East Anchorage High School
Northern Lights Swim Club
BOISE, Idaho-Boise State women's swimming and diving Head Coach Kristin Hill announced, Tuesday, Sam Wicks of Anchorage, Alaska, signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Broncos. Wicks, currently a senior at East Anchorage High School, swims backstroke and freestyle events.
"Sam actually made a verbal commitment to our program before her high school state championships, and then she dropped loads of time in her events," Hill said. "So it was fun to be a part of that celebration with her, and to know that she is clearly competing at her best and has great motivation to continue to compete at a high level over the next four years. Sam is very bright and has a great sense of humor - she fits in very well with our team."
Wicks recently wrapped up a decorated career at East with perhaps her best performance yet earlier this month at the ASAA State Swimming and Diving Championships. She swam an automatic All-America time of 54.78 in the 100-yard backstroke to claim her third state championship in the event and shatter her own state record (previously 56.61). Wicks also swam times fast enough for All-America consideration in the 50- and 200-yard freestyle events. Her 50-yard freestyle time came while leading off East's state-champion 200-yard freestyle team.
Coached by Cliff Murray at East, Wicks won seven state championships and added one runner-up finish in her illustrious career. She was twice named the Alaska High School Female Swimmer of the Year. She also served as team captain.
Wicks also competes for Northern Lights Swim Club, where she is coached by Ben Kitchen. Wicks is a three-time Alaska Female Swimmer of the Year. She holds the state record in the 100-meter backstroke, both short and long course. Wicks claimed a fifth-place finish in the event at the USA Swimming Western Senior Sectionals. She also finished 17th at USA Swimming Junior Nationals (SCY).
Outside of the pool, Wicks is a three-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American. She also belongs to the National Honors Society and the science club at her high school.
Wicks also dedicates her time to the community, helping with Girl Scouts and Bean's Café.
"I chose Boise State because of the atmosphere," Wicks said. "When I came on my recruiting trip, the girls on the team took the time out of their week to get to know me and show me why this school was the best place for me to be. The ability to have a safe campus feel but be only a few minutes from downtown Boise is a unique characteristic and Boise State University has the academics, athletics and the atmosphere of a top-notch school. I can't wait to be a Bronco!"
Top times (short-course yards):
50 Free: 23.50
100 Free: 51.56
200 Free: 1:50.88
100 Back: 54.78
200 Back: 2:02.42
Photo Courtsey: Bob Hallinen/Anchorage Daily News