Swimmers, Divers Enjoy Successful Days
Nov. 21, 2014

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    BOISE, Idaho - Despite competing in two different states and time zones, Boise State's swimmers and divers collectively maintained a familiar theme with strong efforts Friday. The divers were buoyed by a pair of top-16 finishes at the Wildcat Diving Invitational in Tucson while the swimmers posted top-five finishes, a new school record and numerous NCAA B Standards on the second day of the Art Adamson Invitational at Texas A&M in College Station.

    In Tucson, senior Erin Kohlbeck finished sixth in the 3-meter event with a final score of 261.25. Kohlbeck finished the preliminary round fourth with a score of 273.60. Sophomore Karli Kriewall finished 16th in the preliminary round to earn a berth into the consolation final, where she scored 213.85 to place sixth in that group and 14th overall.

    "After a couple of hard days of tower training, both Erin and Karli did a great job making it back to do a second list today," said Boise State head diving coach John Lynch. "Erin was great showing consistency yet again. We're looking forward to a light 1-meter day tomorrow to give everyone a chance to recover for tower on Sunday."

    Freshmen Kiley Carlson and Kacee Olson also competed Friday, finishing 27th and 29th, respectively, in the preliminary round.

    Meanwhile, on day two of the Art Adamson Invitational in College Station, Texas, the Bronco swimmers continued to perform well after a strong first day Thursday. Sophomore Brittany Aoyama posted an NCAA B Standard time of 52.06 in the 100 fly prelims, just one-hundredth of a second off of Amber Boucher's Boise State record time of 52.05, and in the finals finished third with a time of 52.40.

    Junior Sam Wicks set her second school record in as many days Friday. After setting Boise State's top 200 IM mark (1:58.83) Thursday, the Anchorage, Alaska native broke hard in her 100 back preliminary and touched the pad in 52.92, eclipsing her own top mark of 53.08. In the finals, Wicks finished fifth in a time of 53.45, her second NCAA B Standard of the event.

    "We had an outstanding day today, with our strength showing across the board over the seven events today," said Boise State head coach Kristin Hill. "Several women had tough turnarounds with back-to-back events and a lot of racing, but most were well-prepared and rose to the occasion. Brittany and Sam both posted times that should be fast enough to be invited to NCAA Championships, which was our plan for them this week. We are excited for our final day of competition tomorrow."

    Bronco swimmers would post three more B Standards in Friday's finals. Freshman Morgan McClure (4:17.71) and sophomore Whitney Jorgensen (4:18.83) each posted their first standards of the campaign while finishing 10th and 11th, respectively, in the 400 IM. In the 100 breast, senior Heather Harper posted her first B Standard of the season, touching in 1:02.06 in the B final to take 12th overall.

    Boise State also made strong showings in the relays, beginning with the 200 medley relay A team of Wicks, Harper, Aoyama and Katelyn Martin which took fifth in a time of 1:39.07, the second-fastest mark in school history. The B team of Nikki Cannon, Sydney Johansen, Jessica Bottelberghe and Emma Chard scored with an 11th-place finish in 1:42.50.

    In the night's final event, the 800 free relay, the Bronco B team of Aoyama, Martin, Amelia Draney and Jessica Bottelberghe grabbed sixth in 7:18.39, the fifth-fastest time in school history. Boise State's A team of Wicks, Chard, Blake Balogh and Monica Bottelberghe scored with a 12th-place finish in a time of 7:25.94 while the C team of Felicity Cann, McClure, Emily Blasko and Megan Myers also scored, taking 14th in 7:32.19.

    Additional individual scorers for Boise State Friday night included Jessica Bottelberghe, who took 14th (55.61) in the 100 fly, Draney, who finished 16th (4:29.67) in the 400 IM, and Chard, who took 13th (1:48.06) in the 200 free. Johansen took 15th (1:03.76) in the 100 breast.

    The Bronco swimmers will conclude action at Texas A&M Saturday, with the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast and 200 fly on the program. The divers will compete in the 1-meter event in Tucson.

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