Rebels Earn Split In Home Opener|
Nov. 1, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV men's and women's swimming and diving teams split an exhibition home dual meet with Toronto on Friday night, with the Rebel men winning by a 177-85 score, while the UNLV women fell 139-123 to the Varsity Blues squad.
"I thought we raced well tonight," said UNLV head coach Jim Reitz. "We've been training hard and they've been working hard in practice all week, and we didn't let up on them coming into the meet. So I was proud to see how they fought through that to race hard and put in some good swims tonight. We have a lot of work to do, but this tells me we're at a good starting point, and I feel the swimmers are buying into our plan for them. I was also impressed with our freshmen tonight, they are improving every week."
Two Rebels were double-winners on the day, with Giacomo Gremizzi winning both the 200 IM (1:50.96) and 400 IM (3:56.25), while David Szele swept the breast events, with times of 55.16 in the 100 and 2:04.44 in the 200. Single event winners included: Samuel Lameynardie in the 200 free (1:41.52), Henrique Machado in the 100 back (49.84), Balint Batka in the 200 fly (1:47.92), Dillon Virva in the 50 free (20.35), Tom Paco-Pedroni in the 100 free (45.92) and Matt Roe in the 500 free (4:35.93).
UNLV swept both relays as well, with Machado, Szele, Virva and Paco-Pedroni posting a 1:29.20 to win the 200 medley relay, and Paco-Pedroni, Guilherme Passos, Lameynardie and Virva teaming up for a winning time of 3:02.74 in the 400 free relay. That gave the Rebels wins in 12 of the 14 total events in the meet.
Jessica Wong paced the women's squad, winning the 100 back in 57.46 and the 200 back in 2:03.99. UNLV had two more individual winners, with Julia Fehervari claiming the 50 free in 23.76, and Katelyne Herrington winning her third straight 100 fly race with a time of 56.00.
The Rebel women also won both of their two relays. Wong, Natalie Sanchez, Herrington and Elena Gavrilova won the 200 medley with a time of 1:44.98, while Fehervari, Jessica Heim, Gavrilova and Rachel Dixon claimed the 400 free relay in 3:28.35.
UNLV returns to action next weekend with a pair of meets in the state of Utah, beginning with a Friday, Nov. 8 dual meet at Utah in Salt Lake City, starting at 5 pm (PT).