Rebels Drop Season Opener At Nevada, Reno|
Oct. 15, 2016
RENO, Nev. (UNLVRebels.com) -
The UNLV women's swimming and diving team opened its season Saturday with a 144-98 setback on the road at in-state rival Nevada, Reno. Despite the loss, the Rebels showed promise under first-year head coach Ben Loorz, highlighted by winning four events against the defending conference champions. The contest was the first meeting between the two as part of this year's Governor's Series, the all-sports competition between the two schools that is sponsored by NV Energy and Barrick Gold. The points for swimming and diving will not be awarded until after the teams compete again against each other in the 2017 Mountain West Championships.
"I was really pleased with our freshmen to come into their first meet and get some individual wins," said UNLV head coach Ben Loorz. "For Mayte, Ida and Sophia to earn first place finishes in their first collegiate meet, I'm excited for that class to come in and make that kind of start. And we had some strong swims from our returnees as well, including Kristina in the 200 IM. There are some things we have to work on and get cleaned up, but I feel we'll be in better shape to take on Nevada, Reno when we face them next in our Winter Invitational in December."
After dropping the opening relay, the Rebels claimed the first individual race, the 1000 yard free, thanks to freshman Mayte Cano in a time of 10:36.97. Another event winner was senior Kristina Hendrick in the 200 yard IM (2:06.91), while she followed by teammate Kyndal Phillips in third place 2:09.04. Another freshman showing up big in her first collegiate meet, Ida Schutt led all swimmers in the 500 free with a time of 5:06.77.
The Rebels went 1-2 in the 100 breast for their fourth win on the day, thanks to freshman Sophia Carnevale (1:04.54) and senior Kristina Hendrick (1:04.85)..
Other notable performances from the Rebels include Kim Hendrick taking second in the 100 fly (57.95) and Goezde Tekin in third (58.56).
The women are back in action while the men will compete for the first time this season on Friday, November 4, when they host Utah in Buchanan Natatorium.