Feb. 28, 2014
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (UNLVRebels.com) -
UNLV showed off impressive depth on Friday night, posting top-three finishes in all six swimming events including three first place performances to increase its team lead after three days at the 2014 Western Athletic Conference Men's Swimming & Diving Championships, held at the Palo Alto Aquatic Center. The Rebels, who entered the day with a seven-point lead over Wyoming, now hold a 39-point edge over the second place Cowboys, 545-506, with one day of events left. Air Force is in third with 470.
Sophomore Dillon Virva claimed his second individual title in as many days after winning the 100 fly in a NCAA 'B' time of 46.65, second-fastest time in UNLV history. He was one of three Rebels in the finals of the event, as Bryan Harvey also posted a 'B' time in 48.08 to place fifth, and Balint Batka was seventh in 48.50. Dylan Tarazona finished 11th, touching the wall in 49.04.
The next win was courtesy of Henrique Machado, who set new UNLV and WAC records after winning the 100 back by over two full seconds, a NCAA 'B' time of 46.59. This was the event where UNLV took control of the meet with four scoring in the top eight. Caio Dini earned a sixth place finish in 49.43, Batka was seventh in 49.61, and Guilherme Passos placed eighth in 49.79. Two more scored in the consolation heart, with Collin Baldacci placing 13th (50.21) and Bryan Harvey 15th (50.45).
The third win came in the night's final event, the 400 medley relay, and UNLV torched the rest of the field, winning by over four seconds in 3:08.83, a NCAA 'A' time that currently ranks 11th in the nation, and a new UNLV and WAC mark as well. Machado led off the relay in a time of 46.51, breaking his 100 back record he set just a few events earlier. David Szele, Virva and Samuel Lameynardie made up the rest of the relay for UNLV.
Szele was responsible for the third WAC record set by UNLV, thanks to his 53.12 in the morning prelims that set him up as the top qualifying in the night finals. He came up just short of that mark at night, placing second in 53.31, but still posts a 'B' time with his finish. Brandon Meier was in the top eight as well, fifth in 54.75.
The night's first event was the 400 IM. UNLV's top swimmer and the WAC record holder in the event, Giacomo Gremizzi, was disqualified in the morning session, but UNLV still placed one in the top eight thanks to Jake Priest's third place swim of 3:52.62, which met the 'B' standard. Joe Riggert won the consolation heat, taking ninth in 3:5648, and Matt Roe was 11th in 3:59.83.
Lameynardie narrowly missed out on his first individual title of this year's meet, as he had to settle for runner-up honors in the 200 free with a 1:35.10, which still set a new UNLV record and is a 'B' time. Tom Paco-Pedroni posted a 'B' time as well, taking fifth overall in 1:36.52. In the final diving event of the championships, UNLV placed both divers in the top eight, with Lucas James recording a sixth-place score of 275.45 while Spenser Sullivan was eighth in 226.05..
The four-day meet concludes on Saturday night.
2014 Western Athletic Conference Men's Swimming & Diving Championships
Palo Alto Aquatic Center
San Antonio, Texas
Friday, February 28
Second Day Results
1. UNLV - 545
2. Wyoming - 506
3. Air Force - 470
4. Grand Canyon - 348
5. North Dakota - 327
6. Bakersfield - 224
7. Seattle - 130
400 Medley Relay: 1st place - 3:08.83^ (Henrique Machado, David Szele, Dillon Virva, Samuel Lameynardie)
100 Fly: 1st place - Dillon Virva (46.65*), 5th place - Bryan Harvey (48.08*), 7th place - Balint Batka (48.50)
100 Back: 1st place - Henrique Machado (46.59*), 6th place - Caio Dini (49.43), 7th place - Balint Batka (49.61), 8th place - Guilherme Passos (49.79)
200 Free: 2nd place - Samuel Lameynardie (1:35.10*), 5th place - Tom Paco-Pedroni (1:36.52*)
100 Breast: 2nd place - David Szele (53.31*), 5th place - Brandon Meier (54.75*)
400 IM: 3rd place - Jake Priest (3:52.62*)
Platform Diving: 6th place - Lucas James (275.45), 8th place - Spenser Sullivan (226.05)
New WAC Records Set
400 Medley Relay: 3:08.83 (Henrique Machado, David Szele, Dillon Virva, Samuel Lameynardie)
100 Back: Henrique Machado (46.51)
100 Breast: David Szele (53.12)
New UNLV Records Set
200 Free Relay: 1:17.47 (Tom Paco-Pedroni, Guilherme Passos, Samuel Lameynardie, Dillon Virva)
100 Back: Henrique Machado (46.51)
200 Free: Samuel Lameynardie (1:35.10)
^ - NCAA 'A' Automatic Time
* - NCAA 'B' Provisional Time