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Rebels Third After Two Days At MW Meet

Jessica Heim placed fifth in the 500 free for UNLV on Thursday night.

Feb. 21, 2013


SAN ANTONIO, Texas ( -

UNLV posted three top-eight finishes on Thursday night, including a relay runner-up finish, and stand in third place after two days of action at the 2013 Mountain West Women's Swimming & Diving Championships, held at the Palo Alto Aquatic Center. The Rebels have 178 points after the first eight events, while San Diego State leads with 291.5 points and Nevada, Reno is second with 186.

The night started with the 400 medley relay, and UNLV claimed its third runner-up relay finish of the championships, as the team of Carmen Robb, Nakayla Chan, Katelyne Herrington and Rachel Dixon set a new school record after touching the wall in a time of 3:36.67. That is also a NCAA 'B' time for the Rebels. SDSU won the race in 3:35.60.

The next event was the 500 free, and Jessica Heim was the Rebels' top finisher, as she placed fifth in a time of 4:48.66. Her swim in the morning preliminaries was under the NCAA 'B' standard. Nakayla Chan followed Heim with a 10th-place swim in the 200 IM, finishing in 2:02.66.

Rachel Dixon led the Rebels in the 50 free, posting a sixth place time of 23.06. Once again, her morning swim was good enough for a NCAA 'B' time. In the night's final event, Maraea Skeen won the consolation heat of the 3-meter diving with a score of 337.86, which was actually the second-highest score of the night session.

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

2013 Mountain West Women's Swimming & Diving Championships
Palo Alto Aquatic Center
San Antonio, Texas



Thursday, February 21
Second Day Results

Team Scoring
1. San Diego State - 291.5
2. Nevada, Reno - 186
3. UNLV - 178
4. Wyoming - 173
5. Boise State - 165.5
6. New Mexico - 157
7. Fresno State - 148
8. Colorado State - 102
Air Force - 96

Top-Eight Finishes
400 Medley Relay: 2nd place - 3:36.67* (Carmen Robb, Nakayla Chan, Katelyne Herrington, Rachel Dixon)
500 Free: 5th place - Jessica Heim (4:48.66)
50 Free: 6th place - Rachel Dixon (23.06)

New UNLV Record Set
400 Medley Relay: 3:36.67 (Carmen Robb, Nakayla Chan, Katelyne Herrington, Rachel Dixon)

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

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