Women's Swimming & Diving

800 FR Takes 22nd Wednesday At NCAAs

March 16, 2016

ATLANTA â€" Boise State's 800 free relay of Emma Chard, Brittany Aoyama, Blake Balogh and Felicity Cann finished 22nd overall Wednesday on opening night of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Atlanta.

The quartet finished eighth in heat three in a time of 7:08.65 at Georgia Tech's McAuley Aquatic Center. The time goes down as the third-fastest in school history.

"It's a tough event to start the nationals with, we were in with a lot of good teams in our heat," said Boise State head coach Jeremy Kipp. "We were just a little off on each leg, but the girls did a really good job racing and staying in it."

Bronco swimmers will be back in action Thursday, beginning with preliminary heats at 8 a.m. MT. Chard will compete first for Boise State in the 500 free, followed by Sam Wicks swimming in the 200 IM and the 200 free relay prelims. Consolation and championship finals are scheduled to start at 4 p.m. MT.

"Tomorrow we start off with three races; it's a new day and we're switching gears. We're going to build on this, and keep competing," Kipp added.

Thursday's races will be available to watch live online at http://atlantaswimming.com/Webcast.

2016 NCAA Championships Schedule of Events (Boise State) -- all times MT

Wednesday (March 16)
Finals -- 4 p.m.
800 free relay

Thursday (March 17)
Preliminaries -- 8 a.m.
500 free (Chard)
200 IM (Wicks)

Finals -- 4 p.m.
200 free relay
500 free
200 IM

Friday (March 18)
Preliminaries -- 8 a.m.
100 fly (Aoyama)
200 free (Chard)
100 back (Wicks)

Finals -- 4 p.m.
200 medley relay
100 fly
200 free
100 back

Saturday (March 19)
400 free relay-- 4 p.m.

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