Sam Wicks Honored With MW Senior Award
Feb. 20, 2016

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Boise State senior swimmer Sam Wicks was named the recipient of the Mountain West Swimming andBoise State senior swimmer Sam Wicks was named the recipient of the Mountain West Swimming and Diving Senior Award prior to Saturday night’s finals at the conference championship meet.

The award recognizes a senior who exemplifies the high standards of the Mountain West and its member institutions.

Wicks is the first Bronco swimmer or diver to be awarded the honor, and it adds to a standout meet which has seen her capture four event titles (two relay, two individual). She has been part of Boise State’s victorious 200 medley and 200 free relays in addition to winning the 200 IM and 100 back crowns. For her career, Wicks has won five Mountain West event titles, and has a chance to add more Saturday night as she will swim in the 400 free relay and 200 back championship finals.

In addition to those five conference event titles Wicks has a Mountain West team title under her belt (2014) and has twice competed at the NCAA Championships (2014-15). With three top-three relay finishes and two individual titles at this weekend’s conference championships, Wicks has now earned 21 All-Mountain West honors in her career.

Wicks’ name peppers the Boise State record book, and through Saturday’s preliminary rounds she owns the top program times in seven events: the 50 back (24.44), 100 back (52.03, set Friday), 200 back (1:54.24), 200 IM (1:57.18, set Thursday), 200 free relay (1:28.93, set Thursday), 400 free relay (3:16.88) and 200 medley relay (1:37.63, set Wednesday).

Her 63 career wins rank fifth in Boise State history, as do her five conference titles. Wicks has also been part of two of the three NCAA “A” cuts achieved by the Boise State program, swimming with the 200 medley relays that pulled the feat in 2014 and 2016.

She has been just as strong in the classroom, majoring in health science and helping the swimming and diving program to a 3.64 team grade-point average during the Fall 2015 semester, the highest among all Division I programs. As part of her studies, Wicks shadows a physical therapist for two hours a day, twice a week.

Wicks was named to the 2014-15 CoSIDA Women’s At-Large Academic All-District 7 Team, one of just two Boise State swimming and diving student-athletes to earn that honor in the program’s history. At the conference level, she is a three-time selection to the Academic All-Mountain West Team as well as a three-time recipient of the Mountain West Scholar-Athlete Award.

Wicks is one of Boise State’s team captains this season, and has lived that role in the community as well as in the pool and classroom. She volunteers to read to children and teach Sunday School and at Boise State volunteers her time at various athletic events.

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