Boise State swimming and diving will host its first home meet of the 2016-17 season this Saturday, taking on Utah in dual-meet action at 11 a.m. at the Boise West YMCA. Saturday’s meet will be one of just two hosted by the Broncos this season, with the second coming Jan. 28 against Northern Arizona and Nevada.
The meet will also feature Boise State’s Senior Day celebration, as it will be the only one of this year’s two home meets to feature the Bronco divers. At 10:45 a.m., the Broncos will honor its six-woman senior class consisting of swimmers Brittany Aoyama, Felicity Cann, Katelyn Martin and Emily Tanasse, and divers Karli Kriewall and Jordan Marthens.
This will be Boise State’s first dual meet of the campaign. The Bronco swimmers and divers have been in action twice each so far in 2016-17, combining to capture the Chick-Fil-A Invitational in Fresno from Oct. 7-8 then splitting two weekends ago as the swimmers took third at the Art Adamson Invitational in Mansfield, Texas and the divers competed at the Lumberjack Invitational in Flagstaff, Ariz. Boise State will put its 21-meet home winning streak on the line against the Utes, who the Broncos have defeated in dual meets in each of the past two seasons. The Broncos beat Utah, 156.5-143.5, two years ago at the Boise West YMCA, then defeated the Utes, 159-118, in Salt Lake City in a tri-meet which also featured UCLA.
Aoyama, a two-time Mountain West Swimmer of the Week this season, leads the Bronco swimmers into action. This season Aoyama has already picked up nine wins, including eight at the Chick-Fil-A Invitational. In addition to being part of Boise State’s victorious 200 free relay two weekends ago in Texas, Aoyama also set the Boise State record in the 100 fly, swimming it in 52.04 to finish second at the meet. Martin swam a blazing 50-free leg of 21.88 in the relay to put the Broncos in the lead after trailing by a second at the halfway point, and went on to finish fifth in the 50 and 100 frees later in the meet. Sophomore Ally Kleinsorgen, who swam anchor on the winning 200 free relay, went on to finish fourth in the 100 back and fifth in the 200 back.
On the diving side of things, senior Kriewall has been having a good season, taking second on 3-meter and third on 1-meter in Fresno before taking fifth on 1-meter, sixth on 3-meter and seventh on platform at the Lumberjack Invitational. Junior Kacee Olson finished third on platform while sophomore Cassidy Bose took fifth on 3-meter to round out strong Bronco efforts.
Utah comes into Saturday’s meet 2-2 in dual meets this year, and most recently competed at the Ohio State Invitational from Nov. 18-20.