Three Broncos Invited To NCAAs
March 1, 2017

  • Official NCAA Championships Psych Sheet | Relay Qualifiers | Invited Swimmers By Institution

    BOISE, Idaho - Boise State swimmers Brittany Aoyama, Emma Chard and Katelyn Martin received invitations to the 2017 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships Wednesday as the NCAA announced the 322 qualified participants for the event. The Broncos also qualified all five relay teams to the event.

    Swimmers qualified for the NCAA Championships by meeting the established minimum time for the events in which they entered. Aoyama, a senior who won six titles at the Mountain West Championships two weekends ago, earned invitations in her signature event, the 100 fly (52.04), and the 50 free (22.21). Chard, winner of four events at the Mountain West meet, was invited in the 500 free (4:39.22) and Martin, who won five gold medals at the Mountain West Championships, qualified in the 50 free (22.11).

    Boise State also qualified to enter all five of its relay teams (200 free relay, 400 free relay, 800 free relay, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay) into the meet. The 200 free relay and 800 free relay each qualified automatically based on hitting NCAA A cuts at the Mountain West Championships. The 200 free relay's time of 1:28.43 ranks 14th in the country headed into the NCAA Championships, while the 800 free relay's time of 7:03.96 is 15th. The other three relays qualified based on its provisional standards, highlighted by the 400 free relay's time of 3:15.85 ranking 16th.

    With the qualified relays, Boise State is permitted to travel up to four swimmers as "uninvited relay swimmers" in addition to its invited trio. Those names will be determined by the Bronco coaching staff ahead of the NCAA Championships.

    The 2017 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships are scheduled for March 15-18 at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind. Swimmers who earn invitations are also permitted to swim in two additional individual events in which they have achieved NCAA "B" cuts.

    Aoyama becomes the first Bronco to swim at four-straight NCAA Championships with Wednesday's announcement. The Bronco senior, whose 100 fly qualifying time of 52.04 is the Boise State record, captured her third-straight 100 fly Mountain West title in addition to the 100 free two weeks ago. She was also part of four conference championship relay teams, the 200 free relay, 400 free relay, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay. Aoyama, whose 100 fly and 50 free invite times rank 23rd and 36th in the nation, respectively, is also expected to enter the 100 free at the NCAA Championships.

    Chard, a junior from Tacoma, Wash., makes her second-straight appearance at the NCAA Championships. Two weeks ago she successfully defended her 200 free title at the Mountain West Championships and was part of the winning 400 free and 800 free relays in addition to finishing second in both the 500 and 1,650 frees. Her 500 free qualifying time of 4:39.22 ranks 20th among the invitees, and she is expected to also enter the 200 and 1,650 frees in Indianapolis.

    Martin, a senior from Fullerton, Calif., joins Aoyama and Sam Wicks as the only Broncos to swim at three NCAA Championships meets, having previously competed at the national event in 2014 and 2016. This year's trip will mark the first time that she will swim in an individual event, as her Mountain West title-winning time of 22.11 in the 50 free earned her the first national invitation of her career and ranks 29th in the field. She will also enter the 100 free and 100 fly events at the meet. In addition to her 50 free title at the Mountain West Championships, Martin was also part of four winning relays (200 free, 400 free, 200 medley, 400 medley) and finished second in the 100 free and fourth in the 100 fly.

    Preliminary heats will begin each day of the meet at 8 a.m. MT, with the finals sessions scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. MT. ESPN3.com will stream the championships finals sessions live on Friday and Saturday. Wednesday's evening session, Thursday's sessions along with the morning sessions on Friday and Saturday will be streamed live on NCAA.com and indianasportscorp.org/ncaasd. Additionally, ESPNU will air a two-hour broadcast via tape delay March 28 at 5 p.m. MT. Live results for the championships will be available on NCAA.com.


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