After dominating performances across the board for the Boise State swimming and diving team at the Fresno Invitational, the Broncos are hungry for more in what looks to be an impressive season.
The Broncos swept the relays while also pulling out individual wins in nine events to score 1232 points, well ahead of second place Fresno State’s 765.5 points.
Senior Ciera Cortney set a new school record — as well as a facility record at the Fresno State Aquatic Center — of 306.3 in the one meter diving event.
Cortney also won the three meter diving event.
“(This) was our strongest start ever,” Boise State head swimming coach Kristin Hill said. “It exceeded our expectations which is hard to do with how high we set our expectations.”
Boise State received exceptionally strong performances with a 1-2-3 finish in the 200 IM where all three Bronco swimmers finished within .03 of a second of each other.
Freshman Brittany Aoyama made her presence known nationally with three individual wins and contributing on five of Boise State’s relay wins.
Aoyama’s time of 54.95, in the 100 butterfly, ranks her in the top 20 nationally.
Her accomplishments at the Fresno Invitational earned her the honor of Mountain West Swimmer of the Week.
“Brittany is someone I knew would thrive in our program,” Hill said. “She’s adjusting very well and knows how to race. She’s very coachable so I knew she would thrive right away.”
Despite the strong performance, both Hill and head diving coach John Lynch know that while success this early in the season can set a competitive tone for the rest of the season, it can also cause the Broncos to become complacent.
“Success can create complacency,” Lynch said. “We need to keep the intensity up. Working hard everyday is what beats complacency.”
Lynch believes this to be especially true in Cortney’s case.
“Ciera has had season highs before, what we want is for her to perform when it matters,” Lynch said. “We’re happy for her but she knows she still has work to do.”
Both coaches hope that the success performances continue to occur with meets at Utah, BYU and Iowa City for the Hawkeye Invitational.
“We’d like to continue to build on what we started,” Hill said. “It’s important for us to be ready to race.”
“I expect us to improve,” Lynch added.