In 2017 and 2018, the Broncos claimed first place in the Mountain West. Now, coming off of a third-place finish at the 2019 Mountain West Championships and a fourth-place result at the 2019 CSCAA National Invitation Championships, the Boise State swimming and diving team look to continue their good mojo into this year.
Despite losing seven seniors to graduation, the relatively young team of 11 underclassmen and 15 upperclassmen led by head coach Christine Mabile are eager to make an even bigger splash this year.
Mabile, a Boise State alumna, is in her second year of coaching the swimming and diving team, but she is very familiar with the Bronco way.
“I was a student here and I was here since the beginning of the program, and it has been here for 13 years. I was a volunteer coach for four years,” Mabile said. “The goal for me was to grow my career so I could eventually come back and be the head coach here.”
Thanks to her own time as a Bronco swimmer, Mabile has a keen sense of judgment when it comes to coaching the team. She has some great insights to help her talented team make their run at a Mountain West top finish again this year.
Leading the team this season is senior captain Robin Pinger, who specializes in the individual medley and breaststroke. Ringer, like most captains, aims to lead her new teammates to the top.
Last year, Pinger led the team with six All-Mountain West honors in the 100-yard breaststroke, 200-yard individual medley and three relay teams: the 400 free, the 200- and 400-yard medleys. Along with the six honors, Pinger set four new personal records at championship meets. These records include the 50-yard freestyle (23.28R), 50-yard breaststroke (28.33), 100-yard breaststroke (1:00.97) and 100-yard individual medley (56.25).
“Our team definitely feels different, but every team feels different with the new freshmen that come in. Since we had a big class graduate last year, we definitely have a new team and a new vibe, but in a great way,” Pinger said. “Our freshmen are super great and super motivated so they fit right in.”
As with any sport, team chemistry is a huge portion of how successful a team can be, and the swimming and diving team looks like they have that.
Emma Brady (free/fly) from Bend, Ore., who is one of six freshmen, is excited to compete for the first time as a Bronco.
“I am looking forward to the competition the most,” Brady said. “I am super excited for our first meet and conference and the ability to compete.”
The swimmers’ anticipation is matched by Mabile. She is excited to dive into her second year as the Broncos’ head coach, helping to teach the freshmen to strengthen their current skills. Mabile is also looking forward to helping them grow as people throughout their time at Boise State.
“Our freshmen came in really ready to contribute, and I don’t know if they know where their role is, but they want to find it,” Mabile said. “They clearly came in with a lot of passion for being a part of Boise State and being a Bronco, and they were ready for the commitment and so that is really bringing out the best of the team too.”
On Friday, Oct. 11 in their first meet of the season, the Broncos took down the Wyoming Cowboys 168-108. Boise State won 11 of the 16 events. The following day, Boise State hosted University of Idaho and claimed another win with a score of 221-78.