Paco-Pedroni Wins 200 Free Title For UNLV At WAC Championships|
Feb. 24, 2017
HOUSTON, TEXAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Senior Tom Paco-Pedroni held off Jordan Dahle of Air Force to capture the 200 free title on Friday night at the 2017 WAC Men's Swimming and Diving championships, held this year at the University of Houston's CRWC Natatorium. That swim helped Rebels to remain in fourth place after three days at the league meet with 348 points, trailing leader Air Force (526), Wyoming (498) and Grand Canyon (379).
In the highlight of the night for UNLV, Paco-Pedroni captured first place in the 200 free. His first hundred was a blistering 44.45, and no one ever touched him as he crushed it finishing with a time of 1:34.32 (NCAA 'B' time), the fastest by a Rebel 200 free conference tournament champion. Paco-Pedroni was just .17 seconds away from breaking his own UNLV record in the 200 free. He is also the first Rebel to claim a 200 free conference title since Kyle Virva did so in the Mountain West in 2010.
He wasn't the only Rebel to score in the event, as Forrest Beesley took sixth (1:38.05), Kasey Foley placed ninth (1:38.37, personal-best) and Brenton Sayers was 13th (1:39.68), while Murio Gustineli finished 17th (1:40.98). Beesley's time in the preliminaries (1:37.02) was a personal-best and good enough for sixth all-time for the Scarlet & Gray.
"We had a bit of a sluggish start today, but finished up quite well tonight in finals," said head coach Ben Loorz. "Obviously we hope to give Grand Canyon a real run tomorrow."
The night's first event was the 400 IM where Jan Kutnik placed 11th in 3:55.62, which is now ninth all-time at UNLV. Chris Havton took 17th with a time of 3:59.54, a personal-best for the sophomore and the duo of Francois Van Wynsberghe (3:56.86) and Ethan Klein (4:02.02) took home personal-best times in the preliminaries.
Dylan Tarazona and Avi Cohen both posted `B' times in the 100 fly, thanks to times of 47.71 (fourth place) and 48.07 (ninth place), respectively. Tarazona's 47.44 time in the preliminaries put him sixth all-time for UNLV. The 100 breast was highlighted by senior Serginni Marten, who finished seventh with a time of 55.28, a NCAA `B' cut.
Then came the 100 back, where Cohen took 10th place in a time of 49.79, a personal-best. Also scoring in the race were JP Piotrowski in 14th (50.60, personal-best) and Christian Sobczak in 15th (50.88). The final event was the 400 medley relay and Beesley, Van Wynsberghe, Tarazona and Or Sabatier teamed up to place fourth with a time of 3:15.82.
The four day meet concludes on Saturday night.
2017 WAC Men's Swimming & Diving Championships CRWC Natatorium Houston, Texas