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Herrington Leads Rebels On Day Three

Feb. 21, 2014


SAN ANTONIO, Texas ( -

Senior Katelyne Herrington successfully defended her 100 fly title on Friday night to highlight the action for the UNLV women's swimming and diving team at the 2014 Mountain West Women's Swimming & Diving Championships, held at the Palo Alto Aquatic Center. For the second straight day the Rebels moved up one spot in the team standings and are currently fifth with 221.5 points. Boise State remains the team leader with 477.

The night began with the 400 medley relay, and the UNLV squad of Elena Gavrilova, Natalie Sanchez, Herrington and Rachel Dixon finished in sixth place with a time of 3:39.85, the third fastest in team history. Freshman Kristina Hendrick scored the next points for the Rebels, placing 14th in the 400 IM with a mark of 4:25.23.

Herrington gave UNLV its first conference title of this year's championship meet with the first under-52 performance of her career, as she touched the wall in a time of 51.48. That performance easily broke her own conference record that she set at last year's championship, 52.18, and is a NCAA 'A' Automatic time as well. Jessica Wong also scored in the event, finishing 13th (55.26).

Jessica Heim, in her first conference championships, turned in a top-eight finish for the second straight night after tying for fifth in the 200 free, recording a NCAA 'B' time of 1:47.24. She was joined in the event by Julia Fehervari, 13th in 1:49.89.

UNLV finished the night with an eight-nine finish in the 100 back. Dixon led the way with a 55.48, while Gavrilova won the consolation heat to place ninth in 54.55.

The four-day meet continues on Friday before concluding on Saturday night.

2014 Mountain West Women's Swimming & Diving Championships
Palo Alto Aquatic Center
San Antonio, Texas

Friday, February 21
Third Day Results

Team Scoring
1. Boise State - 477
2. San Diego State - 458.5
3. Nevada, Reno - 319
4. Wyoming - 280
5. UNLV - 221.5
6. New Mexico - 218
7. San Jose State - 198
8. Air Force - 193
9. Colorado State - 131
10. Fresno State - 126

Top-Eight Finishes
400 Medley Relay: 6th place - 3:39.85 (Elena Gavrilova, Natalie Sanchez, Katelyne Herrington, Rachel Dixon)
100 Fly: 1st place - Katelyne Herrington (51.48^)
500 Free: 5th place - Jessica Heim (1:47.24*)
100 Back: 8th place - Rachel Dixon (55.48)

New Mountain West Records Set
100 Fly: 51.48 (Katelyne Herrington)

New UNLV Records Set
100 Fly: 51.48 (Katelyne Herrington)

^ - NCAA 'A' Automatic Time
* - NCAA 'B' Provisional Time



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