Chard Paces Day One In Texas
Nov. 19, 2015

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    COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Sophomore Emma Chard went stroke-for-stroke with some of the nation’s best Thursday night, taking third in the 500 free, posting an NCAA B and new Boise State record day one of the Art Adamson Invitational in College Station.

    Chard qualified sixth in the morning prelims, as the event was swum long course at 400 meters. At night, on the 25-yard short course, Chard touched the wall third in a school-record 4:44.55, behind only the Texas A&M pair of Sarah Gibson (4:42.43) and Colleen Konetzke (4:43.81). Chard’s record time beat fellow Bronco Taylor Padington’s 21-month-old record of 4:47.33 by nearly three seconds.

    “It was a solid swim, Emma split the swim really solid,” said Boise State head coach Jeremy Kipp. “It was a real committed swim from start to finish, which is how she’s been training. Its not surprising because of how hard she’s been working. It really got us going for the night, as Amelia and Felicity were right on the school record in the C Final, and Blake had a good swim in the B final. We got a good ball of momentum going.”

    Boise State matched up well against the field, which includes host Texas A&M, Stanford, LSU, San Diego State, Utah, Arizona State, SMU, Nebraska and TCU. The event continues Friday and Saturday.

    Sophomore diver Kacee Olson was another Bronco to make an A final, rising to fifth in the 3-meter field with a score of 266.25 after squeezing into the final eight by two points in the preliminary round.

    Blake Balogh took third in the B final with a time of 4:49.80, missing the B cut by two seconds. It is also the sixth-fastest time in school history.

    Senior Sam Wicks was another Bronco to record a B cut Thursday night, posting a time of 2:00.05, eighth-fastest in school history, in the 200 IM to finish fifth in the B final and 13th overall. Junior Felicity Cann posted Boise State’s third B cut of the night, touching the wall in 4:47.57 to capture the C Final of the 500 free and beat the standard by 0.22 of a second.

    Boise State had strong showings in Thursday’s two relay events, taking fifth in the 200 free relay and sixth in the 400 medley relay. Wicks, Brittany Aoyama, Katelyn Martin and Ally Kleinsorgen turned in a time of 1:31.25 in the first final of the night, the 200 free relay, while the night ended in the 400 medley relay with the quartet of Wicks, Laura Williams, Aoyama and Martin finishing in 3:38.11.

    The 50 free also took place on day one, as Aoyama topped the Broncos by taking 15th overall in 23.27. Cann and Amelia Draney (4:47.96) finished first and second in the 500 free C final.

    “It’s a great first step, a really good first evening as long as we can come back and be solid in the morning,” Kipp noted in summing up the first day. “Like in a baseball game, we got on base and we’re right where we need to be.

    “We haven’t had a chance to really let the horses run, so to speak, but it’s a great facility and we took advantage of having some great competition in the pool. It was good to see Sam get out and race hard, and Kacee making the final was great for the diving crew, as they’re getting good training here,” Kipp added.

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