It was an emotional scene to start off Boise State’s swimming and diving team Senior Day. As the seniors were announced, they were met with cheers from fans and loved ones.
Before squaring off against Washington State on Saturday, Feb. 1, seniors Emmie Jennings (Free/Fly), Alyssa Schultz (Free), Jamie Nats (Free), Georgia Zacest (Free/Back) and Robin Pinger (IM/Breast) were honored for their hard work and dedication to the program during their time at Boise State.
“It’s bittersweet, and we were all really excited and we were ready to have one really good last home meet,” Pinger said.
The tight-knit, five-member class has achieved success both in and out of the pool. The group has combined for 24 All-Conference, 15 Academic All-Mountain West and 14 MW Scholar-Athlete honors.
For Nats, reflecting on her final season was more about remembering the experiences along the way than the accolades that came with it.
“It’s easy to get sad, but you try to make the most out of it,” Nats said. “You make a lot of memories in swimming and especially outside of the pool, in the locker room or behind the blocks.”
The meet, which took place at West Boise YMCA, saw Boise State begin with a hot 80-23 start in the first half dozen events. Washington State pulled within striking distance right before the exhibition break, but could not quite keep the pressure up late. As the meet was winding down, the Broncos pulled ahead 101-43 and could not be caught leading to a 192-60 Boise State victory.
This win brings Boise State to 5-2 in dual meets on the season. Second-year head coach Christine Mabile was elated with the women’s win and is looking forward to the competition that the Mountain West tournament will bring. This will be Mabile’s second chance at a Mountain West championship.
“I think we have a lot of momentum going in. We built a lot of confidence over the season and we are peaking right now,” Mabile said.“We have gotten a lot of season bests in the last two weeks and for us to be swimming at our fastest that we’ve been all year at the end of the season is really important.”
Boise State swimming and diving will be looking to add another trophy to their mantle after winning the Mountain West Tournament in 2017 and 2018, but falling short in 2019. The 2020 championship will be held from Wednesday, Feb. 19 to Saturday, Feb. 22 in Minneapolis, Min.