Jan. 31, 2015
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State swimming closed out the 2014-15 regular season with a 163-97 victory over Nevada Saturday at the Boise West Family YMCA. For the Broncos the dual-meet win was the 18th in a row at home and they finished the season 5-1 in duals.
The Broncos return to action at the Mountain West Championships in San Antonio from Feb. 18-21. Boise State will go for its second-straight Mountain West title and third overall at the event.
Saturday, junior Sam Wicks and sophomore Brittany Aoyama each went 4-for-4 in the events in which they entered. Both swimmers were on the victorious 400 medley and 200 free relay teams which bookended the meet, while Wicks picked up individual wins in the 100 back and 100 free and Aoyama in the 50 free and 100 fly. Aoyama also set the new Boise West Family YMCA pool record in the 50 free with her time of 23.21, besting her own previous mark set this past Oct. 8 by three-hundredths of a second.
Felicity Cann (200 and 500 frees), Emma Chard (both relays) and Heather Harper (400 medley relay and 100 breast) each captured a pair of wins as Boise State took 11 of the 14 events on the program.
"Nevada is a strong team and there were some close, fun races today. For the most part we are really finishing our races well, which is a great sign of our preparation for conference in two and a half weeks and the NCAA Championships," said Boise State head coach Kristin Hill. "There were a lot of bright spots today, as well as things that we will focus on over the next weeks to get better. This was a great win for our seniors' final home dual meet and we are looking forward to finishing the season well."
The quartet of Wicks, Harper, Aoyama and Chard cruised to a victory of over 2.5 seconds in the 400 medley relay to opens things up, clocking a time of 3:47.65. That win started a meet-opening run of five-straight victories for the Broncos as Blake Balogh picked up a win in the 1,000 free (10:27.05), Cann took the 200 free (1:51.53), Wicks the 100 back (55.96) and Harper the 100 breast in a time of 1:05.84, edging Nevada's Arantxa Medina-Alegria by .01 of a second.
Yawen Li would pick up Nevada's first win of the day, clocking a 2:01.86 in the 200 fly, 0.18 of a second ahead of Boise State's Jessica Bottelberghe. However, Aoyama would help the Broncos rebound by setting the new pool record with a time of 23.21 in the 50 free. Wicks would follow with a win in the 100 free (51.80) to pad the Bronco lead.
Nevada answered with two wins of its own, as Kate Hofmeyer captured the 200 back (2:02.61) with Josefin Eriksen taking second, and Li nabbed her second win, clocking a 2:16.32 in the 200 breast.
But it would be all Broncos the rest of the way, with Cann taking the 500 free (5:00.89), Aoyama the 100 fly (54.70) and Jessica Bottelberghe the 200 IM (2:05.59) to wrap the individual events for the day. Boise State's 200 free relay quartet of Wicks, Aoyama, Katelyn Martin and Chard closed the day with a win, touching the pad in 1:34.52.
Saturday's meet also featured members of the Boise State football team taking part in the annual "Big Splash" competition. Freshman Jake Templeton outlasted the field in the 1-meter diving competition to take the title, while the defensive line captured the 4x50-yard relay by a half-length.