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Rebels Win Two On Day Three

Andrew Morrell won the 100 breast title at the MPSF Championships on Friday night.

Feb. 17, 2012


MONTEREY PARK, Calif. ( - The UNLV men's swimming team cut into Wyoming's lead after winning two events on the third day of action Friday night at the 2012 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships at East Los Angeles Community College. The four-day meet concludes on Saturday.

After trailing Wyoming by 35 points after the first day, UNLV cut nine points off the lead and is just 26 points behind with seven events to go. The Rebels are going for an eighth straight conference championship after winning the last seven Mountain West Championship meets.

The first win of the night for UNLV came in the 100 breast. Senior Andrew Morrell would claim the event by almost a full second, touching the wall in a time of 53.78, a new MPSF meet record and a NCAA 'B' provisional standard. Wernher Deem claimed the consolation heat to place ninth in 56.22.

The Rebels' other victory came in the final event of the night, the 200 free relay. UNLV posted a new MPSF meet record and NCAA 'B' time of 1:19.68 to win by over a second over Wyoming. Making up the relay squad was senior Steven Nelms, junior Cody Roberts, senior Charlie Tapp and senior Andrew Morrell.

In the night's first event, the 400 IM, two Rebels finished in the top eight as sophomore Brandon Meier was sixth in a time of 3:58.58, while freshman Matt Roe placed eighth in 4:00.22. Sophomore Giacomo Gremizzi won the consolation heat with a time of 3:54.55 to place ninth, and freshman Joe Riggert was 13th in 3:58.61. Gremizzi's time was a 'B' NCAA time.



The Rebels went 2-3 in the 100 fly, with Roberts (2nd in 48.02) and freshman Coleman Allen (third in 48.22) both posting times under 'B' marks. Freshman Balint Batka also placed in the top eight, finishing eighth in 49.22. Nelms was 10th in 48.87, and Andrew Mooers 16th in 49.92.

Senior Tyler Bush was the lone scorer in the 200 free, finishing seventh in 1:40.61. In the 100 back, Allen placed seventh in a time of 49.94, while freshman Bart Wanot was 14th (50.59) and junior Chris Riley 15th (50.76).

Wyoming finished the night with 428 points, while BYU used a strong diving performance to stay in second at 414, and the Rebels were third at 402. CSU Bakersfield was fourth (332), Hawaii fifth (292), Air Force sixth (161), Seattle seventh (156), North Dakota eighth (153), and Pacific ninth (152).

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