Kipp Named MW Coach of the Year
March 27, 2018

BOISE, Idaho - Boise State swimming and diving head coach Jeremy Kipp has been named Mountain West Swimming Coach of the Year for the third-consecutive year, as the conference announced its postseason awards Tuesday. Kipp is just the third coach in conference history to earn the coach of the year accolade three times or more and the third to do it in consecutive seasons.

In 2017-18 the Broncos continued its tradition of excellence winning their sixth conference championship in the program’s 12 years of existence and its fourth since joining the Mountain West. This year’s title is the second-straight for the blue and orange under coach Kipp as they racked up 1,250 points at the championship meet at San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 14-17.

The Broncos were dominating in many areas of the MW Championship meet, but especially shined in the relays and freestyle races where they accumulated over half of the team points with 780 of the 1,250 total. The Blue and Orange won the championship by 144.5 points over second-place San Diego State (1,105.5).

The Broncos won four of the five relays and placed second in the fifth. In the individual races Boise State won four, two each by senior Emma Chard (200 and 500 freestyle) and junior Abbey Sorensen (50 freestyle and 200 backstroke).

Boise State’s depth played a key role towards winning its second-straight team title in San Antonio. In addition, to the Broncos’ four individual championships they recored one second-place finished by Cody Evans (100 freestyle), two third-place results by Emily Mathis (200 individual medley) and Chard (1,650 freestyle) to go with 28 top-eight finishes.

In all, 12 Broncos combined to earned 29 individual All-MW honors led by Chard, Mathis, Laura Williams, Sorensen, Ally Kleinsorgen and Evans who tallied three each. All five relay teams received All-Mountain West honors as well. Nine different Broncos combined to compete on the five relay teams led by Kleinsorgen and Sorensen who were members of the four winning relays.

Following the MW Championship, Kipp took six Broncos to the Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) National Invitational at Annapolis, Md., where they took sixth-place out of 49 schools. Freshman Hailey Hill set a career-best and CSCAA National Invitational record when she won the 1,650-yard freestyle with a 16:29.26.

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