MW Battle As Broncos Travel To Reno
Nov. 5, 2015

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    BOISE, Idaho - Boise State women’s swimming and diving continues its busy November this weekend, traveling to Reno to face conference foe Nevada Saturday (Nov. 7) at noon MT.

    The meet will take place at Lombardi Pool.

    THE OPPOSITION: Nevada, at 36th in collegswimming.com’s Division I rankings and fourth in its mid-major rankings (two spots ahead of Boise State on each list), is coming off of a weekend in which it defeated UC Davis and Fresno State in home duals.

    The Wolf Pack finished third at last year’s Mountain West Championships, behind winner San Diego State and runner-up Boise State. Nevada is led by Yawen Li, who swept the 200 and 400 IMs at the championships in addition to winning the 200 breast, and Teresa Baerens, the Mountain West’s defending 200 free champion. On the diving boards, the Wolf Pack return 2015 conference diver of the year Krysta Palmer, who swept all three diving events at last year’s championships.

    LAST TIME OUT: Boise State went 2-1 in last week’s action in Utah. The Broncos began the weekend Friday evening with a tri-meet against Utah and Florida Gulf Coast in Salt Lake City, where Boise State defeated the Utes, 158-141, and fell to FGCU, 159-140.

    Emma Chard highlighted the night for the Broncos with three wins, including a sweep of the 200 and 500 frees. She also helped lead the 400 free relay to victory, as did Brittany Aoyama, who won the 100 fly as part of her own three-win night.

    The next day, the Broncos were in action at BYU, and defeated the Cougars, 158-111. Aoyama and Sam Wicks each picked up four wins in the meet while Karli Kriewall captured the 1-meter diving event.

    NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR AOYAMA: Junior Brittany Aoyama was named Collegeswimming.com’s Division I National Women’s Swimmer of the Week and Mountain West Swimmer of the Week Tuesday for her performances against Utah, Florida Gulf Coast and BYU. Aoyama captured seven of the eight events she entered, including four individual victories, over the weekend. She won both 100 fly events, along with wins in the 200 fly and 100 free at BYU to go with three relay wins over the weekend.

    AMONG THE MW’S TOP TIMES: Boise State holds some good positions early on in 2015-16 on the Mountain West’s list of top times and performances. The Broncos own five of the top times in the conference through Nov. 3 including three top relay figures (400 FR, 200 and 400 MRs). Individually, Emma Chard’s 4:54.88 in the 500 free on Oct. 9 against Idaho remains tops the loop, while Sam Wicks’ lowered her conference-best time in the 100 back to 55.02 (altitude-adjusted). The quartet of Wicks, Katelyn Martin, Felicity Cann and Cody Evans tops the field in the 400 free relay (3:25.75, altitude-adjusted), while the foursome of Wicks, Laura Williams, Brittany Aoyama and Martin boast the top time in both the 200 medley relay (1:42.82) and 400 medley relay (3:48.66).

    DIVERS: Sophomroe Kacee Olson and junior Karli Kriewall had good weekends on the diving boards in Utah, with Kriewall picking up a win on 3-meter at BYU (263.00) as Olson finished in second with a score of 261.00.

    Olson finished in the top three on both boards at Utah, scoring 262.30 to finish third on 1-meter and 272.60 to take second on 3-meter. Kriewall was fifth on 3-meter in Salt Lake City with a score of 244.85 while freshman Cassidy Bose took fifth on 1-meter with a score of 249.80.

    NEXT UP FOR THE BRONCOS: The Broncos return to action in two weeks, traveling to College Station, Texas for the Art Adamson Invitational from Nov. 18-21.


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