Aoyama, Wicks Swim At NCAAs This Weekend
March 17, 2015

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    BOISE, Idaho - Boise State swimmers Brittany Aoyama and Sam Wicks begin action at the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships Thursday in Greensboro, N.C.

    The meet runs March 19-21 (Thursday-Saturday) at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. Aoyama and Wicks will each make their second straight appearance. Preliminary action is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. MT all three days of the meet, with the consolations and finals session set for 5 p.m. MT starts.

    Both Thursday sessions, as well as the prelim sessions Friday and Saturday, will be streamed live at the NCAA Central page at Friday's and Saturday's finals will be carried on ESPN3 with Sam Gore on play-by-play and Rowdy Gaines and Cynthia Potter providing analysis.

    Both swimmers will compete in the 100 free, while Aoyama will also compete in the 100 fly and 50 free, and Wicks will also swim in the 100 back and 200 IM. Wicks earned invitations into the 100 back and 200 IM based on her top times this season, while Aoyama, the Mountain West champion in the 100 fly, was invited in that event.

    Swimmers officially invited to the NCAA Championships in an event may then elect to swim in other events in which they have hit an NCAA B Standard during the season. For Wicks, her entry into the 100 free falls into this category, while Aoyama has chosen to swim the 50 and 100 frees.

    Aoyama, who captured the Mountain West's 100 fly title on Feb. 20, owns three of Boise State's four fastest times in the event. Her conference title-winning time of 52.09 is third all-time in school history, and back in November at the Art Adamson Invitational at Texas A&M clocked a 52.06, just one-hundredth of a second off of Amber Boucher's school record.

    Wicks, earlier this season, set new Boise State school records in the 100 back and 200 IM, establishing the school's top mark in the former on three separate occasions. First, at the Art Adamson Invitational, Wicks clocked a 52.92 to beat her own Boise State record of 53.08, then at the Mountain West Championships lowered the record to 52.92 in prelims and finally to 52.64 in the finals as she took second in the event.

    The Anchorage, Alaska native did the same thing in the 200 IM at the Mountain West Championships, breaking her own mark twice en route to a runner-up finish. After twice breaking Sydney Johansen's school record at the Art Adamson Invitational, with a low time of 1:58.83, Wicks bettered that with a 1:58.44 in the Mountain West prelims before setting the new benchmark at 1:58.06 in the final.

    Each day of the NCAA Championships will feature both Broncos in action, beginning Thursday with Wicks in the pool first for the 200 IM trials followed by Aoyama in the 50 free trials. Friday's itinerary includes Aoyama competing in the 100 fly and Wicks in the 100 back, while Saturday will feature both swimmers in the 100 free.

    Last year Aoyama and Wicks each competed in seven events (three individual and four relays). Aoyama and Wicks were on all four Bronco relays, finishing 23rd in the 400 free relay, 24th in the 200 free relay, 26th in the 400 medley relay and 29th in the 200 medley relay.

    Both swimmers also competed in the 50 and 100 frees. In the 50 free, Wicks took 45th and Aoyama 50th in prelims, while in the 100 free Wicks finished 51st and Aoyama 53rd in qualifying. Aoyama also finished 44th in prelims of the 100 fly while Wicks was 36th in the 100 back.

    A month ago the pair helped lead Boise State to a runner-up finish at the Mountain West Championships in San Antonio. Aoyama and Wicks were each on the Broncos' 400 free relay team with Jessica Bottelberghe and Katelyn Martin that captured the Mountain West title, while Aoyama also captured the 100 fly crown.

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