Feb. 23, 2018
HOUSTON, Texas (UNLVRebels.com) -
UNLV freshman Grant Norgan won his first career conference title to highlight action for the Rebels Friday night on day three of the 2018 WAC Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, held this year at the University of Houston's CRWC Natatorium. The Rebels stand with 550 points, behind overall leader Wyoming (615), with one day left in the league championship meet.
THE RUNDOWN - MEN:
* Sophomore Dagen Kipling finished third in the 400 IM with a swim of 3:52.46, a personal best, a NCAA 'B' time (his second of the meet), and an overall sixth program best time. Junior Ethan Klein placed seventh with a swim of 3:59.78, 0.12 seconds behind sixth, while this was his first top-eight finish in the event at the conference meet.
* Senior Dylan Tarazona touched second in the 100 fly with a swim of 46.91, also a NCAA 'B' mark. His morning swim of 46.84 ranks third all-time at UNLV. The big news of the event was senior Rob Gilchrist's seventh place swim with a time of 48.37. He had entered this week never having swam the event in a meet before.
* Grant Norgan took the 200 free title with a swim of 1:35.77, a personal best and an overall third best time in program history. He became the second straight Rebel to win the event at the WAC championships, though its just the second conference title in the event for UNLV since 2010. Freshman Mark Theall followed Grant Norgan placing third with a personal best of 1:36.47 (seventh-best all-time), and both classmates would post NCAA 'B' times. Another freshman, Brad Gonzales took fourth with a 1:38.26, while senior Forrest Beesley finished fifth for the Rebels with a time of 1:38.38, giving the Rebels their highest scoring event of the night.
* Senior Francois Van Wynsberge placed fifth in the 100 breast, swimming a 54.19. His 53.81 in the morning prelims is the fifth-fastest on the record books at UNLV. Senior Serginni Marten followed and finished sixth with a swim of 54.56, his morning swim moved him up to seventh all-time at UNLV.. Both times were 'B' standards. Also of note was John Hutton's 16th place swim of 56.65 to give him his first career points in the conference championships.
* Freshman Richard Szilagyi won the consolation heat in the 100 back, placing ninth with a time of 48.89. That time would have placed him sixth in the final heat.
* Freshman Jesse Cawley finished second on the men's platform with a score of 341.50, punching his ticket to NCAA Zones. Senior Robert Morgan placed ninth with a score of 247.85.
* UNLV recorded a season best time in the 400 medley relay which earned the team of Richard Szilagyi, Francois Van Wynsberge, Dylan Tarazona, and Forrest Beesley a second place title with a time of 3:11.42, almost five full seconds lower then its previous best time this season.
"This meet is such a battle- It is the type of Conference Championship you hope for, with athletes going so far beyond what they have ever done that it is hard to keep up with the best times. The challenge tomorrow will be to get enough swimmers going fast in prelims that we can have a shot to close the gap between us and Wyoming. On one hand, it is a numbers game: we need the chance to score top-8 at night. But on the other hand it is a heart game: our Rebels have dug deep for each other all weekend, and have surprised everyone except themselves . . . I don't expect tomorrow to be any different."
"Once again, a huge congrats to Coach Landon. Our diving is so much improved from a year ago that it is hard to recognize. Both Jesse and Rob had a fantastic weekend, and I couldn't be happier for those guys."
-HEAD COACH BEN LOORZ
2018 WAC Men's Swimming & Diving Championships
Friday, February 23
Third Day Results
1. Wyoming - 615
2. UNLV - 550
3. Grand Canyon - 450
4. Air Force - 337
5. CSU Bakersfield - 260
6. Seattle - 157
400 IM - 3rd place - Dagen Kipling (3:52.46*), 7th place - Ethan Klien (3:59.78)
100 Fly - 2nd place - Dylan Tarazona (46.91*), 7th place - Robert Gilchrist (48.37)
200 Free - 1st place - Grant Norgan (1:35.77*), 3rd place - Mark Theall (1:36.47*), 4th place - Brad Gonzales (1:38.26), 5th place - Forrest Beesley (1:38.38).
Platform Diving- 2nd place - 341.50 (Jesse Cawley ~)
400 Medley Relay - 2nd place - 3:11.42 ( Richard Szilagyi, Francois Van Wynsberge, Dylan Tarazona, Forrest Beesley)
^ - NCAA 'A' Automatic Time
* - NCAA 'B' Provisional Time
~ - NCAA Diving Zone Qualifying Score