Boise State The Pick To Capture Second-Straight MW Title
Feb. 13, 2015

  • 2015 Mountain West Swimming & Diving Championships Central

    BOISE, Idaho - Boise State was tabbed as the favorite to claim the 2015 Mountain West swimming and diving crown in the pre-championship poll announced by the conference Friday morning.

    The results were taken from a poll of the 10 conference head coaches. The Broncos received seven of the 10 first-place votes and 79 total points, just ahead of 2014 runner-up San Diego State, which took the remaining three first-place votes and a total of 75 points.

    Nevada and Wyoming tied for third with 61 points, with UNLV rounding out the top half with 41 points. Air Force and New Mexico (37 points each), San Jose State (30), Colorado State (19) and Fresno State (10) made up the rest of the poll.

    The 2015 Mountain West Swimming & Diving Championship will run from Feb. 18-21 at the Palo Alto College Aquatic Center in San Antonio. Boise State will attempt to successfully defend its 2014 title as well as capture its third Mountain West crown in four years, having also won the title in 2012. Should the Broncos succeed in their defense next week, it would make them the first program to repeat as MW champs since BYU won four-straight titles from 2007-10.

    Head coach Kristin Hill oversees a Boise State squad led by the performances of seniors Heather Harper and Jessica Bottelberghe, junior Sam Wicks and sophomore Brittany Aoyama. Wicks currently owns the Mountain West's top time in the 200 IM (1:58.83, the Boise State record) while Aoyama holds the conference's top times in the 100 fly (52.06) and 200 free (1:46.99) and Harper paces the loop in the 200 breast (2:13.77).

    Wicks, Harper, Aoyama and Bottelberghe are all part of the 400 medley relay team which holds the Mountain West's top time at 3:37.9, while Wicks, Harper and Aoyama, along with Katelyn Martin, are all part of the conference's top 200 medley relay quartet with a time of 1:39.07. The Broncos hold the top MW time in three of the five relay events, with the 800 free relay's (Aoyama, Martin, Bottelberghe, Amelia Draney) top time (7:18.39) also being in Bronco hands.

    The 2015 Mountain West Championships begin Wednesday (Feb. 18) at 11:30 a.m. MT with the prelims of the 1-meter springboard diving event.

    2015 Mountain West Swimming & Diving Pre-Championship Poll (First-place votes)
    1. Boise State (7) - 79
    2. San Diego State (3) - 75
    3t. Nevada - 61
    3t. Wyoming - 61
    5. UNLV - 41
    6t. Air Force - 37
    6t. New Mexico - 37
    8. San Jose State - 30
    9. Colorado State - 19
    10. Fresno State - 10

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