NCAA Championships On Deck for Six Broncos
Sam Wicks qualified for NCAAs in the 100 backstroke

March 5, 2014

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INDIANAPOLIS--Six student-athletes from the Boise State swimming and diving team will compete at the NCAA Championships, announced Wednesday. Junior Sydney Johansen will make her second appearance at the national meet, and five Broncos will compete on the national stage for their first times. NCAA Championships will be held at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center in Minneapolis, Minn., March 20-22.

Freshman Brittany Aoyama and sophomore Sam Wicks both qualified for individual events in the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard backstroke, respectively. Aoyama is ranked 19th in the nation in the 100 butterfly (52.16), and Wicks ranks 36th in the 100 backstroke (53.08). They both are invited to compete in the 50- and 100-freestyle events, having met `B' qualifying standards.

The top 39 swimmers in each individual event received invitations, a slight increase from the past year.

The Broncos qualified their 200-yard medley relay at the Mountain West Championships in February, with a time of 1:37.75. Brittany Aoyama, Sam Wicks, Jessica Bottelberghe and Katelyn Martin will swim the event again at the NCAA Championships.

Boise State also met provisional standards in the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays, as well as the 400 medley relay. The team can assemble relay squads with the two individual qualifiers as well as Jessica Bottelberghe, Heather Harper, Johansen and Katelyn Martin.

"We are so proud of this team for competing hard and earning six spots at NCAAs," said head coach Kristin Hill. "To have two individuals invited and have the opportunity to compete four relays is outstanding and we plan to make the most of it."

The Bronco 200 medley relay is ranked 21st in the nation, followed by the 200 freestyle relay (22nd), 400 freestyle relay (25th) and the 400 medley relay (26th).

This will be Boise State's third-consecutive appearance at NCAA Championships. Boise State's highest finish was 39th, back in 2011.

Boise State's divers have a chance to compete at NCAA Championships. Ciera Cortney, Erin Kohlbeck and Karli Kriewall will compete at Zone E Championships, March 13-15 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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