Boise State notebook: Swartz an All-American

STATESMAN STAFFMarch 22, 2014 

WRESTLING: SWARTZ AN ALL-AMERICAN

Senior Jake Swartz, a No. 6 seed at 184 pounds, lost to No. 3 Gabriel Dean of Cornell in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships on Friday in Oklahoma City, Okla. Swartz battled through the wrestleback brackets, winning one of two matches, and will wrestle Saturday for seventh place. He earned the first All-American honor of his career. Senior heavyweight J.T. Felix lost his final match Friday to No. 11 Austin Marsden of Oklahoma State, and fell one match short of earning All-American honors.

SWIMMERS AT NCAA MEET

The Broncos finished day two of the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships in Minneapolis with three results: Sam Wicks finished 36th in the 100 backstroke, Brittany Aoyama was 44th in the 100 butterfly and 200 medley relay team was 29th. The meet ends Saturday.

GYMNASTS AFTER LEAGUE TITLE SATURDAY NIGHT

Boise State's vagabond team finally settles into a conference home Saturday in Provo, Utah, with the debut of the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championships. The 17th-ranked Broncos, who were forced out of the WAC when the athletic department moved to the Mountain West then welcomed back before the WAC scrapped the sport, helped form the new conference.

The other members are No. 20 Denver, No. 25 BYU, No. 29 Southern Utah and No. 32 Utah State.

The Broncos experienced independent life two years ago - they didn't have season-ending trophies or weekly awards to chase - and are happy to have a conference home.

"Winning championships is obviously really awesome," senior Amanda Otuafi said. "Last year, it was such a great feeling winning WAC. If we could win the Mountain Rim, the very first one … it would be the highlight of the year, definitely."

The Mountain Rim is an unofficial conference this season, Boise State co-coach Tina Bird said. It is expected to get NCAA recognition next year.

The conference meet is the Broncos' last chance to improve their ranking before the fields are set for the NCAA regionals.

SOFTBALL OPENS MW PLAY WITH A WIN

The Broncos (16-12, 1-0 MW) beat Fresno State (15-11, 0-1) 3-2 on Friday at Dona Larsen Park. MacKenzie Whyte scored on a squeeze bunt with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning, and Rebecca Patton pitched all 10 innings for the win. The same two teams meet at 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at Dona Larsen.

MEN'S TENNIS CHANGES SATURDAY TIMES

Times for Saturday matches at the Appleton Tennis Center have been changed, due to expected cooler morning temperatures. The Broncos will play Marquette at 11 a.m. and compete in doubles against Montana at 7 p.m.

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