Boise State Opens Season In Fresno
Oct. 6, 2016

BOISE, Idaho - Boise State swimming and diving opens the 2016-17 season this Friday-Saturday (Oct. 7-8) at the Chick-Fil-A Invitational at Fresno State. Session 1 of the event will begin Friday at noon MT with Session 2 set to begin 30 minutes after the first sessions’ conclusion. Saturday’s final session is scheduled for 11 a.m. MT.

Here is the rundown of the 18-event invitational:

Session 1 (Friday – noon MT)
200 medley relay
500 free
200 IM
50 free
200 free relay

Session 2 (Friday – 30 minutes after conclusion of Session 1)
400 IM
100 fly
200 free
100 breast
100 back
800 free relay

Session 3 (Saturday – 11 a.m. MT)
400 medley relay
1,650 free
200 back
100 free
200 breast
200 fly
400 free relay

The Broncos return 20 swimmers and divers from last year’s squad which finished second at the Mountain West Championships, in addition to five swimmers that competed at the 2016 NCAA Championships. That group is led by swimming captain and senior Brittany Aoyama, who successfully defended her 100 fly title at the conference championship meet and was part of four gold medal-winning relays at the same event.

The Broncos return three of the four swimmers in each of the four Mountain West champion relays (200 FR, 400 FR, 800 FR, 200 MR), losing only Sam Wicks (200 FR, 400 FR, 200 MR) and Blake Balogh (800 FR) to graduation. Returning from those relays are Aoyama along with seniors Katelyn Martin (200 FR, 400 FR, 200 MR) and Felicity Cann (800 FR), junior Emma Chard (400 FR, 800 FR), and sophomores Abbey Sorensen (200 FR) and Laura Williams (200 MR).

Chard, the Mountain West champion in the 200 free and runner-up in the 500 free, heads up the junior class that also includes Amelia Draney (fourth in the 400 IM, ninth in the 500 free, eighth in the 1,650 free), Emily Mathis (fourth in the 200 breast) and Monica Bottelberghe (scored in the 100 fly), who performed well at the conference championships.

Williams and Sorensen, along with Allyson Kleinsorgen, highlight a strong sophomore class that came away from the Mountain West Championships with three top-eight individual finishes. Kleinsorgen took third in the 200 back and fourth in the 100 back, while Sorensen scored in the 50 free and 200 back, and Williams turned in a six-place finish in the 100 breast.

Six freshmen will make their Bronco debuts in the pool this season: Emmie Jennings, Jamie Nats, Robin Pinger and Alyssa Schultz join Auckland, New Zealand, native Georgia Zacest, who joined the team last January and redshirted the 2015-16 season before competing at the New Zealand Olympic Trials last spring.

The Boise State diving contingent is led by senior captain Karli Kriewall, who finished eighth on platform at last year’s Mountain West Championship. She is joined by fellow senior Jordan Marthens, juniors Kiley Carlson and Kacee Olson (seventh on 3-meter), sophomore Cassidy Bose (ninth on platform) and freshman newcomer Taylor Hosein.

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