Jan. 10, 2017
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State senior Brittany Aoyama claimed her 10th-career Mountain West Swimmer of the Week honor, the conference announced Tuesday. It is also Aoyama's third-such accolade this season, tops among all swimmers in the conference.
The Stockton, Calif., native earned her latest recognition by picking up five wins over the Broncos' two competitions last week. Boise State, despite being one of just two teams competing only in swimming events at last Monday's (Jan. 2) UCSD Invitational, still dominated the pool, winning six of the eight swimming events to rack up 354 points and finish second among the six-team field. Aoyama did her part by picking up three victories, first by being part of the winning 800 medley relay then capturing the 100 free and her signature event, the 100 fly.
Friday (Jan. 6), the Broncos competed in a tri-meet at UCLA, defeating Kansas, 181-113, to claim their second win of the season over a Power Five program, and narrowly fell to the host Bruins, 164-130. Aoyama faced down the Pac-12 and Big 12 competition at the event, capturing the 100 fly in 53.39, her second Mountain West top-five time of the week in the event, and claimed the 50 free by out-touching her UCLA competition by 0.11 of a second. She also finished second in the 100 free in 49.89, being out-touched by just 0.12 of a second. That 100 free time was good for the third-fastest time by a Mountain West swimmer this season.
Overall, Aoyama's performance helped the Broncos improve to 2-1 on the year in head-to-head competition. Boise State returns to action this Saturday (Jan. 14), heading up to Moscow to take on rival Idaho at 2 p.m. MT.