Wicks Claims MW Swimmer Of The Week
Nov. 24, 2015

BOISE, Idaho – Boise State swimmer Sam Wicks was named Mountain West Swimmer of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday.

Wicks’ record-setting weekend at the Art Adamson Invitational in College Station, Texas earned her the second weekly conference honor of her career, and the second for Boise State this season (Brittany Aoyama, Nov. 3).

At the Art Adamson Invitational from Nov. 19-21, Wicks helped Boise State to a fourth-place finish in the 10-team field with 340.5 points, posting five top-six finishes, five top Mountain West times of 2015-16 (three individual and three relay) and a Boise State record in the 200 back.

Wicks recorded four NCAA B cuts at the event, with three coming in individual events (100 back, 200 back, 200 IM) and the fourth as part of the 400 free relay which finished fourth and posted the eighth-fastest time in the NCAA this season at 3:17.41. Along with the 400 free relay, three more of Wicks’ top-six finishes came in relays as the 200 medley relay finished fourth (Mountain West-best time of 1:39.79), the 200 free relay fifth and the 400 medley relay sixth (Mountain West-best 3:38.11). Individually, she tied for sixth in the 100 back with a Mountain West-best time of 53.53.

Additionally, in the 100 back prelims, swum 100 meters (long course), Wicks’ time of 1:02.29 was good for a U.S. Olympic Trials cut.

In the 200 back, Wicks set a school record with a time of 1:54.24, surpassing the old benchmark set by Nikki Cannon at the 2015 Mountain West Championships by 1.96 seconds. Wicks’ time was also the second-fastest in Mountain West history, just 0.11 of a second behind the mark set by San Jose State’s Morgan McCormick at last year’s conference championships.

Wicks won the B Final of the 200 back for a ninth-place overall finish, and finished 13th in the 200 IM with a B cut time of 2:00.25. That time is also tops in the Mountain West so far this season.

Boise State returns to action after the New Year, traveling to San Diego for a meet against UC San Diego, UNLV and Grand Canyon on Jan. 2.

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