Mykalla Fielding Sets New 3M Record |
Jan. 20, 2018
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV women's swimming and diving team gave it a good fight but dropped a 169-129 dual meet to in-state rival UNR on Saturday afternoon from Jim Reitz Pool. UNLV had also been scheduled to swim both the men's and women's teams from the Air Force Academy, but that dual meet was cancelled due to the government shut down today.
THE RUNDOWN - WOMEN: * Myka Fielding shattered the old 3-meter record with a 345.00 today, where she placed second. * Sofia Carnevale and Kate Afanasyeva had excellent splits in the 200 Medley Relay, which helped the relay finish first in a time of 1:43.29. * Freshman Tara Wise won the 200 fly with a 2:09.08. * Ida Schutt was a double-event winner, claiming the 1650 (17:24.52) and the 500 free (5:01.67). * Sofia Carnevale won the 100 breast (1:03.60) and the 200 breast (2:18.28).
"Air Force unfortunately made the trip to Las Vegas, but in the wake of the government shut-down was prevented from competing. Of course we are disappointed to miss out on a meet with a great rival, but at least our men got to stand up and do some time trial swimming. It is certainly much more difficult to be in Air Force's shoes today, and we are looking forward to being able to go head-to-head with them at the conference meet in a few weeks. I know they are as well."
Regarding two meets cancelled:
"In my career, I've never had two scheduled competitions cancelled in a two week period (last week's meet at UCSB was cancelled due to the mudslide damage). It's bizarre, but from a certain perspective we can point to a silver lining. Both last weekend and today, we were able to stand up on the blocks and do some intrasquad and time trial races that were really fast. While we certainly don't want to only race ourselves all the time, the ability to race with a lot of freedom to take risks has been good for our preparation curve. I'm excited for the team, especially the men, to finally get tested next week against Wyoming and Grand Canyon (next weekend)."
While we never want to fall to our northern rivals, we had a much better performance than last year. Our women are steadily improving, as evidenced by the number of events we won today, and this was a very close meet up until the end. At the first and second breaks, we were separated by one point and seven points (respectively), and to be racing with purpose all the way through was a good indicator of where we are headed. We dropped a couple key events near the end, and that would have turned our "good" day into a "great" one. We know what we can do better, and we have four weeks to prepare to do it in Texas."
On a school record on the 3m springboard:
Hats off to Coach Landon and senior Myka Fielding today! Even though she didn't get the "W", to step up against an NCAA Champion and perform at your best (school record in the 3m) when under pressure, that was a great performance. Hats off also to UNR as well, they dominated us in the shorter freestyle events today, and that was the difference. Andressa Cholodovskis was unstoppable, she had a great day."
-HEAD COACH BEN LOORZ
NEXT FOR THE REBELS: UNLV will host Wyoming on Friday night at 5 pm, before closing out the dual meet season with a double-dual meet against Wyoming and Grand Canyon on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 11 am on the Rebels' Senior Day.