Rebels Win Two Events On Final Day Of WAC Swimming And Diving Championships|
Feb. 25, 2017
HOUSTON, TEXAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV claimed two championship titles on Saturday night on the final day of the 2017 WAC Men's Swimming and Diving championships, held this year at the University of Houston's CRWC Natatorium. Thanks to the two victories, the Rebels finished with 525.5 points to place fourth overall. Air Force claimed this year's championships with 794.5 points, Wyoming was second with 754 points and Grand Canyon finished third with 563 points in the seven-team event.
In one of the two highlights of the night for UNLV, Paco-Pedroni, Or Sabatier, Kasey Foley and Forrest Beesley teamed up to claim a new WAC Championship meet record with their first-place time of 2:52.53 (fifth all-time in UNLV history), an NCAA `B' time and just .08 seconds away from an automatic mark. This was the Scarlet & Gray's third 400 free relay title in the last four seasons.
In his last WAC Championships, Paco-Pedroni, a senior from Nice, France, captured first place in the 100 free with a time of 42.85 (NCAA `B' time), just .28 seconds away from breaking his own UNLV record. This is his second 100 free WAC title, after also winning in 2014, while it's his second individual title of the weekend after claiming the 200 free title on Friday night.
He wasn't the only Rebel to score in the event as Foley tied for second (43.22, NCAA `B' time), moving to second all-time for UNLV in the 100 free, Beesley claimed seventh (43.90, personal-best) and Sabatier finished in eighth (44.24, NCAA `B' time). In the consolation finals, Dylan Tarazona finished 17th (44.99-personal-best), Joe Starkweather claimed 22nd (46.08) and Murilo Gustineli was 23rd (46.19). The night's first event was the 1650 free where spring transfer Jan Kutnik placed fourth in 15:25.81, which is now the sixth best all-time swim at UNLV. Ethan Klein took 12th with a time of 15:52.76 and Brenton Sayers was 18th (16:30.28).
Then came the 200 back where JP Piotrowski took 13th in a time of 1:49.31. Piotrowski claimed a personal-best time in the preliminaries with a time of 1:48.96. The 200 breast was highlighted by the junior duo of Francois Van Wynsberghe finishing fifth with a time of 1:59.24, good enough for an NCAA `B' time and personal-best for the junior, while Serginni Marten scored as well after placing 10th (2:00.90), also a personal-best.
The last individual event of the night was the 200 fly, where Avi Cohen and Chris Havton swam in their first finals of the championships. Cohen posted a fourth place time of 1:46.22, a NCAA `B' mark, and Havton finished seventh with a time of 1:48.53. Havton's 1:48.51 time in the preliminaries was also a personal-best for the sophomore. In the platform diving, Robert Morgan finished 12th with a score of 198.95 and Alex Rojas earned 16th place after scoring 138.15.
The next competition for the Rebels will be the NCAA Championships, held in March in Indianapolis, Ind.
2017 WAC Men's Swimming & Diving Championships CRWC Natatorium Houston, Texas