Aoyama Claims 11th-Career MW Honor
Jan. 24, 2017

BOISE, Idaho - Like Spinal Tap, Boise State swimming senior Brittany Aoyama wasn't satisfied with 10 career Mountain West Swimmer of the Week awards, so Tuesday she pocketed her 11th.

Aoyama's honor is also her fourth this season, and the fifth overall for the Broncos. The Stockton, Calif., native captured this latest honor by winning seven of her eight events in helping Boise State capture head-to-head victories at Wyoming and No. 22 (collegeswimming.com) Denver this past weekend. The wins, which included one over Colorado Mesa in Saturday's tri-meet at Denver, improved the Broncos to 6-1 in head-to-head action in 2016-17.

Friday in Laramie, Aoyama showed little effects from swimming at the 7,220-foot altitude, sweeping all four of her events. SIn addition to winning her signature event, the 100 fly, she captured both the 50 and 100 frees and was part of the winning 400 free relay that closed the meet. Her performance helped Boise State overcome an early deficit and win five of the last six events en route to the meet victory.

The next day, at the mile-high altitude of Denver, Aoyama was even better, hitting B cuts in her 100 fly (53.81-a) and 100 free (49.67-a) victories, with the altitude-adjusted times ranking second and third, respectively, in the Mountain West's top three this season. Her victorious 200 fly time of 2:01.54 (altitude-adjusted) is also the second-fastest in the Mountain West this season.

Aoyama now has 16 wins in individual events this season, just four back of Amber Boucher's school single-season record of 20 set in 2010-11.

Boise State hosts Nevada and Northern Arizona at the Boise West YMCA this Saturday (Jan. 28) at 11 a.m. The Bronco divers head to Colorado Springs, Colo., for the AFA Diving Invitational from Friday-Saturday. Both competitions will be the last for the team ahead of the Mountain West Swimming and Diving Championships, set for Feb. 15-18 in College Station, Texas.


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