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Jim Reitz was named the 2013-14 WAC Coach of the Year.

March 1, 2014

Complete Results

SAN ANTONIO, Texas ( -

Another year, another conference title for UNLV, as the Rebels posted top-three finishes in every single event on Saturday night to win the 2014 Western Athletic Conference Men's Swimming & Diving Championships, which were held this year at the Palo Alto Aquatic Center. UNLV finished with a four-day score of 767, 65 ahead of second place Wyoming after entering the day with a 39-point lead. This is UNLV's ninth overall conference title in the past 10 years, and the Rebels have now won championships in three different conferences in the past four years, after taking the 2013 MPSF title, and winning the final seven years in the Mountain West (2005-11). UNLV head coach Jim Reitz was also named the WAC Men's Swimming Coach of the Year.

The Rebels' two victories on Saturday came in the 100 free and in the final event, the 400 free relay. Sophomore Tom Paco-Pedroni claimed the first individual conference title of his career after setting a new UNLV record time of 42.84 in the 100 free. He was one of four Rebels to make the finals in the event, as Samuel Lameynardie took third in 43.07, Dillon Virva was sixth in 43.66, and Guilherme Passos placed eighth in 44.59. The top three times were all NCAA 'B' times, while Passos' morning swim of 43.96 in the prelims gave him 'B' status.

The 400 free relay meanwhile set a new WAC and UNLV record in a NCAA 'A' Automatic time of 2:52.86. Lameynardie, Paco-Pedroni, Giacomo Gremizzi and Virva made up the winning relay squad for the Rebels.

The first event on Saturday was the 1650 free, and junior Matt Roe would earn a third place finish with a career-best time of 15:15.38, a 'B' cut and the third-fastest time in school history. Next was the 200 back, where again UNLV had just one swimmer at night but Henrique Machado made the most of it with a runner-up finish thanks to a school-record time and 'B' time of 1:43.68 after being out-touched by just .2 seconds.

Following the 200 back, Wyoming had cut the Rebels overall lead to just six points, 578-572. UNLV quickly took over by placing four in the top eight of the next two events, the first being the 100 free. That was followed by the 200 breast, where Gremizzi led the way with a runner-up time of 1:56.87, third-fastest in UNLV history. Brandon Meier was fourth in 1:58.40, followed by Jake Priest in fifth with a time of 1:59.01, and again all three were 'B' cuts. The final swimmer was David Szele, eighth in 2:01.92.

UNLV sealed the championship in the second to last event, the 200 fly. Another runner-up finish, this time from Balint Batka in a time of 1:45.07, and a fourth-place swim from Joe Riggert (1:47.79) gave UNLV a 57-point lead over Wyoming, clinching the meet as only 40 points were up for grab in the final relay.

The next action for the team will be the 2014 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, to be held on March 27-29 in Austin, Texas.

2014 Western Athletic Conference Men's Swimming & Diving Championships
Palo Alto Aquatic Center
San Antonio, Texas

Saturday, March 1
Final Day Results

Team Scoring
1. UNLV - 767
2. Wyoming - 702
3. Air Force - 625
4. Grand Canyon - 503
5. North Dakota - 390
6. Bakersfield - 335
7. Seattle - 193

Top-Eight Finishes
400 Free Relay: 1st place - 2:52.86^ (Samuel Lameynardie, Tom Paco-Pedroni, Giacomo Gremizzi, Dillon Virva)
100 Free: 1st place - Tom Paco-Pedroni (42.84*), 3rd place - Samuel Lameynardie (43.07*), 6th place - Dillon Virva (43.66*), 8th place - Guilherme Passos (43.96)
200 Breast: 2nd place - Giacomo Gremizzi (1:56.87*), 4th place - Brandon Meier (1:58.40*), 5th place - Jake Priest (1:59.01*), 8th place - David Szele (2:01.91)
200 Fly: 2nd place - Balint Batka (1:45.07*), 4th place - Joe Riggert (1:47.79*)
200 Back: 2nd place - Henrique Machado (1:43.68*)
1650 Free: 3rd place - Matt Roe (15:15.38*)

New WAC Records Set
400 Free Relay: 2:52.86 (Samuel Lameynardie, Tom Paco-Pedroni, Giacomo Gremizzi, Dillon Virva)

New UNLV Records Set
400 Free Relay: 2:52.86 (Samuel Lameynardie, Tom Paco-Pedroni, Giacomo Gremizzi, Dillon Virva)
100 Free: Tom Paco-Pedroni (42.84)
200 Back: Henrique Machado (1:43.68)

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



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