Oct. 8, 2015
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State women's swimming and diving begins its 10th season this weekend, hosting a two-day dual meet against Idaho Friday-Saturday, Oct. 9-10 at the Boise West YMCA.
The meet will last three sessions over two days, with the opening session starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday. The final two sessions will take place Saturday beginning at 10:15 a.m.
Bronco fans can follow the action on Twitter at @BroncoSportsSD.
Last year Boise State traveled to Moscow and defeated the Vandals, 211-89.
A NEW ERA: Boise State will open the 2015-16 campaign with a new head coach on the pool deck, as Jeremy Kipp makes his debut at the Bronco helm.
Kipp comes to Boise State from the University of Southern California, where he spent the past eight seasons on the staff of both the men's and women's programs. There, Kipp helped guide the Trojan women to seven-straight top-nine finishes (2009-15) following a 16th-place result in his initial campaign (2008). Trojan women's swimmers earned 12 national championships as well as 52 individual and 20 relay All-America honors over Kipp's tenure.
Joining Kipp as an assistant is former USC swimmer Meghan Hawthorne, a two-time All-American and two-time All-America honorable mention. She was a USA Swimming National Team member from 2012-14, and in 2012 she reached the final of the 400 IM at the U.S. Olympic Trials but finished sixth, just missing a spot in London. She earned a silver medal in the same event for the U.S. at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia.
Brandon Blaisdell joined the Bronco staff in September as the head diving coach. Blaisdell served as the program manager and coach of the Mile High Diving Club in Littleton, Colo. since 2013, and is currently coaching a USA Diving Regional Dry-land Training Center. From 2010-13 Blaisdell pulled double duty, serving as head coach at the Minnesota Diving Academy while also working as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Minnesota.
MW MEDALISTS RETURNING: Boise State returns another strong squad this season from last year's group that finished second at the Mountain West Championships. Among the returners are NCAA Championships participants Sam Wicks and Brittany Aoyama, as Wicks swam in the 100 free, 100 back and 200 IM, and Aoyama swam in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 fly.
Aoyama captured a pair of gold medals at the Mountain West Championships, winning the 100 fly and being part of the victorious 400 free relay alongside fellow returners Wicks and Katelyn Martin. Also returning in 2015-16 with gold are Blake Balogh, Felicity Cann and Emma Chard, who were part of the 800 free relay that set the school record (7:08.51).
Wicks, Aoyama and Martin each earned silvers as part of the 200 and 400 medley relays and 200 free relay, while Wicks also captured silvers in the 100 back and 200 IM, and Chard picked up silver in the 200 free.
DIVERS RETURN STRONG: Despite the loss of Erin Kohlbeck, a two-time medalist at the Mountain West Championships last year, Boise State returns a strong contingent of divers in 2015-16. Juniors Karli Kriewall and Jordan Marthens each scored in all three events, and each finished in the top eight on platform.
Sophomore Kiley Carlson reached the B Final on platform at the meet, while senior Tory Moyer, sophomore Kacee Olson and freshman Cassidy Bose bolster the Bronco diving contingent.
FRESHMEN IN THE WINGS: Boise State also welcomes seven swimmers to the roster, as Mandy Barnes, Anne Boodt, Cody Evans, Dakota Isaak, Allyson Kleinsorgen, Abbey Sorensen and Laura Williams make their debuts this weekend against Idaho.
NEXT UP FOR THE BRONCOS: The Broncos return to action in three weeks, traveling to Utah for a pair of meets over Halloween weekend. On Oct. 30 Boise State heads to Salt Lake City for a tri-meet against host Utah and Florida Gulf Coast. The following day, the Broncos take on BYU