and Williams in the 200 IM (2:06.81). Freshman Hayley Hill also picked up the first win of her collegiate career, capturing the 1,000 free in 10:35.85, ahead of fellow freshman Lucia Davis (10:39.05).

    "[Our freshmen] had really controlled swims. You never know what you're going to get with freshmen when they're nervous, but they did a good job of working their way in," Kipp said. "They made some rookie mistakes, turns are a lot faster and girls are a lot more explosive, but they realized that and did a good job of getting into the flow."


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