BOISE, Idaho--The Boise State swimming and diving team leads Idaho 81-21 after five events at the Boise West YMCA. The dual meet will resume tomorrow morning at 10:15 a.m. Mountain time.
“[Tonight’s performance] gives the girls confidence," said Boise State head coach Jeremy Kipp, who made his debut as the Broncos coach tonight. "I think a lot of them were worried about how tired they were coming in with training, but it was great to see seniors like Blake and Sam step up and swim really well. We had a few really good swims. They’re a little rusty from competition, so it’s always good to get off to a lead but it’s what you do with that lead that matters."
“I told Brittany [Aoyama] and Sam [Wicks] that we’re going to be riding them a lot this season, putting a lot of luggage on their back. They’re going to have to get used to swimming a lot of events and carrying the team, but I think a lot of our distance swimmers like Felicity, Emma and Blake swam really well. The divers had a good test of their will and character. That was a good team effort,” Kipp added.
Kacee Olson won the one-meter diving competition with a score of 257.05 while teammate Jordan Marthens was second (253.65). Aoyama then led a 1-2-3 Bronco sweep in the 100-yard butterfly, touching first in 55.06 seconds, followed by Sam Wicks (56.61) and Katelyn Martin (57.33).
Sophomore Emma Chard won the 500 freestyle in 4:54.88; she was followed by Felicity Cann (4:57.21), Blake Balogh (4:59.37) and Amelia Draney (5:03.98). Ayoma (23.61) scored her second win of the evening in the 50 freestyle as Boise State captured the top six spots.
Wicks collected her first win of the year in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:06.02. Freshman Laura Williams (2:08.13) and sophomore Emily Mathis (2:08.46) touched second and third, respectively. The Bronco 400 medley relay team of Wicks, Williams, Aoyama and Martin defeated Idaho's quartet by nearly seven and a half seconds, recording a winning time of 3:48.66.