Broncos Voted Championship Co-Favorite
Feb. 12, 2016

BOISE, Idaho – Boise State swimming and diving was voted the co-favorite, along with Nevada, heading into the Mountain West Swimming and Diving Championships, the conference announced Friday.

The voting was done by the 10 conference head coaches. Boise State and Nevada each earned three first-place votes and 73 points, followed by San Diego State, which also earned three first-place votes but a total of 70 points. Wyoming received the remaining first-place vote and 60 points to come in fourth.

Rounding out the remaining six spots were UNLV (43 points), Air Force (35), New Mexico (31), San Jose State (28), Fresno State (24) and Colorado State (13).

The 2016 Mountain West Championships are set for next Wed.-Sat., Feb. 17-20 at the Texas A&M Natatorium in College Station, Texas. The Broncos, with first-year head coach Jeremy Kipp at the helm, will be going for their third Mountain West team title, having previously captured the crown in 2012 and 2014. Last year, the Broncos finished second behind San Diego State, capturing three event titles (400 free relay, 800 free relay, Brittany Aoyama in the 100 fly).

Entering next week’s meet, the Broncos hold the top times in the Mountain West in eight events, including four of the five relay events. Sam Wicks owns the conference’s top marks in both the 100 and 200 backs, with Brittany Aoyama the conference’s top performer in the 100 fly and Emma Chard atop the 200 free rankings. Bronco relay groups own the top times in the 400 and 800 free relays along with both the 200 and 400 medley relays.

2016 Mountain West Championships Coaches Poll (first-place votes)
1. Boise State (3) - 73
Nevada (3) - 73
3. San Diego State (3) - 70
4. Wyoming (1) - 60
5. UNLV - 43
6. Air Force - 35
7. New Mexico - 31
8. San Jose State - 28
9. Fresno State - 24
10. Colorado State -13

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