Boise State Aims For Repeat MW Title
Feb. 17, 2015

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    BOISE, Idaho - Boise State women's swimming and diving will go for its second-straight Mountain West title and third in the last four years at the 2015 Mountain West Championships. The event will run from Feb. 18-21 at the Palo Alto College Aquatic Center in San Antonio, Texas.

    Action will get underway Wednesday (Feb. 18) at 12:30 p.m. with 1-meter springboard diving prelims.

    Live webstreaming of the 2015 Mountain West Championships will be available on the Mountain West Network at the Mountain West Championships Central.

    DEFENDING THE CROWN: Boise State has won four conference crowns (two WAC, two MW) since its inaugural season of 2006-07. The Broncos became two-time MW champs (2012, 2014) by capturing last year's crown and will attempt this weekend to become the conference's first repeat winner since BYU won four straight titles from 2007-10.

    The Broncos captured the 2014 title with 735 points, out-pointing runner-up San Diego State by 101.5 points. This year the Broncos return six swimmers who posted a combined nine top-three finishes in individual events in 2014: Brittany Aoyama (100 fly - second, 50 free - third, 100 free - third), Felicity Cann (200 free - second, 500 free - third), Nikki Cannon (200 back - third), Heather Harper (100 breast - second), Taylor Padington (500 free - second) and Sam Wicks (100 back - second).

    Boise State also finished in the top three of all five relays, taking second in the 200 free and 200 medley relays, and third in the 400 free, 800 free and 400 medley relays.

    BRONCOS AMONG NCAA'S BEST: Boise State boasts top-50 times in multiple events through the first three-plus months of the 2014-15 season. Sophomore Brittany Aoyama is ranked in the top 50 in three individual events (100 fly - ninth, 100 free - 41st, 200 free - T-53rd) while junior Sam Wicks ranks in two (100 back - 24th, 200 IM - 37th). Boise State also has four relay teams ranked in their respective top 25s: the 200 medley relay (Wicks, Heather Harper, Aoyama, Katelyn Martin) is 19th, the 400 free relay (Aoyama, Martin, Emma Chard, Wicks) is 20th, the 200 free relay (Aoyama, Jessica Bottelberghe, Martin, Wicks) is 22nd and the 400 medley relay (Wicks, Harper, Aoyama, J. Bottelberghe) is 25th.

    AMONG MOUNTAIN WEST'S BEST: Through the results of Feb. 4, Boise State features numerous swimmers and divers among the Mountain West's top performers. Sophomore Brittany Aoyama owns the conference's top times in the 100 fly and 200 free, is second in the 100 free and third in the 50 free and 200 fly. Junior Sam Wicks paces the MW in the 200 IM, is second in the 100 back and fourth in both the 50 and 100 frees. Senior Heather Harper is tops in the MW in the 200 breast while ranking fifth in the 100 breast, and freshman Morgan McClure ranks in the MW Top Five in three events: the 400 IM (second), 200 IM (third) and 200 back (fifth).

    On the diving side, sophomore Jordan Marthens owns the conference's third-best score on platform, followed by senior Erin Kohlbeck (fourth) and freshman Kiley Carlson (seventh).

    WICKS BREAKS BOISE STATE RECORDS: Boise State has already seen a handful of event records fall in 2014-15. Sam Wicks established three new marks at the Art Adamson Invitational at Texas A&M from Nov. 20-22, topping the Bronco records in the 50 back (24.81), 100 back (52.92) and 200 IM (1:58.83). In fact, in the 200 IM Wicks posted a school-record time of 1:59.23 in the prelims before shaving four-tenths of a second off of that mark in the finals.

    STRONG DIVING EFFORTS: The Bronco divers are led by senior Erin Kohlbeck and junior Jordan Marthens. Kohlbeck posted top-six finishes in each event at the Trojan Diving Invite in November and swept the 1- and 3-meter events against both Denver and Wyoming in January. Marthens, meanwhile, has starred on platform, finishing second at the Wildcat Diving Invite in November and third at the AFA Diving Invite on Jan. 30.

    NEXT UP FOR THE BRONCOS: For the Bronco divers, next up is the Zone E Diving Championships from March 13-15 in Colorado Springs, Colo., while for the swimmers the Mountain West Championships will help determine how many Broncos qualify for the NCAA Championships, set for March 19-21 in Greensboro, N.C.

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