Broncos Split Tri-Meet
Oct. 30, 2015

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    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- Boise State split Friday evening's tri-meet in Salt Lake City, defeating host Utah, 158-141, but falling to Florida Gulf Coast, 159-140.

    The Broncos finish the weekend in Utah Saturday at noon, visiting BYU for a dual meet in Provo.

    The Broncos were victorious in five of the 16 events Friday night, including a sweep of both relays (200 medley and 400 free). Sophomore Emma Chard had a standout night, earning individual wins in the 200 and 500 frees and being part of the top 400 free-relay foursome along with Brittany Aoyama, Cody Evans and Felicity Cann.

    "Emma really stepped up, and Felicity was right up there with her in the 200 and the 500," Kipp added. "The timing of those races was really critical for us. Felicity turned in a great time in the first heat, and Emma followed with the winning time in the second. In the relay, Emma got us to a good lead, and it helped the rest of the relay bring in the win. She put them in a good position to win."

    Aoyama also picked up three wins, grabbing the third individual win for the Broncos, touching the wall in 55.40 to capture the 100 fly, and being part of both victorious relays.

    On the diving boards, sophomore Kacee Olson finished in the top three of both events, scoring a 272.60 to finish second on 3-meter and a 262.30 for third on the 1-meter board.

    The quartet of Aoyama, Sam Wicks, Laura Williams and Katelyn Martin captured the first swimming event of the night, the 200 medley relay, in 1:42.82.

    Two events later, Chard picked up her first win of the night, clocking 1:50.32 to edge out Cann by 0.14 of a second for first. Evans would take fifth in 1:54.32. The pair would finish 1-2 in the 500 free as well, with Chard's time of 5:00.40 bettering Cann by 0.83 of a second.

    They, along with Aoyama and Evans, would touch the wall in 3:26.15 to capture the 400 free relay in the final event of the night.

    Aoyama also finished second in the 50 free, clocking 23.95 with Martin in third behind her at 24.10. Sam Wicks turned in top-three finishes in the 100 back (second, 55.31) and 100 free (third, 52.21).

    Blake Balogh and Amelia Draney took third and fourth, respectively, in the 1,000 free, with Balogh turning in a time of 10:31.43 and Draney touching in 10:33.50. Williams turned in a fourth-place effort in the 100 breast, clocking a time of 1:05.50.

    "To go up against FGCU, coming off a big win over Notre Dame,and for our girls to go toe to toe with them was huge. We had success in some events, in others they out-touched us, but I think we held our own and the relay wins were big. We gained confidence that we can hang with the best," Kipp said.


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