Broncos Look To Keep Rolling In Moscow
Oct. 10, 2014

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BOISE, Idaho - Fresh off of a season-opening win over Utah, Boise State women's swimming and diving concludes the opening week of the 2014-15 campaign Saturday at 1 p.m. MT at Idaho.

LAST TIME OUT: Boise State opened the new campaign with a 156.5-143.5 victory over Utah, marking the Broncos' 16th straight home win. The win avenged a 188-112 loss to the Utes last season, and was decided with some clutch efforts in the final two events of the night: the 200 IM and 200 free relay. Junior Sam Wicks notched her third individual win of the meet in the 200 IM then helped the 200 free relay to a key 11 points immediately following for her fifth win overall on the night. Sophomore Brittany Aoyama claimed four wins Wednesday, including individual triumphs in the 50 free and 100 fly. The Bronco 200 medley relay team of Wicks, Aoyama, Heather Harper and freshman Emma Chard won the opening swimming event in a time of 1:42.46, which was good for the eighth-fastest in program history.

LAST TIME AGAINST THE VANDALS: Boise State romped to a 217.5-82.5 victory over Idaho in last year's season opener at the Boise West YMCA. The win was the Broncos' sixth straight over their in-state rivals and upped Boise State's lead in the all-time series to 6-2.

In their collegiate debuts, freshmen Brittany Aoyama and Felicity Cann set several season-opening records. Aoyama set her records in the 500 free (23.36) and 100 fly (54.95) while Cann notched hers in the 200 free (1:50.25). Heather Harper swept the 100 and 200 breaststrokes as the Broncos ended up capturing 14 of the 16 events on the card.

STRONG DEBUTS IN OPENER: Boise State's newcomers proved that they are ready for the next level in Wednesday's win over Utah. The freshman charge was led by Emma Chard, who was not only part of the Broncos' two winning relay teams (200 MR, 200 FR) but also captured the 200 free in 1:49.99 and scored with a third-place effort in the 100 free. Morgan McClure scored in three events, topping out with a second-place finish in the 200 IM behind junior Sam Wicks, Emily Mathis scored in both breaststroke events, and Monica Bottelberghe took third in the 200 free and as part of Boise State's second 200 medley relay team.

DEFENDING THE CROWN: Boise State has won four conference crowns (two WAC, two MW) since its inaugural season of 2006-07. The Broncos became two-time MW champs (2012, 2014) by capturing last year's crown and will attempt this season to become the conference's first repeat winners since BYU won four straight titles from 2007-10.

ABOUT THE VANDALS: Head coach Mark Sowa begins his fourth season at the helm of the Idaho swimming program, while Kelly Gufford enters her second in charge of the diving team. The Vandals return 18 swimmers from a season ago, headlined by 2013-14 WAC Swimmer of the Year Rachel Millet. Last year Millet captured two events at the WAC Championships, and she is joined on this year's squad by junior Jamie Sterbis, who swept the 100 and 200 fly events at the conference championships a season ago and was the only WAC swimmer to compete at the NCAA Championships.

NEXT UP FOR THE BRONCOS: The Broncos return to training for three weeks following Saturday's meet before traveling to Corvallis, Ore. to take on its second Pac-12 opponent of the season in Oregon State on Oct. 31. The Halloween matchup will be the second straight year in which the teams meet, as the Broncos captured a 169-87 victory last Feb. 1 at the Boise West YMCA.


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