The Boise State swimming and diving team hasn’t planned on their hard work cultivating with this weeks Mountain West Championships.
Head coach Kristin Hill says the Mountain West Championships have major implications for the rest of the season.
“If we swim at our best, anything can happen,” Hill said. “Our goal is to also take swimmers to NCAAs three weeks later, so we also have girls who will focus on that as well.”
Hill sees eight of her swimmers having a shot at qualifying for the national championships—sisters Brooke and Blake Balogh, Felicity Cann, Brittany Ayoyama, Heather Harper, Rachel Heaney, Whitney Jorgensen and Devin Madsen.
Ayoyama, Jorgensen and Cann are all freshmen who have lit up the Mountain West this season with their performances.
Ayoyama has been named MWC Women’s Swimmer of the Week three times this season.
The race for the team title is expected to be a tight match-up with Boise State, San Diego State, San Jose State, UNLV and Wyoming serving as the favorites.
Boise State won the team title in 2012, their first year in the conference, but San Diego State reclaimed their title the following year with the Broncos finishing as the runner-ups.
“There’s definitely some swimmers from the other teams that will provide great competition as well,” Hill said. “But, as far as team points and team scores, those are the ones that tend to stand out.”
To bring the team title back with them to Boise, Hill feels the Broncos will have to remain consistent throughout the four days of competition.
“It’s important for us to swim fast as a team,” Hill said. “Our divers are better than they’ve ever been before. If everything comes together, winning is possible.”
Ciera Cortney, with five Mountain West Women’s Diver of the Week honors, is a favorite to take home the diving title.
Boise State was predicted to win the team title by a panel of 10 MWC coaches—edging out San Diego State by three points.
With the team race was expected to be so close, Hill is fine with the Broncos earning runner-up honors again as long as Boise State puts up top-notch performances.
“It was a lot more fun to win than to be second, but if we swim faster than we ever have as a team, and we don’t win, there will be other great things to focus on as well,” Hill said.