Jan. 16, 2016
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah â€" Boise State missed a sweep of a pair of Pac-12 opponents by five points Saturday in Salt Lake City, defeating host Utah, 159-118, and falling to No. 18 UCLA, 133-128.
The Broncos will return home to the Boise West YMCA for their final two meets of the regular season. The two-meet stand begins with Senior Day next Saturday (Jan. 23) at noon against Denver, and concludes Jan. 30 at noon against Oregon State.
The Broncos topped the schools with seven victories Saturday, including wins in both relays: the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay. Brittany Aoyama, Katelyn Martin and Sam Wicks each recorded three wins, being part of both victorious relays in addition in respective wins in the 100 fly (Aoyama), 50 free (Martin) and 100 back (Wicks).
The meet opened with the trio, along with freshman Laura Williams, capturing the 200 medley relay in a time of 1:43.10, over a second ahead of the runner-up foursome from UCLA. Two events later, Felicity Cann and Emma Chard finished 1-2 in the 200 free, with Cann topping the field in 1:50.65 with Chard clocking a 1:51.18. Later on in the meet, the Bronco pair would finish in reverse order in the 500 free, as Chard won the event in 4:58.62 and Cann took second in 5:00.52. Boise State captured three of the top four spots in the event as well with Blake Balogh touching fourth in 5:07.52.
Wicks picked up her second win in the next event, the 100 back, touching the pad in 55.23. Freshman Ally Kleinsorgen took third in 57.42 as the Broncos landed a pair of top-three finishes for the second-straight event. The pair would also post strong showings in the 200 back, with Wicks finishing second in 2:04.25 and Kleinsorgen fourth in 2:06.17.
Martin swam a 23.67 to capture the 50 free then came right back in the next event to take second in the 100 free with a time of 52.33. Sophomore Monica Bottelberghe also put out a strong effort in the 100 free, taking fourth in 52.75.
Aoyama topped the 100 fly in 55.67, and two events later the Broncos capped the swimming portion of the meet with a victory in the 400 free relay. In that event, the foursome of Chard, Aoyama, Martin and Wicks clocked a 3:24.53, edging UCLA's foursome by 0.17 of a second.
Sophomore Amelia Draney also had a strong meet for the Broncos, turning in a runner-up finish in the 1,000 free (10:26.93, tied with UCLA's Sandra Soe) and going fourth in the 400 IM (4:32.63). Balogh, in addition to her fourth-place finish in the 500 free, also took fourth in the 1,000 free with a time of 10:29.39.