Saturday, November 1, 2014

Boise State Swimmers Whip Oregon State 178-84

It wasn't long ago that only the football team was dominating PAC-12 competition.  The #23 Boise State swimming and diving team won 10 of 14 events yesterday in Corvallis to score a 178-84 win at Oregon State.  The win was the third straight over a PAC-12 team over two seasons.

"We swam very well tonight. There were some great races and OSU helped raise our level of competition," said Boise State head coach Kristin Hill. "We had a strong start to the season in our first two dual-meet wins earlier this month against Utah and Idaho, and today we took a big step forward as a team."

Sophomore Brittany Aoyama posted an NCAA B Standard time in winning the 100-yard butterfly in 54:06.  But the brilliant Bronco wasn't done.  She also won the 100 freestyle and helped the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams to victories.

Junior Sam Wicks also captured four events on the evening.  In addition to the two relay teams with Aoyama, Wicks won the 100 backstroke and 50 free, just missing NCAA B Standard times herself.

Oregon State's Sammy Harrison was a double-winner, taking first in the 500 and 1,000 freestyle races.

After Harrison's first win, however, Boise State captured the next six events to take a commanding 89-31 lead.  Felicity Cann won the 200 free, Wicks touched first in the 100 back, Emma Chard won the 100 breast, Jessica Bottelberghe won the 200 fly, Wicks won the 50 freestyle and Aoyama captured the 100 free.  Sophomore Whitney Jorgensen later won the 400 IM in 4:28.90.

The Boise State divers, which did not compete last night, are prepping for the USC Diving Invitational November 7-9.  The Bronco swimmers have three weeks to get ready for the prestigious Texas A&M Invitational November 20-22, where they will test their mettle against some of the top teams in the nation.

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