Boise State Hosts Denver Saturday
Jan. 21, 2016

BOISE, Idaho - Boise State swimming and diving returns to the Boise West YMCA to host its final two dual meets of the season, beginning this Saturday (Jan. 23) at 11:15 a.m. against the Denver Pioneers.

Saturday’s meet will feature both the swimming and diving contingents in action and will serve as Boise State’s “Senior Day.” The Broncos will honor their three-woman senior class of Blake Balogh, Taylor Padington and Sam Wicks at 11:40 a.m., following the 1-meter diving competition.

The Pioneers are ranked 28th in CollegeSwimming.com’s Division I Women’s Poll, with the Broncos checking in at No. 39. In the outlet’s Mid-Major Division I Poll, Denver ranks second while Boise State sits sixth.

THE OPPOSITION: Denver heads into Saturday’s dual meet ranked 28th in the country by CollegeSwimming.com and second in the outlet’s Mid-Major Division I Poll. The Pioneers are 6-1 on the year in head-to-head meet action.

The Pioneers defeated BYU (255-97) and fell to Minnesota (199.5-152.5) last Friday at home, with Maddie Myers capturing the 400 IM and 500 free, and Morgan McCormick taking the 200 back.

LAST TIME OUT: Boise State split its meet last Saturday (Jan. 16), defeating host Utah (159-118) and narrowly missing the upset of UCLA, falling 133-128.

The Broncos topped the schools with seven victories Saturday, including wins in both relays: the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay. Brittany Aoyama, Katelyn Martin and Sam Wicks each recorded three wins, being part of both victorious relays in addition in respective wins in the 100 fly (Aoyama), 50 free (Martin) and 100 back (Wicks).

AMONG THE MW’S TOP TIMES: A month away from the Mountain West Swimming and Diving Championships, set for Feb. 18-21 in College Station, Texas, numerous Broncos hold good spots on the Mountain West’s updated list of top times and performances. The Broncos own eight top times in the conference through Jan. 12 including four in relays (400 FR, 800 FR, 200 MR, 400 MR). Individually, Sam Wicks’ owns the top time in the 100 and 200 backs at 53.53 and 1:54.24, respectively. Brittany Aoyama owns the top 100 fly time (52.99) while Emma Chard tops the conference in the 200 free (1:46.52).

Aoyama (100 free), Wicks (200 IM), Chard (500 free), Amelia Draney (1,650 free) and the 200 free relay quartet of Wicks, Aoyama, Katelyn Martin and Ally Kleinsorgen each boast the second-best conference times in their respective events.

DIVERS: Boise State divers showed well in San Diego on Jan. 2, as freshman Cassidy Bose claimed her first individual title, capturing the 3-meter event with a score of 278-20.

Sophomore Kacee Olson finished third on both the 1- and 3-meter boards, scoring 249.10 and 268.90, respectively. Junior Karli Kriewall took fourth on 3-meter with a score of 248.10.

NEXT UP FOR THE BRONCOS: The Broncos remain home for their final meet of the regular season, hosting Oregon State next Saturday, Jan. 30. The meet will begin at noon.

The divers will compete at the meet against Denver and participate in their final tuneup for conference championships at the AFA Invitational in Colorado Springs from Feb. 5-6.


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