Chard and Kleinsorgen both return in 2018 to defend their individual titles.
In addition, the Broncos swept all five relay championships in 2017.
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE
The Bronco swimming and diving program has wasted little time in creating a tradition of excellence when it comes to conference championships since it was established with the 2006-07 season.
After a building period of three years under Boise State’s first head coach Kristin Hill (fall 2006-spring 2015) where the Broncos finished eighth, seventh and sixth, respectively, in the conference (WAC) championship meet, the blue and orange has not placed lower than second place in the last eight years and has won five conference championships.
Boise State’s first five years were as members of the Western Athletic Conference. After placing sixth out eight teams in the 2009 (third season of competition) WAC Championships, the Broncos went on to win the next two titles in 2010 and 2011 to closeout their WAC membership.
The Broncos joined the Mountain West Conference for the 2011-12 season and proceeded to win the conference championship that spring giving the blue and orange three-straight titles spanning two leagues. Since that season Boise State has won the 2014 and 2017 MW Championships and placed second in 2013, 2015 and 2016.
COACH KIPP ARRIVES
Following the 2015 season then-head coach Kristin Hill retired. Her departure led to the arrival of the Jeremy Kipp era in which the Broncos have continued the tradition of excellence without skipping a beat.
In Kipp’s first two years the Broncos were edged out of the 2016 MW title by 13 points to place second behind Nevada (664-651), then followed that up by winning it all last season.
In addition, Kipp was named the Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year both years.
Since winning their first conference title in 2010, the Broncos have excelled at relays where they have won 23 of the 40 relay championships at conference meets, including 9-of-10 under coach Kipp.
They swept all five titles in 2017 and did that once previously in 2011.
They have also won four relay titles twice in 2012 and 2016, as well as three titles in 2010 and two in 2015.
BOISE STATE NOTABLES
TWO-TIME DEFENDING CHAMP
Boise State senior Emma Chard is the two-time defending 200-yard freestyle champion at the MW Championships.
The native of Tacoma, Wash., won her first title in the event during the 2016 meet with a time of 1:45.23, then followed that with the 2017 championship clocking a 1:45.59.
Interestingly enough, those times are not the conference record for the 200-yard freestyle which she also owns. She swam a MW record 1:45.11 on the opening 200-yard leg of the 2016 800-yard freestyle relay which the Broncos won.
The 1:45.11 time is also a personal-best and a Boise State record. Her 1:45.23 swam in the 200-yard free race during 2016’s championships ranks third all-time in program history, while the 1:45.59 is sixth.
Aoyama won two titles last year, the 100-yard freestyle (48.74) and 100-yard butterfly (52.04). Meanwhile, Martin clocked a 22.11 to win the 50-yard freestyle, the second fastest time in MW history.
DEFENDING THE RELAYS
Boise State swept all five relays last year and look to attempt that feat again this year. However, the Broncos will need to replace Brittany Aoyama and Katelyn Martin who were prominent parts to all five relays in 2017.
Boise State is the three-time defending champion in the 400 and 800-yard freestyle relays. Aoyama was on both teams last year while Martin swam on the 400 free relay.
In the 800 free relay the most likely candidates include Chard, Evans, Hayley Hill, Pinger, Lucia Davis, Brittany Wen and Madison Fredericks, the lone returner from 2017’s 800 is Chard.
The Broncos are also the two-time defending champion in both the 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard medley relays. Sorensen and Kleinsorgen both return from 2017’s 200 free relay team and are likely candidates for this year’s foursome along with Jennings, Pinger and Lydiah Almeter.
In the 200 medley relay, three of the four from 2017 are back including Kleinsorgen, Pinger and Sorensen, a likely replacement for Martin is Emmie Jennings.
The Broncos also won the 400-yard medley in 2017 which featured Kleinsorgen, Aoyama, Laura Williams and Martin. Both Kleinsorgen and Williams return with Jennings, Sorensen and Pinger as potential replacements for the other two positions.
DUAL WIN STREAK
Boise State has an active win streak of 10-consecutive victories, 4-0 in 2017-18, in dual meets dating back to Jan. 6, 2017 when the Broncos fell at UCLA.
HOME WIN STREAK
The Broncos victory over Wyoming in the home finale on Jan. 20 extended their home win streak in team duals to 23 straight, 2-0 this year.
The last home loss was nine years ago on Feb. 7, 2009 at the hands of Oregon State in the program’s third season.
SORENSEN TALLIES 15 WINS
Abbey Sorensen has led the team this year with a team-high 15 victories in dual meets.
The junior from Draper, Utah, has won every race she has competed in but one, placing second as a member of the “B” medley relay team in the season opener against Idaho on Oct. 7.
She is undefeated in two races winning the 50-yard freestyle and 200-yard backstroke in all four duals this season.
Her season-best in a 50-free specific race is 22.89 at Northern Arizona (Jan. 27) and 1:59.38 in the 200 back versus Wyoming (Jan. 20).
Seven of the wins have come as a member of the 200-yard medley relay (3) and 400-yard freestyle relay (4).
Kleinsorgen is undefeated in the 100-backstroke where she has won all four duals this year including a season-best 54.53 at Northern Arizona (Jan. 27).
Eight of her wins this season have come on relays, four each in the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay.
10 WINS FOR CHARD
Senior Emma Chard has recorded 10 wins in dual meets this year.
Chard has spread her individual victories around in four different events winning the 500 free three times (undefeated), 100 breast (1:05.13), 100 free (51.65) and 200 free (1:50.24) once each this year in duals.
Her season-high for a dual in the 500 free is 4:56.42 and 4:51.00 overall at the Art Adamson Invite.
Four victories on the year have come on relays, three on the 400-yard freestyle and one on the 200 medley.
MATHIS TALLIES SEVEN WINS
Senior Emily Mathis is fourth on the team in wins during dual meets tallying seven, all in individual events.
Mathis has excelled in the breaststroke and individual medley this year going undefeated in the 200-yard breaststroke (4-0), while recording one win each in the 100 breast (1:04.03), 200 IM (2:07.73) and 400 IM (4:29.93).
Her season-best in the 200-yard breaststroke during dual meets is a 2:16.72 and 2:14.98 overall at the Art Adamson Invite.