No. 24 Boise State Begins New Year In San Diego
Dec. 31, 2014

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    BOISE, Idaho - The No. 24 Boise State women's swimming and diving team returns to action for the first time in a month, opening the New Year in San Diego at the USD Relay Meet this Saturday (Jan. 3). Following the meet, the Broncos will stay in San Diego for a scrimmage against San Diego State and North Texas on Tuesday (Jan. 6) then travel to Colorado to face Denver on Jan. 8.

    This Saturday, competing teams will include San Diego, Air Force and San Jose State.

    LAST TIME OUT: After splitting up for competitions during November, Bronco swimming and diving reunited at the Jean Freeman Invitational from Dec. 5-6 in Minneapolis.

    Bronco swimmers captured 16 events at the competition, paced by sophomore Felicity Cann who picked up six wins (200 and 500 frees, 400 and 800 free relays, 200 and 400 medley relays). Senior Heather Harper swept the 100 and 200 breaststroke events, posting an NCAA B Standard in the 200 with a Mountain West-best 2:13.77.

    Sophomore diver Jordan Marthens was named Mountain west Diver of the Week after finishing fourth on platform with a conference-best mark of 230.75, good for an NCAA Zone Qualifying Score. Freshman Kacee Olson topped the 3-meter field with a Zone Qualifying Score of 286.20.

    BOISE STATE IN THE TOP 25: After the strong showings at the Art Adamson Invitational (Nov. 20-22) and Jean Freeman Invitational (Dec. 5-6), Boise State made its second appearance in the CSCAA Top 25, checking in at No. 24 on Dec. 10.

    BRONCOS AMONG NCAA'S BEST: Boise State boasts top-25 times in multiple events through the first two months of the 2014-15 season. Sophomore Brittany Aoyama is ranked in the top 50 in two individual events (100 fly - ninth, 100 free - T-40th) while junior Sam Wicks ranks in two (100 back - 24th, 200 IM - 36th). Boise State also has five relay teams ranked in their respective top 25s: the 200 medley relay (Wicks, Heather Harper, Aoyama, Katelyn Martin) is 17th, the 400 free relay (Aoyama, Martin, Emma Chard, Wicks) is 20th, the 200 free relay (Aoyama, Jessica Bottelberghe, Martin, Wicks) is 21st, the 400 medley relay (Wicks, Harper, Aoyama, J. Bottelberghe) is 25th and the 800 free relay (Aoyama, Martin, Amelia Draney, J. Bottelberghe) is 27th.

    AMONG THE MOUNTAIN WEST'S BEST: The Mountain West released its latest top times and diving scores Dec. 10, and numerous Broncos are among the leaders over multiple events. Boise State owns eight top times/scores: the 200 medley (1:39.07), 400 medley (3:37.99) and 800 free (7:18.39) relays, 100 fly (Brittany Aoyama, 52.06), 200 free (Aoyama, 1:46.99), 200 breast (Heather Harper, 2:13.77), 200 IM (Sam Wicks, 1:58.83) and platform diving (Jordan Marthens, 230.75), while ranking second in the 200 free relay (1:30.72), 400 free relay (3:18.17), 100 free (Aoyama, 49.33), 100 back (Sam Wicks, 52.92), 200 fly (Aoyama, 1:59.67) and 400 IM (Morgan McClure, 4:17.71).

    NEXT UP FOR THE BRONCOS: The Broncos, following this three-meet road trip, return to Boise to host Wyoming Jan. 24 at the Boise West YMCA. Boise State diving will head to Colorado Springs for the AFA Diving Invitational (Jan. 30) while swimming hosts its final home meet of the regular season Jan. 31 against Nevada.


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